At first glance the racing looks the same, but there are a few enhancements that make this Capcom's best Moto GP release. For one thing the handling has been tweaked, making it easier for beginners to jump in. You may still fall off your bike or (gasp) come in tenth place, but at least you'll feel like you're in control most of the time. The gameplay feels a lot more forgiving this time, which doesn't go without notice. Of course, you can always turn off all of the assists if you want to go back to ramming into walls and slamming your head against the table in frustration.
Apparently the developers have been playing some of the competition's games, because they've brought over a few familiar additions. The most compelling addition involves the racer having to complete certain tasks throughout the race. This time around the player will get bonus points for averaging a certain speed, cleanly swerving through markers and getting the bike up to full speed. Performing these optional tasks is the easiest way to level up the racer, which will get them one step closer to becoming the highest ranked driver in the Moto GP.
There's no question that this is a polished product. The game's visuals are sharp and clean, offering realistic looking backgrounds and speed effects. I was even impressed with some of the smaller derails, such as the reflection of a Ferris wheel. I also liked how many racers there were on the course at any one time. While some racing games only give you a handful of opponents, Moto GP 10/11 has you going up against 26 other people (19 when playing online). The end result is a solid racing game that manages to scratch an itch I didn't even know I had.
But even with the great graphics and deep career mode, too much of this game feels familiar. Even with the improved gameplay, I had a hard time shaking the notion that I've played this game before. There simply isn't enough new here to give this game a clear recommendation. However, if you don't own last year's model, then Moto GP 10/11 is a racing game worth checking out.
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This year's Moto GP comes packed with great graphics, improved handling and an all new physics engine. Too bad the developers decided not to add any new modes or gameplay quirks. The end result is a solid racing game that is neither fresh nor original!
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