Riders Republic review – IGN
Following in the footsteps of Ubisoft’s The Crew series before it, Rider’s Republic aims to cram the engine of a high-octane arcade racing game under the hood of a sprawling online open world – except that this time the engine is your legs and the hood is a bunch of extreme sports events, so overdoing it would make the late ’90s blush. It’s a somewhat familiar formula, but what’s really impressive is it. is that (with the notable and occasional gaming crash aside) it overwhelmingly succeeds in delivering the ultimate downhill sports fantasy. Whether I’m soaring through the sky with my rocket-powered wingsuit or sweating balls as I complete obstacle courses on my bike, Riders Republic has awakened the extreme sports fanatic in me and kept me hooked for more. 60 hours and it continues.
Riders Republic uses a structure that will be very recognizable if you’ve played any of The Crew or Forza Horizon games: you explore a beautiful open world, participate in exciting races and trick competitions, search for collectibles and unlock better gear and more challenging activities as you go – only instead of driving all-terrain vehicles, you’ll swap between a bike, wingsuit, snowboard, and pair of skis to hit the mountains. Riders Republic sticks very closely to the existing open-world racing gameplay formula we’ve seen a few times before, but having an extreme sports version of these racers isn’t a bad thing.
Whether you’re taking the air in a snowboard trick competition or flying through the air in a wingsuit race, every sport in Riders Republic is a blast to take on. Riding a bike is all about precision and managing your pedaling endurance meter, which gets more difficult depending on your terrain. Biking in the snow, for example, is a recipe for disaster that is best avoided. Using your skis or a snowboard, on the other hand, is all about controlling your speed and momentum as you glide over slicker spots. And unlike biking, skis and snowboards perform well on harder terrains like dirt and pavement. Meanwhile, the wingsuit forces you to embrace your inner daredevil and hover or soar dangerously close to hard objects at terminal speed. Mastering every knotty machine that Riders Republic offers is challenging, diverse, and guaranteed to result in some hilarious but nasty spills.
The events you use them in can be just as diverse, throwing you into the mountainside with many different objectives to shake things up. Races are speed the name of the game, and they can be very tense competitions that test your reflexes and guts to the test as you hurtle down slopes, hover over gaps and dodge obstacles. But you’ll also need to master your show-off skills in stunt competitions where the key to success is performing tricks and grinding on rails to rack up points just like other arcade sports games like Tony Hawk’s Pro. Skateboarding.
Mastering each course as I gained better equipment, leveled up each of my extreme sports careers, and unlocked even more contests was always satisfying, and the incredible amount of stuff to do meant this loop. was never obsolete. For example, after hitting my head against a wall during a particularly difficult wingsuit rocket race, I took a break from competing in snowboard tricks and felt like I had jumped into a completely different game. With so much to do, I’ve never felt exhausted with enough Riders Republic to let it down for very long, and it’s an impressive feat considering how easily it usually gets bored.
The map is also full of other things to do, from collectibles to hunt, beautiful sites to see, or organic events to discover like hidden stunt activities – some of which require you to do so. accomplishing some insane task like cleaning an insanely wide gap or riding a tiny steel beam through a canyon. Interestingly, the map takes seven real-world national parks and 45 real-world landmarks and crushes them all into one gigantic spot, where the snow-capped peak of Grand Teton can sit comfortably next to the rocky arch of the Angel. This bizarre hodgepodge of real-world locations and incredibly diverse biomes, all knitted together, isn’t just an awe-inspiring sight to see, it makes one map look like several, each with its own. notable features, colorful landscapes and very different paths to bombard.
Eventually, you’ll level up enough to access more difficult activities, including big events and boss events. Unfortunately, these don’t particularly live up to their name, in that they basically look like slightly longer versions of standard events. Instead of doing something crazy like the Forza Horizon showcases, Riders Republic uses these activities as a sort of skill check to confirm you’ve earned enough loot and upgraded your skills enough to move on to the next installment. of challenges. It’s good, but not as exciting as I had hoped for a game that constantly puts its exaggerated qualities in your face.
To help you succeed in some of Riders Republic’s toughest undertakings, you’ll unlock new gear as you progress, which will make your job much easier. A rocket suit with higher stats will allow you to turn easier and use your boost rocket for longer, while a better snowboard could make you faster in deep snow which would normally slow you down. Obtaining new equipment is essential to be competitive in the most controversial activities and while it is certainly possible to compete with inferior equipment, those who have grinded (literally and figuratively) for better equipment have an incredible advantage. Therefore, leveling up and acquiring new equipment becomes a high priority and an addicting part of a sandbox that already gives you dozens of reasons to keep running.
Riders Republic – Screenshots from Gamescom 2021
While you buy most of these upgrades with the in-game currecny, you can also spend them on cosmetics to make your character match your particular style – which in my case meant dressing up in the most ridiculous costumes I have ever had. I could find, like an elephant in a costume, a giraffe in a tuxedo or a silly looking purple unicorn. They really go all out with some of the options so that you can make your rider as ridiculous as you want, and seeing other players in all their spooky glory is definitely part of the fun.
There are also a host of exciting competitive multiplayer modes, including Free for All ranked races that test your skills against a small group of live players, arena matches that pit two teams of six against each other. as you fight for control of a skate park, and more specifically: Mass Races. The Free for All and 6v6 Arena matches are a good way to pass the time and play competitively if you get bored of racing against player ghosts, but they are also some out of the ordinary modes that I have seen in d ‘other games before. Mass racing is a whole new beast entirely.
Mass races begin with a server-wide announcement calling on all players to stop what they are doing and participate. If you answer the call, you are immersed in a long racing tournament with 64 players and plenty of XP and accolades on the line for those who manage to reach the podium. As you might expect, running against 63 other players is utter mayhem, but the kind of mayhem that works perfectly in Riders Republic, which seems to welcome it and thrive there. The absolute horror sight of dozens of people pushing each other, soaring off the edge of cliffs and crashing into obstacles at terminal speed is a sight to behold even if you find yourself putting on a tragic spectacle. . And if you really do manage to earn a podium, the payoffs and bragging rights are immense.
The only downside to these ambitious events is that, as you can imagine, sometimes technical issues mess things up. Apparently, getting 64 players together in the same event at one time is not an easy task to accomplish, as about 10% of the time I was participating in it, the main menu was crashing – even if it seemed that it improves over time. as the launch server issues resolved. Even so, crashes and wacky glitches are quite common in Riders Republic, at least on the Xbox Series X where I played. Once I stumbled across the world map and encountered an inglorious demise, and another time I crashed into a tree trunk so hard I got stuck inside with no way out . But more often than not, encountering a bug simply meant crashing into the dashboard with only an impenetrable error code to keep me company. Seeing this stuff in a big online game like this isn’t exactly surprising, especially as we approach launch, but it’s still common enough here that it can start to get frustrating.