New rider growing skills and adding to the motorcyckle collection.
RIDE, the new motorcycle road/street racing video game
Would you adam and eve it.. there I was about to conduct an interview on the Yamaha stand for the vlog channel and came upon 3 PS4 consoles running a new motorcycle based video game!
Wow, this has my name all over it. I am big into video games and love motorcycling. I stood and watched some youngsters getting to grips with the game and I was hooked fom the moment I set eyes of it.
The publishers and Develpers are Bandai Namco and Milestone and they have given us, the motorcycling and video game fans, something we have not seen since 2002 and the old Tourist Trophy on the PS2.
Worth the wait? Absolutely. The graphics, as it should be on a PS4 new release, are excellent and the background and side views replenish at a good rate allowing you to focus on the action as if you were there riding the roads for real. All you really need is some sort of vibrating machine under your arse as you go over bumps, but enough of my problems :)
The really great news, in my opinion, is that with only a couple of exceptions, all the world's best loved motorcycle companies have at least one machine in the game and in some cases, several. This is a real winner over GP, or even F1, based games as these are the machines that YOU and I could actually ride on the road. Grab a Yamaha MT-XX and head over to Wales and relive the same thing on the game. Okay, it's not like you can play the game as an alternative to actually test riding the bike but it gives you the chance to try out bikes relative to other bikes and it might actually illuminate road bikes that you have never previously thought about. you might spend some time just checking all the bikes out.
The game has in-built longevity thanks to a realistic learning curve where you can upgrade to bikes requiring more skill and experience, especially if you start modifying it!
To my mind, where this will be a big winner is on the online multiplayer match-ups. Riding with your mates or strangers and racing them on real digitsed streets will surely get the pulse racing. There are very few things that offer an adrenaline rush that compares to motorcycilng. I might even get a fan and stick it in font of me to replicate the wind.
What surprised me was that the graphics, gameplay and technical setup far surpasses even the popular motorbike racnig games that one sees in an arcade. Of course, we would all love to have a faux motorbike to sit on in the lounge or games den whilst playing the game but RIDE really does move the game on, excusing the pun.
I for one canbnot wait to get my hands on a copy. If we are lucky enough to bag an early version then we will do some full videos and blog reviews on the game.
What better way to spend a wet and dreary day!
Check out our own video interview with Geraint Evans, Head of Marketing at video distributor, pqube, taken yesterday at the game global launch at the MCN show, London.
RIDE will be availabe on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC and is set for release on March 20th 2015, spookily the same launch date as this site! :)