When it comes to sports video games, no doubt the principal representatives are: FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer, two names historians in the field of digital entertainment sports. However, you can find many other sports proposals but not all of them have achieved the same success in fact there are many titles related to golf, tennis, baseball, and so on. But among all these games there is a completely different one to which we devote this article: cycling.
Cycling is a sport that has a large number of fans around the world and yet it is one of the sports most neglected by the world of video games, probably because of the difficulty of bringing to the screen the dynamic experience. In any case, a few years Cyanide Studio works year after year, to adapt the formula of the Tour de France at the computer, with several interesting titles as ‘Pro Cycling Manager Pro’, deepening the most typical aspects of an administrator of the tour rather than those of a runner. Fortunately, the developer decided to make a change to the franchise, with a work that contains many details of the previous versions and offering enhances the ability to play our favorite riders engaged in 21 stages in the program.
The latest version of the game was presented with the title ‘Le Tour de France 2013 – 100th Edition’, thus commemorating the centenary of the race on time every summer appears on our televisions. The game looks like a simulator of cycling, although simplified compared to previous games, it works on the console but also on modern computers.
After a nice introduction in which are mixed with real footage virtual scenarios generated by the game engine, we are invited to climb by bike and start our adventure by choosing between different game modes. At the beginning, we learn to manage our professional bicycle following a small way thanks to which we will learn the basics of the technique, then we will be invited to prepare for the difficult phases that lie ahead. Now we can choose all the stops on the tour that we want to run from beginning to end, by selecting the sections you want to play or choosing to do them all, without rest. The scenarios are faithfully reproduced and then every cycling fan can recognize the streets, the title has all licenses necessary to provide a realistic experience with meetings not only with all the official teams, but also with the mythical sections that appear on the tv.
Depending on the selection we do, we go through the different stages of the tour, from the easiest and flat stages to those with the more difficult routes. E ‘was also included the new feature that lets you choose to run the tour from beginning to end, with all that entails. This title offers us a realism that had never been seen before for a game of bikes, so do not expect an easy and direct play, but a game where only the true enthusiasts and cyclists patients fail to achieve the goal.
Before leaving, each rider must choose his equipment, and to do it well, it is essential to know the parameters of each element, not everyone has the ability to do so, and especially the novice players will find some difficulty.
After choosing our favorite athlete, we need to check for ways to provide the right level of energy during long stages. In fact, the Tour is a distance race that does not end in two or three hours but requires a commitment that lasts for several days and on scenarios very different from each other that alternate day after day. It ‘important to study a good strategy, but you must also be aware of those used by our opponents.
In order to reach the finish in a good position you need to keep an eye on the condition of the athlete during the competitions through the energy bar, checking the level of fatigue. Also, do not forget that you do not run alone, but in the team so it is crucial to learn the details of the terms and conditions of the team through the headset and always be informed about the type of road that is coming and you can do this using the route map.
To control your bike using the levers to accelerate and brake, while some front buttons allow us to contact the other members of the team to give orders and to know in advance the moves of their opponents. Thanks to a headset can communicate in real time with other members of the team, so we can arrange joint attacks or actions of defense and interdiction strategy bringing the bike to a new level. Communicating through the device, we can learn the news about the race ahead of adding elements of realism to the game as well as allowing us to stay in touch with the heart of the run, without having to constantly check the camera.
As we mentioned before, all the classic schemes of sports games are broken and, in this game, is the strategy that is rewarded confirming that cycling is a sport suitable for people with patients who, in addition to the physical aspect, it is also concerned about the tactics choosing the best time to launch an attack or one in which the control group at key moments, and so on.
So if you think that is enough to win the Tour hold the accelerator, try another title because this is not suitable for your purposes.
If you want to play in the company, adding fun, there are no problems, in fact, the game also includes a multiplayer mode in split-screen. Unfortunately it is not possible to participate in the Tour of teams and competitors from all over the world, something that would ensure realism and fun really at the highest level, we hope that in the next release is also added to this function.
The technical part of the game has had a marked improvement over previous versions. In addition to superb graphics, you appreciate the attention of the developer on athletes and scenarios that represent the most important part of cycling.
The audio is excellent and there are many effects such as the blowing of the wind when driving downhill. Sadly, there is a soundtrack, and if a player is not a follower of the sport, the game tends to become monotonous and boring.
In conclusion, our review of Le Tour de France 2013 is positive. Even if there are some nasty little negative details, is definitely a great simulation title cyclist. Of course, cycling, particularly in the world of video games, can not compete with other sports in terms of fans but we are sure that players following the event year after year, and even those who are starting in cycling, will find this game the chance to relive the experiences of the more interesting and fun magical event called Le Tour!