If you’re a fan of motorbike games there has been no shortage of them to pick from to play on your next generation console. Since the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series launched late last year, we’ve seen new entries in the Ride, MotoGP, Monster Energy Supercross, and more launch on the platforms and now there’s another option. Nacon, BigBen, and RaceWard Studio are releasing RiMS Racing on both the current and last generation platforms this week and I got to check out the PlayStation 5 version for this review. Is this one worth piling up some mileage on or should you find another ride?
RiMS is a pure simulation game through and through and because of that the difficulty is going to be a turn off for anyone that isn’t a purist. I was a bit intimidated by it after playing it for only 10 minutes but after going in and changing some settings I started to get a bit better at it. The career mode was my first stop and here you have to pick a bike and race through different seasons made up of dozens of events. When it comes to your choice of bike RaceWard went with quality over quantity as there is just 8 different ones in this game but each of those 8 has a ridiculous amount of detail in it. You got your BMW M1000 RR, Kawasaki Ninja ZX10 RR, Suzuki GSXR-1000, Ducati Panigale V4R, and a few more here so in other words, some of the best. Once you choose the one you like the best it’s off the start the career where you can buy the others as you play if you like.
Once you start racing in the events, you’ll quickly discover the other huge component to the gameplay and that’s taking care of your bike. You see these bikes are made up of dozens of parts and you need to keep an eye on each of them to keep your bike in peak performance. Pausing will give you a nice overview of how each part is holding up. If you see something needs to be fixed you can pull into the pit and start swapping parts out. There are hundreds of parts you can buy so long as you have the money to do so. Brake pads, tires, mirrors, you name it the amount of depth and detail in the parts is quite staggering. Putting the parts on involves playing QTE sequences which some will like and some will hate. QTEs have never bothered me so I didn’t mind it that much.
Racing and fixing your bike are pretty much what you’ll be during for all of this game. If someone doesn’t particularly enjoy having to maintain their bike then you may not enjoy this game as you’ll have to do it, a lot. Events in the Career will have you racing through some real-world locations like Nurburging, Silverstone, and more as well as some non-real-world locations. Outside of the Career you have options to practice or play solo races against the AI. Local split-screen is also supported which was quite nice as you don’t always see that option. The game also offers some online lobby action that worked fine in the few races that I played.
The graphics on the PlayStation 5 version are OK but have some issues when it comes to the environments. There is a lot of noticeable pop-in while racing and detail is lacking in things like the crowd. The bikes are the best-looking thing about it as I said earlier as there is just so much detail in each part of them. The framerate mostly holds at 60FPS but it did feel like it dropped a bit every now and then. The soundtrack in the game was OK but nothing that memorable to me while the sound effects of the bikes were satisfying. The game also makes good use of the DualSense controller features with sounds coming through the speaker, resistance being felt through the adaptive triggers, and haptic feedback being felt though the controller.
RiMS Racing is absolutely a game aimed at bike purists as they will be the ones to get the most enjoyment out of this game. The game is challenging and having to constantly maintain your bike by buying and swapping out parts won’t be for people out there who are just looking to get in and race. The selection of bikes here is small but each one is full of detail. Some parts of the game could’ve used with a bit more polishing but RiMS Racing comes out as a solid winner for motorbike fans out there.
*RiMS Racing is available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, and PC. PlayStation 5 version reviewed. Review copy provided by the publisher for this review.
- Some of the most detailed bikes you'll see in a game
- Physics feel good and there is a ton of parts to customize your bikes with
- Makes good use of the DualSense features
- Small selection of bikes and tracks
- Has some technical issues in places
- Difficulty and emphasis on bike maintenance won't be for everyone