Fusion's thrill isn't in leaping a yawning chasm as a jet screams below, but in simply clearing an overhanging ledge.
Perhaps that was always likely to happen after a game as complete as Trials Evolution, and I have still spent a dozen hours enjoying everything Fusion has to offer and can't imagine anyone finding much fault with any of it. All the same, I hope that whenever RedLynx returns to the drawing board in future, it does so with more of a daredevil heart. We've had enough evolution - what Trials needs next is revolution.
Trials Fusion's precision controls and exacting challenge make it a great pickup for leaderboard perfectionists.
Trials Fusion delivers more of what you want: addictively challenging obstacle courses, complete with precision controls and highly competitive leaderboards. The futuristic setting and subplot don't add much, but they (usually) don't detract from the fun either.
Not an evolution like the last game, and certainly not a revolution – there's a great deal of fun still to be had in Trials Fusion but unfortunately not much in the way of new ideas.
Still a great series, but not much is changing with this new iteration
Every aspect of Fusion feels like a less imaginative experience that coasts rather than strives for something better. There's no question that the core Trials gameplay within Trials Fusion remains fun. But the host of missing features and bad design choices make it a significant step backwards after Evolution and for the franchise.
Trials Fusion delivers the same exciting racing action from previous games, with a beautiful new aesthetic and enough humor to keep you laughing.
Those willing to fight and endure will be rewarded a satisfying experience though, one in which the numerous deaths and crashes only add to the momentous victory as the player crosses the finish line.
If you have a tendency to rage quit and throw controllers, Trials Fusion may not be for you. Sometimes satisfaction is only found after hours of failed attempts, but the ease of giving it "just one more try" can be absolutely engrossing. The game's outside-the-box goals are brimming with creativity, and the uncompromising level design pushes you to keep digging deeper to conquer every roadblock in your path.
Trials Fusion continues the tradition of finely balanced frustration and joy that always made previous games in the series so compelling. The online multiplayer situation is a little unclear at launch but this series has always been mostly about the leaderboard struggles and Fusion delivers that in spades. The user-generated content adds plenty of longevity, even beyond the promise of those six DLC packs over the next year and the new trick system – frustrating and difficult to master as it is – is a perfect fit for the game.
If you managed to endure Trials HD and Trials Evolution and want more where that came from, Trials Fusion will certainly sate your appetite for a next-gen entry. Although the XP system isn't what it could've been, and the new tricks take some getting used to, the community features promise to keep gamers entertained for a long time.
Regardless of negatives, Trials Fusion is still a fun, yet hard-core twitch-based experience that will give you hours of pleasure (depending on your definition of the word), but the best part of it is still the competition it creates with your friends list, and with that in mind, I'll see you on the leaderboards, folks.
A melding of the established template and something just new enough, RedLynx's creation is a wonderful thing.
For me, Trials Fusion plays like a nearly perfect game.
I do like Trials Fusion, but I don't adore it and want to have little dirt-bike babies with it.
Latest entry in popular side-scrolling motorbike franchise gets glitzier graphics, a more robust track editor, extreme tricks, and an ATV.
Diminishing returns may come into play if the next game doesn't push the formula forward, but as it stands, Trials Fusion is another great time with a unique franchise.
A solid core overcomes the aesthetic missteps.