When the nights are long and the weather is crap, it's impossible not to look out of the window and reminisce about epic summer days on the bike. Until the rain stops and the days are longer than the nights, we need some way to escape to the mountains, if only virtually.
So what are the options? Gazing longingly at Instagram gets old. You can daydream, but sometimes gamifying your training with Zwift and breaking out the Playstation, Xbox, or your phone works a treat. Yes, really.
Mainstream games like Downhill Domination or No Fear Downhill Mountain Biking used to be huge, but bike video games were scarce for many years. Recently we've seen a resurgence of games created by people who love mountain biking, and we've scoured the net to find the most interesting ones.
A sequel to the popular Shred! game, Shred! 2 aims to improve on the first one with more levels, more tricks and better graphics. Inspired by creator Alex's own riding experiences, iconic locations and mountain biking culture, we hope that Shred! 2 will be arriving some time this year. Check out the full press release here
This new downhill and freeride game boasts procedurally-generated worlds that should keep you on your toes. If you're after a high-octane speed fix and aren't going out on your bike anytime soon then Descenders could be just the ticket. It's available on Steam from the 9th of February 2018. Click here
for more information.
Lonely Mountains Downhill
Currently a project on Kickstarter that has smashed its goal, Lonely Mountains Downhill looks like a fun game where the mountain is your only opponent. It's destined for Windows, Mac and Linux come release and Megagon Industries estimate that the game will be available by July 2018. Head here
to find out more.
Published by Red Bull, Bike Unchained touts a large list of top-level riders that you can take control of and locations to explore including the Red Bull Rampage. It's a free download on both Android and iOS. Head here
to find out more.
Bike Mayhem 2
Developed just down the road from the Pinkbike HQ in Vancouver, Canada, Bike Mayhem 2 lets you can race your friends in multiplayer challenges, build and share trails with the trail editor, and a bunch of other stuff. It's a fast-paced, side-scrolling racing game with downhill racing and slopestyle events, with over 180 trails inspired by real locations including the Coast Gravity Park and Whistler Bike Park. The game's available on the Xbox One only, though. Click here
Only recently announced, there aren't many details about this new BMX game from the makers of Pumped BMX. The new game should have twists, turns and obstacles to negotiate, and based on Yeah Us! Games' previous efforts it's a safe bet that the gameplay will be awesome. Head here
for more information.
Wouldn't be the same without you Waki, at least it wouldn't be the Pinkbike I know and love
DLC idea: Online 1v1 of who can get a tubeless tire on faster; with and without Cushcore inserts.
Become a product manager in one of major bike companies and join the battle for which component to resize and by how much in order to increase sales. Climb the company ladder, become a boss, manage budget between sponsored riders, product designers, engineers and marketing team. Fight other companies, file patents, file lawsuits, go direct or not, ruin your vendors, get new ones, insert electric motors, burn gearbox factory. Bring them to their knees! Lead your company to become the biggest in the world.
Resize or die...
where i live we don’t bike much during the winter, like we do winter stuff; it be off season, but come on season (mar-oct) we ride, real hard
the winter stuff during winter, summer stuff during summer
It's only a week until launch on Steam, so we're preeetty excited for you guys to try it out
...oh wait, they nailed the pinkbike demographic ;-)
"Games to get you through winter!!!!!**
**available spring/summer 2018"
Good job, Pinkbike!!