|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: 4J Studios||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Bethesda Softworks||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 1, 2008||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Even if you don't know anything about Ducati, you'll learn about the various models and their performance attributes. There are 11 different bikes including the Hypermotard, the Monster, the 1098R, and the Desmosidisi to name a few. The Hypermotard is an extreme, high-performance bike that must be used on one of the courses simply because it's the only bike designed for it. A handful of customized riders are available, including three females. I didn't notice any differences among them except for that of appearances. They all animate well as they lean into turns and hang off the handlebars during jumps.
Wheelies, donuts, power sliding, and catching air are among the stable of tricks that you'll be required to pull off in the Stunt Challenge. Some of these tricks can be used in other modes as well. Quick Race, Ghost Race, and Multi-player modes round out the list. You can take on another opponent locally or anywhere in the world by employing the Wi-Fi connection. For the most part, the single-player mode played well and held a steady framerate, but things got a little less slick in the multi-player mode, as slowdown was much more evident. Fortunately, the single-player mode completely overshadows the multi-player mode thanks in part to the realistic A.I.
The draw distance is remarkable. You will usually have plenty of time to react to all of the twists, turns, and obstacles that you encounter, but there are plenty of surprises in store as the difficulty increases. The bikes move with a good sense of speed, but thanks to the long draw distance, you will still be able to enjoy the scenery consisting of trees, hills, rocks, lakes, mountains, townships, bridges, causeways, guard rails, indicator arrows, and city streets. The colors and textures are diverse enough to make everything distinct. The bikes look good in-game but they are nothing less than mouthwatering when on display in the garage. They radiate power and beauty as they are rotated in 3D.
Unlike Harley's, Ducati's don't roar, they purr. The engine sound effects in the game are a little on the whiney side. The techno tunes bring a certain Euro-Disco flavor to the game, but there are only two songs, and I don't need to tell you how repetitious that will get. Fortunately, you can turn the audio off.
Ducati Moto is definitely recommended for fans of bike racing of all levels. Even those with no interest in the genre should at least try their hand at this game, as it's really beginner-friendly. Your skills will increase as you play, and you can actually cultivate your own style through skill development and the upgrades that you purchase. Be sure to give this one a spin.
CCC Senior Writer