Excerpt: Motorbikes have always been the underdog compared to cars when it comes to videogames. Games like OutRun and Gran Turismo grab the headlines for four wheels, while riders have to make do with the occasional hit like Super Hang On. Capcom and Milestone are the latest to try and bring the excitement of the sport to the screen, having gained the official MotoGP license. From the start things seem good.
Excerpt: Although the name has been around for a few years, MotoGP 07 is Capcom's first crack at the long-time motorcycle racing game. Although the ride is a difficult one, it is certainly worth it for fans of the series. Visually, MotoGP 07 doesn't look so hot, even by PS2 standards. While I'm sure my eyes have become accustomed to hi-resolution visuals, there are still things that don't look right. The bikes look okay, though the texture work is blurry.
Excerpt: game, it was rather surprising. Not only had Namco been synonymous with PlayStation 2 motorcycle racing for years now, they had developed the game internally (and managed to create a damned fine racer in the process). Obviously Capcom wasn't going to use Namco to develop the game, and they stayed mum about who the actual developed was right up until the game's release.
Conclusion: The gameplay is fun and the racing is always competitive and the riders and circuits attempt to imitate realism. But for me this game didn't really bring anything new to the gaming table. Try before you buy.
Conclusion: For the diehards who already have this game on pre order anyway, things get a little better. Every single track and rider from the '07 season is present, and they perform as similarly to their real life counterparts. In addition to the arcade mode, there's also an Xbox-style 100 point achievement list, which extends the longevity of the no frills championship mode considerably.
Pros: All the riders, All the tracks, Achievements up the wazoo, Nice handling mechanics
Cons: Graphics that make an English winter seem bright and interesting, Pointless arcade mode, A wind-blasted skeleton of a championship mode, Very little appeal outside of existing fans
Excerpt: There is one problem when you are reviewing a game that has niche appeal, that being, that most of the people who are interested in the game will have usually made up their mind about the damn thing already. These titles are usually heavily advertised in specialist press and are ruthlessly targeted towards their intended audience. They need to be, as these games also run the risk of being ignored by the masses, so this niche appeal is a way of getting guaranteed sales.