Disclaimer: The code for this PS4 game was obtained for free, from a source that had obtained if for free from the developer.
I know a bit about most sports but one I don’t know much about is cycling I know a few famous cyclists such as Victoria Pendleton and odd few others.
The one thing I do know is that she wouldn’t be at Le Tour De France as she’s not road cyclists (well she’s not even a cyclist now) and that’s about how far my knowledge goes.
When I fired up Tour De France 2015 on my PS4, I wasn’t sure what I would find especially for someone that doesn’t know much about the sport of road cycling part from Le Tour De France is the greatest road race in the cycling world.
Once the game loads and you get to the basic menu, there’s a few options to pick from with the best being for me to go for was warm up which explains how the game plays.
And it’s actually rather simple, R2 is the pedal button and harder you press the faster you go but will use up energy quickly like I did to start with as I just held R2. But you can make it more complex L1 will change between your two gears with the low gear being useful when you just want a nice slow energy saving ride and the high is for when you want to go fast.
The X button is your attack button where your rider will get out of there seat and pedal hard that uses your Attack bar up, once you have done all the training and come out of the mode.
You have three options the Tour, Pro Team or Challenge; The Tour is Le Tour De France where you have a few options play on one of three difficulty settings and select if you want to just do one stage, a mini tour or the full tour.
I went for the full tour once you do that you can pick your team; I went for the one that had Alberto Contador in as I know who is.
Then you’re of in one of the various races types be it mountain, spirit, time trial which you earn points towards one of the various jerseys (I like the one with Polka Dots) on the tour, whilst racing against what seems like hundreds of other racers if that sort of race. You have to pace yourself to keep energy for instance over what can be hundreds of Kilometres.
Whilst racing which will take you the same time as in real life to do the distance of that bit of the tour, you can press Square to follow behind another racer and it would do it automatically the pedalling that you can sit back and take in the sub-par graphics. There is a lot going on during a race with hundreds of cyclists, crowds whom do go on to the road to cheer you on when the near of the of a race and of course the scenery but this is not an good looking game even if it’s a port of the PS3 version I’m playing on a PS4.
Back to the race after several kilometres have gone, you can get back some energy or attack by taking in some feed by pressing Triangle. You can have two feeds out of three different which you pick before the race that do various things, you start with of them that has to be used before the feeding station where you’ll get your other feed.
As you can see the game has a lot of tactical elements, should you cycle hard and breakaway from the peloton then go slow & steady to keep the rest of your energy & attack till the end along with when to have your feed or do you stay with the peloton and bide your time.
What will help with this is the commentary from the team principle who will tell you things like who’s in front, how far in front the breakaway also there is the option by using circle to tell your other team mates to guard you for instance or as the payer you can switch rifer on the fly, that your always in the action as I did find myself once in between the peloton & the breakaway which got rather boring.
That’s it whilst in Pro Team you make your own team where you start with some longer level riders and in a lesser known Tour and you move up towards entering Le Tour De France and signing on better riders for the team and after I failed miserably on my first season the game continued on to 2016 which had a completely new tour, I didn’t go beyond that but there could be a lot of content beyond that.
The last mode which I found suited me best is the challenge mode where the game turns into a more arcade game of yore, with 10 challenges that are like do this section in 40seconds to get a gold. It’s quite a fun mode.
Everything but challenges can be done couch CO-OP if you wish.
Overall I feel I had fun playing but ultimately this game along with such titles as Flight Simulator X is targeted to an audience who can look past the long load times, sub-par graphics and what seems like limited modes if you haven’t got the time do a virtual 190km on a virtual bike, you can actually fast forward but that takes any fun you do have out of it totally. That audience will get the cycling game they want and will enjoy it but the average gamer is better to stick with FIFA for their sports games.