Tour de France 2014 - PlayStation 4

Release Date:

20 June 2014

Also on:

PS4 PS3 Xbox 360

Viewing UK:

Also on USA.
7.0

Summary:

At the end of the day what 'Tour de France 2014' on the PlayStation 4 did right was establish a baseline for what is acceptable in the cycling genre. This game gets racing down well: it's hard to master but easy to dabble in.

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Details

  • Developer(s):
    • Cyanide
  • Publisher(s):
    • Focus Home Interactive
  • Distributor(s):
    • PlayStation Store
  • Release Date(s):
    • 20 June, 2014
  • PEGI Rating:
    • 3+
  • Official Site(s):
  • Player(s):
    • 1-2
  • Online Player(s):
    • 2
  • Online Play:
    • Optional
  • Series:
    • Tour de France

Technical Information

  • Required Disk Space:
    • 7GB Minimum
  • Supported Video Output:
    • 1080p
  • Game Format:
    • Digital Download
  • DualShock Compatible:
    • DualShock 4
  • Average Playing Time:
    • 2.5 Hours
  • Remote Play:
    • Supported
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Posted:
2015-04-16

Dave_Finnigan

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PS4

6.5

'Tour de France 2014' on the PlayStation 4 was developed by the guys over at Cyanide before being published by Focus Home Interactive. The first of what we can assume to be many cycling simulators, 'Tour de France 2014' was sure to go all out in the promises department. While we have never been ones to ache for a cycling simulator, we definitely saw the appeal of a niche sport getting a next generation treatment. So we decided to fire the game up for our trusty PlayStation 4 in order to see just exactly what the guys at Cyanide were able to create for us.

The Tour de France, in real life, is a gigantic racing competition held in and around France. Teams are segmented into different colored jerseys and over the span of the race, immense strategy will be deployed in order to make sure that the right team wins. In reality the event takes enormous amounts of both teamwork and synergy as well as a full head of strategy. My knowledge of cycling extends to something about Lance Armstrong and then the five minutes I've seen of it while browsing tv stations early in the afternoon. Not exactly an auspicious start but we always have to work with what we have, so I got down to business.

We started up the game and could tell nearly immediately that it was made with the intention to pull in rabid fans of the sport. The game itself is not for beginners or fledgling fans. There are terms used, rules expounded upon, and modes that make no sense for people with limited cycling knowledge. After a few minutes of scrolling through menus with a look of absolute terror on our faces, we decided just to leap in. It works with hockey and ATV games and even golf games, so why wouldn't it work here?

Thankfully the actual act of racing is pretty simple. And it should be. You control your speed with the R2 button while the left shoulder will alternate your different gears. You can go from low gear ratios all the way to the higher gears. A rule of thump is that the higher the gear the faster you can go, it just costs you more energy to be able to keep up. Simple stuff, right? We did mention that cycling is a team sport (and that's something we learned via playing the game, seriously) and there are buttons that will control that information as well. Hitting the circle button will bring up all of your teammates information. Your bicycle is taken over by the PC in this mode so that you can send out instructions, move to control a different rider, or change your plan of attack. It's bizarre, but it all makes sense in a simple and intuitive way.

The more we found ourselves playing 'Tour de France 2014' the more it began to feel like a simple racing game, on two wheels, with bizarre rules. You can't blast your way to the front of the thick pack of racers and expect to win, same with racing. You have to control your energy bar, pay attention to differing jersey colors, and understand the different terrains and elements at play. Some of your riders are more capable in certain scenarios and it will behoove you to know who fits what situation the best. If you come into this game with an understanding of cycling or a background knowledge in racing games, then you should do fine with dealing strategies on the go.

We mentioned the auto cycling mode above but we feel like it deserves to be expounded upon here. When you go into your team menu your bicycle is taken over by the AI. Having the A.I. take over your rider is a great way to coast during the boring parts of the race. When you are ready to make a jump for the lead simply click back in and do the pedaling and hard work yourself. This mode can also be exploited by lazy players, too. If you are about to wipe out on a sharp turn then all you have to do is switch to auto mode and the A.I. will correct the issue of alignment with themselves. So with this mode you can recklessly take sharp turns without worry as long as you switch to the auto mode in time. No wipe out and an additional advantage.

'Tour de France 2014' offers players three different game modes to take part in: Pro Team, Versus, and Tour de France. As can be expected with a sport like cycling, each game mode doesn't really offer much in terms of differences. In Pro Team you are able to create your own team to race with while the Tour de France mode has you assume the role of a real life professional team. Versus lets you play one on one co-op with or against your buddies in local multiplayer. Online play is absent and that makes us a little bit curious. Did the devs know that this game wouldn't be a success, so they ditched assembling the servers? Or was this an artistic choice? We probably won't ever know.

Three are 21 different stages to play through in 'Tour de France 2014' and yet we still don't think it is as good a racing simulator for the cyclers out there as some other options. Our biggest issue with the title was the lack of diversity inside of the actual game. Crowd cut outs repeat obnoxiously, all of the riders look exactly the same, barring some sort of skin tone change, and even the voices of the other players are limited to a few actors. Once you notice these things they begin to irritate you.

At the end of the day what 'Tour de France 2014' on the PlayStation 4 did right was establish a baseline for what is acceptable in the cycling genre. This game gets racing down well: it's hard to master but easy to dabble in. Now if only they could add on the appropriate bells and whistles.

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