Developed/Published By: Milestone.
Platforms Available On: PS5/4, Xbox Series X/S and One, PC and Nintendo Switch.
Reviewed on Xbox Series X, a code was very kindly supplied for the purpose of this review.
Engines running: let’s get the most immersive and authentic MotoGP gaming experience started.
THE ENTIRE MOTOGP WORLD Explore all the contents of the 2022 season in the MotoGP classes and in all the other categories. More than 120 riders, over 20 official circuits and all the excitement of the official championship are waiting for you. And if you want to take a leap into the past, over 70 historic champions will let you relive the best of MotoGP™ history.
NINE SEASON 2009 Relive one of the most exciting championships in MotoGP™ history! 17 Chapters, one for each Grand Prix of the 2009 season, lie ahead! Put yourself in the boots of legends such as Rossi, Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa at the peak of their careers. In each episode you will face different challenges reliving first-hand the most iconic moments of the world championship.
All contents will be enhanced by more than 50 minutes of real footage at the beginning of each chapter, entirely narrated and directed by the extraordinary Mark Neale.
WHERE CHAMPIONS ARE MADE Enter the MotoGP ACADEMY to reveal the champion in you: through new game challenges you will learn all the tricks of the trade to be the fastest on every track. Become the rider you’ve always wanted to be with new tutorials that will help you improve quickly through short gameplay sessions.
ENJOY THE MOST REALISTIC GAMING EXPERIENCE AND CUSTOMISE YOUR RACE Dive into the most realistic and immersive MotoGP experience ever! From the faces of your heroes to the restyling of the official pits, attention has been given to every detail like never before! Create your world in the MotoGP™ videogame and ride with even more style. By using 5 graphic editors, you will be able to customise every look of the game, from the liveries to the riders’ suits.
PLAN YOUR SUCCESS WITH THE MANAGERIAL CAREER! Create your own team or join an official one. Choose your staff and develop your bike improving engine, frame, aerodynamics, and electronics: take full control of your gaming experience! Create a junior team in Moto2 and Moto3: hire a team manager, technical director and a rider to achieve new goals. NEW MULTIPLAYER MODE For the first time in the franchise, you will be able to challenge your friends in split-screen mode. Don’t miss this chance!
And if that weren’t enough, have fun with the amazing challenges online that the cross-gen multiplayer mode offers! (Cross-gen multiplayer will be available on consoles of the same family).
I was lucky enough to review the previous MotoGP game last year ( take a look here ) and I really enjoyed it so I was pretty excited to take a look at this year’s edition and see what improvements have been made.
With a roster jam packed with all the official riders from the 2022 season and also 70 historical riders and bikes to choose from making this game one of the most immersive ever.
MotoGP 22 is definitely a game that would be more suited to a fan or enthusiast as it goes quite indepth into the sport with a gamer that isn’t a fan would probably feel out of their depth pretty quickly. The career mode is back with a more expanded feel with the options of jumping straight in at the big boy level at GP or stepping in at the bottom at GP3 level and working your way up through the levels, this is by far the best way to get into the game as you can build your skills up before you hit the big time.
Once you’ve chosen your level you can chose the size of season you want to go for whether you want the full GP season or go for one of the more shorter options, it’s all down to you making it a more personal experience as not everyone has the time to play the full season length but still wants to experience some of the overall feel of the season this makes it an ideal solution all round.
Once all that part is chosen you then move on to chosing your management team then you either search the factory race teams and see what contracts they have on offer or you can join a whole new set up with a new sponsored team and see how far you can take them, baring in mind the more established team you go for the more the expectations will be so if you’re not fully confident in your abilities may be best to go for the new team and move up as you grow.
There are some customisation options on offer after you’ve picked your team, you can choose from a list of set liveries for your bike and suit you can also choose the colour set up of your suit again this makes the game that bit more personal to you.
If you are new to the game you may find it difficult to get to grips with the bike’s handling, there is a skill school area which is basically tutorials that teach you the basics and get you in tune with your bike making you a better rider in the long term. Once you hit the track you can also make some adjustments to the settings to make it a little easier as you get to grips with everything, for example you can switch on assisted braking which makes handling corners alot easier giving you more opportunity to enjoy the racing.
Much like most other race games you do have the other modes available such as single race and multiplayer including the ultra competitive online mode but the mode that makes this game stand out is Nine Season which let’s you replay the iconic season of 2009 which was the most closely contested season ever, replay iconic moments with legends such as Rossi, Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa. The gameplay is cut up with real life footage commentated by Mark Neale who tells you the full back story ramping up the tension for when you get back into the game. I loved playing this mode it felt more like a documentary and really well put together.
Overall I really enjoyed the game once again and I felt as if I enjoyed this one more than last years edition, MotoGP isn’t just turning out yearly games with just a visual dust up this is a much improved game, although the last one there wasn’t much at all wrong.
Graphics and Sound
The graphics of MotoGP 22 are almost cinematic, Milestone have once again outdone themselves with once again bringing out stellar graphics that really add the realism to the game, even at high speeds the game looks incredible and even at times looks like you’re watching the actual race.
The soundtrack of the game is pretty good with some good upbeat music in the menus, the in game sounds are ultra realistic and really work well to bring an all round authentic racing experience.
Time to summarise my thoughts on MotoGP 22, one of the best racing games I’ve played, I felt the game was authentic and immersive and really enjoyed the overall experience. The addition of the Nine Season mode really added extra enjoyment to the game.
Verdict-Out of 5🌟
I give MotoGP 22 a solid full marks 5🌟 incredible game with intense and immersive gameplay, fully recommended for any MotoGP fan.
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