I love that there is a genre of racing games for fans who want a realistic racing experience. Sure, arcade games like Forza Horizon are super fun to play, but you don’t get a full grasp of what a driver and crew really experience. MotoGP 17 is one of those games that shows you what kind of aspects go into a professional racing experience. While the realism and customization options are top notch, the game itself falls a little flat in the narrative.
Fans of the series will no doubt understand what they are getting into with MotoGP 17. I, for one, have never played a MotoGP game, so this was a really fun experience for me. The game puts you right into the world of MotoGP by allowing you to race in the MotoGP World Championship and Red Bull Rookies Cup. Over the course of the game, you will eventually have the opportunity to unlock over 70 famous MotoGP racers and allow you to race on multiple tracks all over the world. You don’t have any story or character development that you are starting to see in Career modes (like FIFA and Madden for example). You make a racer and start racing. The game comes with other typical modes that you would expect from a racing game like Quick Play races and Time Trials.
Now, I must admit that I am not a great racer by any means. I was in last place plenty of times, especially in the beginning of the game. I bring this up because it didn’t feel like there were true consequences for playing poorly. Even though I lost plenty of races, I still had the opportunity to sign with teams and keep racing. Of course, losing all the time makes things move at a much slower pace and you may not unlock everything you want. I just felt like it was something important to mention because the game can be very challenging.
Serious racing fans will love how challenging it is. I found the standard mode to be very challenging, but you can bump up the settings to realistic modes that give you a crazy hard experience. I found out the hard way that maybe I should never, ever ride a motorcycle. I fell off the bike too many times to count! While the difficulty was not my favorite, there are plenty of gamers who yearn for that type of experience, and MotoGP 17 gives them a challenging and realistic look at moto racing. There are many things to consider when racing. Of course, you need to watch your speed and break on corners. However, you also need to look at your position on the bike. I fell off my bike numerous times because of my positioning! From my playthrough, the gameplay was really well done and looked like a good representation of what you can expect in a real race. The controls work great. Just remember, once again, that it is a challenging experience.
The customization will also make many racing fans happy. It does take time to unlock things, but you will eventually have the chance to fully customize your racer and bike, which is really cool. As in real life, the performance of your bike will make or break your race. You will have plenty of opportunities to upgrade and evolve your bike to reach it’s ultimate potential. One of my favorite aspects was the help the game provides when fine tuning your bike. Again, I admit that I don’t have full knowledge of bikes and how they function in a race capacity. In MotoGP 17, the game will help you by asking you questions about what you want the bike to do. You follow up with what the bike is doing during a race and then it suggests how to tune it. I didn’t have to sit there and mess with the bike and hope for the best. I told the game what I needed, and it suggested the fix. This feature will no doubt help beginners like me with their racing experience.
Another standout feature for me is the Manager Career Mode. In my opinion, it is a little different from other manager modes because you not only control the team, but you still get the opportunity to control the rider and race. As I said earlier, there are a lot of factors that go into racing, and the Manager mode has you go into every aspect you can think of. Not only do you have to pick the right racers for your team and mechanics for your bikes, but you also have to look after sponsorship and even a nutritionist to keep your team healthy. It’s a long process, but I rather play the Manager mode over a Career mode with no story or anything to draw you in.
Graphically, the game runs on Playstation 4. The game has a very high frame rate (60 FPS, according to developers), which is really helpful in tight races. I didn’t experience any lag or glitches that took me out of a race, which is a huge plus. The graphics are decent. You will definitely find more detail in other racing games like Forza and Gran Turismo. The facial graphics are not very detailed and look a little comical in some places. There is no dialogue, which is probably a good thing. I don’t need NPC’s to yell at me when I do poorly in a race. The important part of a racing game is the sound quality of the vehicles, and MotoGP17 did an outstanding job in that department. The cycles sound incredible and you notice the difference in sound when riding different bikes and when you make mechanical changes to the bike. They did an excellent job in the sound department.
Overall, MotoGP 17 is a game for racing fanatics. Casual gamers may not like the difficulty and the lack of character in the game. But those who love customization and a realistic racing experience will not go wrong with this title. If you ever wanted to see what it takes to race in the MotoGP world, then give this game a shot.
MotoGP 17 is available for PS4, PS4 Pro, Xbox One, Windows PC for $49.99. MotoGP 17 is available exclusively at GameStop in the US and various retailers across Canada and Latin America.
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Note: GameOctane Editor Ryan Welch received a code for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
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Real racing experience
No character or story to speak of
May be too difficult for casual racing fans
Some hiccups with graphics