Valcon Games set out to create a racing game that
focuses on a specific theme and has managed to do
so brilliantly. Now it's up to the consumer to determine
if the game packs enough fun to play.
TT Superbikes isn't restricted to Suzuki motorcycles.
It features Hondas, Yamahas, Kawasakis and Triumphs
all poised to race the painstakingly re-created track
at the Isle of Man. This infamous 40-mile track has
been recreated to include virtually every turn, bump,
dip, house and tree. It may not be the most exciting
track ever created but it's real and if you've ever
wanted to race in the Isle of Man this may be your
track is actually a public rural and urban roadway
that is commandeered for racing during this competition.
The race challenges all participants in many areas
including skill and endurance. To make things even
more realistic the game has been sanctioned by the
government of the Isle of Man as well as endorsed
by several sponsors including Castrol, Dunlop and
you're not an Isle of Man fan or you don't know anything
about it, not to worry. The arcade-style control system
takes this out of sim territory. You can even relegate
the computer to decelerate the bike for you on turns
if you're not skilled in such manipulations. You can
override this control system if you want to learn
how to break and accelerate for yourself which I highly
recommend. The track is not what you would call incredibly
difficult for the most part so you'll want to exercise
more control over your machine to make it more interesting
and add some depth. There are some 90-degree turns
which will raise your adrenaline but most of the turns
are gradual even at high speeds.
range from 125cc to 1000cc. The framerate is incredibly
smooth and holds together well at high speeds. As
impressive as the re-creation of the track may be
from a technical standpoint it's not much of a looker.
Close items like buildings and trees tend to look
flat. The textures are nothing to write home about
either. At least the draw distance on the track is
good so that you can anticipate your moves in advance.
AI fights for position at the beginning and near the
end of each race. During the middle they tend to scatter.
Their behavior seems random as they don't appear to
take the same paths race after race. There's not much
in the way of model damage but you can flip some of
your opponents end for end and knock them off the
track and into walls if you get in the right position
and are feeling particularly aggressive.
engines sound realistic and the surround sound literally
immerses you. It's the closest experience you'll likely
ever have of participating in such an event. While
I can honestly say that I'm not a big racing fan,
Suzuki TT Superbikes was able to appeal to the competitor
in me by providing a very accessible game for novices
with enough depth to keep veterans challenged for
many, many races. Considering that this game is available
at a budget price, a purchase shouldn't be considered
out of the question.
blowing, eyeball bashing, gut wrenching and stomach
churning -- just some of the words used by racers
to describe the unbelievable roller coaster of a
ride that is TT racing -- it will wring you out
and squeeze you dry.
Superbikes is an Official License from the Isle
of Man Government, with further Official support
from the Auto Cycle Union, the motorcycle racing
governing organization for the TT Races. The game
features licensed motorcycle manufacturer support,
such as Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Aprilia
and Triumph. Related motorcycle product manufacturers
also provide additional licensed support with major
brands, Castrol, Dunlap, Avon and Bridgestone Tyres,
Alpinestars Leathers, Arai and Shoei Helmets, Dymag
and Marchesini Wheels along with Ohlins suspension
and Arrow Exhausts to name a few.
more than 40 miles of beautifully recreated true
to life real road racing circuits with data from
the Isle of Man Government and the game's own road
surveying crew means every vital bump, wall, tree
and house included in the game, just like real life.
has never been a more authentic, physics bewildering,
visually appealing and just out right gem of a racing
title on the PS2!