Review – TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2

Back when I had the chance of playing WRC 8 at E3 2019, I had the opportunity to talk to some Kylotonn developers. I found out how they were keen on revamping their game engines and physics in order to finally become juggernauts in the racing game industry. When WRC 8 was finally released, it proved to be something as good as its main competitor, the Dirt series. It was but a matter of time for TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge, originally released in 2018, to receive the same treatment, as that game had potential, but suffered from complicated controls and wonky physics. TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 is exactly that: a sequel that improves upon its predecessor in almost every way.

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This is the coolest motorbike EVER.

For the uninitiated, these TT Isle of Man games are obviously based on the world-famous motorbike racetrack known as Snaefell Mountain Course. It’s a thirty-seven mile long circuit that encompasses a good chunk of the roads from the Isle of Man, a British crown dependency located between the islands of Ireland and Britain. It is one of the most insane races in the world, as pilots ride their bikes through ridiculously narrow village roads, all while averaging more than 150mph.

Just like its predecessor, TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 might be based around that one (very important) circuit, and it does feature a stupidly impressive recreation of all its thirty-seven miles of pure bone-shattering glory. However, it features way more content than just that one track. There are smaller tracks set on the same island, as well as circuits in Ireland and the United Kingdom. It also features more bikes and pilots than its predecessor, all fully licensed. The game even manages to provide a solid career mode spanning these three countries, as well as an open map that allows you to freely move around and crash onto walls at your own leisure.

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Who was the madman who thought that racing through narrow village roads with motorbikes was a good idea?? Because it was!

The main difference between TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 and its predecessor is in its gameplay. The original TT Isle of Man was really tough for newcomers, as it featured a brutally challenging AI, sensitive controls, and wonky physics. Meaning that you would constantly crash into fences without a fair learning curve to make your adaptation process less unwelcoming. This game, however, features revamped physics and slightly more precise controls, meaning that the act of braking and cornering is less of a nightmare and more of a fun challenge. The controls and physics are way more customizable this time around as well, so if you want to go back to how brutal TT Isle of Man was two years ago, feel free to do so.

Besides this, it’s basically the same game when it comes to its presentation. It’s still a gorgeous game that features a shockingly beautiful recreation of the Isle of Man, even if it doesn’t provide the sensation of speed it should in entry-level consoles. The sound design is still basically comprised of motorcycle engine noises and the sound of the wind slamming onto your helmet when you’re driving around the Isle of Man, and some catchy rock tunes when you’re in a menu. The rock tunes are even catchier this time around.

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You can also race in Ireland, which also features some gorgeous landscapes.

The original TT Isle of Man was already an impressive title that faltered a bit due to its excessively complicated controls and wonky physics. Thankfully, Kylotonn took their time to revamp their controls and physics, as well as adding more tracks and bikes in order to make their sequel actually worth your while. TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 still has some issues, but this is a great sequel that improves upon its predecessor in almost every single conceivable way. If you’re into fast-paced motorbike racing, there isn’t a better game out there than this one.

 

Graphics: 8.0

The visuals are pretty much the same as before, meaning that the game is absolutely gorgeous, but it doesn’t provide the sensation of speed a racing title set in the Isle of Man should.

Gameplay: 7.5

You will still fall down a lot at first, but the controls have been tweaked in order to provide a smoother experience for newcomers.

Sound: 7.5

All you’ll hear while racing is loud engine noises, the wind slamming on your helmet, and the occasional sound of your body crashing onto a fence. The menu soundtrack is still comprised of rock tunes and they are catchier than before.

Fun Factor: 8.0

The original TT Isle of Man was already impressive in terms of content and level design. It only faltered in its complicated controls. TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 fixed that to an extent, being more enjoyable as a result.

Final Verdict: 8.0

TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch.

Reviewed on Xbox One.

A copy of TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 was provided by the publisher.

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