MXGP - THE OFFICIAL MOTOCROSS VIDEOGAME
RRP: $ 89.95 ( reviewed on PS3)
IF there’s ever been a video game genre that has lacked the love, it is dirt bike racing. The aerial thrills and spills are the ideal fit for adrenalin- fuelled gamers.
Fortunately there’s dedicated Milanbased developer Milestone, which has been refining this genre for more than a decade.
Like most licensed games, MXGP includes all the latest official rules, teams of riders and their bikes, and of course their commercial sponsors.
Fans of the sport will appreciate riding against more than 60 professional riders and their bikes on more than a dozen tracks from the world championship circuit.
It’s advisable to kick things off with tutorials designed to get you accustomed to handling the bike, both on the ground and in the air.
Key to control is not only the position of the bike, but also the weight and balance of the rider. Couple this with independent front and rear brakes and you have unmatched control over your rider’s actions. Mastering these controls really comes into play on the constantly changing dirt tracks as they transform throughout a race.
The meat of the game, the career mode, is all about customising a rider, choosing a manager, then progressively moving up the ladder by winning races.
The better you become, the more offers you receive from other teams and the more other riders will talk about you on the game’s virtual social hub.
In addition to quick- fix races and time attack modes, you can embark on the lengthy official Grand Prix calendar, or a tailored version in the Championship mode.
Players can also take their rider online to compete against other riders, in single races or seasons, which I found much more enjoyable than the computer- controlled field of challengers.