Ride: The TwiiSteD Review (Xbox One)

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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.

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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

F1 2013: The Review

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Formula One: it’s not for everyone, but the loyal fanbase that this sport has managed to obtain is incredible. I remember when I was a young child and I would watch the likes of Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Damon Hill and many many other great drivers. Back then, the cars didn’t use none of the computer technology that the present cars use. This led to (dare I say) more entertaining races. Although, it was pretty much the same story. We had Schumacher dominating the racing scene – year in, year out, and today we have Vettel doing the same. Whereas the F1 scene has been pretty predictable over the last few years with Vettel winning it, the video game hasn’t. You will see the expected drivers getting the podium finish, but it’s not always Vettel. Now, I know that isn’t enough to persuade you that this game is different than the actual sport itself. So, let me tell you what is good about the game this year.

The 4th time winner.

Sebastian Vettel: the 4th time winner.

F1 2012 was good, there’s no doubt about that, but it still had flaws (just like most games). The biggest flaw I can think of, was the penalty system. That was a joke on 2012. You could literally not do anything and you would get a drive-thru penalty. It was completely shocking. F1 2013 seems to have improved on this system quite a lot. I have yet to come across a time where I have been given a penalty for doing nothing wrong. When I have received a penalty, it has been very deserving.
F1 2013 feels very real. They have somehow improved on the amazing job they did with F1 2012 by making the races feel more alive. You will see collisions (not in every race), you will see tyre wear come into the mix and you will see the difference with each car this time around. On F1 2012 I was racing for Caterham and I would win almost every Grand Prix, which was very unrealistic. This time around, I started at Caterham, yet again, and I never got a victory. I never even got close, and that’s how it should be. This is a major step for Codemasters.
Tyre management comes into play this year. If you are a fan of F1, you will have noticed that the tyres have been one of the main talking points during the season. It is no different in the game. Tyres will wear down very quickly if you’re not careful. I was struggling when I first started playing, but after some practice, I was able to manage my tyres so they would last long enough for me to complete the race.

The very realistic F1 2013 has done a great job this year

The very realistic F1 2013 has done a great job this year

Everything you know from F1 2012 returns in this game. You will have Career, Season Challenge, Time Attacks and every other feature that you love about the franchise. There are also new features that have been introduced by Codemasters. The F1 classics were brought in for everybody to try, and it is perfect. You get cars from the 80’s and 90’s, along with three classic tracks. This is something that people have always wanted. The cars handle exactly how they should and it does take a couple of races to get used to them, but that’s the whole point. It’s something new, and fresh.

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Take the fantastic Ferrari 312 T2 around the classic, or modern tracks

 

Multiplayer is pretty much the same as last year, apart from the change of cars. You jump into a session with people from around the world and you have a great time, racing. What more could you want from a racing game? The best thing about multiplayer is the new and improved penalty system (like I said before). A few times on F1 2012 I would get a penalty for somebody taking my car on a little detour into the tyre wall. Now, this has changed. If you purposely take out the opposition, you will be punished. If it’s an accident, you will be warned. This is a fantastic way of doing things, as it lets the races flow a lot more.
Co-Op season is back, just like you would expect. You and a friend can take on the greatest F1 drivers of the present and see who can top the table at the end of the season. I’ve always enjoyed this mode, as it brings something exciting to the normal career mode. You obviously work as a team and try to finish in the best possible place you can, so your team can claim the ultimate constructors championship, yet you are competing against your team-mate (and everyone else) for the drivers championship.

What most online lobbies look like after a couple of corners

What most online lobbies look like after a couple of corners

So, F1 2013 is a fantastic game. It looks beautiful, it feels smoother than ever and it is a must buy for any F1 fan. I can’t recommend it enough, and it seems to be getting better each year. An amazing job from Codemasters, once again. So, get this game. You will love it, I promise.

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