Moto GP '08 - Xbox 360

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Also for: PC, Wii, PS3, PS2
Viewed: 3D First-person / Third-person Genre:
Racing: Motorcycle
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Capcom Soft. Co.: Capcom
Publishers: Capcom (GB)
Released: 24 Oct 2008 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+


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MotoGP brings the spills and thrills of world class motorcycle track racing racing to your 360. Whereas in the past few years there have been two rival games bearing the MotoGP name, Capcom has now stepped up to clear the confusion and produce the sole officially licenced MotoGP product. And they couldn't have picked a better time to do it, since MotoGP is becoming ever more popular as a sport, with many spectators thinking it offers thrills which are absent from modern Formula 1 Grand Prix car racing.

MotoGP '08 accurately recreates the real-life racing season on your console. Not only the tracks and bikes, but the teams and riders too. Even the event calendar is accurate - all 18 race events are run on the dates the real races take place. As an aspiring MotoGP racer, you can learn the ropes and get the feel of your bike in the quick race mode. Then you can hone your racecraft in time-attack mode, where you'll race a ghost bike representing your previous lap. Challenge events give you an objective, such as get from last to first place within a lap, and if you are successful you can unlock items for use in the game. Winning races gives you points you can spend on modding your bike: you can upgrade the engine, suspension and tyres - well, there's not really a whole lot else to a motorbike is there?

But the real meat of MotoGP '08 is the Career mode. In this, you will race a full season of 18 MotoGP races in a bid to become the champion.

Capcom has been very aware that many gamers have been put off by the difficulty of previous motorcycle racing games, so they have taken great pains to make MotoGP accessible to all gamers with the inclusion of the Arcade mode. In this mode, the bike handles in a much more forgiving manner. There's only one brake control and steering assist and traction control are enabled. Once you've got used to playing in this mode you can switch into advanced mode and enjoy the added realism of dual brake controls before you go online to play against your friends.