Story - 36%
Graphics - 51%
Audio - 93%
Gameplay - 70%
Replayability - 49%
MOTO GP 18
So I won’t lie, I’m not a fan of MotoGP games, having played the older ones on the rare occasion, I step into this well-researched on the older titles. I am actually a F1 fan and a car racing gaming fanatic in general, so this might be a difficult one to please me.
One thing I found really easy to deal with in this game was the layout of menus and the organizing of the game. Usually, when playing games like MXGP, I struggled at first to actually understand what was going on because it was extremely overwhelming, it almost aimed at the fans and not to the gamers which cuts out an entire market in my opinion. Jumping into my first race, I revved up my engine and was ready to get off to my first win, well, little did I know. Before you even start the race, you have Bike settings, which apparently is really cool but I took one look and was like “whhhhhhhhaaaatttt” – minion style
Eventually I managed to start my engines and got going on my first race and did I struggle, every turn was like a living hell of my face eating tar, I almost held a funeral for poor Marquez. It took me about an hour to master the art of cornering, it wasn’t that bad once you actually get into it, get rid of that Car Racing mentality and be more disciplined in your art.
Audio and Visual
The game is visually average when it comes to actual gameplay. I found that it was dull and bland, even from track to track I struggle to get the awe I got when playing such games as Crew 2. Perhaps on the PS4 Pro or XBOX One X there would be a very visible difference, but not that I noticed. The player interviews and player animation are pretty standard, with my comparison to that of Fifa and the likes, which probably isn’t fair, smaller company and smaller title. If you look at it independently, the overall graphics were probably dead average and nothing to write home about.
The audio, as expected, was great. The bikes zooming past, revving, gearing down and pulling off were all real experiences and as someone who used to ride before I nearly died against a steel railing, I can tell you for a fact that the realism is there. The bikes are authentic, and doing some research I found that the bikes were recorded per Manufacturer, which wasn’t from the developers themselves but if this is true, that is simply beautiful and they deserve mad credit there.
So game modes, all the same, nothing’s changed. It is difficult at first, proving to take some serious concentration and efforts in order to master the riding. The games experiences is really good and I found it a lot more satisfying completing a race than I would in a car game, because of this difficulty setting. When I started to dabble with the physics setting, then things got real, honestly I couldn’t make the first corner and decided to revert to standard. The game is fun and a real challenge, which I don’t see as bad, so I would rate the gameplay amongst the best in any motorsport game I have ever played.
The game is definitely a good play, but is it a good buy? Probably not! The game is too expensive for what you get, the game modes and replay-ability were really the downfall here. Unfortunately, we are in time where even sports games have interactive stories and modes that you immerse yourself into and you just don’t get that here, it is the run of the mill stuff from every other Career mode pre-2016. I indulged in the career once I got the gameplay down and I wasn’t interested for more than 2 hours, probably because you take an already difficult game throw me back to like a bicycle and tell me to win the MGP One day. My guess, the guy that are real MGP heads would be okay with that.
So in conclusion, if you’re a gamer and want to just try this out, grab yourself a pre-played MotoGP17 first. If you are a hardcore fan, then all you need to decide is if you want to spend R779.00 (As special on 21-Aug-2018)
Reviewed on: Playstation 4
Available on: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch
Genre: Motor Sport, Racing
Age Rating: Pegi 3
Publisher/Developer: Milestone S.r.l.
Estimated RRP: R779.00 (R1069.00 Full Price)
Release Date: 07 June 2018
- Fun Learning
- Audio Quality
- Lack of Replay-ability
- Graphics subpar