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Review: Underhyped ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard,’ ‘Riders Republic’ are solid releases

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Not everyone will be great at everything, and there were some activities I didn’t care for. The ones involving tricks and running up high scores annoyed me because performing flips, spins and grabs didn’t come naturally as racing the downhill on a snowboard or bike. Whatever the case, “Riders Republic” is big and welcoming enough that players can find their own niche among the dozens of events scattered throughout the world.

Even if players don’t like racing or tricks competitions, there’s always the option to explore the huge world and take pictures, though the Photo Mode needs work. On the opposite end, Ubisoft Annecy amps up the competitive play with Mass Races, where 64 rivals run through a race that incorporates different sports chained together. Players can be riding downhill before switching over a wingsuit and then finishing the event snowboarding. It’s chaotic but also incredibly fun. If a giant online race isn’t to a player’s liking, they can compete in team tricks competition.

Not everything clicked with me in “Riders Republic,” but the developers offer enough that players will find something they’ll like.

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‘CALL OF DUTY: VANGUARD’

2½ stars out of 4

Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC

 

Rating: Mature

‘RIDERS REPUBLIC’

2 stars

Platform: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna

Rating: Teen

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