XBOX ONE Trials Fusion

Last updated date: July 24, 2019

DWYM Score
8.1


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 123 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE Trials Fusion placed 5th 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
8.1
12 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
138 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
- Metacritic
- Common Sense Media
Trials Fusion is still a supremely enjoyable game. My favourite additions, though, are the level-specific challenges. Now when you get bored of hunting down that elusive platinum medal time, you can consult the pause menu for the impetus to try something else.
- Euro Gamer
June 5, 2019 | Full review
Luckily, you can always instantly restart the whole she-bang if you’re pushing for that goal, and you can also go back and mine earlier tracks for an improved result if you need a few more golds.
- Trusted Reviews
April 17, 2014 | Full review
Bonus challenges give you a good change of pace from the racing. Plus, it gives you great intrinsic rewards as you steadily improve.
- GameSpot
April 16, 2014 | Full review
Another seemingly big feature is the ability to perform tricks using the right analog stick.
- Destructoid
April 17, 2014 | Full review
Great use of physics creates a substantial but conquerable challenge. Massively prolonged lifespan thanks to online leaderboards and level editor.
- Games Radar
April 16, 2014 | Full review
The tricky experience is free on Xbox One right now thanks to Games with Gold!
- The X Box Hub
August 16, 2017 | Full review
The most noticeable improvement in Trials Fusion is, of course, the visuals. RedLynx has officially ushered the Trials franchise into the next-gen with improved graphical fidelity across the board. Tracks have a greater scope, are much more detailed, and each has its own personality whether it’s a futuristic lab, a decaying temple, or a rainy city.
- Game Rant
The track design in Fusion is pretty good. The game manages to stay true to its roots, while adding even more excitement to the tracks. The backgrounds are filled with explosions, collapsing buildings and other extreme stuff. There are often different routes to choose from as well, so that it can take multiple tries to find the best path.
- Games Reviews
May 26, 2014 | Full review
The Trials series has a reputation for fun and challenge, and this entry offers no reason to change that expectation. Stages of escalating difficulty put a player’s motorbike platforming, jumping, and balance to the test. Endless retries are inevitable as each course is charted and memorized.
- Game Informer
April 16, 2014 | Full review
Fusion is the shiniest, prettiest Trials yet, which is all you need to know really. It's also nicely presented.
- Xbox Achievements
April 16, 2014 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Less successful is a new trick system.
- Euro Gamer
June 5, 2019 | Full review
New tricks system doesn’t feel intuitive. This isn’t particularly coherent, and it also causes one of the biggest annoyances in game: repetitive commentary that kicks in every time you hit restart.
- Trusted Reviews
April 17, 2014 | Full review
Unintuitive editor lacks tutorials
- GameSpot
April 16, 2014 | Full review
Unfortunately, challenges are one of the few welcome additions to the tried-and-true Trials formula. Fusion places a heavy emphasis on a new futuristic setting which, in theory, could have worked okay. In reality, it just ends up feeling boring and, again, uninspired.
- Destructoid
April 17, 2014 | Full review
FMX tricks are finicky and unintuitive.
- Games Radar
April 16, 2014 | Full review
There are a few graphical bugs and the music gets annoying after a while. The controls might be hard to get used to and the lack in multiplayer tracks makes it dull after a while.
- Games Reviews
May 26, 2014 | Full review
Trials Fusion is hard, and so too is its achievement list. Sniffing out secrets, passing every challenge, doing all of the things is required. You'll have to dig in and invest the time. And perhaps a piece of your sanity too.
- Xbox Achievements
April 16, 2014 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

This edition of Trials Fusion includes both the full Trials Fusion game and the Season Pass for access to future additional content. Take on an unlimited array of platform-racing challenges in the unreal world of Trials Fusion. Using your skills to traverse across obstacle-laden, ramp-ridden courses, you must strive to set track records against the best Trials players around the globe. Whether you're racing alone, with friends, or in a global tournament, competition is always around you. And racing on official courses is just the beginning. A rich world of custom courses-built by some of the most creative and skilled content creators in gaming-awaits those who are continually searching for a new, insane track to conquer. And with long-term support of fresh features and content, the Trials experience will continue to expand and challenge players in new and exhilarating ways.

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.