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Eurogamer: Trials 2 review


We’ve gone crazy-ranting about it before, but Eurogamer paid me to write a review of Redlynx Trials 2: Second Edition. As always, I have a leeeetle bit of a rant, and hang it off some grand theory of nonsense. Here’s a bit of it…

But playing Trials 2 made me wonder whether the tide’s reversing in another area. In the same way that PC owners used to be snobbish about consoles’ attempts at FPS, consoles have sighed about arcade games. And…well, if I want actual arcade games, the PC’s where I go to scratch that itch. And that’s proper arcade games. Not bloated epics or ninth-version-in-series franchise servicing, but ones where people take an idea and fire it as hard as they can at the target. Perversely, they’re ideal PC fodder. They’re possible with small teams – even a couple of people. There’s no corporation in the way to make you dance through hoops – the Xbox Live Arcade is very nice, but it’s just a provincial arcade compared to the PC’s Disneyland of distractions. From the insane freeware shooter scene to Audiosurf outselling Call of Duty on Steam for all of February, it’s all kicking off.

The rest is here and the trial version is here. Go PC Arcade revolution!

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