With developer Milestone seemingly holding a monopoly on the motorcycle racing gaming genre with its titan series MotoGP and casual-based Ride 4, it was only a matter of time before competition came knocking at the door. Developed by RaceWard Studio, RiMS Racing appeals to extreme gear heads who want to be involved with almost every aspect of the team’s operations. With that in mind, RiMS Racing is possibly the deepest single-player racing simulation ever created across all genres of racing.
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The team at RaceWard Studio approached RiMS Racing in a completely different manner to the formula we are used to with motorcycle games. The game features only eight licensed superbikes such as BMW M1000RR, Suzuki GSXR-1000, Honda CB1000 RR, Yamaha YZF R1, Kawasaki Ninja ZX10 RR, Aprilia RSV4, MV Agusta F4 RC, and the Ducati Panigale V4R. I know that it doesn’t sound like much, but it only appears that way in face value.
RiMS Racing is heavily dependent on its Career Mode to really flesh out the experience as well as truly understand the level of depth that each bike holds. Players will be responsible for testing, upgrading, and modifying the bike of choice. Rather than bombarding you with a variety of motorcycles, RiMS Racing prioritizes making the bike your own. Your first bike is free, with the rest having to be unlocked throughout the Career Mode. That being said, all your spending goes into parts for your bike.
Not only are you expected to be an impeccable racer on the track, but you’re also required to be a mechanic and an engineer all-in-one. The focus will be on testing setups, upgrading and maintaining the bike after each race. Each of the eight motorcycles on offer has been impeccably recreated to represent the differences and nuance of each model. Everything - and I mean everything - on the bike is upgradable, ranging from the basics such as tyres, brakes, and exhausts, to the more attentive details such as the chain, sprockets, and even the brake fluid. You have to keep a close eye on these parts because they’re essential to maintaining peak performance, and gives you a rather quick glance at the difficulties of managing a racing team.
Everything - and I mean everything - on the bike is upgradable...
Your limits of grip and maintaining speed constantly changes based on the individual parts on the bike, as well as its wear and tear.
...this has to be one of the best implementations of the DualSense’s Adaptive Triggers in a racing game to date.
There are also championship races littered throughout the Career Mode, which sprawl across ten faithfully re-created real-world circuits...
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Nacon, Bigben Interactive
PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series
24 August 2021
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