A fter playing Trials Rising's first few tracks, which sends you careening wildly down huge ramps, backflipping through the air and revving enthusiastically on an agile motorbike, you'd be forgiven for thinking this is a high-thrills racing game. In fact, it's as if it's a racer, requiring careful attention to the throttle, your rider's weight and your own temper to hop through tricksy obstacle courses without flipping the bike over or touching an explosive barrel. [1
The snowboarding scene on the snowy road to picturesque China, providing beautiful backdrops to your two-wheeled antics , These tracks are unpredictable and ever-changing, with explosions or electric fences or, once, alien invasion livening up the racing.
On PS4, Xbox and PC, Trials Rising looks breathtaking, but on switch it is unimpressive – fog and dust disguise the vista, and drops in frame make precise racing difficult. The vertiginous views are a significant component of Trials' thrill, so switch players are missing out.
Off the track, annoying loot boxes, progress screens and a pointless avalanche of uninspiring clothes and get your rider in the way of smooth progress through the tracks. There are so many confusing currencies – experience, gears, acorns (?) – that ended up ignoring the lot of them. On the bike, though, Trials Rising is close to flawless, demanding, absorbing and occasionally rage-inducing that will serve you up to an exciting challenge for as long as you can take it.