Name: TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge
Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed on: PlayStation 4
Acquired: *A copy of this game was provided from publisher for review purpose*
TT Isle of Man is perhaps one of the most iconic motorcycle races in the world. The race has been hosted since 1907 and TT Isle of Man has claimed more than 250 lives. Now you can experience this in the comfort of your own sofa, but it is worth playing? I will try to answer this question during the review.
When you first start TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge, you are met with the video introducing the game, and rarely have I witnessed a more dramatic narration of a motorcycle event. Ever.
The story of TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge is quite non-existing. In the career mode, you drive your way on the journey to become the next superstar racer. The only way you really notice this progress is by the mail you receive and the invitation to new races, without any celebration of your success. After such a dramatic introduction to the game, I feel let down. Abandoned.
Breaking it down, career mode consists of a few repeating steps. You do race after race while saving money to buy a new, better bike. Buy the bike, rinse and repeat.
No one can say that this is not a good looking game, because it is. The environment is sometimes breathtaking, even when rushing through it in more than 250 km/h, filled with tunnel vision and cameras trembling from the machine pushed to the edge between your legs.
One thing that is painfully obvious is that a single course has received all the love: the TT Isle of Man Snaefell Mountain Course. The rest of the fictional courses, despite their good looks, lack variation and the level of detail that this course has gotten. The feel of Snaefell Mountain almost makes up for this, though, because it IS beautiful and it IS well made.
Not all of the animations are perfectly made, especially the crashes you will have while playing the game, look extremely stiff.
As you would expect from a game like this, you have several gameplay options. You have the career mode, quick race, time trial and multiplayer. The career mode is unfortunately extremely underwhelming, as explained above, and the other game modes do not add any value to the game. Time trials is a good way to practice and learn the courses, but other than that it doesn’t really tickle any buttons.
The multiplayer is not exactly what I would call thrilling either, with offline multiplayer being one after the other without the possibility of playing at the same time. The online one can best be described as dead… After MANY attempts of getting a race, I managed to get one with the other players quitting during the race.
The other truly horrible thing about the game is the AI of the other motorcyclists. They will not react to you being on the course at all, and if you are in their path and you happen to drive slower than them, they will not attempt to avoid you. You will be rammed from behind.
Hopefully you will stay in front of them and drive faster, because having them around is not a happy experience.
Even though the controls are easy to learn, they are so very very hard to master. For beginners to the game and racing genre it will be a steep learning curve, probably focusing more on the lined path than the track itself. When increasing the difficulty of the controls, the realism of the handling will become more noticeable. It is extremely difficult to learn how to play it perfectly, and very satisfying when you get it right.
I learned very fast that I would be extremely dead if I ever tried to pull of the stunts I managed to do in this game. In fact, I would probably die as soon as I turned the throttle the way I tried to in the beginning. This game is unforgiving, relentless and very realistic in a lot of ways, even on the lowest difficulty. That is not a bad thing, just… Hard.
Improving your time on some of the tracks may be worth it for some people, but I will probably play just one of the courses several times using different bikes. The problem with this is that one round on the Snaefell Mountain Course takes about 20 minutes, so it is a limit to how many times I would be doing that every night.
While there is replay value, this is not the game I would personally play very often and many of the courses are so boring I just did them because they appeared again and again on my career mode.
This is one of those games that just should never have been made. Not like this. They got so much right in this game, but the small niche of players this appeals to does not justify making such a narrow game. IF this game had been evolved into a game broadcasting a greater variety of courses, with more attention to the career mode, making it larger and less repetitive, it would have been a great game.
Unfortunately, they did not and the motor enthusiast in my heart is crying.
Total Score: 5.5/10
”Might want to wait for a sale, some will like this game and others won’t”