Trials Rising‘s release date has finally arrived, with the series’ unique biking gameplay returning to PS4, Xbox One, and PC, and coming to Nintendo Switch for the first time. In fact, it’s the first Trials game to ever come to a Nintendo console.
The franchise’s last game, Trials Fusion, was warmly received upon its 2014 launch, but how does the latest entry fare? GameSpot’s Trials Rising review awards the game a 7/10, and you can see more reviews below. Alternatively, check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic for a wider view of the game’s critical consensus.
GameSpot — 7/10
“Trials Rising maintains the engrossing, challenging, and occasionally slapstick gameplay from past entries in the series, building upon it in small ways with a smartly implemented school to teach fundamental skills and modifiers to make events worth revisiting. But it also doesn’t fix issues from the past, either. Its track editor remains uninviting to learn, and the more outrageous stunt events and course obstacles frustratingly lean more into random luck than calculated skill. Trials Rising isn’t a reinvention of the franchise–it’s an invitation to lose more hours to new exhilarating, technical, and ridiculous Trials courses.” — Alessandro Barbosa [Full review]
GamesRadar — 4/5
“Leveling up adds an extra layer that Trials really didn’t need–it’s always been about chasing after faster times and flawless runs, not grinding for levels and loot. Perhaps fixing the leveling issues would be as simple as a post-launch patch tuning some Contract reward numbers. But whenever you’re actively revving up your bike in Trials Rising, the XP faff falls away, and all you can think about is maintaining your smooth, speedy ride.” — Lucas Sullivan [Full review]
IGN — 7.9/10
“Trials Rising offers some of the coolest levels in the series to date, and its new tutorial system does a better job of teaching you how to actually execute its hardest techniques than any game before it. That wide variety of tracks is unfortunately bogged down by the frustrating grind it takes to unlock them all and some strange decisions that lead to a more discouraging experience, but it’s still satisfying to get back on the bike and try for better medals if you can make it to the finish line.” — Tom Marks [Full review]
Trusted Reviews — 4.5/5
“Trials Rising isn’t going to set the world on fire, but it achieves what it sets out to do with aplomb. It’s a simple concept, executed with flair, and if that’s not worth applauding then what is? It’s also worth applauding as a return to form for the Trials franchise, which hasn’t made much of an impact with its recent releases, but here still manages to feel like a polished release that can stand up amongst a recent period of solid AAA releases.” — Jake Tucker [Full review]