Remember how Namco’s MotoGP game was the best racer on PS2 until Gran Turismo 3 came out? History could well repeat itself on PS4, as Milestone’s MotoGP 2014 looks to set preliminary pole on Sony’s next-gen machine.
Not only is MotoGP 2014 an exhaustive recreation of the new MotoGP championship season (and its sibling series Moto2 and Moto3), it also contains a highlights mode of the 2013 season, allowing you to recreate the best moments from last year on your PS4. But it goes further than that: the new Legends mode will allow you to recreate famous battles from the series’ history, meaning you can reshape history as you see fit.
The next-gen visuals are a clear improvement. Huge draw distances with no visible pop-in and naturalistic lighting fill the screen in true 1080p on PS4, locked at 60fps. The physics engine is three-times as detailed, resulting in an incredibly smooth and solid simulation of the tyres against the track.
Grip is calculated dynamically and tyres lay down rubber over the course of the weekend, making for grippier lines as the sessions wear on. Add in realistic damage and real-time weather changes and you’re looking at a sim that’s technically more feature-rich than Xbox One’s Forza 5.
As with last year’s game, you can shift the weight of your rider around in the saddle, which becomes much more necessary as you switch off the assists. Traction control is dynamically altered mid-race via up and down on the d-pad, which is useful. Sometimes it’s just too frustrating to keep falling off.
With split-screen and online multiplayer present and correct, this has everything you'd expect from a modern racing game, with the exception of Ghost mode in Time Attack. We are, however, promised 3D paddock areas unique to each track, so it’ll be interesting to see how deep the ‘live the life’-style presentation really goes.
Right now, at about half-finished, it’s already very self-assured. Definitely one to watch if you’re after a racer of substance… and don’t mind the occasional ‘road rash’. Click on through for more screens and more information.