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Trials HD lifetime sales reach 2 million

Super-duper Xbox Live Arcade stunt bike game Trials HD has passed 2 million sales, maker RedLynx has announced.

That number includes sales of Trials HD and the Big Pack and Big Thrills expansions.

Those sales cement Trials HD as one of the best ever selling games on the Live Arcade platform. And so it should be, after earning 9/10 on Eurogamer.

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Trials HD: Big Thrills

Trials HD: Big Thrills

Motorcycle emptiness?

There are two types of videogame: those in which you develop an avatar's skills, and those in which an avatar develops yours.

Story games – the Zeldas, Final Fantasies and Metroids – generally fall into the former camp. As you lead these characters on a journey, so they grow and develop, slowly becoming more fully realised versions of themselves. Mile by mile, Link gains the ability to use a boomerang, a crossbow, hover boots and so on, while Cloud guzzles down experience points that allow him to summon ever more stentorian spells.

When you reach the end of these characters' journeys and put down the controller as the credits roll, you will have levelled your avatar to its final form, the Polaroid likeness finally easing into its full clarity and colour. The character will have learned lessons and gained new abilities and, just maybe, in the pre-determined journey you prodded them along, you might have caught some truth about your own story reflected in theirs. But you probably won't be a changed person for it.

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Trials HD sells over a million

Trials HD sells over a million

Everyone's delighted.

Xbox Live Arcade game Trials HD has sold over a million copies, Finnish creator RedLynx has announced.

RedLynx told us back in March that it had sold over one million pieces of "content" - over 825,000 copies of Trials HD at 1200 MSP (£10.20 / $14) a pop, and over 185,000 copies of the Big Pack DLC at 400 MSP (£3.40 / €4.65) apiece.

But this announcement relates to Trials HD only, and the "over a million" figure does not include sales of the Big Pack.

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Trials HD hits 1m sales across game/DLC

Trials HD hits 1m sales across game/DLC

XBLA sales data has surprises.

RedLynx has sold over one million pieces of content on Xbox Live.

That's over 825,000 copies of Trials HD at 1200 MSP (£10.20/$14) a pop, and over 185,000 copies of the Big Pack DLC at 400 MSP (£3.40/€4.65) apiece. Drinks on them!

GamerBytes correlates the sales data by painstakingly analysing leaderboards for each game, because these generally tell you how many people are playing.

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