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Genre: Racing/Driving :: Players: 1 :: Released: 07/7/08

Moto GP 08 Review

Developer: Iplay

Pros

Game Features

Rating/100

Decent AI
18 tracks

Cons

No true 3D graphics

Sound
Help
Save Option
Highscore
Suspend/Resume
Bus/Tube Friendly
See Compatible Handsets

81

Graphics

82

Sound

75

Controls

83

Playability

86

Lastability

78

Review Details
Handset Nokia N81 8Gb
Time Played 3 hours
Game Progress Won 1st season

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 07/7/08

Same ol', same ol'?


Another year, another version of MotoGP you might think. Yes you would be right but there's one small change to year's outing. I-play have now picked up the licence as THQ Wireless streamline their brands. How does the ambassador of casual gaming handle a motorbike game compared to THQ's little brother?

It's fair to say that the game does have a slightly casual feel to it and at first seems a little easy and hardcore racers might be wary. However, after a few races, the difficulty gradually rises and you realise there's a lot more to this than just a casual fling with a biker.

The game is based around the GP series of 18 worldwide tracks and heavily centres around the career mode. All the top racers are present and while you cannot choose your bike, you can earn research points and gradually upgrade it. The races themselves are 2 lap affairs and each race should only last 2 or 3 minutes at most; perfect for the dip in/dip out mantra. Unlike MotoGP 07, controlling the bike is simple with 4 and 6 used to steer, 8 is brake and 5 is boost. As always, braking is pretty redundant and while it may not be quite a one thumb game, two thumbs will be more than enough. The tracks themselves appear to be very good simulations of the real thing - if you flattened all the hills that is. The '3D' graphics are basic and there is no ascending or descending - it's just one flat track after another. Legendary tracks like Leguna Seca (also seen in Gran Turismo) are not as scary when there is no corkscrew drop to worry about.

To make up for the easier tracks, I-play have ramped up the AI. Overtaking is a little tricky as the opponents have a tendency to drift into your path and make life awkward. The best way to avoid this is to take part in the pre race qualification and aim for the pole position. Getting the fastest lap isn't that difficult and providing you can get round the track in the qualifiers you should start on pole and never have to worry about overtaking ever again. If you don't opt for the qualification you automatically start at the back of grid. No doubt this option will tempt you after a few seasons when you think you are ready. As ever, I-play have included an achievements section. In order to keep true to the franchise, there’s nothing too bizarre and merely records races won, poles achieved and overall season performances.

Moto GP 08 is a decent game and bringing in a new team has given this a breath of fresh air and we will eagerly await, at least, the next sequel.