Excerpt: The MotoGP series has always strained for realism, and while it's fallen just shy of Gran Turismo-esque standards, the games have remained consistently entertaining. Still, motorcycle fanatics everywhere keep waiting for that wonderfully simulated street bike racer, and this year, they pinned their hopes on Polyphony's Tourist Trophy and Namco's MotoGP 4. Tourist Trophy set the standard in April, but can Namco step it up and take it to another level?
Excerpt: Despite a video game pedigree dating back to Road Rash and Motocross Maniacs, motorcycle games are far thinner on the ground than titles celebrating four wheeled vehicles. Why is this... It could be because, while fast or desirable cars are an aspirational commodity for most, awesome bikes are attainable for nearly everyone. It is a lack of bravery, dedication and, some would argue, lunacy rather than a lack of money that prevents people from actually owning them.
Excerpt: Namco Bandai Games certainly isn't setting any speed records in releasing MotoGP 4 in the United States. The game was released more than a year ago in Japan and Europe, but race fans in North America have been kept waiting. The reward for that patience is added support for eight-player online racing, which is certainly an important and appreciated feature. However, the game does show its age in other areas, like the out-of-date roster and somewhat bland presentation.
Pros: Three distinct racing classes to choose from, Highly customizable controls and handling, The roster includes 79 real-world riders, 16 official tracks, and three bonus tracks
Cons: Dated roster is based on the 2004 MotoGP season, Sterile presentation is functional, but incredibly dull
Conclusion: Overall I really enjoyed my time with MotoGP4. The main Career Mode is really enjoyable and provides a good challenge, and the previously mentioned Challenge Mode will extend the life of the game nicely. There is well over 25 hours of game play available here, and I thoroughly recommend the game to anyone who is a fan of the sport, or indeed racing games in general - I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Pros: Enjoyable bike handling., Lots of game modes., 3 bike performance categories., Great AI.
Cons: The pivot in the handling can look weird., The parts testing could do with being improved., Music wont be to everyone’s taste.