By AndrewGaspar 4 Comments
It's the Year of Paradise. Criterion Games is releasing hours and hours of new content for its users for free. The most recent update, formerly called Codename: Davis, has been released and it includes Day/Night cycles, weather, and, most importantly, Bikes, or motorcycles.
The update adds 20 new awards to the game, which PS3 gamers should be familiar with. On the 360, the awards for the base game were just achievements. Most of these, unfortunately, aren't very creative and rather easy to get. The update is also nowhere near as long as the ten hours promised. I've only put a few hours into it and I'm over 50% completion. Also, all of the "Burning Rides" and "Midnight Rides" are extremely easy. I have only lost one race so far, and that was the first one when I still didn't know how to control the bikes very well. On a similar note, I noticed I found steering in third-person much better than first-person, which is weird for me because I play the cars in first person. The main problem is that when turning in first person, the camera tilts as you'd expect it to, but it only reinstates the idea that your TV is not your eyes. The only somewhat challenging part of the game are the new Day and Night road rules, which require a somewhat more precise control of the bikes, but are still very easy.
All and all, the pack is cool, especially since it's free, but I hope that Criterion expands on bikes further in future updates, possibly the Islands DLC.