XBOX ONE RIDE 3

Last updated date: July 22, 2019

DWYM Score
7.2


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 127 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE RIDE 3 placed 8th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Bike Game for a detailed review of all the top bike games.

Expert Summarized Score
6.9
16 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.8
7 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
- Metacritic
Quite honestly, the handling is superb in Ride 3. Right from the start, the sensitivity is spot-on, which is very rare for any kind of racing game for me. I usually find myself having to tinker with settings to find my biting point, but I loved how this felt from the start. You can ease into corners without having to constantly nudge the stick as in other games, because it’s almost a 1:1 input that allows you to lean into corners without issue, and shifting the weight of the bike through chicanes is a delight.
- God Is A Geek
November 29, 2018 | Full review
Fortunately, Milestone are usually pretty good in this department and in RIDE 3 they’ve hit the ideal Career type perfectly by bringing players a fairly lengthy and progressive career that challenges you as you play and progress through numerous race series, each of which make up parts of a magazine. Each of these mags focus on different types of bikes such as Sports, SuperMoto and even Superbikes, with some vintage classics thrown into the mix too.
- The X Box Hub
November 28, 2018 | Full review
Really, Ride 3 is surprisingly accessible for a racing sim – the game provides a wide array of difficulty settings, allowing players to adjust opponent AI, ideal trajectory guides, braking and steering assistance, and more.
- WCCF Tech
November 28, 2018 | Full review
Quick and open progression in career mode helps maintain a steady pace and career mode is addictive at first for a few hours.
- Gaming Bolt
November 30, 2018 | Full review
- Screen Rant
November 28, 2018 | Full review
The sense of speed is great here, and trying to earn separation from the pack is a thrill.
- Bleacher Report
November 29, 2018 | Full review
This game has decent number of tracks and cleaner career mode.
- Team VVV
December 28, 2018 | Full review
Still the closest thing to Gran Turismo with bikes, which makes it a worthwhile title for those who love leaning into corners at insane speeds with a powerful engine between their legs.
- Game Spew
November 29, 2018 | Full review
More than 200 motorcycles are ready and waiting to be collected, 30 tracks are waiting for you to take your new wheels out for a spin.
- Critical Hit
January 18, 2019 | Full review
This game has beautiful simulation of a motorbike's movement.
- Games Radar
March 27, 2015 | Full review
The controls for the Ride 3 are very flexible and the game will give you much or as little help as you require which can all be adjusted in the settings ranging from just holding down the accelerator to having to manage the lean into the turns, you can go as in depth as you want to in this game and will give playersat every level something they will enjoy.
- Stoffel Presents
November 28, 2018 | Full review
Where Ride 3 really excels is when it comes to pandering to a biker’s sense of belonging. That might sound like a load of crap, but I’ve never had a bike game give me the sudden urge to tinker with my bike or go for a ride in the dank depths of autumn. Ride 3’s physics feel solid and give you an incredible sense of speed as you progress up to the faster bikes.
- Drive Tribe
Ride 3 comes with a lot of content, this is a huge game comprising over 25 stages each with multiple tracks for you to compete on.
- Focus Entertainment
November 28, 2018 | Full review
Thankfully there are weekly challenges to contend with and each has leaderboards so even if you can’t find an online race you can still compare yourself to the best. There’s also a time-trial mode should you wish to test yourself on any one of the thirty tracks on offer.
- Jump Dash Roll
December 19, 2018 | Full review
The tracks, options, bikes and modes rival the Forza series, which is undoubtably made with a budget several times greater than what is available to Milestone. For this alone, the game should be admired.
- Gamer Knights
November 30, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Only really looks good on a 4K console.
- God Is A Geek
November 29, 2018 | Full review
One issue is that on frequent occasions I haven’t even able to actually boot the game due to an error message stating that the game is taking too long to start, before booting me out to the Xbox One dashboard. My other issue however – and one that many will likely find equally annoying – is the fact that at the end of each race, the game is far too premature at calling a race ‘over’.
- The X Box Hub
November 28, 2018 | Full review
Visuals aren’t anything special and career mode can be a grind.
- WCCF Tech
November 28, 2018 | Full review
Barring the bikes themselves, visuals begin to fall apart under scrutiny. Lack of initial tutorials might be frustrating for some.
- Gaming Bolt
November 30, 2018 | Full review
Unfortunately, RIDE 3 doesn’t quite hit this bar. Although not a bad game by any means, there’s certainly a problem with engaging the player in any meaningful way, and in part it comes down to the game’s awkward placing just an inch away from simulation play. Quite simply, RIDE 3 is ever-so-slightly stuck between arcade and simulation, and as such fails to find a home in either traditional form of racing game. RIDE 3 generally lacks that sharpness and over-the-top bombastic nature that comes with the best examples of pick-up-and-play racing games, and these are two elements that should really come quickly to something with such an intensity as motorcycle racing. Everything feels a little bit too sluggish, with bikes not handling quite as the player might expect and top speeds that should normally leave players breathless instead seen almost as a default. Despite its promise, RIDE 3 doesn’t really deliver when it comes to a sheer, stylized racing experience.
- Screen Rant
November 28, 2018 | Full review
No in-race music and has inconsistent visuals.
- Team VVV
December 28, 2018 | Full review
Ride 3‘s biggest issue is that it’s just so sterile. Its presentation lacks flair, and its racing lacks a certain excitement.
- Game Spew
November 29, 2018 | Full review
Ride 3 is lacking in several departments. Make no mistake, the attention to detail lavished on each pocket rocket is astounding, but done at the expense of every other feature in the sequel. Ride 3 doesn’t just have rough edges, it has jagged corners that result in bizarre bugs and inconsistencies.
- Critical Hit
January 18, 2019 | Full review
AI's too conservative on most corners.
- Games Radar
March 27, 2015 | Full review
Sadly, there is some lag in the races where it will freeze and you have to wait for the game to catch up and unfreeze which can cause it to mess with your flow a bit and can interfere with your concentration when in a longer race which is a shame
- Stoffel Presents
November 28, 2018 | Full review
The AI bikers aren’t prone to cocking up, and you nearly always come off worse (literally) in a collision with them.
- Drive Tribe
Physics are inconsistent and the track graphics are staid.
- Focus Entertainment
November 28, 2018 | Full review
Ride 3 doesn’t quite elevate its bikes to the Hollywood-like levels Forza achieves.
- Jump Dash Roll
December 19, 2018 | Full review
Multiplayer in Ride 3 is not good.
- Gamer Knights
November 30, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

