Now that Ride 2 has been released for the PlayStation 4, motorcycle racing game enthusiasts have another game to add to their collection. Many of those who played the original Ride may have been wondering whether Milestone, the game’s developers, have finely tuned the right elements to give a fun, yet realistic enough racing experience.
Reviews from a variety of video game publications and amateur game reviewers on forums and social media have been mixed. Some have enjoyed the game a lot and believe it does very well as a sequel to the original Ride. However, a few others have complained that the game falls short in many places.
Just like some car racing games like Forza and Gran Turismo, Ride 2 offers a career mode that lets players earn virtual cash, climb through rankings and unlock a variety of vehicles and other interesting options, such as newer and more challenging tracks to race on. This is one element of the game that a few reviewers have found poor. Advancing through your racing career in Ride 2 takes a lot of effort, yet the reward seems to be insufficient. Even though the game offers a wide range of bikes to ride, they have a “generic” feeling and the racing experience quickly becomes repetitive.
The in-helmet camera option is another element of the game that left several reviewers disappointed. While such a view is meant to bring more realism to racing games, this unfortunately doesn’t happen in Ride 2. Everything seems normal until you hit your first turn. The view from the helmet stays completely straight, while the bike visible at the bottom of the screen is leaning as you take corners. This can make it hard to use visual cues to determine whether you should lean your bike more or less during turns.
One welcome element is the ability to choose between different kinds of motorcycles to race, such as dirt and road bikes, when you begin your career. However, finding out which events and tracks your bike can go on requires digging through a few menu layers.
In the end, none of the problems with Ride 2 are serious enough to make the game worthless. However, those who buy the game should expect a racing experience that is average and doesn’t really bring anything innovative.