Riders Republic — Pure Joy [Now Gaming Extended]

Now Gaming Extended is basically an extension of our weekly digest Now Gaming. One of our editors will talk about what they have been playing recently.

Absurdity, and the pure joy of riding a bike

Riders Republic is surprisingly fun, and that’s coming from someone who isn’t a fan of Steep or The Crew series. I played them, but never clicked with me. I’m not an avid race game player to begin with, so I thought this new rendition of Ubisoft’s extreme sports game wouldn’t be for me either. Well, I was wrong.

Yes, the overarching concept and the game system are similar to previous entries, but the underlying tone of the game is very different. Riders Republic is way more absurd, and the pure joy of just controlling the vehicles is taken to the next level. I mean, players have the option to choose “green” for the skin color of their character, so you’ll know the game doesn’t take itself seriously right off the bat.

I like most of the course designs, and even just aimlessly wandering around the open world or taking pictures using the photo mode, is enjoyable. The mass races are pure chaos and I love it even though I suck at Rocket Wing races and I can’t win. I never thought I would enjoy riding a bike in a videogame this much. I have other titles that I need to be playing, but I end up booting this game every day. It’s a surprise hit for me, and it’ll definitely be included in my personal top 10 games of 2021.

One gripe I have about the game is the cosmetic items. I’m someone who doesn’t want to spend extra cash on a full-price game like this (I’m too poor for that), and for me, the lineup of free cosmetics feels a bit too stingy and insipid at the moment. Especially considering how this game also charges players for content DLCs. I guess that’s the point, but I hope we’ll see improvements down the line.

That being said, the game itself is entertaining, and I can’t wait to see how it will evolve in the long run.

By. Ryuki Ishii