The idea of flying around a track on two wheels gets my heart pumping. I love everything about motorbikes and enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes from speeding across the tarmac. I have been fortunate to review Ride 4 and MotoGP21, so when the opportunity to look at RiMs Racing arose, I leapt at the chance to get a copy.
This has been developed by RaceWard Studio and published by Nacon and BIGBEN INTERACTIVE. It’s a hardcore ultra-realistic racing title that demands you forget about the piddly engined bikes and asks you to focus on the behemoths of the sport. RiMs Racing wants you to spend as much energy on tweaking your ride as it does racing it. It’s a unique take on the genre and one that is sure to divide fans.
RiMs Racing is not for the faint of heart!
I never tire of the difficulty of motorbike games, yet RiMs Racing took me by surprise. It’s a particularly challenging take on the sport and one that truly believes that less is more! With eight monster bikes to choose from, even novice riders will instantly identify the brands; Ducati Panigale, Yamaha YZF R1, and Honda CBR1000RR ABS are, to name but a few. Alongside the limited roster of machines, there are over five hundred licensed parts to choose from, so grease monkeys will have a field day.
The developer aims to inspire players to pick a machine, learn to ride it, and then upgrade it to make it run like a dream. This was a fantastic idea, but this fiddly approach will limit the appeal and the audience it attracts. Yet, if this sort of highly in-depth and difficult racing experience calls to you, then you’ll find a title that will keep you entertained for hours.
Classic tracks but brutal riding conditions.
Racing fans will adore the selection of tracks on offer! With an eclectic blend of road circuits and race tracks, there is something for everyone. You can chance your hand at the Nurburgring, Silverstone, Great Victoria Desert, Passop San Marco, and more. The tracks were great and where RiMs Racing excels is the open experience of the street events. Here you can take advantage of the fantastic fine-tuning of your bike to eke out every ounce of power and balance. However, to get things right is no mean feat, and it has a brutal learning curve.
The constant tweaking of your ride is intriguing, but too much messing with the settings can hinder your progress. You must be sensible with your upgrades and how you approach each race. If you stack it during an event, which you will, your bike will become damaged. This is one of the most realistic elements of the game, but damn, it was poorly executed! Finding broken parts is easier said than done, and then there are the funds required to fix the mess. It’s fiddly and poorly executed and will leave you annoyed.
You will constantly chase your tail as you look to maintain your vehicle. If you are not a fan of micromanagement or don’t adore engineering, you may find this section tiresome and a step too far. I was on the fence with it, as I can see what the developers were aiming for. I simply wasn’t super keen on the constant back and forth and grinding out the required funds for each part.
RiMs Racing looks as good as the market-leading titles.
With no expense spared on the attention to detail, RiMs Racing looks as great as the leading competitors. Motorsports fans will love the inch-perfect tracks, the accurate bikes, and the number of licensed parts to choose from. The game flows smoothly and you’ll enjoy linking turns as you hammer around each course. Its ultra-realism makes it stand out against some much-loved franchises and RaceWard Studio has done a great job of producing a polished title.
If motorbikes are your thing, then you’ll go crazy for booming exhausts and meaty engines. Fortunately, the ear-splitting noises are fantastic and transport you right to the side of the racetrack. The audio is as aggressive as you’d expect, and the adrenaline is flowing every time you jump on your machine.
The tarmac is never your friend, yet you’ll be on it an awful lot.
With three difficulty settings, and tough as hell gameplay, the controls were always going to be difficult. You’ll experience the normal front and rear braking, the challenge to stay on the racing line, and multiple crashes. It will push you to your limits, but the frustrations are worth it, as the feel of winning a race is very rewarding and addictive. It’s just a shame I never got to experience it very often.
If you fall for the brutal but realistic charms, you’ll love everything that is on offer. With its vastly in-depth mechanics and challenging gameplay style, this will tick the boxes for a niche audience. However, for many racing fans, this will probably be a step too far and they’ll want to play it safe and keep with the tried and tested franchises.
RiMs Racing offers a unique experience.
RiMs Racing is a wonderful game that is part bike mechanic sim and part racer. Its brutal gameplay and limited bike roster will put off many players. However, those gamers who love it will have a unique and tough experience. I recommend it, but be aware it’s different from the market-leading titles. If you fancy it, a copy can be purchased here. Choose your bike, tweak the ride, and feel the speed.