MotoGP 2018 – Xbox One Review

The MotoGP series, while shadowed by other racing simulation series, has always been the pinnacle of motorcycle racing in the gaming world.  Developer Milestone this year has literally flipped the series upside down and conducted a massive overhaul that creates the most realistic simulation experience for motorcycle fans while not creating an unmanageable learning curve for new players.  With an introduction to a new graphics and physics engine, MotoGP ’18 has created a great standard of racing for all who may show interest.

Like previous titles, MotoGP ’18 brings back the official rosters from MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, and Red Bull MotoGP, Rookies Cup and all 19 official tracks, including the new Buriram International Circuit in Thailand.  With the official MotoGP 2018 season included, there is no shortage of things to do.  With an extensive campaign mode, online multiplayer mode, and a returning MotoGP eSport Championship that begins on 18th July, 2018 where someone will win a new BMW M240i Coupé, there is no limit to how casual or how competitive you can take your experience.  With the addition of interactive tutorials and guides to get the most out of your experience, new players can confidently jump in and perfect their craft.  With a ton of adjustable difficulty variables and features you can fine tune or completely turn off, MotoGP 2018 lets you build the experience you want whenever you want.

Now upgraded using the Unreal 4 engine, there is a big upgrade visually compared to last year’s entry.  Environments are full of color and detail with dust and smoke that has great detail, especially on the Xbox One X thanks to HDR10.  Racers, tracks, lighting, and weather are all so well detailed.  It’s very comparable to the Forza series.  With the addition of the Unreal 4 engine, there is a new physics engine that better improves the simulation factor.  Every motion feels real and crashes look that much more intense.  On top of all that, Milestone even used drones to capture the landscapes of each track to create perfect replicas in MotoGP ’18 as well making this ever bit the true simulator it wants to be.

With all this beauty, another feature that stood out was the revised Spectator Mode.  Upon finishing races, you’ll be able to get almost any camera angle imaginable as well as still images of the race you just completed.  Create amazing compilations and relive the intensity of the ride with this simple to use tool that just makes you better appreciate everything you just accomplished.

For those who aren’t looking to take their skills, or lack thereof, online there is an enhanced career mode that allows you to take your own custom rider and bike through the ranks to become the world’s best.  Here, you’re tasked with climbing the ladder from the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to the MotoGP class.  Along the way, you’ll earn XP to tweak all aspects of the bike from stability and acceleration to top speed.  Be warned, though, thanks to the improved damage and tyre management systems, your decisions could have serious consequences.  With the aforementioned extensive options mentioned previously though, this welcomes everyone from veterans to rookies.

This was the first time I got my hands on a MotoGP title and as someone who’s racing experience extends as far as Mario Kart, it was a really enjoyable experience.  The term simulator scares away the casual fan normally but MotoGP ’18 welcomes you in with open arms.  Yes it may get frustrating at first but the game is just challenging you to tune itself to better suit your play style until you get better acclimated.  With that said, it is surely a title to heavily consider if you are at all interested in a racing title that gives a rewarding experience and offers growth.

Moto GP 18 is available at retailers and can be purchased and downloaded. Buy here – £46.69.

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