Traffic Rider Review: High Speed Thrills
Traffic Rider Review: High Speed Thrills – Although plenty of racing actions games 3d existed before mobile, I feel like the advent of iOS and Android devices spawned a whole new era. While it’s generally difficult to craft high quality simulation experiences for PC and console platforms, tons of developers are able to create arcade-like games for mobile, often times to great success. This goes for none other than Traffic Rider, which feels like a fully-fledged racer in its own right.
Traffic Rider Review: High Speed Thrills
So what’s the point of Traffic Rider? Well, to ride through traffic of course! Using a motorcycle to split lanes and weave in and out of traffic, you’ll navigate linear tracks on your way to a finish line. The catch is that cars have a mind of their own, accelerating or braking in odd places. It’s tough to really get anywhere at all times, but the control scheme is so good that it will help facilitate your way through that challenge. There are many times where I’d drop acceleration, drift through a few cars, and it would always be a rush. You also get bonuses for maintaining a high level of speed and achieving near misses with traffic.
Gameplay is where Traffic Rider shines. It’s fast. It’s addicting. It’s incredibly immersing. It has its controls done right. It offers plenty of play modes, areas, bikes and even day to night transition. You can even play free ride with no challenges and 0 traffic if you like.
The first-person perspective plays well with the full steam ahead kind of racing that makes me want to turn on Lana Del Rey “Just Ride.” It’s the kind of racing that feels right when you press the throttle button and forget about the brakes.
You race along a direct highway, no turns and twists. You can choose between one-way and two-way highways in some modes whereas the Career mode has its own rules. You will die a lot, of course. In that, you can choose for the game to display blood on your cracked window, or turn it off if you find it distracting.
How can the blood be distracting? The game respawns you when you die. Exactly! No energy system, no limit to the number of re-tries. As long as you are playing a challenge mission and still have the time, you keep respawning. That’s the right approach to get players hooked.
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The default scheme is tilt, and it works seamless. You can calibrate the sensitivity in the settings and invert the throttle and brake buttons position. You can also switch to the on screen touch controls, but there is no going wrong with the default system. It shines.
You’ll progress through by way of a loosely tailored story mode, which beats most of the “endless only” games that get old after repeated play. The map is pretty massive with over 40 levels, as well as bonus objectives for reaching a better clear time. I would have mostly been content with just cityscapes, but there’s also long stretches of desert to navigate through, as well as highways with lots of different pieces of scenery, mountainscapes, and even a day and night cycle.
When it comes to other modes, Traffic Rider also delivers. Outside of the career map there’s an endless mode (with options for both one or two-way boards), a time trial gametype, or free ride. You’ll need to level-up to unlock most of these, but given how fun the game is to play it doesn’t feel like work in the slightest.
I adore the control methods that they baked in, as games usually tend to force you into tilt or virtual pads. With Traffic Rider you can choose either method, with the latter sporting two different options (handlebar control or a standard d-pad). Throttle can also be controlled manually or set to automatic acceleration, the whole scheme can be inverted, and the sensitivity can be altered. It’s pretty comprehensive and should suit basically every player’s needs. My personal favorite is definitely tilt as it’s very responsive, and the throttle is perfectly placed so you don’t put your thumbs over the action, even with limited screen real estate.
It was a combination of perspective and controls that sucked me into Traffic Rider. Not only is Traffic Rider a first-person experience, putting me right between the cars and trucks I’m zooming on by, but it allowed me to control my bike’s movement by tilting my mobile device to simulate leaning into a turn. The first-person perspective combined with the tactile controls helped to simulate a very immersive experience.
As I made my way through the game’s Career mode, I was rewarded with cash and experience points. Collecting enough experience points leveled up my profile and unlocked new bikes and additional game modes, while the cash I collected I could put towards unlocking newer, and better, bikes. Each bike looks differently (though in first-person you’ll hardly notice) and each bike has slightly different stats than the others, —again, something I hardly noticed.
Maybe comparing the first moped you get in the game to the very last motorcycle you can unlock will see a noticeable difference, but aside from an increase in speed limits, there wasn’t anything remarkably different i the experience provided by the first few vehicles I unlocked.
The game forces you to upgrade to newer bikes, too. It’s something I’ve seen before in free-to-play games, and acts as a nonsensical roadblock to keep players from zooming through the game — but at least Traffic Rider has no limit to how many attempts you can make at trying to complete a level. There is, thankfully, no energy-based system in place to limit the player in Traffic Rider.
But from my experience, after the thrill of squeezing between cars at 100km/h fades, Traffic Rider has little left to offer. It’s fun, in those opening moments, but I can only drive around cars for so long before I’m ready for something more. You unlock extra abilities like being able to honk a horn or pop a wheelie, but once the initial shine wore off of Traffic Rider, there was just no going back for me.
To the game’s credit, there is a lot to do, so if you’re the sort of gamer who can see themselves driving around cars for hours and hours, than you’ll actually get a lot out of Traffic Rider. There are multiple game modes apart from Career, multiple locations and times of day to unlock for each location (the sunset maps look pretty impressive), and, of course, there are all the bikes that can be purchased and upgraded.
Traffic Rider is an exciting racing game that while the adrenaline rushes to be had early on fade over time, the game still offers plenty of things for players to work towards, without limiting their ability to obtain those items in any obstinate way.
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