on 13 July 2009
MotoGP 08 brings a new dimension to the series inasmuch as, in career mode, you have to start at 125cc level and gather Championship points to develop your bike and attract bigger and better teams' offers for future seasons.
The career mode is run over five seasons and it's up to the player whether you want to jump up as soon as possible to 250cc and then MotoGP, accepting less able teams, or consolidate in the lower classes before making the move to a higher level.
The racing model has far less of the usual problems that most bike racing games suffer from but they are still there; far too grippy grass, gravel and rain-soaked tracks although this is adjustable to a degree plus other riders who bang into you, knock you over or at least into the kitty litter and then ride on without harm (although I did manage to wipe out half the field into the first corner at Jerez!) but overall it feels like a properly developed bike racing game.
There is little difference between the PS2 and PS3 games (I've had them both) except the clarity of the graphics and it's highly recommended.
on 17 April 2010
When I first got this a few years ago I was excited about one particular circuit, Laguna Seca and the corkscrew in particular. What materialised was a pretty standard collection of graphics and conventional activities, that whilst may be slated by many gamers, still has that fun and exciting factor all these bike games possess.
There is a career mode, starting from 125 class and working the way up. There are time modes, quick races, championships on three levels and activities to unlock other activities and such.
The principal of this game will never tire. To race as your favourite rider on some of the finest tracks in the world is pure gaming gold. The tracks have all the energy about them that other games do and as before, I was slightly let down by the difficult texture of Seca's most famous turn but bar that the quality is good enough and its the enjoyment of the game riding high.
A few minor glips in that there are only 3 options for race length that is either exceptionally short or full length which takes an awful long time no matter which level you're on and if you're like me, you'll want to race all tracks rather than just the same over and over.
This is a great game through principal and although the PS2 has obviously made way for its bigger and more expensive sister, this has all the right elements for enjoyment.