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Finally a proper sim,
This review is from: SBK: Superbike World Championship 09 (Xbox 360) (Video Game)
I'm not one for writing reviews usually however I felt compelled to write one in this instance as I had read some negative reviews from the usual gaming sites giving this game a bit of an unfair slating. They generally concentrated on how the game was more of a sim than an arcade racer and therefore lacking in the fun factor. One even suggested it wasn't particularly fun as 'there's no music playing while your racing'...you know, cause in reality there's always music blurting out during a race??
Well, I can tell you having now played the game myself that it is a sim and a great one at that. It's a superb recreation of the World superbike championship and as a fan of the superbikes, exactly what I was after. If you want an arcade racer go and buy burnout paradise (also a great game but catering to a different audience). Too often racing games purporting to be sims turn out to be nothing of the sort as they try and give the game more appeal to the wider audience. This game doesn't do that. It is a sim through and through and great for anyone who actually wants an accurate recreation of the world superbike championship...no extreme modes to be found here. Obviously all the tracks and riders are there however so are the numerous set up options from last years game. You can also take part in the full race weekend from the first practice session all the way through to the races on the Sunday. It almost perfectly captures the atmosphere of a world superbike race weekend and I would highly recomend it to any petrol head after a realistic racer.
The only thing that would have been nice is the ability to create a rider and progress him through a career mode. Seeing as this already exists in the Motogp games it may well find itself into next years game #assuming there is one#. Another point to note for anyone who bought last years game, the graphics are a huge improvement this year and far more akin to Motogp 08. Great game and highly recomended to true racing fans.