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The Nintendo 3DS has no shortage of racing games, but there aren't quite many like Urban Trial Freestyle 2 on the handheld. If you've played Ubisoft's Trials, then you should already have an idea of what to expect from this game. Seeing that this is coming from an indie studio, you may think that the quality would be on the lesser side. Surprisingly, that isn't the case.
Featuring double the content and the addition of (slightly imperfect) online level sharing, Urban Trial Freestyle 2 improves on the previous game in pretty much all the ways it should. Whether it's earning stars or designing and/or playing usermade levels, there's plenty of content here to keep coming back to.
Urban Trial Freestyle 2 makes a few improvements over the original, but it's not quite there in terms of network functionality. The connection issues I kept having as well as needing to type in a code just to download a track made that a bit of a hassle, but at least you can now share your tracks online. If you enjoyed the original game, you should enjoy the second outing with twice as many stages to dominate and more obstacles to trip up players with in the track builder.
Urban Trial Freestyle 2 is a very good game, with very few negatives, only minor gripes. The graphics look high end for the Nintendo 3DS, and the gameplay and depth to the game was more than I had expected. The ragdoll physics were as amusing as you'd expect, and the track creator was a fantastic addition. When you merge all that together, you get Urban Trial Freestyle 2 - a game that got me using my 3DS again!
Urban Trial Freestyle 2 plays it safe and improves on several aspects of the original while keeping its main assets intact, such as its amount of content and its addictive gameplay. Adding new online leaderboards and level sharing are certainly very positive ideas but some of the predecessor's flaws are still here and its visual environment could use some improvement.
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I'm sure there is a demographic out there that Urban Trial Freestyle 2 will appeal to, but it is clear to me now that I am not a part of that key demo. While I can appreciate what they were going for here and I found myself really getting into the challenge, any feeling of joy I experience doesn't last for long when I'm faced with so many bewildering design choices.
Besides a neat level editor to share stages with friends, there is nothing to be seen here that hasn't been seen countless times before - and more polished. While fun for half an hour, Urban Trial Freestyle 2 has no lasting appeal on its own, but is truly reliant on the level editor and user generated content. Other than that, there are better options out there if looking for a game like this.