My fingers grasp the controller as hard as possible. My pupils were dilated. The sweat started to appear under my arm when my concentration level crossed the roof. You can't play as much as playing Isle of Man TT - Ride on the Edge 2, but keep cherishing.
For those unfamiliar, Isle of Man TT (IoM TT) is an annual motorbike race on the island's closed roads between England and Ireland. That is, and there is no other way to say, the mind is utterly insane. The course is 37.73 miles per lap. If you make a mistake, you could hit a wall or a house at 180 mph. The record lap time, currently owned by Peter Hickman in a BMW, is 16 minutes 42,778 seconds, with an average speed of 135,452 miles / hour.
If you have a quick search online to see the trail, you'll find that implementing that kind of speed on these roads is certainly crazy. The route is dotted with bends, whimsical cameras, trees, walls, buildings and other real estate. Nürburgring Nordschleife is children's game by comparison.
This is the main objective of IoM TT 2. You can guess it from the game title of the game. Mastering this song, perhaps the most complex in the world, is the main attraction. Having the Snaefell Mountain course replicated in one game is one thing, but how Kylotonn Games can understand this occasion is another story.
No other racing video game can give you that kind of speed feel. You feel every 180 miles per hour. By using the integrated camera of the helmet and wearing headphones, you will not believe how fast you are driving. This is partly due to the visual effects, but also to the peak sound. Not only is the wind noise effective, but it also changes as you cross different objects. Combined with a strong force feedback and a very nervous engine, the effect is profound.
Next to the magnificent course and the incredible feeling of speed is the handling of the car. From the start, the focus is clear. IoM TT 2 is a simulation. Less like the official MotoGP games, it's Richard Burns Rally or Assetto Corsa of motorcycles. In other words, you must be prepared to fail. Many.
In the first game, released in 2018, the physics were different, but there were times when it looked like a pot of luck if a bump on the road threw you. Sometimes it will succeed, sometimes it will not succeed and this confidence. Sometimes if you change direction quickly, you get the impression that the steering wheel is stuck or on a heavy bearing, the shock absorbers are filled with concrete.
Now the pilot looks more flexible, the suspension is more flexible and the steering is more precise. However, there is still a certain lack of sophistication for the handling model when handling slow hairpins. Obviously, this is mainly set for faster curves which constitute the majority of the circuit.
Brushing against a wall causes a crash. Too much power on a peak also causes a crash. Cutting a sidewalk means, yes, an accident. For the first few hours, vertical use on two wheels equals the amount of time your driver eats asphalt, but there is some appeal. Ending a drip-free race is an incredible feat. Finishing second in the Classic TT event, it took me 80 minutes to complete the full four laps, feeling even more amazing. The tough curve to punish will cause many to give up, but it's not the best motorcycle riding experience bar, as long as you're ready to put in the effort.
It is in the career that you will spend most of your time. You can ride on your own bike or sign a team and use their bike. When you pass the racing schedule, culminating in the TT race, you will first ride the Supersport motorbike, before moving on to the Classic and Superbike classes. In addition, any money earned by achieving good results is used to buy improved parts. The more you win, the more money you earn, the better you are noticed by the teams and the more signatures you earn, it proves that you are good enough to run on Isle of Man.
The songs used for these races are mostly fictional, based on the United Kingdom and Ireland. Many were transferred to the first game, while Irish tracks actually broke down part of the game's open world area. They are fun and beautiful, but not nearly as interesting as the only real road.
Although racing in Ireland is strong enough and the free roaming world is used between major career races for a series of smaller challenges, they become repetitive fairly quickly. Meanwhile, trails in Northern Ireland and Scotland are pointless. I want other real world racing tracks to be included, like the North West 200 or the Southern 100. Currently there is only a strange mix of fiction and reality.
Although the career structure tries to imitate the pilot's actual progress until the IoM TT, this time it also has a system of additional advantages. These can be slower opponents, faster revival or faster pit stops. Points are used to unlock them, but the system seems superficial and contradicts the actual tone of the game.
A more fundamental flaw is that the course line does not distinguish between takeoff and emergency brakes clearly enough. When the road is too scary, you can count on it to travel safely. Sometimes you brake when it turns red, only to realize that you are moving too slowly. So in the next corner, you brake a bit and you have a big crash.
AI competitors are also not consistent. There is an improvement over the first game, yes, but what I found is that an opponent will disappear in the front about 20 to 30% faster than the rest of the pack. Preparing to complete the second.
There are some other minor drawbacks, as many online players have nine specific subset of and there is no way to browse the corridors, and the lack of a clear picture mode.