Review: Ticket to Ride (PS4 PlayLink)

Review: Ticket to Ride (PS4 PlayLink)

Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox 360
  • PC, Mac, Linux
  • iOS, Android

Platform/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro, Android, iOS
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • PlayLink Mobile or Tablet Required
  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: Ticket to Ride
Format: PSN (1.0 GB)
Release Date: November 13, 2018
Publisher: Asmodee Digital
Developer: Asmodee Digital
Original MSRP: $19.99 (US), €19.99 (EU), £15.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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My review for Ticket to Ride was very close to becoming a very short and scathing paragraph or two for one simple but horrible reason, the game didn’t work. Eventually it did, but it still had plenty of other issues. Read on to find out why I had so many problems with this game.

Gameplay:
Ticket to Ride is a PlayLink game where the cards for each player are displayed on their device along with the routes they pick. This means other players cannot see your two chosen Destination Tickets and what cards you have.

The PlayLink functionality on both iOS and Android didn’t work for a long time and I had already started writing when an update notification appeared on my PS4. The problems seem to have been fixed with the most recent patch.

The only thing I could do before the update was to go through the brief tutorial on the phone app, which doesn’t really explain the seemingly complex game. Instead, I managed to grab the PDF manual for the actual board game, which does a much better job.

It turns out the rules are quite simple. The aim is to score the most points by claiming a route between two adjacent cities, completing the longest continuous path of routes, and completing a route between the destination tickets.

My family had long since given up on the game after managing to load up the board once for about forty seconds before it lost connection to our devices. Because of this, I had to play on my own.

Luckily for me, there is an option to add computer controlled players who aren’t that bad at the game and put up a good fight. I was disappointed to find there isn’t much to the game itself and it didn’t take long to complete.

There are loads of other boards featuring new locations and ways to play, which I thought was great, until I tried playing them. I was deeply irritated to find all but one is locked. The rest need to be purchased from the PlayStation Store, and they aren’t cheap either.

Visuals:
Ticket to Ride features a similar style to the board game but much like its real counterpart this digital game is bland and boring. Nothing has been done with the insane technology of the PS4, so it looks very basic and dull.

Audio:
The music is awful and repetitive, so much so that I had to turn it down for fear of my own sanity.

Online/Multiplayer:
This game features local multiplayer for up to five people but sadly I could only make use of the dull bots as my family quickly learned to loathe the sight and sounds of this game.

At least it finally works after the long-awaited update. If you haven’t got an internet connection, you might want to avoid this one.

Conclusion:
Ticket to Ride is a big disappointment, not only did I struggle to get it to work for a long time and almost gave it the lowest possible score, but there is hardly any fun to be had when I did finally get to play. Then to top it off, the other boards cost an exorbitant amount of money when at least half should have been included in the game.

My editor pointed out that the actual board game is $50 and the expansion maps are sold for $30-$50 each on their own. So it does work out cheaper, but I still feel shortchanged. It has no style, it’s just a lifeless boring screen.

A few fans of the game, with more money than sense, might like it but I do not. Hardly any effort has been made to make it accessible for a family of potential players. My kids and father-in-law found it awkward, clumsy, and dull. Sadly, I agree.

Score:
4.0

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

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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