Ride 4 - have we finally got the perfect motorbike sim?
The latest Ride game is more polished than ever
At £49.99 for the base version (£74.99 for the deluxe edition) many motorcycle gaming fans will be looking to reviews to see whether the latest incarnation of the Ride franchise is worth the not unsubstantial wedge.
Having played the new game for the last week solid (lockdown does have its uses) I've listed the good and bad bits below
There's yet to be a developer who has really perfected motorbike racing in a game. In fact, the holy grail will probably never be reached, but Ride 4 is by far the most complete attempt to date. It improves massively on the last game for both realism and satisfaction factor when you get things just right. It's another generation ahead of anything that's come before it.
Everything looks and sounds great
Rather than developing too many new models of bike and track, they've instead concentrated on polishing the existing bikes in perfect detail, using laser scanning of both circuits and bikes which look superb from every angle. Engine sounds are another level again from anything made previously.
The last version of Ride was a tad irritating where loading times were concerned. Having timed the average load screen, I'm pleased to say they've been reduced by around half.
It's tough but rewarding
There are now endurance races where fuel load, tyre compound and weather are all a constantly shifting factor. The AI is also HUGELY improved upon, and actually a tad scary when it comes to realism. Even on 'Very Easy' mode (I know, I know) it's tough to make a break from your competitors.
It's also possible to create custom helmets, badges and leather designs in the online sharing mode. Look for the D_TRB logo for your leathers and helmet!
For a list of all of the updates to the gameplay, see the video below.
Ride 4 is a game of commitment, and not just because of the retail price. Certain licenses and challenges are TOUGH! But if you put in the work, you won't find a more complete or rewarding motorcycle sim out there.
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