Sunday, 25 March 2018 15:37

REVIEW: TT Isle Of Man: Ride On The Edge (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale
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BigBen Interactive and Kylotonn both who gave us the WRC games are now in the business of racing games involving motorcycles, and they jumped into one of the most dangerous sports known to man which is known as TT Isle of Man.

To take part in the sport of TT Isle of Man you have to have the biggest and baddest pair of balls because these guys have real guts. The sport isn’t short of deaths either, the last year to not have any fatality was 2001, in last year’s race 3 lives were lost and the year prior 6 lives were taken. A total of 255 fatalities since the first official race in 1907. Isle of Man is just off the UK on an island, it's a pretty big event over there and many travel once a year to experience it in person.

This isn’t just a one track game, there's the iconic track that’s set in the Isle of Man, but you’ll race on tracks in Ireland, Whales, England and even Scotland, the Isle of Man track is 60km long and is the longest of all tracks while others are between 2.50km to 12km. There are only a few modes available to play as single player or multiplayer, laps, sections, tourist trophy and time attack. Laps can be a maximum of 6 and there are 12 sections to play. There are two formats to play, TT or Mass start. TT equals as Time Trials, and well Mass start means a race where all bikes start together.

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There are 3 times of day to race in, morning, noon and evening with each changing the track slightly but only in appearance, example being evening will look darker then in the morning. TT Isle of Man has a total of 40 motorcycles across Superbikes and Supersport and 23 riders. There are the normal difficulty choices, easy, medium,hard and expert.

In the real world these bikes go insanely quick, 200kph to as high as 320kph. How this is presented in the game is by a range of effects from the screen shaking and the motion blur that’s implemented, which can be turned down or even off. Once you hit a high rate of speed several things can occur, the first being you can gain air over a slight bump, second being control of your motorcycle becomes far more difficult. But you don’t necessarily need to be traveling quick to have the bike taken away from underneath you, turn to sharply or collide with a wall will have you off quick smart. Riders move naturally when maneuvering tracks, when accelerating you can see the riders hand do the motion of it, and changing gears you’ll see his foot move when he changes gears, however when a rider falls off his bike it can look rather unnatural.

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Controls have a couple of default layouts, being that you can use the triggers for throttle and front brakes, but you can choose to control both those with your right stick pressing it forward to make you accelerate while pushing backwards will use the brakes to slow you down. I did try using the right stick option but it just didn’t feel right.

Now, besides playing quick races, time attack or multiplayer you can compete in a TT Isle of Man career mode. Before you start your lushes career you’ll need to give your rider a first and last name, nickname and choose a colour scheme for his helmet and racing suit as well as selecting a nationality, and there are a lot to choose from, Australia is one of them. Buy a bike and then it's off to racing you go. Career has a lot involved, repair costs, entry fees for some races. You can buy all the bikes in game as long as you have the cash from winning races and events.

TT Isle of Man features multiplayer, both on and offline. Offline allows up to 8 players, one controller is only needed as this is a turn for turn basis. I prefer proper online multiplayer, you can play either TT or Mass Start like in single player.

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TT Isle of Man looks amazing on console, it's got the support of the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X with increased shadow quality and a higher resolution then the base hardware, though sadly no HDR support. This is based on the Isle of Man race so the focus is mainly on the bikes and their riders, but no one forgot to make everything else look realistic, from the roads surface to what’s besides the tracks. I’m no expert but it's clear as day that there is a ridiculous amount of detail in all bikes showcased in TT Isle of Man. The three times of day you can race in will also change how the tracks looks, afternoon can make it a tad bit darker, there are no weather options but one track does have fog present.

Now, racing games for the most part have a range of HUD’s, some crowd the screen whilst others just show what they need, and even allowing you to turn anything HUD wise off. TT Isle of Man has a HUD that simply shows the Speedo, lap count, lap time and the track minimal. Corners and turns coming up will be shown before hand as an icon in the top middle of screen like a rally game would. As for sound, what’s there to say besides the bikes, they sound amazing and there is a difference between the superbikes and supersports, from the revving before the race or the sound of them screaming down a long straight going 200kph+.

I’m a huge gamer like the rest of the MKAU crew, I love a good racing game and I have for the most part not enjoyed games involving motorcycles, they just haven’t being good enough for my standards, however TT Isle of Man was a motorcycle game I thoroughly enjoyed. Sure it's hard to control the bikes at the start, but it's second nature within a couple of races. I knew of the famous TT race but I didn’t know till I reviewed the game that it was as dangerous as it actually is and if you don’t have the guts to do the real race least you can on your Playstation 4 or Xbox One.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 4.5 / 5.0
  • Release Date: Out Now
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Developer: Kylotonn
  • Publisher: Bigben Interactive
  • Genre: Racing