Trials HD Archive

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XBLA Triple Pack cut to $10 at Best Buy

At XBLAFans, we normally don’t venture very close to retail considering the digital form of Xbox Live Arcade games. However, Best Buy is having a sale next week that’s almost too good to pass up. Sources at SlickDeals and Cheap Ass Gamer have both confirmed that Best Buy’s weekly print ad highlights a triple-pack of Splosion Man, Limbo, and Trials HD for a meager $10. The regular price for these games is 3200 MSP (or $40), so this low a price is clearly a steal. The deal will go live on July 17, 2011 (through July 23) and the product listing page should be refreshed to highlight the pricing change at that time. With our continuing coverage of excellent user-created Trials HD tracks, recent excitement for Ms. Splosion Man, and high praise for Limbo, this selection of XBLA titles is easy for us to recommend.

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Trials HD Tuesday: Whistler

Ah, vanilla tracks. There’s something appealing about going back to basics. Tracks with themes are always fun, but sometimes you just need that default Trials layout. Whistler by JJtheGerman is just what the doctor ordered. It’s vanilla — no crazy lighting, no themes, just a total blast on a medium-to-hard course. This one’s a short, solid course that everyone should have in their library.

Difficulty: Hard
XBLAFans’ best time: 0:41:27

To download this course you’ll need to send a friend request to the gamertag linked below. Once they have accepted the request you’ll be able to download all of their courses through the game menu. Please be courteous and thank them once you have downloaded the track, then remove them from your friends list so others can have a chance to download the track.

Gamertag: JJtheGerman

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The low down on Trials HD internet file sharing

A while back when we mentioned in one of our Trials HD Tuesday showcases that there might be a possiblity to share Trials HD tracks via the internet. Well, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that, technically speaking, the process works. Unfortunately the bad news is multi-fold.

We discussed with the gang at TrialsHD.net on how to do so and hit two snags. The first was something that we should have noticed: it’s actually a violation of the Xbox Live Terms of Use. That’s why we’re glad we talked this over with other folks before sharing the news publicly; it’s something we should have caught. Third-party applications cannot be used, and the process requires one on your PC to read the Xbox 360’s FATX file system.

The second reason is a personal choice for the TrialsHD.net community, and one we can understand why. If files were shared over the internet there’s nothing stopping someone from hex editing a file, changing the author and claiming they created it themselves. It’s actually something that happens all too often with games that can be modded, and with something like a console game it’s tougher to police.

Long story short we just won’t be seeing folks uploading their tracks onto the interwebs for us to download and it’s probably for the better since we now know it’s a ToU violation. The good news is that there are rumors that RedLynx has done something to combat the track sharing problem for Trials Evolution. We haven’t heard anything official. Heck, at this point we don’t know any more than the average user, so take it with a grain of salt.

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What we are playing: Week of June 19th

This is a new piece we’re starting to let our readers know what we’ve been playing the past week. This will be coming out once a week from this point and should give a little insight into what we play just for fun. Please leave a comment letting us know what games have you hooked.

John Laster – Last week I played awesome new unreleased games. This I write about them. If I ever finish I plan on rewarding myself with inFAMOUS 2 or Child Of Eden. Oh, and I can’t wait for that Trenched game.

Kaitlyn Chantry – I was with John last week playing a ton of games that haven’t come out. So, I wish I were playing War of the Worlds or Bastion. Instead, I’m finally playing Red Dead Redemption and ilomilo—both fun in their own ways.

Justin Last – Last week I’ve been continuing Ezio’s adventures in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and finishing up the fight against Dr. M in Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves through the PS3 The Sly Collection. If I have enough credit on my account I’m hoping to pick up Akimi Village next. Ninja Bee is my favorite XBLA developer, and I’m anxious to try out their first PSN outing.

Andrew Crews – I’ve been playing a lot of Jamestown on Steam. It’s an excellent 16-bit shooter that all schmup fans should check out. I also picked up Adventures of Shuggy on XBLA. I’m only 80% done with the game, but so far it has been nearly a perfect game.

Perry Jackson – Just finished inFAMOUS 2 and I have to say, it was a very good game and shows how good Sucker Punch is at making sequels. Now I also picked up Vanquish and now starting up Adventures of Shuggy for review and hoping it’s as shugtastic as the rest of the writers say around here.

Stephen Haberman – Having caught an awful case of E3coli, I have been pretty gameless. I have been perfecting my abilities on The Heist on iOS. I also started working on finishing L.A. Noire.  I had some extra money on the system, so I bought the Rockstar Pass for all the extra content. Next week I hope to feel better, and game more!

Nathan Bowring – I’ve gone back to Trials HD to see if I could do any of the expert levels. It has been very hard; so far I’ve only conquered one. I’ve also become addicted to the Infection mode in Halo Reach. If you play it on Live this weekend, I’ll be the zombie who can barely get one kill in.

