Port Reports are a new series of quick first impressions of the technical aspects of a PC game. This report was written by PCGamingWiki contributor EdenCrow. For an up to date account of Trials Evolution′s fixes and improvements, please visit PCGamingWiki.
The Trials series started with a flash game, before becoming a full PC title and after that moving to Xbox Live Arcade, but now the series is back again on the PC with Trials Evolution Gold Edition, a port of the XBLA title Trials Evolution. However, this is more than just a straight port. The in-game editor, track sharing and global leader boards have all been updated to better suit the PC and every Trials HD level has been re-created in the Evolution engine too (although oddly the DLC from neither game have been included). Easy to use Facebook and YouTube sharing have also been integrated.
The port itself does many things right. The keys are fully rebindable, the use of an Xbox controller is plug-and-play and there are some options for the likes of V-Sync and Anti-Aliasing which, although more options would have been preferable, often make the game look crisper than its console counterpart.
Surprisingly there is also the inclusion of local multiplayer for up to four players. However, despite a day one patch that has fixed some issues, the game does suffer graphically, especially in the larger areas from Trials Evolution. Even on systems which exceed the system requirements there can quite often be noticeable FPS drops, screen tearing, lag and other graphical glitches which do impact gameplay. Also, although it does provide decent online features, the integration of UPlay can sometimes have you waiting for longer than you should as it saves and loads data from the cloud.
Overall Trials Evolution Gold Edition is a reasonable PC port with some nice extra features. However, while we can hope they are fixed in future updates, the graphical problems currently pose a significant problem to players.
This report examined versions 1.0.0 and 1.0.2. For an up to date account of Trials Evolution Gold Edition's fixes and improvements, please visit PCGamingWiki.