Race Creator lets you create your own waypoint races that you can share with friends. Unlike many racing games heck, unlike most games in general that start out easy and gently ramp up the intensity as you progress, Blazin' Trails' single-player championship events--of which there are 14 to choose from--start out challenging and don't let up for a moment, even on normal difficulty level. Outdoor environments also showcase different conditions like snow and dirt. This is partially due to some newly tweaked, and far less forgiving, physics that put an absolute premium on jump strategy. You can win and lose these cards to other players when playing online, or you can trade cards with friends, locally. Those looking for a racing game to chill out with and enjoy, however, are probably better served elsewhere.
If you're in love with the grit and grime of dirt racing, and don't mind a challenge, then Blazin' Trails should be right up your alley. Another major focus of the game is stunts. Handling was a little better, but it was still a chore to hit some of the tighter turns. Six race modes including: Practice, Lap Attack, Single Race, Championships, Freeride and multiple Multiplayer games. Some glitches exist, so you'll sometimes be able to land directly on a rubber barrier and then hop directly back onto the course with no ill effects. When I say this I am basically just trying to get out the point that Climax Studios was not making this game to be easy, and I think one way the game gets harder then it needs to be is in the controls. This led me to believe it was more because of the in-game physics rather than the controls.
Those looking for a challenge will find plenty of it here, and the online play definitely brings a lot of replay value to the table as well. Tricks — Gamers can pull off 34 freestyle tricks including combos and linkers. I think with the controls being so frustrating the and the actual game itself just being around average, fans of the series will in my opinion be wanting more then what is given in this game. Running races in ad hoc mode is painless, as the game plays well with up to four players on the same track. So, in addition to having to worry about the field of riders wanting to knock you off course, you also have to concentrate on how you hit your jumps and turning without overcompensating.
The infrastructure-based multiplayer lets you play against three other riders over the Internet, and it features many of the same options you'd find in an ad hoc offering. Each of the different game types have different objectives the player must accomplish in order to succeed. Blazin' Trails' single-player mode is pretty tough. If Climax did one thing right with this game it would have had to have been the online play. For those of you fans of the series wondering if you should go pick this one up my answer for you is yes get this game, it is a very solid improvement over last years game. Archived from on April 8, 2005. It has everything you need for a successful game and it does it in a very nice fashion.
Perhaps the best looking aspects are the riders themselves. The game has unlockables and the online support, but as a whole it just felt too bottled up to me. Instead, you're completely focused on nailing a clean landing, leading early in the upcoming turns, and generally doing your best to stay in the race. Archived from on October 29, 2007. The game has very good player-matching tools that mirror the Xbox Live standards of quick matches and optimatches, and it employs a buddy list to let you quickly find your friends. What is easy to enjoy in Blazin' Trails are the graphics.
After numerous wipeouts while trying to use the analog nub, I decided to give the D-pad a try. Unlike other off-road racing games, which tend to be forgiving in terms of how you approach a jump, how much you preload your ride, and more, Blazin' Trails forces near-perfect approaches and skillful landings if you hope to even have a chance of winning against your three ontrack opponents. These cannot be selected during Pro-Career mode, and not all modes are available during certain events. You can't fly through flagpoles or rubber barriers, because all these roadside obstacles are perilously solid and should be avoided at all costs. There are the obvious cut-corners, but there are limits. One of the first things you will notice is that this game is not one that is for those wanting an easy ride.
The game supports both ad hoc local and infrastructure Internet play for up to four players. In all, the racing found in Blazin' Trails is designed for those who enjoy a challenge, but it may be too frustrating for beginners to enjoy. The franchise has been known for being fast paced and quite simply an overall enjoyable one. Up to 20 customizable component parts for both your bike and rider along with color designs and logos to place on panels and rider liveries — showing rider experience in events. The game provides gamers several gameplay options, including a training course, and competitions in several race modes such as race, freestyle, career or any of the various mini-games. Blazin' Trails makes no bones about throwing tough competition against you. One of the big attractions of Blazin' Trails is the online play via the ad hoc or infrastructure modes.
The robust online component definitely adds a lot to the game, and playing against real people definitely mitigates some of the frustration found in the solo mode. Even if you manage to open up an early lead in the championship series races, you never have room to feel comfortable in your position to concentrate on things like pulling off tricks from the game's massive roster of stunts. The game also offers online play via a connection. Riders can also pull off a variety of tricks while riding, unleashing a whole new array of sick animations. Most of the time the game runs smooth, but when the action really picks up, the frame-rate goes down. Archived from on December 25, 2005. From the very outset, you'll find yourself fighting just to stay up with the pack, much less win the race.