MotoGP 18, developed and published by Milestone S.r.l., is the latest installment in the superbike racing simulation following the MotoGP racing circuit. This year the game’s engine has been upgraded to Unreal 4, and it truly creates a beautiful experience. Every current MotoGP circuit track is available to race and has been laser scanned, making these tracks as close to the real thing as possible. The same laser scanning has been used on the current roster of racers to bring their in game avatars to life. Outside of the visual upgrades the engine allows the physics of the bikes to feel much more responsive than ever before. Alongside improved bike physics, dynamic weather has been introduced and it looks and feels amazing. Racing a track on a sunny day is a completely different experience than racing the same track in the pouring rain. The upgrade to Unreal 4 has been exactly what the series has needed to bring itself in line with the current generation.
The player is loaded into a series of tutorials ranging from the basic concepts of racing to the advanced techniques that are required to race these monstrous superbikes. MotoGP 18 can feel punishing, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The player has highly customizable difficulty options available to them as well as many racing assists to help beginner players find their footing. As I fine tuned the difficulty to my needs and came to tame the superbikes and feel in control, the race experience was incredibly rewarding. Beginner players can join with race assists to find an enjoyable experience immediately, but the depth of racing without assists as well as the tuning of each bike offers an experience even the most hardcore of players will find fulfilling. After spending time becoming comfortable with the tutorial the player is opened into a main menu offering the varying different game modes. Offering the three major classes in Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP, players can jump straight into the fray on their favorite tracks, using their favorite racer and bike, and start laying down some hot laps.
The single player experience really comes to shine through the game’s immersive career mode. Begin a career racing in an expedited Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, as many of today’s top racers started their own careers. Career mode offers options to skip straight to the race of each weekend or spend the full race weekend putting in practices to fine tune their bike for race day. Opening the full weekend really creates an immersive race experience in which I often happily found myself spending more time in the forty minute practice sessions fine tuning my bike to get the fastest laps possible rather than actually competing in the races. After racing through the rookie league the major teams of the Moto3 series will offer the player a chance to move up through the ranks. After officially joining a team the game opens up into some pseudo RPG elements. Each race team has different goals and expectations set to meet in order to progress to their first rider. Should the player disappoint they may even be forced to find a new team. Reaching certain goals, such as qualifying well or winning a race, or completing specific challenges during practice, will reward points to develop your racing skills and bike. The depth of the full race weekend and the development system will keep any race fan locked into career mode for hours upon hours of racing excitement.
The multiplayer doesn’t reinvent the wheel in regards to racing games, but does deliver in the ways any race fan would expect. For competitive online superbike racing MotoGP 18 is a one stop shop that fully delivers.
Milestone has made much needed leaps and bounds in the series with MotoGP 18 in the upgraded game engine. Bringing its new stunning visual fidelity in line with an already solid racing experience is exactly what the series needed to feel new and fresh. An expansive and immersive career mode just adds to the things Milestone has done with their latest installment. MotoGP 18 is a must have for superbike fanatics as well as a great game for any racing sim fan.Milestone has made much needed leaps and bounds in the series with MotoGP 18 in the upgraded game engine. Bringing its new stunning visual fidelity in line with an already solid racing experience is exactly what the series needed to feel new and fresh. An expansive and immersive career mode just adds to the things Milestone has done with their latest installment. MotoGP 18 is a must have for superbike fanatics as well as a great game for any racing sim fan.