Riders Republic review – lumpy and loveable extreme sports playground • Eurogamer.net

Riders Republic review - lumpy and loveable extreme sports playground • Eurogamer.net

Like many Ubisoft games, Riders Republic is a lot. The work of some seven studios run by Ubisoft Annecy, it’s a vast collection of open-world extreme sports that can be as bumpy as the terrain you ride on, filled with so much you can see and feel. strained. It’s also, perhaps more importantly, an extreme sports game that will flip over itself to serve as a bit of fun, and ensure that, for all its excesses, you’re never more than a few steps away. seconds of the primordial thrill. to throw yourself into the mountainside. Riders Republic is, more often than not, a brilliant thing.

Riders Republic ReviewDeveloper: UbisoftPublisher: UbisoftPlatform: Played on Xbox Series XAvailability: Available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S

Some of that shine might be familiar to Steep, the equally open-ended extreme sports release of 2016 that much of Riders Republic is built on. It’s neither as focused – there’s a broadening of the disciplines to include bikes as well as types of terrain that go beyond simple snow here – nor quite so weird, without interjections of spoken words from the mountains. themselves (at least none that I’ve come across for over a dozen hours of playing – it’s a vast game, vast after all). It’s deeply, gloriously silly, however, a playground told with infectious exuberance as you pedal through perilous routes in matching giraffe outfits.

It’s also annoying, especially at first when the overly long tutorial sets in and refuses to let go for almost an hour. It’s one of those extreme sports games that layers its action with squeaky voiceovers, the dialogue more likely to make your nose bleed than any of the higher elevations you’re asked to climb. Given how pervasive that voiceover can be in the first hour, I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned out to be too much of a stamina test for most players. Persevere, however, and then it’s often remarkable how eager Riders Republic is to step aside.

There is a decent amount of community tools in Riders Republic, and that community’s next step in this game will be fascinating.

Part of that has to do with how quickly you can get to any event on the map and be whisked there almost instantly (on the X Series, at least, where I spent most of my time playing. Riders Republic), and partly to how you can switch between disciplines on the fly. Wingsuit down the side of a mountain and you can maintain some of that momentum as you instantly transform into two wheels – or maybe send your ATV off the edge of a cliff and into the blue there before lighting the wingsuit rocket and shooting to the horizon. It’s silly and outrageously fun, the act of changing sports via the radial menu is as much a part of the process as performing tricks for the more adventurous player.

It’s also delicate, just like the heart of Riders Republic. There are three control setups on offer – a trickster setup that maps stunt movements to the right stick, a running setup that lets you control the camera, and a third that smoothly mimics Steep’s own pattern – and none of them. they don’t work perfectly, with a lack of gentle weighing undermining all of the sports on offer here. It’s far from disastrous, the spirit, and something you quickly adapt to, although it’s worth knowing that this is an extreme sports game with a certain lightness in its parts. sensations.

All of this is more than made up for by what Riders Republic does well, and its sheer maximalist exuberance. There are also little details here that help sell each discipline, like the beautifully crisp snow that tangibly deforms when snowboarding or skiing, the whistle of the wind in a wingsuit, or that wonderful, smooth roar of a well-oiled crankset that accompanies a bike ride. As one of those horrible people who squeeze in lycra and block traffic across the country on most weekend mornings, Riders Republic’s newly added bikes have a special appeal, and they don’t disappoint; there’s a surprising amount of road bikes and mountain bikes on offer, many of them officially licensed like Specialized and Kona.

Like many Riders Republic, the soundtrack is everywhere. There’s The Offspring’s All I Want straight out of Crazy Taxi, an atrocious cover of the Ukelele Girls from Gangsta’s Paradise and somehow, in the middle of that whole Girl / Boy lot of Aphex Twins. Which turns out to be a great accompaniment for a downhill and that’s what drove him to become a Recommended, in all fairness.

More aptly, Riders Republic offers the quiet thrill of a self-contained two-wheeled getaway. Walk away from the events and you can get lost pedaling the peaks of Yosemite, traversing the vast thickets of Sequoia, or plotting a course through the thorny heights of Bryce Canyon, taking in all those impossible views along the way. . Donlan said it best – he still does – when he called Riders Republic the Justice League of Parks, outdoor superheroes all broken together for an irresistible whole. It’s a playground like no other.

Calm and chaos also coexist, and Riders Republic is very busy thanks to the way he fills the map with other players. Stop to take in the scenery and you’ll see ghostly appearances of other players spinning across the sky in their wingsuits or crashing into the snow after a failed trick run – a facet that gets hilarious in the regularly scheduled mass races that send out 64 players hurtle down a mountain in a beautiful thick mess. More coordinated adventures are possible by grouping together with other players and moving from one event to allowing you to roam the parks without being able to progress).

The views can be breathtaking, but what’s even more impressive are the fast load times on next-gen consoles.

Its offering is no different than Forza Horizon in this way, as is the way events unlock and dot the map as you pursue and progress through each individual career. There are specials in ‘Funkies’ – ice cream bikes and rocket skis and other assorted oddities – and of course a mountain of half-dome-sized collectibles unearthed in the nooks and crannies of the park. Like many of the best open-world games, it’s often overwhelming, though it’s not helped by a certain lack of cleanliness that keeps it from feeling truly cohesive, and it certainly isn’t helped by a certain amount. bullshit that infiltrates. There are outfits to purchase for your character, but the way they are delivered is baffling yet on the edge of the offensive – you can only access a few per day with the main gear being kept. behind a real money currency that sits next to your in-game winnings, and feels downright icky.

It might just be part of the territory when it comes to Ubisoft’s open world gaming, although that doesn’t really make it any more palatable. It’s a big blot on an otherwise remarkable game, an open-world arcade extreme sports game that’s engaging, accessible, and pleasantly quirky, all served with an impressive width and scale befitting the large parks that serve There are bumps and bruises along the way, but the exuberance and energy offered here makes Riders Republic a worthwhile adventure.

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