silver_dewsky's Origin of Pain (Xbox 360) review

Explore a new island of pain

Millions of gamers have enjoyed Trials HD and its sequel Evolution, and been hard at work creating thousands of new tracks everyday. RedLynx trickled in their own tracks here and there, and have now released the first pack for the game which not only features new tracks to ride around on, but also new skill games, a new island to play on, and the introduction of a BMX bike to use. For $5, you'll be getting a good amount of content that comes with new tools for creators that want to utilize the new tools.

The new island does a good job of providing a nice range and variety of tracks that utilize the new BMX bike as well as the original bikes already in the game. While there are a number of tracks that are BMX-only, most of the new tracks support the set bikes so you can use the your bike of choice to put up a good time on the leaderboards and against friends.

While I really like using the BMX bike, it did a bit of time to get used too since it lacks in acceleration compared to the dirt bike, but is much lighter which allows for extra air when hitting the many large ramps. It's also pretty neat to see your ride peddling extremely fast as they make their way through the tracks.

The new tracks in Origins of Pain provide a wide variety of themes and all seem to be pretty unique. Once you've gone through easy, medium, hard, and extreme from the developers, you'll be able to dig into the many custom tracks by users that take advantage of the new tools available in the track editor. Any tracks that use the use tools are noted with a '+', so you'll know which ones require the new DLC. The creations that players have been making never cease to amaze, and now there are some really cool new tools to use to improve on the already great custom content.

Some of the cooler custom tracks I found were made with the BMX bike in mind and consisted of some cool dirt tracks that fully utilize the changes that the bike brings. There's also some new and wacky ones like the skill games, and there should be some awesome custom tracks incoming that utilize the new grappling hook ability.

The DLC also comes with the ability to purchase more items to customize your rider including some pretty awesome helmets like the Orange Knight from Castle Crashers, and even the squirrel head from evolution.

Whether you're a track editor looking for new tools, or a fan of RedLynxs' tracks, Origins of Pain gives you plenty to enjoy for a low price. A definiet must download!

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