Ride is something that I would never usually pick up. I’m more of a car fan myself, but for some reason I wanted to try something fresh. I was bored with Forza, and with Project Cars being so far away (there could be more delays, who knows) I wanted to try a different style of racing. I chose bikes. What could go wrong? It’s kind of the same as racing in a car, right? Well no, it’s not really, but you know what I’m getting at. Ride -at first glance- looks fun, fresh and quite good considering we heard basically nothing about it prior to release. Anyway, I’ve not reviewed anything in many months, but this made me want to get back into it. The reasons: I want to tell people about what can go wrong with this game and I also want to tell people what’s right about this game. People need to know how to avoid the corrupt save file unlike me, unfortunately. People also need to know why this game made me really want to start reviewing games again. I’ll get to that now.
Ride is what you would expect from a racing game, plus a lot more. It has a lot of different elements thrown in to make it a great racing game. Now, I haven’t played a bike racing game since Moto GP back in 2004 (I think), so I was a little rusty at first. You start by creating your rider, picking your first bike and that’s it. Off you go into the world of racing. You can do a few things, but the main game mode is ‘World Tour’. This is where you will most likely be spending most of your time, and I wouldn’t blame you. It’s where you earn the most money and it’s where you will have the most fun. Once you start, you will see a lot of different categories to choose from. You will be starting in the Naked Bikes Middleweight Group. Once you win this, or even if you don’t, you can move into the next category. It’s completely up to you. You can choose from road bikes, classic bikes and all the way up to modern superbikes. The choices are brilliant. When you race it might be difficult depending what bike you chose, what difficulty you play it on or if you’re a beginner, like me. You will easily pick this game up considering how smooth the controls are. I picked it up after a handful of races and I was having a lot of fun! I was customising my bike with the many bike parts you can choose from, I was winning races (finally) and I was earning enough money to buy a new bike in the next category. This is where something bad happens. This is a gamers worst nightmare and it’s also a pain.
My save file somehow became corrupt. This was a pain considering I had put a solid 12 hours into this game over the last week. I tried everything imaginable to fix this before I admitted defeat and had to start all over again. I know why it happened, but I really don’t understand it. I was in a 3 race championship, I had just finished first and I wanted a break. I let the game go back to the race menu, I let it save and then without thinking about it, I went for a break (that break being I wanted to play Borderlands 2 instead). Right, let me tell you what not to do. How do you avoid corruption in Ride? Well, it’s simple really. Don’t quit mid championship. Even though this shouldn’t be a problem, it is. When you load the game back up, it will notify you, telling you that you’re halfway through a championship. You select continue, the game tries to load, and then it crashes. It does this even if you retire from the championship and want to start a new race. The only things that you can play are quick race, time attack and multiplayer. Even though they are fun game modes, you want to complete your world tour! Right, so now you know how to avoid the corrupted data.
Other than the little mishap above, Ride is a really good game. The graphics are great, the sound of the bikes are excellent and the music is okay at best. You have a lot of tracks to choose from, you have a wide variety of bikes and it’s brilliant to play. If you get bored of demolishing the competition in World Tour, you can always go into multiplayer where you will be pitted against other people from all around the world. The multiplayer is a bit like F1 in the way of it adds AI players into those unfilled slots. That’s not a bad thing. It fills the track up that little bit more. This should fill the gap for those racing fans, like me, who are waiting for Project Cars. If you haven’t played it, I would suggest downloading it, buying it or even trying out a demo. It’s good fun for the most part, unless you get a corrupt file!
– TwiiSteD BeAsT