If there's one XBLA title that has surely made PSN-bound players seethe with jealousy, it's Trials Evolution. As frustrating as it is riveting, its utterly addictive mix of biking, platforming and puzzling, not to mention some inspiring, imaginative level design, has kept me hooked.
Plus, one can simply never tire of laughing sadistically as your rider breaks every bone in his virtual body as a result of your incompetence. Only to then smash the controller in frustration as it happens again for the umpteenth time - I still can't face the final torturous level of the Origin of Pain DLC, you know.
Trials Evolution is without a doubt one of the best downloadable titles available in recent memory, and I can't help but feel for PS3 owners who have been deprived of the experience. It seems, however, that an intriguing alternative is on its way.
Announced as a PlayStation Vita game entitled 'Urban Trials' at Gamescom, a waft of silence has since followed the mystery title that many assumed would be an outright copycat of Trials Evolution.
This week, the barren Facebook page was suddenly renamed to 'Urban Trial Freestyle', however, along with a teasing screenshot depicting a rider performing a leap of faith from a tall building.
Little information is still known about the game's content, but accessing Urban Trial Freestyle's blog reveals the following description: