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Gameplay 9.0
Graphics 8.5
Sound 6.5
Value 9.0
Developer: CAPCOM
Classification:
G
Review Date:
April 2010
Reviewer:
Mark Beresford

8.4


MotoGP 09/10

With the MotoGP season now upon us, it’s time to rev up our own console creations and take to the track. The newest two wheeler in the pit paddock is Capcoms latest instalment in the Moto series, MotoGP 09/10.

The first thing that comes to mind is the title, 09/10? Yes, the MotoGP season is an seasonal event that runs between April and November, so why the 09/10? Well it seems that Capcom couldn’t really decide on if the title should be from the 09 season or the 10 season. So in their infinite wisdom decided to release the game using the 2009 track, schedule, and riders, with free DLC for the duration of the 2010 season. While on paper this seems like a complete waste of time, in reality its somewhat genius, as the nature of motorsport is in a constant rotation of teams and placement, the 2010 update give the players the option of using a 2010 roster or the 2009 roster, basically giving you a personal preference.

As side from the strangely structured licensing and marketing, MGP09/10 of course follows the premier two wheeler racing event, the MotoGP season, around the world as you compete on eighteen different tracks with more than twenty riders, and all the core teams and manufacturers. The game modes are what you would expect, with Championship giving you the opportunity to complete a full season in the 125cc, 250cc or MotoGP categories. Arcade, which replicates the old forty cent ride games of racing a single track and giving you a depleting time corner to corner race, check pointing raises the time and it’s a race to the finish.

Time Trial is exactly what you think it would be. But the real meat and potatoes for this title is the Career option. In what is a completely fresh look at how officially licensed racing games are made, you have a ‘franchise’ style mode, create your own rider, create your own team, hire PR and engineers, maintain sponsorships, purchase bike upgrades, both on track performance and off track performance hinge on each other and will determine your success in climbing up the racing ladder to wining the MotoGP title.

The gameplay itself has taken a step away from some of its simulation based incarnations of the past, and returning to a more simplistic control system of trigger acceleration and brake as well as a more forgiving physics engine. Instead of crashing out with every slip up, you can now ride out a mistake with a wobble and loss of speed, but don’t think they’ve gone completely soft on you, move the difficultly level up to the ‘Insane’ level and you will again be gripping the bars for grim life as you barrel over the ripple strips with 100 percent accuracy.  

The changes in the early difficulty settings gives the ability for a pro to be able to race with a beginner and have a slightly more matched playing field. Graphically the game is great with all the elements present, fantastic track backgrounds and representations, brilliant tyre modelling, and responsive tweaks to driver movements. It’s the audio that lets the presentation down, as the repetitive nature of the commentary and very off bike samples just pull you out f the moment and remind you that your sitting on a couch, not a beast.

The biggest drawcard other than the career mode for this title is the multiplayer aspect of it. Aside from the standard split screen racing, the option of a online twenty person race is available, and despite the size of the races, the online frame rate is great and easily keeps you in the race at all times. As well as this all players have the option to vote on the race, things such as track, weather, and laps are all majority rules, meaning that most of you will get the online race of your choice.

While there are still some niggling bugs and tweaks needed to speed up a terrible menu system and hopefully correct the audio, the game is a solid release that has enough strong features to make it a worthy purchase. This seems like it’s going to be a key title in a rebuild of the MotoGP franchise with Capcom, and thankfully they started it off on the right foot.






 
 



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