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Riders Republic Review – A Missed Opportunity



I’ve never hated a game that I find so extremely fun, but one way or another, Riders Republic has pulled it off. Ubisoft’s open-world action sports game begins with a promising premise: You, a speechless action sports enthusiast, arrive at Riders Ridge, the mecca of crushers everywhere. Somehow, against all national park laws and state regulations, the value of national parks in several states – including Mammoth and Yosemite – has been reclaimed by the action sports industry. for the express purpose of transporting the ass.

Rider’s Republic’s map is as beautiful as any other Ubisoft open world – that is, it’s visually pleasing to the eyes, but without a lot of significant or interesting depth. Giant mountains and deep valleys consume the map, giving the whole game a great sense of varying verticality. Several biomes – forest, desert, snow, etc. – do a decent job of adding visual variety as you move back and forth between goals.

And you go back and forth a lot. While Rider’s Republic has a bunch of collectibles on its map – like finding landmarks or popping balloons (… for some reason?) – the world isn’t all that appealing. I rarely felt the need to think outside the box, as my curiosity was never rewarded with anything other than menial collectibles – ways to cross endless boxes on various checklists. After a while I got bored of going from place to place and started traveling fast to save time. The Riders Republic map is really big, so going from one end to the other for a race can take over 10 minutes. Since this trip is always boring, I thought it was best to ignore it. This beautiful world was just a dress up rather than something I wanted to engage with.

Whether I’m in time trials or in its mass 64-person races, hurtling down the many roads and trails of the open world at breakneck speeds, sometimes what feels like a 90-degree drop, captures a sense of speed. that few games have. Every time I got into a race I felt like I barely had control, that one wrong move would send me to disaster, and it was thrilling. This was especially true for wingsuit and rocketsuit races, where you cruise through the air trying to get past checkpoints. During these intense races, you go up and down at very different altitudes, creating constant near crashes and collisions with the ground and the mountains around you. I loved taking part in the game’s races, testing my skills as Riders Republic slowly increased the challenge. Coming to first place has always felt good.

I also enjoyed the races which mix the different action sports of Riders Republic. Many long runs require you to alternate between your bikes, snowboards, wingsuits, and rockets on the fly, testing your skills and punishing every mistake. As I got better in the game, these races pushed my understanding of runner mechanics to a consistently satisfying way. I always jumped at the chance to do a new multisport race when it unlocked.

Challenge trick races, where you try to rack up a score by performing aerial maneuvers, aren’t as engaging. Achieving these tricks is not rewarding and you don’t have an incentive to master complex maneuvers because you can do it by simply performing the same basic tricks over and over again. I often made my way through these races so I rarely knew which lap I was going to pull off when hitting a ramp. The tower challenge races failed to test my knowledge or skills with the tower systems, which led me to largely ignore the system. Especially considering how many of these various trick races there are in Riders Republic – dozens or more for each sport – it eventually became a repetitive task when I had exhausted the more standard racing events to play.

After almost every race you win a new bike or a new vehicle. With this constant stream of new gear, I never got attached to a single piece of gear. As such, I didn’t have to search through my gear. I just picked the one with the most number and I was through my day. These are small complaints in the grand scheme of things, but in a game as long as Riders Republic, these little issues weighed on me.

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Riders Republic’s biggest problem is how he betrays all good on gameplay with non-stop horror. This game is desperate to make you think it’s cool. At all times, it bombards you with its interminably long script, full of incredibly boring characters, churning out a slew of irritating jokes and lines. Here are some sample choices: “You work these events like a rib of pork! Nummies,” and you bring out “a whole new level of steeze,” constantly repeated in dialogue prompts that can’t be ignored every time you scroll a certain amount. part of the game map or cross the world. These lines aren’t cool the first time around; they are unbearably unbearable after a dozen times.

The soundtrack has the same problem, which incredibly includes a cover of Coolio’s song “Gangsta’s Paradise”, softly performed by The Ukuleles Girls, with artist Zita. It really is one of the worst songs I have ever heard. Sprinkle in select tracks from Green Day’s latest album, “Black and Yellow” by Wiz Khalifa, and you’ve got a soundtrack that’s completely disconnected from popular music today. The soundtrack is a big sticking point for me because Riders shoves it down your throat. There is a radio in the game with different genres and stations, but once you enter the race the game has a predetermined soundtrack. Play a dozen races and there’s a good chance you’ll listen to the same three songs a dozen times.

Rider’s Republic delivers an experience that, while fun and exhilarating, penetrates me like no other game has. He does a couple of things that I think are great, but that doesn’t outweigh the things that I can’t stand. In the end, Riders Republic dies from a million cuts. I can’t hear the same song or the same dialogue a number of times before it stops being boring and becomes maddening. Riders Republic is a missed opportunity in a unique and fun action sports game – a genre I grew up on and sorely miss. It’s a game I don’t see myself coming back to anytime soon.

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