Keeping an eye on the coin-op gaming scene
Play Mechanix and Raw Thrills have scooped up the official MotoGP licence for their eyecatching new networked cabinet, with a bright design and threequarter-scale sit-on motorbike evoking memories of ’90s hits such as Sega’s Manx TT and Namco’s 500 GP. Upon straddling the bike you’re faced with a 42” 1080p LCD display and a camera to capture your gurning mug so that up to seven other local or online players will get a clear picture of who’s beating them. Buffeting effects, meanwhile, are supplied by a fan positioned below the screen.
The game itself is an intriguing blend of realism and traditional arcade action. There are ten faithful recreations of real MotoGP tracks, along with official bikes, riders and teams. Pick the highest of the three difficulties, and along with tougher opponent AI you’ll get to experience a dialled-up physics model that takes bike suspension, momentum and road friction into account.
The team was apparently inspired by Daytona USA’s collision feel, and has tried to recreate that sensation when bumping into opponents. If you’re feeling brave, you can yank on the throttle to pull a wheelie and activate your bike’s not-quite-authentic boost.
The game is due for release in January, two months ahead of the MotoGP 2016 season kicking off.
Game MotoGP Manufacturer Raw Thrills