Severed Head Mile Markers
HIGH Beheading two bikers at once, then watching their bodies fly into a ravine.
LOW The enemy riders’ immunity to traffic accidents.
WTF The bonus map is a Nintendo lawsuit waiting to happen.
I know it’s reductive to not think of the Trials series as ‘real games’, but the complete lack of a story or context for the stunts and timed runs has always left me cold, despite how much I’ve loved the super-tight gameplay. So, it’s possible that I was unusually well-primed to find Steel Rats a delight since it takes the core concept of Trials – stunt biking through crumbling urban spaces – and adds gunplay, robot invaders, and what can be best described as ‘bike-fu’. The combination is a glorious one.