RIDE 3 is the ultimate motorbike game for bike enthusiasts: realistic, adrenaline-packed, and featuring over 230 bikes dedicated to racing fans. Maintaining the identity of the popular RIDE series, RIDE 3 brings all-new features and elements to the game to create an unmatched motorbiking experience. From GPs and Supermoto tracks to country and city circuits, RIDE 3 has it all. Ride in the most iconic places around the world, whether competing in road circuits, drag races, or any of the many categories included in the game. Thanks to the new customization possibilities, you will be able to modify your beloved bike both on a mechanical and aesthetic level, with the brand-new livery editor. Discover maximum freedom of choice with the new volume-based career mode and go deeper into the single-player story while unlocking new challenges.

Overall Product Rankings

1. XBOX ONE MXGP 2: The Official Motocross
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
2. ‎Black Rock Studio Pure
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
3. Rainbow Studios MX Vs ATV Reflex
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
4. XBOX ONE TT Isle of Man: Ride On The Edge
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 17
5. XBOX ONE Trials Fusion
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 12
6. PS4 TrackMania Turbo
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 21
7. XBOX 360 Mx Vs ATV Untamed
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 7
8. XBOX ONE RIDE 3
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 16
9. Milestone S.r.l. MXGP2
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 9
10. XBOX ONE Monster Energy Supercross
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Bike Games

If you’re craving a high-speed trail trip over hills and through the mud, but you don’t want to shell out thousands for a sportbike or ATV, you’re in luck. There are plenty of video games that will give you the same thrills, chills and spills from the comfort of your own couch. 

The best bike games run the gamut from motocross racing matchups (like “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Game”) to wild ATV tricks (like “Pure”). Microsoft holds the trophy for top bike games; the Xbox One and Xbox 360 have a slew of fun titles. 

There’s some info you should know if you’re new to the fast-paced world of bike games. First off, you’re not pedaling furiously on a bicycle. These games focus on motorcycle races, off-road motocross matchups and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) stunts. 

