Generally favorable reviews - based on 55 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 44 out of 55
  2. Negative: 0 out of 55
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  1. 95
    Trials Rising is pure, unadulterated, arcade fun at its finest.
  2. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising isn’t going to set the world on fire, but it achieves what it sets out to do with aplomb. It’s a simple concept, executed with flair, and if that’s not worth applauding then what is?
  3. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising is another hit for RedLynx and Ubisoft: fun, stimulating, extremely solid and almost infinite.
  4. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials: Rising is a wildly fun game that offers both simplicity and depth in the most satisfying of ways, despite an occasionally annoying soundtrack.
  5. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising offers phenomenal value for money. The tried and tested gameplay has been refined to perfection, there are more than 100 events on offer, and its multiplayer modes are a blast. Any Trials fan should expect to get dozens of hours of gameplay out of Trials Rising, which is not to be sniffed at.
  6. Feb 25, 2019
    A great Trials game, perfect for veterans and newcomer, with online features is a potential endless game.
  7. Mar 1, 2019
    Utterly fantastic level design and with a continuous flow of incoming events, you'll not get bored any time soon. Ubisoft puts the Trials franchise back on the map with a great game which has a lot going for it. A nice addition is the option to build your own tracks, although it will prove daunting at first. The game can feel a bit grindy as well from time to time but we really can't think of any other issues with this game. A fun game that comes highly recommended.
  8. Feb 28, 2019
    Trials Rising offers one of the best Trials-experiences yet. The levels are challenging, the multiplayer is simple but fun and the Track Editor is bigger than ever. Sadly the looting and pimping system is not rewarding and the game stutters sometimes.
  9. Feb 27, 2019
    Trials Rising is the most complete delivery of the Trials saga, and also the most spectacular.
  10. Feb 26, 2019
    One of the best ever examples of how to do a Trials game, introducing several new features to the franchise. Good jodbRedLynx.
  11. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising offers an exhilarating experience that is based on an unbeatable control system and achieves a good balance between frustration and rewarding moments. As the biggest title of the franchise, it manages to build an addictive proposal that would be better not to miss.
  12. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising is the easily the best entry in the popular 2.5D racing series and will keep you occupied for months to come.
  13. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising is maybe the best game of the IP thanks to its social aspects, and it's easy to learn hard to master gameplay. We would have loved fewer microtransactions for the customization.
  14. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising on PC, PS4 and Xbox One delivers a great amount of content, with a lot of customization, from character to tracks itselves. That being said, we would have liked some new ideas for the franchise and more interesting multiplayer tracks.
  15. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising does not innovate, it limits itself to perfecting a widely tested formula, improving, albeit marginally, almost all aspects from both a qualitative and a quantitative point of view.
  16. Feb 25, 2019
    No doubt, comparing to the prequel, Trials Rising has a huge leap on both map design and gameplay. In the Trials Rising, you will have plenty of new stuff to try, such as the tandem mode. But still, we found some technique issues and network lags in it too.
  17. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising brings back the classic feelings of the franchise after the disappointing Trials of the Blood Dragon.
  18. Feb 25, 2019
    Although we drive a motorbike, Trials Rising sits between platform and puzzle games. It is spectacular and incredibly fun to play (even more in local or online multiplayer modes), but some elements, such as loot boxes system and loading times, spoil the experience.
  19. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Apr 10, 2019
    Tracks are filled with variation and unique gimmicks, but all retain that core challenging premise. Sprinkle in ghost challenges, a superb co-op tandem bike mode, excellent tutorials, and minigames, and this is the best Trials package to date. [Issue#161, p.84]
  20. Edge Magazine
    Mar 28, 2019
    Never has a physics-based vehicular puzzle game bestowed such a vivid sense so generously before. [Issue#331, p.114]
  21. Mar 9, 2019
    "Pure fun". This is the best way to describe Trials Rising, a game that improves upon the original design by RedLynx with amazing stages and great handling that becomes more addictive the more you play.
  22. Mar 7, 2019
    Trials Rising is a very good game and a return to form for the series. The tight physics are put to good use in the numerous tracks, and you always feel like you're in control of your bike and rider. The contract system gives you a reason to replay levels, and while the new unlock system via XP is a good way for dedicated players to finally see end-game content, it means that you don't need to perfect your skills like you did in the past. Customization and the pseudo-racing system might not be that exciting, but the core gameplay is good enough that fans won't mind their inclusion. As long as you don't mind having to crash and burn several times before getting a level right, you'll enjoy your time with Trials Rising.
  23. Feb 27, 2019
    Trials Rising is, without a doubt, the best game in the series so far.
  24. Feb 27, 2019
