Be an armchair TT legend
Sometimes, video games come around that make you ask how far one event can be stretched and made into a video game. The Isle of Man TT is a world-famous annual event, so when Kylotonn Games announced the release of its newest title, TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge , I wondered how it could make an entire game from one race held on a single, albeit long, circuit.
Kylotonn has not only managed to map out the 60.72km Snaefell Mountain Course perfectly, it has included nine other fictional street courses set across Europe, helping to bring to life the dreams of real road racing enthusiasts.
What we liked
The graphics and hyper-realistic controls make for some exciting gameplay that will challenge even the most experienced gamers. As a fan of the Isle of Man TT itself, I’ve seen plenty of onboard footage from the famous circuit, and I reckon this is as close as we are going to get to the real thing using current technology.
The game includes 23 riders from the Supersport and Superbike categories, including John McGuinness, Michael Dunlop, Aussie David Johnson and Peter Hickman, and there’s a choice of 40 different teams.
Gameplay options include time trial, circuit race, online multiplayer and career mode, so you can tackle a one-off race or submerge yourself into a full road racing season.
What we didn’t
The game is very challenging, even for an experienced gamer and amateur racer like myself. The slightest mistake will lead to a big off and set you back plenty of places, with no chance of recovering for the race win. That’s exactly like it would be in real life, but most gamers want a little more leeway.
Due to the length of the circuits, it takes a decent amount of time to complete most races – usually over 20 minutes – which can get a little tiring, and an early crash may have you reaching for the reset button or, in the case of a late crash, maybe even throwing your hand controller across the room.
What the game lacks in arcade-style gameplay, it more than makes up for with its realistic graphics and a dynamics engine that will provide endless hours of challenging (and at times frustrating) enjoyment. No one ever raved enthusiastically about a game that was easy to master.
TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge deserves a spot on any loungeroom racer’s shelf.
- Amazing graphics
- Available on console and PC
- Need time
- Difficult to master
Available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
by Zane Dobie