One for the ride – The New Indian Express
I have played over 200 hours of the latest Assassin’s Creed games. Almost 80 percent of the game involved travel. I have traveled by boat, horseback, camel and, frustratingly, on foot. Rider’s Republic is Ubisoft’s way of saying, “Thank you for persevering in the open world of an adventure game. Now here’s more of that stuff, but this time it’s nice ”.
Rider’s Republic is also like Forza, in a way. That is, if Forza has no motor vehicles and contains all the land except for a well-groomed road. Rider’s Republic describes itself as a “massive multiplayer outdoor playground.” The essence of the game is the simple race. But only, the activities involved in running are variations of these three activities: skiing, mountain biking and wingsuit flying. I play Rider’s Republic high skill and endurance adventure sports with just the lift of a finger.
The map of the game seems practically unlimited. It contains different scenes and terrains from different US national parks. As much as I have explored so far, except for snow capped hills, there was no flat terrain on the map. It’s like a Forza off-road racer’s ultimate nightmare. But in Rider’s Republic, even cycling seems stable, whether it’s the toughest corners or a 20-meter jump. Considering that the game’s default mode is online, it allows dozens of players to be simultaneously present on the same server. In fact, to make the game feel a bit less lonely, the map is populated with ghost bots, recordings from other players. There was hardly any runway without traffic.
To progress, we have the opportunity to face other players. As we win more events the game moves forward, throwing a few breadcrumbs at us along the way. These breadcrumbs are new races and events, in-game currency, and fresh gear. Quantitatively, progress is measured by the stars earned. Tracking progress and seasonal events provide direction for an otherwise free-to-play game.
Like the mountain bike itself, Rider’s Republic’s performance is a tough climb at times. As an online game released at the end of October, the game is committed to continuously providing new experiences for its players, to inspire us to explore the game.
The game is available on Xbox, PS and PC. Beginner-friendly games that allow both cross-platform play and cross-gameplay progression are hard to find, and this is one of those rare games. A 4/5 for Rider’s Republic, only because there are no water sports. Again.