With over 100 real-life bikes re-created in great detail, Ride boasts the most motorcycles per pixel of any authentic racing game in 2015.
Racers choose machines from the world’s leading manufacturers, customize the look and spec as much as they wish, then challenge up to 11 other racers online, or 15 other computer-controlled bikes, in various modes of play.
Italy isn’t known for its video games, yet Ride developer Milestone, based in Milan, has been making officially licensed racing games for Superbikes, MotoGP, the Motocross World Championships and the World Rally Championship since 1999. There is pedigree here. To make Ride, Milestone has collaborated with Ducati, Yamaha, KTM, Honda, Triumph, MV Agusta, Aprilia and Energica to create the most realistic collection of bikes ever seen in a video game.
The action takes place on seven grand-prix-inspired tracks, two city circuits, five open-road rides and a sort of test track that has been devised to push skills to the absolute limit. There are the usual types of competition found in racing games—series, one-offs, time trials—but also a drag-racing mode and an endurance mode. Everything looks amazing, and hands-on previews suggest it will play that way, too. Out March 20 on Xbox One and 360, PlayStation 3 and 4, Steam and Windows.
Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars & Mario Party 10
It’s fitting for the 30th anniversary of the appearance of Super Mario Brothers that there are three new games featuring the little Italian plumber. Two are out in March: the puzzle game Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars for Wii U and 3DS, and the multiplayer mayhem of Mario Party 10 for Wii U.
Due soon on Wii U is Mario Maker, which is something truly new. You build your own Mario levels with all the classic elements, then play them and share them online. It’s incredibly good fun.
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