Damn fine game, Trials HD. Damn fine game indeed. Had no qualms with beating you over the head with the Difficulty Stick mind, while at the same time teasing you back again and again with the dangled carrot of sleepless addiction. In a lot of ways it was the filthy dominatrix of the stunt racing video game world. But hey, I'm basically good with that.
I was though, a bit dubious of what the Xbox Live Arcade sequel, Trials Evolution, which arrives this spring, could really add to the original game's perfectly honed, noose-tight mechanics. Well it turns out that the answer is "everything". Because as this new trailer shows, the game's new level editor allows you to make absolutely anything you want, from Space-Invaders-style shooters, to full 3D racing games, to pinball, to helicopter and birdman games that look a bit like Pilotwings, to Micro-Machines-style arcade racers, to the best FPS ever seen in a bike racing game*.
Frankly, I have no idea how it's doing any of this, or what the hell
Trials Evolution really even is any more, given the huge spread of stuff it can obviously do. But I do know categorically that I
am now very much in.
*Since 3D Deathchase, obviously.