Although not many people may know about this game, it has been around for a few years now. The first versions of Redlynx’s Trials games, back then known as Trial Bike, were available as a Java version online. They helped start the 2D flash bike games you see on every flash game site now.
The latest version of the Trials series is called Trials 2 Second Edition, and it was just released on Steam. Trials 2 SE only costs $9.99, which can make it the perfect game for those lazy evenings, or when you don’t have the time to play a whole round of CoD4 or CS:S.
Another thing regarding Trials is that it doesn’t belong into any familiar category of games. It’s a 3D game with 2D gameplay. Meaning the controls are still only the arrow keys for controlling the bike, yet the graphics are 3D. This makes the game kind of hard to judge, so it can’t be compared to any other game. The price also makes it seem like a mini-game, but it’s not.
Trials 2 Second Edition has great graphics. It incorporates 3D dynamic lighting effects, volumetric particle effects, bloom, motion blur, and shadows. It looks really good, and all of the effects give it a realistic feeling. You can take a look at the official screenshots, but the game looks better when you’re playing it. Sounds are much better than in previous versions of the game, but they’re still not the best.
The gameplay is the same as in previous versions of the game. However, this version of Trials is 3D. The gameplay just doesn’t seem to fit a 3D game. The bike doesn’t act realistically, and that is something that is expected of most good-looking 3D games. The game looks realistic, but doesn’t feel realistic. To go uphill you lean backwards. If you’re going uphill and lean forwards, you will slam your face on the ground, even though you’re going uphill. This type of gameplay is great for a game you play in your browser through flash or java, not a game you play fullscreen in 3D. It just doesn’t feel right.
The online part of Trials 2 Second Edition is stats and achievements. You can show your stats to your friends, and the top scores are listed on the game’s website.
Overall I have to say this game is great. This is one of the best arcade games I’ve played in a while. And with a $9.99 price tag, it is definitely worth the money. If you want to try it out for yourself, you can download the demo.