    Trials Rising is a juicy “more of the same”, but we dare you to say no to its crazy tracks, multiplayer challenges and tons of contents.
  25. Feb 26, 2019
    By and large, Trials Rising doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it maintains a high level of quality with the vast majority of its content by fine-tuning the series’ strengths with a bevy of well-designed tracks, tight controls, physics-focused gameplay, and offbeat sense of humor.
  26. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising does everything right, especially the co-op mode is a very nice addition to an already great game. If it was not as rough around its edges, it would have gotten a better rating.
  27. Feb 25, 2019
    A welcomed entry in a great series, although it has some flaws on its campaign progression that makes the game a bit less fun than it should have been.
  28. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising is a thrill ride of crazy tracks and various challenges, pushing physics-based racing to its limits.
  29. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising sticks to its roots by offering and fun and challenging trip around the world, putting aside the flashy neon look of its previous entry. Its various locations and constant humour will as usual keeps players hooked up for hours, thanks to a solid content and a heavy soundtrack that might have benefited from more diversity.
  30. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising adds a layer of annoyance on top of its already-winning formula, with its clunky world map and tedious level gating. Luckily, beneath that exterior it's just as electrifying as it's always been. The tracks are all a joy to race through as you chase landing on the leaderboard or overcoming tough Contracts. With its international approach and attention to detail, each level's design—from an art and gameplay perspective—feels like the best Trials has ever been.
  31. Feb 25, 2019
    Its collection of well-designed tracks are wonderful playgrounds for its familiar yet still addictive physics-heavy biking gameplay.
  32. Feb 25, 2019
    Even with a clumsy progression system, Trials Rising's vibrant tracks, tight controls, and excellent tutorials are some of the best in the series.
  33. Feb 25, 2019
    Even if you never end up touching the head-to-head online multiplayer, local co-op, ambitious track editor, or any of the ensuing user-made creations, Trials Rising will keep you plenty busy at launch. Some of the out-of-level elements could use another pass, but progression pacing issues, loot-box bloat, and technical hiccups weren't enough to put me off what is ultimately another great Trials game.
  34. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising takes us back to basics with the real world inspiring a long series of new and inventive trials, but losing none of the challenge or RedLynx's dark sense of humour. The menus are a bit messy, the loot boxes pointless, and it doesn't really advance the series, but when you get into it this is the series back to its addictive, infuriating, "one more go!" best.
  35. 80
    Rising is without a doubt the best Trials game yet. The community this series has garnered over the span of two decades finally gets a little of the limelight and, quite frankly, serves as the lynchpin of this game. The gameplay is as tight as ever while the tracks themselves are scintillating, showcasing the developer's creativity which is, even at this late stage of the Trials saga, first-rate.
  36. 80
    Trials Rising is not an evolution for the franchise. Instead, RedLynx delivers a smart sequel that offers up the same great gameplay while improving upon various side-aspects of the series.
  37. Feb 26, 2019
    Long-time Trials fans will find a familiar yet enjoyable game in Rising. It may feature a wealth of content and many truly memorable moments but it still doesn't quite feel like a huge step up for the series.
  38. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising offers some of the coolest levels in the series to date, and its new tutorial system does a better job of teaching you how to actually execute its hardest techniques than any game before it. That wide variety of tracks is unfortunately bogged down by the frustrating grind it takes to unlock them all and some strange decisions that lead to a more discouraging experience, but it’s still satisfying to get back on the bike and try for better medals if you can make it to the finish line.
  39. Mar 8, 2019
    Trials Rising brings back all the good things from the previous games, and it adds an amazing local coop. And the tutorials that we had been asking for years. It's incredible that despite that, Trials Rising is not the best in the series because a series of terrible design decisions (like lootboxes and grinding to infinity to unlock new events)
  40. Apr 8, 2019
    It's the best game in the series, but poor technical component and corrupt reward system copied from mobile games separate Trials Rising from true greatness. However, having zero competition Rising is the absolute champion in the digital motorbike trials.
  41. Mar 31, 2019
    Trials Risings’s fail-and-retry gameplay is as fun and addictive as ever. However, the tutorials aren’t as user friendly as they could have been, and the tandem mode and edit mode aren’t that appealing either.
  42. Mar 4, 2019
    Trials Rising offers up a great set of tracks with a good difficulty curve and the most fleshed out multiplayer options the series has ever had, though forced grinding to unlock later tracks in the campaign and intermittent performance problems create the kind of barriers you didn't want to see.
  43. Feb 26, 2019
    Playing through levels in Trials Rising is as addictive as ever, and the in-game tip making fun of the “just one more time” joke still rings true. For most players, the challenge becomes unbelievably difficult toward the end, but there are always other alternatives if you hit a wall, whether it’s multiplayer, trying your hand at the complex track editor, or going back to previous courses to improve your times. There are certainly a few faults along the way given the visual hiccups, the lackluster soundtrack, and the lack of options online, but this is another solid performance from the Trials team.
