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Gameplay 7.1
Graphics 5.9
Sound 7.0
Value 6.5
Distributor: Sony
Classification:
G8+
Review Date:
July 2005
Reviewer:
Andrew B

6.5


MotoGP 4

Namco's MotoGP 4 is the latest instalment in the series that continues the tradition of realism, speed, advanced physics, authentic rider animations and multiple weather conditions for a truly intense motorbike racing experience. If you believe the hype, than MotoGP 4 is the definitive motorbike game for the PlayStation 2 but unfortunately for gamers not much has changed since the last incarnation but that doesn't mean that you should ignore this title.

MotoGP 4 features three different gameplay segments that include arcade, career and simulation. Career and simulation are almost one of the same but arcade is for those who just want a pick up and play game. You won't get the most out of this game in arcade, but it's fun for a quick bash with friends. The meat of the game is found elsewhere in the simulation modes and this is where a huge improvement seems to have been made. Obviously the main aim is to become the MotoGP world champion in the quickest time possible, but the game does this in a way different to others. With that said, the gameplay of the title has vastly improved since its predecessors and the title makes full use of the Sony DualShock controller.

Namco have also scored the official MotoGP license and MotoGP 4 has all the teams, tracks and everything else that you would find in this exciting racing experience.  Although all the usual tracks have been included , Namco have ensured to include the brand new China track which made its debut in Formula 1 2004 but is now also a MotoGP track. Nice work Namco!

The tracks within MotoGP 4 are planned out well but do seem a bit bare when compared to the real world circuits in terms of surrounding environments such as buildings and trees. The animation within the game are very impressive with riders featuring multiple crash animations as well as being able to have wheel to wheel racing without collision detection issues.

Graphically, MotoGP 4 is a mixed bag that features some extraordinary rider animation that is unfortunately let down by the background environment of the game that almost looks like the game is a five years old. Although the PlayStation 2 is soon to be replaced by the PS3, the console still has a few more years left and I think Namco may have sat on their laurels when it came to updating the graphics engine.

The game also contains a thumping soundtrack and some extremely realistic motorbike sound effects from the roars of powerful engines to the sounds of crashes and riders sliding on the bitumen. I must admit that the sound effects are virtually identical as to watching a real race on television, especially when you are looking at a replay or watching someone else play because in many games, the sound is often forgotten about it.

In conclusion, MotoGP 4 is a slight improvement from the last time we saw this game on the PlayStation 2 that features updated teams and new tracks but unfortunately the game is let down by mediocre graphics that one could be mistaken in thinking that they are playing a PSOne. Best rent before you buy!






 
 



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