note that this review is based on the UK version.
The North American version of Moto GP 4 is scheduled
to be released in Q1 2006 and may differ from the
product reviewed below.
was the last time you played a good motorcycle game?
Personally, the last one I played was Road Rash on
the PlayStation. Remember? Not only could you race,
but you could also beat the crap out of your opponents
on the way to victory. Ahh, the good old days. But
nowadays, that's too cliché. We now focus on realism.
Is that a game or an actual race? And that is what
Moto GP 4 brings to the table.
is obviously no story to the game, although this game
has been around for a while now since it is the fourth
installment to the series. But this makes it all the
better, since all you have to do is race.
player mode offers Season, Arcade, and Time Trial
mode. Season mode is really nothing special. You get
two choices: you can race in the Moto GP, which means
that you start off at the lowest class and work yourself
to the top, or you can choose a real rider from the
Moto GP. The downside to picking a rider is that first,
you have to unlock one. And if you choose that mode,
at the end of the season, that's it! Game over. So
you'd be better off not to choose this mode. Arcade
mode is what it is; pick a bike, tune it to your liking,
pick a track, and race. The same goes for time trial.
Plain and simple. There is also a Challenge mode,
which features 125 challenges. And no, that's not
a typo, there are 125 of them. The challenges vary.
Some are races against actual racers from the Moto
GP and others are races in Arcade mode in which you
must finish in first place. Those should keep you
busy for a couple of months because they are pretty
"Paddock" is where you buy your circuits, bikes and
riders, watch your replays, look at your racing history,
and see what's in your garage. Overall, pretty standard
stuff here. And of course, what' a racing game without
multiplayer. Split screen racing and LAN are the only
available modes. Split racing is, of course, great,
but LAN is pretty good. You can have up to 8 players
online. Not bad, huh?
controls are fairly easy and customizable. I would
recommend using the analog sticks instead of using
any of the buttons to go or stop. It just makes it
easier to control the bike. The turns in the game
can at times be a little tricky, so I would recommend
practicing a little before you actually start racing.
Other than that, the controls are good.
sounds in the game are fairly accurate. During a race,
you expect to hear the crowd cheering, but just as
your leaving the crowd behind, their cheering fades
and that just leaves you with the sounds of your bike,
which sound just as good as they would in real life.
As for the music, it's pretty generic. They obviously
didn't go out asking for popular music to put in the
graphics are actually good. Nothing too spectacular,
but still really good for a racing game. When you're
racing in a wet condition, the visibility is lower,
which is what you would expect in real life driving
on the freeway. The drivers look great as well, as
do the bikes and circuits.
aren't a lot of motorcycle game being made nowadays.
And when a good one comes out, you have to take advantage
of that and play it. For the price you're paying,
you get a whole lot. Realistic motorcycle gameplay,
multiplayer action, and online play that will keep
you locked in your room for months. I just hope that
in MotoGP 5, I'll get to relive those days of Road
Rash and be able to knock a guy off his bike with
a baseball bat, but until that happens, Moto GP 4
will have to do.
Most Complete MotoGP to Date: MotoGP4 features licensed
professional riders, tracks, bikes, and all three
engine classes from the 2004 season including MotoGP,
125cc, and 250cc engine classes. All 16 tracks from
around the world are accurately recreated including
3 bonus tracks.
Racing Experience: MotoGP4 simulates realistic bike
physics, rider motions, plus wet and dry weather
conditions, delivering an unprecedented sense of
Legendary Riders: Famous riders such as Kevin Schwantz,
Wayne Rainey, Mick Doohan, and Wayne Gardner who
made appearances in MotoGP3 are slated to be included,
as well as the late great Daijiro Kato.
New Features: Conduct Parts Tests between races
to upgrade bikes and improve performance. Experience
7 gameplay modes including the new Training and
Melee modes. Plus, capture the most dynamic displays
of speed with the player-controlled replay camera.
Tons of Unlockables: Earn and spend Grand Prix points
to unlock hidden courses, bikes, riders, and more!
Enabled: Test your skills and talk trash with online
competitors for the first time ever. Up to 8 players
and CPU-controlled bots may compete via the Internet
with USB Voice Chat support.