  44. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising offers solid and precise controls, great level design that will test your skills in a variety of ways, and a lot of content. at the same time, we really didn't like the progression system and preferred the simplicity of past installments.
  45. Mar 5, 2019
    Trials Rising feels like a pure incarnation of the series, and its significant structural and progression problems could be addressed over time as the live game evolves. But that revision (if it ever comes) is not the game currently on offer, and the current playthrough offers too much frustration in return for the moments of humor and skill mastery. I’m still an enthusiast for Trials, but when your gameplay is this established and staid, there’s no excuse for the surrounding trappings to be subpar.
  46. Feb 28, 2019
    Trials Rising is a fun game. There will be those who play it for a while just to see the different ways you can crash or to see its wacky tracks. And there will be who wants to master it's controls and become an expert in the game. This is the game's greatest accomplishment, that it can be fun for different type of players and everyone will have a unique experience with it. However, it will become repetitive rather quickly.
  47. Mar 4, 2019
    Trials Rising, another excellent racing platformer hybrid, is bogged down slightly by an ugly loot box economy and an unnecessary leveling system.
  48. Feb 26, 2019
    A large portion of Trials Rising’s content is gated off to all but those dedicated to playing this game and only this game for the foreseeable future.
  49. Feb 26, 2019
    Some unfortunate flaws unnecessarily sour the experience, but this is a welcome return for the Trials series and its unique approach to motorcycle action.
  50. Feb 26, 2019
    Trials Rising is a fun spectacle that puts the best of the nearly twenty-year-old series into one package.
  51. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising maintains the engrossing, challenging, and occasionally slapstick gameplay from past entries in the series, building upon it in small ways with a smartly implemented school to teach fundamental skills and modifiers to make events worth revisiting. But it also doesn't fix issues from the past, either. Its track editor remains uninviting to learn, and the more outrageous stunt events and course obstacles frustratingly lean more into random luck than calculated skill. Trials Rising isn't a reinvention of the franchise--it's an invitation to lose more hours to new exhilarating, technical, and ridiculous Trials courses.
  52. Feb 25, 2019
    Trials Rising dishes out the tricks we’ve come to expect from the series. Developer RedLynx steps up their level design and delivers more content than ever, but overly-familiar mechanics and unseemly microtransactions make it hard to get too excited about the game. If you’re hungry for new Trials action, this game delivers, but don’t expect it to rise to the occasion if you’re already weary of the formula.
  53. Feb 25, 2019
    There are some excellent levels in Trials Rising, though performance hiccups do generally detract from the overall bombast. A comprehensive campaign paves the way for a smoother learning curve than ever before, but protracted load times and lousy cosmetics will generally disappoint. The physics are still phenomenal, and the series has retained its addictive quality, but it can occasionally feel like a game looking for answers to questions that didn’t necessarily exist to begin with.
  54. Mar 25, 2019
    Ultimately, the real problem is that the developers have gotten away from the core of what makes Trials great — ultra-tight gameplay, challenging tracks, and an elegant, streamlined experience that delivers several plates’ worth of steak with none of the fat, and that’s just not the case with Trials Rising. I’ve got the patience to attempt a tricky jump hundreds of times (more than 600 goes on an Extreme track is my personal record) but grinding for EXP in a series that’s always been about pulling off impossible stunts and ascending to dirtbike godhood? I’ve got no time for it.
  55. Feb 27, 2019
    Those who can look past the charmless modernity of Trials Rising will find a lot to love in the core mechanics of the moment-to-moment gameplay, but Trials Rising is a perfect example of how seemingly minor and modern changes can drain the fun out of an otherwise great game, completely derailing the experience.
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  1. Feb 25, 2019
    I’ll be playing a lot more of Trials Rising in the coming months. There’s nothing like the agony and ecstasy of conquering one of its more difficult tracks, the heart-in-mouth tension of landing your bike on a near-vertical surface and revving just enough for the rear wheel to bite without flipping your rider backwards. Every tiny movement of bike and rider is significant and fully within your control. It’s a game about self-mastery, and believing you can do better. It helps that it’s also tremendous fun.
  2. Mar 1, 2019
    It’s hard not to love a game this eager to impress me with its pyrotechnics. Trials Rising is the kid at the fast food joint, filling their cup with 16 kinds of soda. And it’s delicious.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 72 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 72
  2. Negative: 21 out of 72
  1. Mar 22, 2019
    Redlynx and Ubisoft chose a bold new direction for Trials. They wanted this game to revolve around multiplayer, lootboxes andRedlynx and Ubisoft chose a bold new direction for Trials. They wanted this game to revolve around multiplayer, lootboxes and community-generated content, but they screwed it up hardcore, and in its current state, Trials Rising is a broken mess of a game.

