Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
Reviewed On: PS4
Developer: MileStone S.r.l
Publisher: Milestone S.r.l
Distributor: Ster Kinekor
Release Date: 7 April 2016
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MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Videogame, offered more than what we expected from a racing game. It’s packed with content and has some well-tuned features that will cater to you whether or not you are casually into motocross or not.
As you start the game you are welcomed to a creation process where you fine tune your team and all their looks. Selecting a logo and creating a unique team is what will make you stand out from the crowd. Although these creation features are a bit limited, it was enough to make you feel like you were an individual. Once you have done that, the game opens up to all it has to offer. You can select from various game modes, bikes, and race across 22 maps. There is a Time Attack mode, which is a classic, Grand Prix, and a few others.
Visually the game is not the best we have ever seen, and it has far to go before sitting on the same level as say Forza 6. The muddy tracks and darker colour tones did however to the whole off-road racing aesthetic. You are racing in an off-road muddy and wet environment so there is really nothing you can say about it. Music and sound design is also a bit basic, but then again, there is not much going on to warrant a high-production score. On a positive note, we never encountered any performance issues with the game. We had solid frame-rate all round.
A story-based mode has become a staple in sports and racing games over the years and MXGP 2 has an extensive career mode where you race across various seasons, rack up reputation and cash, and spend it all on progressing your team. Racing and performing well will secure your sponsorships with sponsors and teams. This goes hand-in-hand with all the rep and cash you earn which will then be used in the same campaign to customize and further upgrade all your assets. When you are not racing in the career mode, you can hit the other great single player modes and perfect your skills. There is also a multiplayer race option where you can create your own race type, these include customizing bots, turning collisions on and off and other fine-tuning options.
We did not experience any massive lag issues when playing online, which really made its extensive online mode pretty attractive over the single player mode.
Sure its modes and content is great, but the game’s gameplay on the other hand is just okay. There were a few things we hoped for when racing; fluid controls, responsive terrain and realistic weight and bike mechanics. The game delivered on all these fronts, but we could not help but feel that it still needed a bit more polishing.
MXGP 2 is not the greatest motocross game ever created, but it is a solid game with lots to do and experience. There are a wide variety of tracks and game modes to get into, with a solid multiplayer and single player offering. There is really nothing out better than it, which makes it a rather fantastic offering.