Standard motorcycle races take place on a pavement track or road. Riders race in the same direction on a circular course, much like NASCAR races. The track is tighter than other forms of bike racing; some tracks are as narrow as 14 feet across. 

Traditional motorcycle road racing took place on closed-off public roads. Most of those events have given way to stadium races on dedicated tracks.  There are still some public road circuits in Europe, and you can experience the freedom of outdoor racing on the Xbox One’s “TT Isle of Man: Ride On The Edge.” 

Motocross racing is the rough-and-tumble version of motorcycle racing. Riders only race outdoors on closed-circuit tracks with right and left turns, high jumps and steep declines. The terrain varies throughout the race. Competitors have to navigate between muddy puddles, grass, sand and whatever else the course throws at them. “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Game” is a top choice for motocross racing games. 

These races are designed to test precision skills, with up to 40 riders competing around tight turns with mud flying across their field of vision. Don’t call a motocross race a motorcycle race; motocross riders take pride in their tough outdoor style. 

ATV races happen either off-road or on an indoor dirt track. They push a driver’s skill set and their All-Terrain Vehicle to the limit. The best ATV riders in the world take massive jumps and messy corners at top speed. They also have to deal with “roost,” the dirt and rocks that get kicked up from the back end of their competitions’ bike. 

The Xbox 360’s “Pure” is a realistic ATV simulator that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to gameplay. If your friends want to put their motocross skills up against your ATV tricks, a game like “MS vs ATV Reflex” on Xbox 360 is a perfect match. 

You’ll have a few more considerations to make once you’ve figured out which kind of racing intrigues you (or excites a lucky giftee). Our Tips & Advice will help you choose a game you’ll love playing. 

DYWM Fun Fact

“The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy” is more than a racetrack in our top four bike game picks. It’s a real motorcycle race on an island between Great Britain and Ireland, and it’s over 100 years old. 

In the early 1900s, bikers set sail for tracks on the mountainous Isle of Man, but they couldn’t make it up the steep hills on regular bicycles. Luckily, driving sports started making waves in Europe by 1906, and riders were finally completing the course on motorcycles. 

Today’s Tourist Trophy is a must-visit destination for bike fanatics around the world, but this race is not for newbies. Bikers race through the 37.5 mile loop at an average speed of 130 mph.  More than 242 riders have died since the Tourist Trophy’s inception, and hundreds more leave the track with serious injuries. It’s considered the world’s most dangerous motorcycle race, but that doesn’t stop adrenaline-fueled bikers from taking on the track every year.

The Bike Game Buying Guide

  • Make sure the game you’ve selected runs on your console. Our top four picks run on either the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One. If you’re dying to play a 360 game like “MX vs ATV Reflex,” but you have an Xbox One, you can still play them on your system. Newer Xbox Ones have built-in backward compatibility, and you can use special adapters to pair up older One models.
  • Do you like to ride solo, or are you a multiplayer master? You can challenge up to eight other players in online mode in “TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge.” If you want more multiplayer action, “Pure” can accommodate up to 16 online players. 
  • Most of these graphics-heavy racing games don’t offer split-screen multiplayer. The environments in these bike games are so intricate and the races are so fast that a split-screen option would take massive console memory and major engineering manpower to create. Luckily, you can still race your friends while you sit in the same room — you just have to go online to do it. 
  • Determine which elements of the bike game are the most important to you. Are you looking for a hyper-realistic motorcycle race around a real-world course? Pick up “TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge.” On the hunt for an all-ages motocross game with incredible graphics and thoughtful controls? “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Video Game” delivers on every front. 
  • Controllers, command keys and combos vary in each racing game, and each control system is vying to give you the full engine-revving experience. “Pure” is known for using simple commands on the Xbox 360 controller so you can start racing your ATV ASAP. Serious competitors will love the dual controls in “MX vs ATV Reflex.” The game uses both joysticks simultaneously, one to control the rider’s movements and the other to control the bike’s movements. It adds a greater level of realism but might be trickier for younger players to pick up. Do some research on how your bike game interacts with the controller to make sure you’ll get the experience you want. 
  • How much personality do you want to inject into your gameplay? Customization options, like picking different road surfaces or choosing wheel sizes for your motorcycle, make your game a little more personal. They also extend how long you’ll play them since you have plenty of chances to see how different combinations perform on the trail. “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Video Game” lets you customize almost every aspect of your virtual motocross experience.