Review: TT Isle Of Man: Ride on the Edge (PS4)

Review: TT Isle Of Man: Ride on the Edge (PS4)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • PC

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
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Title: TT Isle Of Man: Ride on the Edge
Format: Blu-ray Disc / PSN (19.6 GB)
Release Date: March 13, 2018
Publisher: Bigben Interactive
Developer: Kylotonn Racing Games
Original MSRP: $59.99 (US), €59.99 (EU), £44.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge Day One Edition is quite a long name and its really even longer as the TT stands for Tourist Trophy. So what should I call it? Not the abbreviation because that looks like something my daughter wrote when she was two: TTIoM:RotEDOE.

Kylotonn Racing Games has faithfully reproduced the most difficult and demanding course in Superbike history. But is it any fun? I take it for a spin and find out if it’s worth your hard-earned cash.

Gameplay:
My first trophy in TT Isle of Man was “The Fall Guy”, which sums up my first five minutes with the game perfectly. I crashed so much that even Colt Seavers would be proud. After that, and some small adjustments to the difficulty settings, things went much better.

I had to wait for the game to fully install before being able to race on the huge and legendary Snaefell Mountain course with all of its thirty-seven miles (37.73 to be exact) faithfully reproduced. While waiting I opted for one of the nine fictional maps that provide a variety of challenges.

Don’t fret, as the fictional courses are still just as fun and nail-biting as Snaefell. With locations like some docklands and the English countryside it varies from Snaefell Mountain but not too much. In other words, you might notice a few of the same assets on all of the tracks.

Okay, aside from my dismal start I quickly grew accustomed to the controls and I really enjoy how it feels, especially in the heart-pounding Helmet View. Being able to turn off various parts or all of the HUD is very nice and very immersive. Although I particularly like the turn names appearing as I race on the historic course as one or two are familiar.

I especially like how the crashes are handled, with either a fixed camera showing the rider and bike tumble down the road or the unnerving rear camera. The latter makes it feel agonizingly painful as it puts you so close to the road. The former can sometimes be quite funny as the rider is catapulted over a wall into someone’s garden.

There is a Career Mode with a moderately confusing menu layout. It should take a long time to get through and there’s also a Quick Race and some Time Trials to keep you going. There’s also a Tutorial Mode should you wish to brush up on your skills.

Visuals:
This is a great looking game. I won’t bore you with framerates and other technical details, partly because I have no idea about them and it doesn’t matter. The game is fast, smooth, and very detailed.

In fact, the sense of speed is considerable, better than several other racing games. This adds to the nerve-shattering tension as you careen down a twisting road at considerable speed. Hedges and concrete walls are the usual barriers stopping your bike from mowing down a few spectators or making a new entrance in someone’s living room.

As the main course has been carefully recreated, all of the buildings and landmarks are here to see, although being able to spot them and pay attention to the road is best saved for the replays. I was able to catch The Raven Pub and Ginger Hall Hotel and they look as just expected. Almost as if I could hop off the bike and pop in for a pint.

The sunlight bouncing off the bike’s windscreen showing the flecks of dirt is distractingly good. All of the little details are brilliant, like the rusting electrical boxes and rubbish bins that I would never notice unless I paused the game at just the right spots.

You can race in the morning, noon, and evening but they don’t offer different weather effects. The time of day doesn’t present much in the way of variety as it seems to be a nice clear and sunny day throughout.

Audio:
This game has some nice music in the menus but when you’re out on the road, it’s just the sounds of the engine and the wind howling by as you fly along the narrow roads and out on the mountain.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game features an offline multiplayer mode that has up to eight players take turns to race. There’s also an online mode but the lack of searchable lobbies and the odd track selection setup makes it feel very restricted.

I have attempted to find a race on many occasions and only found one game, which promptly ended as the other player probably did what everyone else is sure to do and gave up.

The only real way to play online is to avoid the Public option and make a Private lobby where you can invite friends to race against.

Conclusion:
TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge is a great game for anyone interested in the sport and it does an excellent job of capturing the beautiful Isle of Man course. In fact, I adore the attention to detail and strongly believe this to be one of the best motorbike racing games I’ve played on the PlayStation 4.

It doesn’t have the most tracks or bikes but it offers quality over quantity and I’m fine with that. This game is a perfect compliment to a racing fan’s collection and for anyone looking to grab a piece of history. Okay, so the online mode is suited to friends only and there is no rain of any degree but I don’t care and you shouldn’t either, at least not until the next installment.

Score:
8.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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