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Haven Review: Tour De France

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Tour de France much like its real life counter part is all about the biking. However there is one thing I noticed about this game to the point where I found it frustrating and irritating all at once.

Tour de France and Pro Cycling Manager 2016 all use the same in-game assets and even the same logo. Yes they are all from the same company but that does not excuse that the games are different in each regard of what they do.

So they should be treated as such, to recycle the in game assets and the visual art assets to create games of similar nature but market them as different games is down right laziness. I get it you probably don’t make a lot of money on these games to the point where you can’t afford different art assets and if you can than you are just furthering the point of me calling you out on your laziness.20823568_tourdefrance2015_gameplaytrailer_ign-1432233717423

That being the frustrating moment of this review lets continue on.
Now the controls for the game are pretty straight forward. They do teach you everything you need to know about the game mechanics by playing through the tutorial. So it gives new players such as myself to learn the curve before we start playing.

However when we do start playing it begins to throw piles of information at you in the hopes you know what you are doing.
Learning to bike is the easy part of the game, there is a tutorial for that. However there is no tutorial for everything else and it treats it like a management game like in its brother copy of Pro Cycling Manager but gives no tutorials about it.Four-riders

Furthering the issue between the two games, Now when I did start the race that was all straight forward and easy, for the longest time I was 6th place in the race I selected but my ego got the best of me and at the end I was dead last at 198th place. Don’t get me wrong the game is fun in its own right. But the fact that I’m met with countless screens I don’t understand leading up to playing in a race confused the hell out of me.

I fully understand that people who have played sports games for a long time understand these learning curves, but as a new player stepping into it. I’m met with just straight out angry confusion and its unforgiving nature.yf

The game is not welcoming to new-comers to the series or franchise and its built upon only older players knowing how to play these games. The music for the game is good, the controls for the game are perfect, even the scenery is beautiful. The only issue I have with the game is simply its menu setups and its recycled assets to try to make two types of games.

I cannot recommend this game to new-comers but older players who have experience in this genre of game should have no problem.

-Daniel Clatworthy-
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Haven Reviews: Pro Cycling Manager 2016

Racing is fun, we as a species loves to compete and loathe to lose. Yet very few of us have the time or the physique to actually be pro athlete.20160621153334_1Which is why we watch these events on the big screen, putting money and stock on the participants we want to win this darn thing. Be it  Le Tour De France or a more localized race, it all boils down to our will to win. Therefore there will always be a market for a good simulator game, such as the Pro Cycling manager series. Naturally I am a bit biased since I find that watching competitive sports bores me to tears.  It is one of the reasons I play games. I’m the kind of guy that likes to participate and if I cant do that, I’ll just find something else to do.

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Pro cycling manager caters to the cyclist crowd and the people who want to be in charge and to experience the thrill of watching a race whenever they feel like it. Though most of the time I spent watching spread sheets and clicking on menus and reading mail. Basically I had to mange a lot of things, such as the schedule, races, training, researching gear and much more.

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Once that is done I just hit continue and watch the days fly by. Until the calendar reach a day there is an even or a race. The pop-up windows during the transition is poorly implemented and blinks into existence in a way that really is annoying on the eyes.. Once I got to one of these bloody races, I could watch it unfold as an information sheet, or in real time 3d on the ground.

In this mode I can manipulate camera angles and hand out orders such as attack. A simple way of saying get ahead of the crowd. This mode has some serious issues and mildly amusing bugs. First and foremost the loading time is atrocious and my rig is fairly decent. I also had a case of the crowd spawning across the road. Not that this impacts game play at all, even if it’s most amusing. Every now and the commentator will chime in when a noticeable event occurs. After all accidents do happen and sometimes the cyclist will kiss the tarmac. Fortunately the commentator is not annoying or imposing which is a good thing. As for the sound effects and quality its quite decent indeed, especially the music. Then again there are only so many different noises a man on a bike can make. Unless he swears like a sailor due to an accident. Aside from the career mode where I had to manage a whole team until I ran the company to the ground or got tired of playing. Also feel free to add mods or custom races and events, there is a lot of extras and DLC out there. It is also compatible with steam workshop.

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There is a solo career as well, where I made a mostly custom cyclist that wants to make it into the pro circuits. Aside from the focus on one specific bicycler it is still a management game, with a crap ton of data spreadsheets. The multiplayer function is fairly decent and brings the ability to be social and competitive at the same time. A perfect time sink for an enthusiast. Personally I will not recommend this to anyone other than those that likes to play games and watch pro cycling in action. However Pro Cycling manager a fairly decent made game with some issues. However I have yet to encounter anything game breaking or game crashing. So all in all its a good management simulator.

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Lastly is our disclaimer. We received this game for review purposes only, and as such all opinions in this review are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

Njål H Sand