Moto GP 08 Review
Xbox 360 | PS3
Moto GP 08 box art
System: X360, PS3, PC, Wii, PS2 Review Rating Legend
Dev: Milestone 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Capcom 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Oct. 28, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-12 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The smaller classes of 125cc and 250cc engines is a great way to start. These bikes are easier to handle in virtually every aspect. They are slower and the response to braking and turning is more realistic. You will receive tips from the in-game tutorial, but the game has to be paused to access the information, which disrupts your concentration and destroys the momentum. But everything you learn is eventually traded in for a ruthless physics model that overreacts to your slightest move. Taking a corner at too fast a speed and at too much of an angle will result in an accident. It’s unfortunate that what constitutes “too much” appears arbitrary. It’s almost impossible to judge these parameters by the sense of speed in the game simply because trying the same moves as the A.I. at the same speeds does not always work in your favor.

Moto GP 08 screenshot

Racing modes include Quick Race, Time Attack, Championship, Career, and Multi-player. Career mode only lasts five seasons. Nevertheless, it’s easily the best mode in the game in terms of long-term challenge. On the other hand, the multiplayer mode leaves a lot to be desired. While it will accommodate 12 racers, it’s limited to single, one-off racing. There are no championship modes. Check to see what the server offers in terms of options as you may or may not be able to import your fully upgraded bike into the race. I did experience some latency online but not with my bike or control system. The other racers took time to refresh their positions which had them popping in and out of the race like a stiffly animated anime cartoon (like there’s any other kind). If you experience this, try disconnecting and find another race. When it does work, it’s a lot more fun than racing against the A.I.

No one is going to be impressed with the graphics. This is a PS3 game for crying out loud and it barely eclipses a good PS2 game. There is a general lack of background detail, elements that are inconsequential to the gameplay but very important psychologically to capture the excitement of live racing. Flags don’t furl, crowds are static, courses are sterile, textures are grainy, and to add insult to injury, there are some framerate issues. There is no denying the bikes look fabulous. They are virtually photo-realistic, in some instances even better-looking than showroom condition, and, unfortunately, due to lack of damage modeling, they always look that way. Night riding is done well with spot-on illumination simulation, casting various degrees of intensity commensurate with the position of the lights in relation to the track. While I can’t pretend to know what each bike sounds like, there is enough variation of engine sounds to give each one its own sonic signature. They whine, they roar, and at times, they sound like they’re going to explode. Now if only I could make that happen.

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Moto GP 08 lacks an identity. In an effort to be all things to all people, it ends up being not much to anyone.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.2
Graphics
Bikes look amazing but backgrounds are sterile and boring.
3.0
Control
Touchy control system. Difficult physics to predict and correct on the fly.
3.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Good variety of engine sounds. Music is generic rock.
2.8
Play Value
Unremarkable racing game with unpredictable and inconsistent control difficulty.
2.8
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • MotoGP is the world's premier motorcycling championship, with a season of 18 Grand Prix in 15 countries, across four continents, bringing together the world's top motorcycle manufacturers and an elite crop of riders from every corner of the globe.
  • Full extreme bike customization affecting bike design and performance.
  • Online gaming.
  • Photorealistic graphics.
  • Improved A.I. (realistic avoidance, human error, improved rider bunching, and improved A.I. slow cornering).
  • Improved handling giving more visual feedback.
  • Improved accessibility with more challenges, tutorials, and reward system.
  • New and improved riders' animations.


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