Platform: PLAYSTATION 3
The development team's overriding aim is to deliver an unparalleled handling model that allows access points for gamers of all skill levels and just as importantly provide a challenge to meet each player's abilities.
ALL 3 MOTOGP CLASSES
MotoGP 08 puts the player at the centre of the MotoGP experience by letting them join a team and compete alongside their sporting heroes in all three race classes - 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP. Recent MotoGP titles had excluded these titles at a cost and Capcom are keen to ensure that all the riders are faithfully represented, which also enables complete progression through the ranks as well as giving the gamer a different racing experience per class.With scaled and competitive AI which adjusts within limits to give a more enjoyable race experience on the lower levels but the higher levels show no mercy. You have the ability to set up a custom match search, create your own match setting up to 12 players in total. All 3 weather settings can be set up with collisions also being able to be turned off if required. Accessible to all but hard to master. - Quick matches
Also new for this year is a tutorial mode should you require it. This allows you to decide what motorcycle and racing style suits you best. But rather than the tutorial mode taking you 'out of the main game', this mode takes you immediately into an arcade race and offers you hints and tips from the beginning. By pressing START you can pause the game also allowing you to test out and alter the racing model (from 'Arcade' to 'Advanced' or 'Simulation', change your transmission options or leave the tutorial mode entirely. You can also choose to automatically see live tips whilst playing, where the game will judge your riding style and offer help and advice where needed.
Career mode's new for this year is the ability for you to create your own rider (in previous MotoGP titles you've only been able to select an existing rider of the MotoGP event) and develop your skills for up to 5 racing seasons with the aim of becoming the ultimate MotoGP champion. Choosing a team and bike class at the beginning of each season you'll be able to customise your rider through a selection of bike helmet designs that unlock as you progress. As you win races , stronger teams will look to recruit you for the following season, enabling you to race better performing bikes. As you progress you'll also be able to access certain bike upgrades which improve it's performance across a range of parameters such as straight line speed, acceleration, braking and cornering.
Quick race - choose your favourite track, rider, difficulty level, bike class, riding model, transmission type, number of laps and weather conditions and go race.
Time Attack - set the best time at each circuit, competing against yourself to shave vital seconds off your record. Select the circuit and rider and off you go. You can decide whether you want a ghost rider to compete against, improving where you can to beat your previous lap.
Championship - Select any class, rider and team and compete in and re-create the entire 2008 season. Practice and Qualifying modes are optional whilst you also decide the weather conditions, difficulty setting, number of laps and handling model to allow you to shape the season of your choice. Before each race you can tweak the set-up on your bike, including changing tyres, suspension settings and gear ratios. During the championship you'll be able to check rider standings, see where your rider ranks and view individual performance statistics for the real aficionados. And if you're still not happy with your own performance you can practise racing the circuit on your own (solo) in free practise mode.
If that wasn't enough we've set up 50 unique challenges for those ambitious enough to accept them. Complete the challenges and you'll be rewarded with lots of hidden content. The challenges are divided up into the following categories:
Speed - stay above the speed indicated and finish inside the allotted time.
Brakes - Use a limited amount of braking sparingly to complete a circuit of the track.
Racing Line - Don't stray too far from the optimal racing line.
Checkpoint - Reach each checkpoint before the time runs out in order to complete the lap
Single race - Complete in an actual race scenario from MotoGP
Championship - Complete in an actual championship scenario taken from MotoGP
1vs1 - Beat a single opponent to the finish line on the final sector of a circuit.
PS3, Xbox360 and PC will allow you and up to 12 friends to race on any track from the MotoGP season. You'll be free to select any bike from the 125, 250 and GP class and race any of the manufacturer bikes, competing in individual races. The 360 version will include headset voice chat support only. For Xbox360 we'll have Ranked Matches (effect your online Live ranking), Leaderboards, Friends, Reserve private slots for friends, Invites and of course Achievements.
MotoGP 08 will also mark the debut of the series on both the PlayStation 3 and Wii. The Wii version utilizes the Nintendo Wii remote as handlebars allowing you to lean around the corners for an even more thrilling racing experience.
New for 2008 is also the inclusion of the all new Indianopolis track in the US (the home of US racing) plus the spectacle of night racing at the Qatar circuit.