TT Isle of Man Racing: Ride on the Edge Review
TT Isle of Man Racing: Ride on the Edge is not like your typical racer based around the world of motorcycle racing. Rather than having multiple locations around the world, TT Isle of Man Racing is solely based on this event.
TT Isle of Man has only one official course which is the Snaefell Mountain Course with some fictional tracks set across the UK thrown in to the mix. The Snaefell course has been treated with a lot of love and attention which kind of puts a bit of a damper on the rest of the courses, making them look identical to one another. This is a shame when you think how much effort Kylotonn Games has put into the Snaefell track, and the little effort was put into the rest of the courses.
The gameplay for beginners is very unforgiving, especially for beginners of the genre. This is not to say that the control system is complex, it’s actually quite the opposite. It’s just how unforgiving the courses can be, this is even more apparent on the corners of Snaefell, which are quite difficult to pull off without falling off a few times. The sheer speed you feel as you hammer down a straight is nothing short of breath-taking at times, only for a corner to come up quick and see you crashing and again falling off your bike. This is said for all the different settings and assists, even when they are all turned on, its still very challenging. For the pros out there, this game will probably be right up their street as there is a wealth of options to make the game even more of a challenge. The only really aid for beginners like myself would be a racing line that lets you know when to brake and start to turn. While it does take a bit of fun out of the game, it does help a little, but in saying that, you find yourself more looking at the line than the beauty of the mountain course.
The Career mode on TT Isle of Man Racing is a mode that will probably again only have the motorcycle aficionados playing long enough to get anything out of the game. It’s basically just a matter of racing, buying a new bike, win more races just so you can get the funds up for a better more powerful one. It would have been a little more worthwhile if the fictional tracks had a bit more variety to them, sadly though, its not the case.
On the Multiplayer side of things, it’s pretty below average to be fair. While in local racers you have up to 8 other racers, it’s made up of time trials and taking turns to race. It’s not the ideal scenario to have when the lads are around to play. Online can be at times almost a desolate wasteland and waiting to get into a race can be a bit of a hit and miss.
TT Isle of Man Racing is definitely for hardcore racers and fans of the actual TT race and should be approached as such. While the Snaefell mountain course looks amazing, even on the Xbox One X, it should be noted that the official course is the highlight of the game, while the others are left pretty much to defend for themselves.
TT Isle of Man Racing: Ride on the Edge will be more appealing to the fans of the event and the hardcore motorcycle racing nuts looking for a new type of racing experience. The downfall for me and for probably most racing fans out there is the repetitive career mode, the lack of any online games or community and the lack of any variety across it’s game modes
GoG Rating: 5/10