Todd Schlickbernd – I checked out Adventures of Shuggy and have been enjoying that as a game to play for half an hour at a time or so, gettin’ my 2D on. I’m encroaching on 50k gamerscore but I’m trying to break it with Trenched, so I’m being careful with what I’m playing. However, thanks to Gamestop’s buy 2 get 1 free, I finally picked up Lost Planet 2 and Saints Row 2; threw in Mass Effect 2 for free. Sequel-athon.

Ross Adams – Playing a certain upcoming Double Fine game, can’t say too much but you’ll be able to read my review of it early next week!

Ben Fisher – Still completely addicted to Rift, but I think I will surely be distracted by Trenched although I am seriously considering finishing off L.A. Noire.

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Trials HD Tuesday: Contrasts

Sometimes less is more. There are lots and lots of Trials HD tracks with explosions and huge jumps, but what about when you strip out all but a few basic props and try to create something magical? It’s quite a feat to accomplish, but xXDonReneXx did just that. Contrasts is a black-on-orange setting with a lot of artsy geometry. It’s not overly difficult, but there’s something about it that’s both visually appealing and fun to ride.

Difficulty: Hard
XBLAFans’ best time: 1:52:07

To download this course you’ll need to send a friend request to the gamertag linked below. Once they have accepted the request you’ll be able to download all of their courses through the game menu. Please be courteous and thank them once you have downloaded the track, then remove them from your friends list so others can have a chance to download the track.

Gamertag: xXDonReneXx

Also, we had some questions as to when we’ll be posting a tutorial to upload/download tracks to/from the internet. Well we’ll be making a post to our good friends over at TrialsHD.net explaining the basics of how it works so that they can begin to refine the process and start uploading their files. We’ll let you know when the process is out of “beta testing”.

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Trials HD passes the two million mark

Our good friends at RedLynx announced today that Trials HD sales have surpassed two million units. It’s an amazing accomplishment, and we throw our hats off to them. The only other XBLA games to turn those kinds of numbers are Castle Crashers and UNO. In response to hitting this huge milestone RedLynx CEO Tero Virtala issued the following statement:

“It’s been a little more than a year and a half since Trials HD was released. For a digitally downloaded game, this is a significant milestone, and shows one of the many ways the digital space is quickly growing and the industry itself is changing and evolving. We couldn’t be more pleased with the success, and we’d like to thank all our fans for their continuous support and enthusiasm for our game.”

We highly recommend that if for some crazy reason you haven’t picked up Trials HD that you do so now. It’s a favorite around our office. Also check out our Trials HD Tuesday feature for some great community-made tracks you can get to extend the game. Happy riding!

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OSR Unhinged review (XBLIG)

OSR Unhinged was developed by Riddlersoft and released on December 16, 2010 for 80MSP. A copy of the game was provided by the developer for review purposes.

OSR Unhinged hearkens back to the pre-Trials HD days; days where Elasto Mania and Dirtbike ruled the motorcycle physics game genre. The very soul of this game screams that it belongs in Newgrounds or some other flash-based game community, but at the same time it takes a page from its 3D brothers. It’s a simple, fun game that provides a lot of content and replay value at a very reasonable price.

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Trials HD Tuesday: Hillclimb 4ever

Today we’re bringing you something a little different: an Hill Climb course. Hillclimb 4ever by DeLtA MaN 117 is one of only a few Hill Climb tracks available through user tracks. There’s no theme here, it’s straight up climbing with a sprinkling of jumps. Want something different? Try a new Hill Climb.

Difficulty: N/A
XBLAFans’ best time: N/A

To download this course you’ll need to send a friend request to the gamertag linked below. Once they have accepted the request you’ll be able to download all of their courses through the game menu. Please be courteous and thank them once you have downloaded the track, then remove them from your friends list so others can have a chance to download the track.

Gamertag: DeLtA MaN 117

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One-day XBLA sale

Just a reminder, today is the 1-Day Sale on five of the best selling XBLA games. Get your points ready because Monday Night Combat, Limbo, Shadow Complex, Castle Crashers and Trials HD are 50% off for today only! That’s a savings of 600MS points. All five of these games made our “15 Must Own Games” list, so we strongly recommend that you at least check out the demos.

Looks like the sale started a little early, so we posted the story a little early. As of right now, 9:30PM EST, these games are able to be purchased at the sale price of 600MS points. If the sale has not yet reached your area, keep refreshing. Sometimes these price changes take a little while to roll out over some areas.

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Four year old Trials HD prodigy

Now at four years old most of us on the site were still learning how to navigate Mario or Sonic around a 2D game field, and that’s if we could get the controller from our older siblings for more than 30 seconds. This kid apparently has more coordination than we did at that age. He burns through the Mystical Journey Trials HD course in 1:16.

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