Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Reviewed On: PS4
Developer: Milestone S.r.l
Publisher: Milestone S.r.l
Distributor: Ster Kinekor Entertainment
Release Date: 16 June 2016
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Valentino Rossi, or Number 46 as we know him. Just like Tiger Woods PGA Tour, and Jomu Lomu Rugby challenge, this mix up was bound to happen sooner or later. When you have a world-class MotoGP racer, there is bound to be a MotoGP video game based on this racer. Valentino Rossi the Video Game, is fan-gasm of Valentino Rossi, with everything being based around him and his academy.
The is a tribute to the racing legend himself, Valentino Rossi. Everything in the game is about him from the moment you race your first race on his dirt track tucked away in his back garden, to the voice messages you get over the in-game social network. You will go back in time and race beside him in some of his most iconic legacy races, and speed across 20 odd tracks as you build yourself up as his student.
Ultimately, the game is a racing game, so the races need to be good, and at times we felt that they weren’t. Overall controls feel unpolished and tracks and details in the game feel like something half-done. We have played games like Forza and Need for Speed, which are the pinnacles of racing games out there. The detail and the amount of sheer attention to track friction, weather advances, and collision is unfathomable. Then we have Valentino Rossi The Game, which lacks the quality we expect from a simulator today.
Racing is not half-bad, do not get us wrong, but the execution feels off. Bikes feel good on the track. However, there is a constant disconnection between you and the game due to the poor sound design of the bikes. You never feel like the bike is in front of you as the revs sound off and the engines sound like something out of the PS2 days. Visuals on the other hand look the same, as the dated tracks and poorly detailed bikes, left us expecting more from such a simple game.
The shining star here is the Academy Mode, which sees you progress up the ranks as Rossi’s understudy. The Mode is filled with cool features like drifting in a Ford, to racing across a dirt track which Rossi uses in his everyday life. If you know him, then you will enjoy this mode as it is a tribute to his lifestyle in every way possible.
There are better MotoGP games out there, but if you are a die-hard fan of Valentino Rossi, then you will find something here for you. The Academy Mode offers some great experiences, while the others are not bad. The game just lacks the polish we expect in a full release title.