I was recently roped into reviewing the PS5 by a relative who had just purchased one. We of course wanted to share the joy of the new purchase with all our friends, so we also purchased a PS4 and PS3 as well. The PS5 is the first version of the console that is 100% powered by AMD, so there is a lot of potential for great things.
The PS5 is the latest in Sony’s line of Playstation game consoles and one of the most anticipated gaming devices of the year. As the newest gaming platform on the market, the PS5 has been the subject of many rumors. Some say they will have a 1TB hard drive, while others have claimed they will have a Blu Ray drive. Now, it seems the rumors are starting to show themselves to be true.
The world of motorcycle racing in games is strange. Either way, the market can seem both overcrowded and understocked. There are a lot of racing games out there, it’s true, but with each generation and release cycle, the definitive game gets newer and newer. Milestone’s Ride franchise hasn’t been idle since the original Ride came out in 2015 on current and previous generation platforms.
Today, Ride 4 continues that tradition. The game was released in October 2020 on the PlayStation 4, but has recently been released on the PS5 as well. We thought it would be a good opportunity to take a look at the game on Sony’s next-gen machine and see how good it is, not only as a game, but also what it offers in terms of next-gen hardware and capabilities. The good news is that the PlayStation 5 version is pretty much the definitive Ride 4 game.
In any racing simulator, there are two things that need to be done right. The first is visual. Is the game a perfect replica of the sport it is supposed to mimic, or does it come as close as possible with the technology it has at its disposal? Second: The gameplay should be excellent. If the game looks good, it doesn’t matter if it’s terribly difficult to play, because that’s the impression players will get from it. So Milestone is setting some big goals for the Ride 4.
Of course, Ride 4 on PS5 is absolutely fantastic. The engines sparkle and light up in the sun, the tires squeal on the track and the detail is phenomenal. Watching this game run in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second is a joy; there’s just no other word to describe the experience. If you love motorcycle racing, you’ll want to watch the replays of the PS5 Ride 4 races to make sure your eyes didn’t deceive you the first time around.
Fortunately, there’s also a lot of great content to look at. Ride 4 features nearly 170 official motorcycles with a rich history of motorcycle racing. Whatever your preference, you are sure to find something to your liking. The game also features over 20 tracks spread across several continents, and to Milestone’s credit, each track is different, making the races varied and exciting. Visually, there’s nothing to complain about.
From a gameplay perspective, Ride 4 is a bit more challenging. Let’s start with the good stuff. The PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller has always been a game changer (if you’re playing on the PS4, you won’t have access to these features, unfortunately), and Ride 4 takes full advantage of the new hardware. Riding on these trails with the DualSense in hand is incredible: You’ll feel like you’re riding a real bike, thanks to the feedback you’ll get every time you change gears or overcome resistance on the track.
The greater power of the PS5 gives Ride 4 a more realistic feel. Where the previous games felt a bit floaty and inaccurate, that danger is not present with Ride 4. The racing mechanics are excellent, and in some ways you want to close your eyes and leave it at that. Because if Ride 4 is a great game and plays well, what else is there to say? Unfortunately, it is not a complete success on all fronts.
First, the career mode is incredibly sparse. There’s no other way to put it. Sure, every racing game’s career mode falls prey to repetition sooner or later, but there are ways to make the supporting structure of a career make sense, and none of them work in Ride 4. After a while it seems to go downhill, and it doesn’t help that the character creator isn’t very strict. If there’s any meat on Ride 4’s bones, it’s in the extra modes outside of the career.
If you’re a motorcycle enthusiast – and if you’re not, you probably won’t play this game – you’ll be happy to know that the level of customization in Ride 4 is insane. You can make just about any setting you can imagine here, so whatever engine setup you’re looking for, you’ll almost certainly be able to get it. This is where the true fantasy of the wish fulfillment game comes into play. Although we are not hardcore motorcycle fans, we played around with the options and tried to build the perfect bike with our limited knowledge.
If you’re not a Ride fan yet, or if you’re in the market for a casual game, there’s one thing to keep in mind. The fourth round is difficult. It’s very, very difficult. We don’t know if this works to their disadvantage or their advantage, but the game is so incredibly punishing that unless you have the patience of a saint, you may have to overcome this particular obstacle. It’s not about artificial intelligence, which goes almost unnoticed. Rather, it’s the way mistakes are handled and punished that makes Ride 4 very elusive, unless you want a true cycling simulator.
Of course, Ride 4 knows what it is, and knows its audience. It’s a great, smooth, exciting motorcycle racing game that has absolutely no interest in appealing to a lay audience. Chances are you already know if you want to play this game, but if you love motorcycle racing and have never played a video game based on the sport, you could do a lot worse than starting with Ride 4.
Official website : ridevideogame.com
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