Trial Runs - Releases for August 12th


By Drea B - Posted on 12 August 2009


Trials Runs is a weekly feature where we run through the trial versions of all the latest Xbox Live Arcade games and give our impressions. Then from what we saw in the trial, we let you know whether or not we think it’s worth your hard earned Microsoft points. Keep in mind these are solely quick impressions based on what the trial version allows you to experience, so obviously we won’t be able to comment on some of the full games’ features.

This week on Trial Runs, Drea debates the purchase of the Summer of Arcade blockbuster Trials HD.  Don't let the name fool you, it's actually a motorcycle game!

Trials HD – 1200 MS Points

Based on the trial alone of Trials HD, I'm not totally sold on the purchase.  Here's why:

  • I love the blood and gore.  But it gets a bit much after awhile.  I crashed my motorcycle 22 times before I was able to beat one of the trial levels.  That includes once where I was able to make my motorcycle explode.
  • The physics are really neat, but sometimes I prefer my video games completely unrealistic.
  • Sure I can balance the bike front and back and change the acceleration based on the incline of the curve and break accordingly, but is that an entire game?

Should you buy the full version? – I'm not entirely sure an entire game based on this premise works for me.  Especially for 1200 points.  The trial was impressive, but I believe thats as far as I would go with this game.

Final Verdict - Do you love simulated but still very realistic crashes?  Buy it!  Do you want a little more variety in your crash 'em up video games?  Maybe not.

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