EDIT: I decided to boot this up again and test it out. It turn out, for the most part, the stutter is gone. It still happens every so often but it happens much less. The only thing I've change since last time was I set a 60fps cap in Afterburner, so I'm going to guess this is another game that is helped by an fps cap. I'm still not recommending on PC simply because there is still graphical pop in, as well as the community is much more active on Xbox. This version of Trials isn't anywhere near terrible, but it's much less spectacular than its console bretherin.
WARNING: 3rd party DRM- You must go through UPlay to play this game. I personally don't mind it but some people do.
Summary: If you played the console version of Trials Evolution (Like I did) you're probably expecting an even better, amazing version of the already great game, right? WRONG! This annoying stutter that occurs no matter what marrs the gameplay to a point where it's not fun. However, besides that this is a great game, but I cannot recommend due to being nigh unplayable.
Gameplay: Trials is originally a PC sidescrolling motorbike game. The object of the difficult game was to overcome obstacles and finish the race. However, this version of Trials takes that to a whole new level. As a 2.5D racing game, you speed up, slow down, and tilt your bike to finish the track. The game is stunning, with varied enviroments such as a sky race where you jump from platform to platform, as well as desert and rural enviroments. Basically, this is the game Trials HD never was. Plus, a full fledged track editor will keep you playing waaaay past the too short campaign. There's still a wealth a content to be played even today. This is essentially an endless game. 10/10
Graphics: Trials isn't anywhere near Crysis but it's an appealing game nonetheless. Although you won't be able to take the enviroment in as you're wizzing by at ridiculous speeds, the game is quite pretty. 9/10
Sound: Not much to say, good soundtrack. However, bleeping out the word hell in one of the opening songs is pretty stupid. 8/10
Multiplayer: You wouldn't expect a game like this to have a good multiplayer, but it does. There are a few different modes, such as one where you play a single lane track and everyone is invisible to eachother, thus promoting a need to finish first. Another involves a sprawling 4 lane track with the same premise as the former, but everyone is watching eachother and hoping they make mistakes. A full-fledged leveling up system wraps the package nicely. 8/10
PC Porting: This is where my review takes a turn for the worse. There are almost no options to change graphics, just shadows and Vsync. This wouldn't be so bad if it weren't for RedLynx completely abandoning a huge issue I along with many people are having: A stutter. It's some weird issue with the game outputting at 1 fps lower than the refresh rate but the game messes something up and I dunno how to fix it, and neither does anyone on the interwebs. 5/10
Final Verdict: The game overall is great, especially considering the price. However, an annoying gameplay bug should keep aspiring Trials players away until it's fixed. 6/10
Posted: December 13th, 2013