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MotoGP 09/10 Xbox 360 review

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AT A GLANCE
  • Making your own team from scratch
  • Feeling like you have real control over your race career
  • Satisfying "campaign" approach
  • Vaseline-o-vision
  • Too many driver assists
  • Bikes don't feel properly weighty or fast

Officially licensed racers are great for the chance to race around real circuits and compete using proper vehicles against the best the motorsport has to offer. MotoGP 09/10 is different, though, because it allows you to create your own rider, name your own team and see how you fare against the professionals. You’ll have to be prepared to start from scratch. This means hiring press officers, mechanics and such, securing sponsorships and starting the season on an asthmatic 125cc bike with as much power as a lawnmower.

Perform well on the track (each stage of the race weekend is given an A to C ranking) and your reputation builds. This means better sponsors, more cash and greater skilled mechanics to enhance your bike and finally make it competitive. If you’ve ever spent time with a management game, then you’ll know how much appeal there is in building a team from scratch and sticking it to the professionals. This makes MotoGP 09/10 arguably the most engrossing title in the series.

If only we could heap as much praise onto the actual racing experience. It’s not that the handling is unpleasant; if anything, the driver assists feel obtrusive early on and it’s the first time in a long while where we’ve actually wanted to play a bike game without all the driver aids. It’s more that the bikes lack weight and a real sense of speed. MotoGP 09/10 has incorporated a ‘motion blur’ effect that makes us feel like we’re racing with Vaseline on our visor.

With the SBK games looking so ultra detailed, it’s a curious visual step backwards from the competition. Plus, despite racing a whole season we never once saw, caused or were involved in an accident. Call us peculiar, but part of the fun of MotoGP games were spectacular pile-ups featuring brightly-coloured men hurtling through the air.

Can you accept that past MotoGPs have offered a better racing experience in exchange for an excellent career mode? If so then you know where to turn…

Mar 23, 2010

More Info

Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3
Genre: Racing
Published by: Capcom
Developed by: Monumental Games
ESRB Rating:
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PEGI Rating:
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3 comments

  • TJP75 - April 1, 2010 11:55 p.m.

    MotoGP '09/'10 is based on the Codemasters Grid game, right down to the sepia coloured graphics. Surprised that the review didn't mention the 3 lap limit in career mode! One other point for the reviewer: you ride a motorcycle and drive a car.
  • CaseD - March 24, 2010 3:17 p.m.

    Played the demo the other day, along with pretty much every demo I could find that I hadn't already been on (slow day), and wasn't all that impressed. Although the career thing sounds fun, as was said the actually racing was pretty lackluster. Oh well, maybe they'll get it right in 10/11 or 11/12... whichever it is.
  • njkman - March 24, 2010 1:43 a.m.

    First, and i wont even be buying the game

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