Urban Trial Freestyle 3DS Review: Seems familiar
Authored by Patrick Day-Childs
I wasn’t entirely sure what I would be getting from Urban Trial Freestyle when I picked it up to play. It felt all a little familiar, you can guess what to, right? Yeah, Trials HD, minus the HD. But what’s interesting is that I didn’t like Trials HD, but I enjoyed Urban Trial Freestyle to an extent; and if we didn’t have any games similar to each other then the marketplace would be very shallow indeed.
I played the 3DS version, which you can buy from Nintendo’s eShop.
The game is set in two modes: Stunt and Time Attack. Stunt mode will have you performing the best stunts with minimal failures. Failures being whenever you face plant the floor. You’ll be graded out of 5 stars, and you need to obtain 3 stars in most tracks in each area to progress. The game has a weird difficulty curve, in that I found the first few levels really hard and then whizzed through the rest of the game.
They do add in other obstacles though, some require you to slam the brakes, outrun boulders and others have you tilting the 3DS so it stayed relatively engaging, just without much of a challenge.
The second mode is time attack. Obviously, you have to set the best time in this one. But it offers a nice little added challenge to the game. And you’re still marked out of 5 so you can progress in the game.
You get rewarded for completing levels too; your money can be spent on making your character look all shiny and new, you’re able to buy new shirts, hats, trousers, gloves and shoes. You can also unlock different bikes that offer better speed, handling and acceleration by performing well in stages.
But the best customization is found in the stage maker. There’s a great deal of depth in it and I spent most of my time building almost impossible tracks then laughing at myself when I smashed into pretty much every obstacle. But a big issue is that you can’t share the stages online…at all. So I ended up just waving my 3DS in my friend’s faces while screaming “Look what I did!”. You’re right, that’s a lie, I have no friends I waved it in front of a mirror. Don’t judge me.
The game has comparatively nice graphics for a 3DS game. It’s set across 5 different environments, Down town, Outskirts, Industrial, Underground and Train Depot. Each one offers different visuals compared to the last, and it really pushes you to enjoy the game a little more.
The edges around pretty much everything in the game look a little rugged, as you can see just by looking at the pictures we’ve included in this review. But it’s easy to over look the small things.
This game has some nice features, but it’s just so…Done. It feels as though this doesn’t bring anything new to this kind of game, at £6,29/$6.99 it’s not a bad little purchase. But it’s certainly nothing to get excited about.
I was given a Urban Trial Freestyle code to download from the 3DS e-shop from Indigo Pearl on behalf of Tate MultiMedia. It took me around 5 hours to complete. I face-planted many walls, pulled off very few stunts and made my guy look very swanky.