    The first several hours are nice. All the tracks have great design and are fun to ride. There are extensive tutorials throughout the game that help you learn skills. Mid-way through the single player campaign, events become locked behind high levels, and you're required to grind out contracts to earn XP, regardless if you earned gold/platinum on every previous track. This is a tedious chore for long-time players, and a genuinely daunting task for newbies.

    The game's difficulty is shockingly inconsistent. In order to progress to the Grand Finale track (which is merely a HARD difficulty track, not EXTREME or NINJA, which I unlocked long before this one), you must complete 9 different Stadium Finals tracks, which feature abnormally difficult AI opponents. In these events you must string together several consecutive PERFECT RUNS in order to BARELY scrape by. This is a major source of frustration by all skill-levels of Trials players, I myself nearly had an aneurysm trying to complete them.

    The Skill Games are another instance of inconsistent difficulty. I can barely muster a bronze medal on several of these events, but on others I can effortlessly achieve a DIAMOND medal. An obvious lack of play-testing here, no way the devs could consider this balanced!

    You can download rider equipment that other people design, which is pretty cool... when Redlynx/Ubisoft allows it! They constantly remove copyrighted yet unoffensive content due to... reasons. I literally never seen this happen in any other game. It's ridiculous.

    Wanna play this game with friends? You better synch up with them in a ranked lobby, because private multiplayer lobbies arrive months after launch!

    On the technical side of things, It's astonishing how bugged this game is, especially when you consider this game had 3 f***ing betas to sort out issues.

    -Freezing for a second on every track, throwing my timing off. Sometimes it starts to chug along at 10fps for no reason.
    -Game crashes fairly often.
    -Bad inventory bug causing items to duplicate or delete at pure random.
    -Stickers on items erase themselves at pure random.
    -Ranked multiplayer just came out, and the scoring system is an absolute wreck, I've won each race, yet my rank keeps dropping and dropping.
    -While it hasn't happened to me, I've noticed people complaining about their Acorns disappearing. Acorns are the premium currency you can buy with real money. Ponder on that for a bit.

    tl;dr Trials Rising had vast potential, but launched in an unfinished state with inconsistent difficulty, poor design decisions & countless bugs. It's possible the game could be great by the end of 2019, but it's absolutely depressing right now.
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  2. Feb 28, 2019
    As it stands right now I have to give this game a 6/10. There are constant slowdowns and stutters which throw off your timing and hopefullyAs it stands right now I have to give this game a 6/10. There are constant slowdowns and stutters which throw off your timing and hopefully the game will be fixed to be more stable in a future patch. I know music is subjective, but the soundtrack is horrible. There isn't any option turn off individual tracks, which is a stupidly simple option to include that would help immensely. The load times can be ridiculously long and after every race, even in single player, you have to wait around for a screen to load in 4 avatars and one of them does an annoying taunt animation before you can move on. In a game all about replaying tracks over and over to improve this gets old so fast.

    You race against random ghosts, no option to limit the ghosts to your friends list. There are so many stickers in the customization options yet no good way to sort through them. A simple option would be to let us toggle between owned and unowned stickers. That would be a good start but there needs to be a way of organizing all the customization options and right now there just isn't.

    In order to beat some challenges there is a bug currently that has the time you have to beat to move on as the world record on the tracks. Needless to say but it's pretty much impossible to beat those levels for right now. Hopefully that gets fixed in a patch.

    Overall, the tracks and gameplay are good (except for the stutter and slowdown) but everything around those needs serious work. It's disappointing because this game had several betas and plenty of time to iron all this out. There's no private multiplayer, it's grayed out and says "Coming Soon" so if that's what interests you about the game, then skip it for now. It's like the game was made by people who never tested the actual gameplay. I can't believe none of the testers mentioned the option to turn off the music tracks you don't like, or only racing against the ghosts of your friends. Or how badly the customization needs organizing features. By far the most disappointing thing about this game right now is the technical issues, though. You get frame tearing and stuttering at the most inopportune times. The various betas should've worked those issues out. This is all on the PS4 Pro,.
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  3. Mar 8, 2019
    This game is good, but there is an initial grind to get the 3rd Bike which is a pain, it also makes you do worthless contracts that seemThis game is good, but there is an initial grind to get the 3rd Bike which is a pain, it also makes you do worthless contracts that seem tacked on near the completion of the doesn't feel like a trials game. Previous trials games where all about completing a track, this seem more about racing others and their ghost. I love the tracks that require you to think but the racing need to be taken out of the single player. The Stadium Finals need to go they are ima a load of crap. The map layout is over the top and would have been easier to navigate if it was a list again and had a description of where the map is located and what difficulty it is. All in all, I regret buying this game. if you are a trials fan stay clear, go back to evolution even. Full Review »