Review – Riders of Asgard – BMX The Viking Way
I recently came across a Riders of Asgard while I was browsing through titles on Steam. The premise was enough to convince me to give the game a try. Despite being in early access Riders of Asgard offers players quite a bit. Don’t let the title fool you this game is anything but what you’d expect.
The premise of the game is simple and straight forward. You’re a Viking tackling an obstacle course on a bike, with the goal of doing tricks and completing the course. Yes you read that correct you’re a Viking BMX biker. Intrigued yet?
Riders of Asgard is quirky enough to be novel, yet challenging enough to be fun.
The game can look complicated at first glance; the game uses the keyboard for everything. For those who are unaccustomed to gaming this way it can appear difficult. To help player ease into the game Riders of Asgard has an excellent tutorial. The tutorial takes you through all the games controls, allowing you to get a handle on them before playing an actual course. It’s without a doubt one of the most comprehensive tutorials that I’ve seen in a long time.
Once you’ve done the tutorial you’re ready for an actual course. Here is where things get interesting, you can select between two modes when you enter a Stage. These modes are timed run and free ride the goal of each mode is the same. Make it to the end of the course doing tricks along the way. In timed run you’re racing against the clock to finish the course. Free ride allows you to play the course at your leisure, with no time limit to worry about.
This has distinct advantages especially for new players. The first being that you can choose your style of play either timed or free. The second being that you can play free as a means to practice in preparation for the timed run of a course.
Regardless of which mode you prefer to play tricks play a central role in every course. Tricks determine your score on a course. The more complex the trick the more points it will contribute to your score. Completing tricks also fills your special meter, once full you can perform the shield glide. Filling this meter is important as there will be obstacles that you can only cross by using your special. So it’s important that you fill it as soon as possible once you start a course.
Through all this you will want to be careful, timing and execution are essential. Miss either and your Viking will get tossed around like a Viking themed crash dummy. Which I will admit is sometimes entertaining to watch.
While Riders of Asgard is still in early access the game in its current state offers players a challenge. With more features set to come once the game releases such as multiplayer. The game will have even more to offer players as you test your Viking BMX skills against other Vikings.
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