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Windows 98 ~ Motogp Ps2 Disc Only
As motor sports go, there are few more thrilling than motorcycling. Formula One is fast, but the cars look like speedy elephants when compared to the crazily unstable-looking shape of a 350 or 500 cc motorbike.
Take one lightweight deathtrap, add a madman in a leather suit--you--and take off around five real-world tracks, modeled right down to the last blade of grass. Super!
However, from the instant the starting flag drops, it becomes obvious that this is no standard racer. In the early stages, it's a swine to control, your rider weaving all over the track like a drunk with a major stability problem.
Get over these initial difficulties, however, and what you have is a wonderful game that falls somewhere between an arcade game and simulation without ever straying too far into either camp.
Multiple modes are, as usual, offered for your gaming pleasure, including the chance to run the tracks in arcade mode or go for a full season of racing--impressive when you've only got five tracks. The bikes are fully configurable with settings for a myriad of different components and attributes that should keep the serious bike fan happy for hours.
Graphically, it's a total treat--in-game images are good and sharp and there's no slowdown as you hammer around the circuits. It's in the replays that Moto GP really shines. Outside of the Gran Turismo playback feature, there is nothing more beautiful than this game--at times it's easy to forget you're watching a computer-generated image and not the TV.
Moto GP will not be to everyone's taste--its initial difficulty level is off-putting--but stick with it for a short while and you'll be rewarded with a great racing experience and a title that's well worth the asking price. --James Gordon -- Amazon.co.uk
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There are only five tracks but I found that progressing up through the difficulty levels is challenging enough to keep the game fun through several replays. The two player mode is also good for challenging friends over and over. The only trouble I've had is with the simulation mode. It's almost too touchy for me and I have trouble keeping my touch light enough. Too much gas in a turn and you lay it down way too easily.
The graphics are beautiful. I find the rider's eye view to be a little dizzying and prefer the behind the bike view. The replays are a real joy to watch and they allow you to save some of your favorites. You can watch yourself wheelie out of a power slide over and over.
One problem I have with the game is that there seem to be several rewards for meeting challenges but they are few and far between. It looks like there are a few more tracks to unlock but I haven't been able to get any of them yet. I haven't done much racing in the expert level yet however.
All in all this is a lot of fun. I've since bought CART Fury which is fun in it's own right but this is still my favorite of the two. I would recommend it to anyone who likes motorcycles and racing games.
The graphics on this game are some of the best. Some slight "jaggies", but not any worse than any other PS2 game. The replays... oh, boy the replays... Simply incredible. These are the most realistic replays of any game to date.. period. All videogame enthusiasm aside, there are moments in the replays that you WON'T REALIZE that it's a videogame. It's that good.
And it plays as good as it looks. As soon as you can get used to the fact that you're racing bikes instead of cars, you'll be zooming around the track in 1st place. For die-hard racing fans, I suggest using the "Easy" setting for practice and training only. After having the game only a couple of hours, I dominated a whole season. The "Normal" setting is much more like the games I'm used to playing, where skill takes precedence over speed. In the season, you probably won't win every race, but stay in the top 5 consistently, and you've got a good shot at the championship.
My only gripe about the game is the lack of tracks. There's only five tracks, and I'm not sure if there's more "hidden" tracks or not. I'm still feverently hoping to find Laguna Seca somewhere on the disc (as I know they do bike races there).
All in all, this is an excellent racing game. For fans of sim-style racers, you won't want to pass this one up. Arcade-style fans will probably want to leave this one on the shelf, but then, you've got Ridge Racer to fall back on.
You start out naming your character, giving it a nationality, and choosing your helmet. There are a variety of ways to play - time trials, tournament play, challenges, arcade style, or 'realistic'. You can choose automatic or manual shifting, and there is a wide variety of bikes available from Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and other lesser known brands.
The graphics are simply stunning. You easily start to feel that you really are on a motorcycle, watching the suspension work and the rear wheel kick out. The replays are gorgeous to watch, and almost feel like a real motorcycle race. I'm tempted to show a replay to a friend casually and see how long it takes them to realize it's a game.
The racers you compete with are all named racers from the real world, and as you complete bonus challenges you get to see fun photos of them playing the game. They obviously put a lot of work into this, between the accurate gameplay and great graphics.
On the downside, there are only five tracks, and the racers aren't using real racing techniques - they ride single file most of the time, not passing each other or riding in groups like they would in a real race. Still, with everything this game has achieved, I'd be hard pressed to complain at all.