TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 is the latest motorcycle racing title from the folks at Kylotonn and NACON. Its timing is perfect, what with the actual Isle of Man TT race being canceled due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Now, racing fans can participate in a simulated race, with beautiful visuals, realistic handling and physics, as well as well-implemented career mode. Kylotonn is no stranger to racing, with the developer making racing titles since 2013. They’re also the force behind the long-time racing game franchise WRC, so you can probably guess that TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 is geared as a simulation more than an arcade racer.
As a motorcyclist myself, I understand better than most just how easy it is for our two-wheeled machines to lose traction with the road and TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 simulates this perfectly. Be prepared to experience a lot of horrific high and low-side crashes in your career as a racer. That being said, TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 features some great riding physics and, while I am not a sport rider (I tend towards the cruiser side of the bike world), I can imagine how realistic they are even with the comparatively low speeds I have rode my machine at. Thankfully, there is a tutorial on the basics (even manual transmission usage), then the game leaves you to explore on your own. Gameplay is fast and furious, and you’ll have to take your corners at just the right velocity and lean angle, all while competing against other racers. Speaking of other racers, the “enemy” AI is sometimes strange with some bikes being much faster than the rest for no apparent reason and some popping into (or out of view) at odd moments. It’s not horrible or game-breaking, but it is worth mentioning.
Visually, the game is pretty, with lots of nice environments to enjoy as your careen past at 180 mph. It’s not the most stunning game ever made by any means but, come on, you need to be watching the road, not the trees! The in-game audio is usually impressive, with the audio for the various bikes you’ll ride and compete against being recorded from their real-world counterparts.
TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 also features a career mode where players can buy their own bikes or ride a sponsored/team bike in various races. Throughout a player’s career, they can unlock perks which will give you advantages as well as get new bikes to ride. Career mode will also see the players managing their reputation as well as money, both of which are very important to unlock new challenges/races as well as buy new bikes, parts, etc.
If you are a fan of motorcycle racing or simulations, you’ll find TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 to be a worthwhile pursuit. If you are looking for a casual racer, this probably isn’t your cup of motor oil. TT Isle of Man – Ride on the Edge 2 is available now on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows PC platforms. While we played the game on the Xbox One platform, if you are a PC gamer, I’d highly recommend getting a wheel or joystick controller for play. I am digressing, but they really should make motorcycle handlebar controllers at some point.