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MotoGp 08 (PS3)

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Manufacturer: Capcom / Genre: Driving & Racing / Release Date: 2008

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      02.08.2009 20:05
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      7/10 a solid game that could be worth a place on your shelf

      after playing superbike08 on my xbox 360 i decided it would be a good idea to get a decent motorbike racer for my ps3. i decided to go for motogp 08 because i already had superbike on the xbox. this is probably the best choice i have ever made! moto gp obviously has different riders. most famous would be valentino rossi. but dont expect to head straight into the career and race him. you have a long way to go first!

      there isnt much to the game you can choose a quickrace which everyone knows about and you can ride as whoever you want in whatever track. but the career is very different. you start off in a team of your choice in the 125 catergory and as you total up points from winning races you can get a ride with a better 125 team. this is a great feature as you cant go straight in at the top you have to work your way up. with around 35 riders in a race you can really struggle if you fall at the first corner to make the ground back up again.

      moto gp has really gone to the next level in this game. you can choose between the difficulty settings of each feature so you can set AI difficulty at easy but have your driving physics as realistic so you might be able to race past 7 people on a corner but touch the paint and youll soon be heading to A&E!

      the graphics are good on this game and i would give it a solid 7/10. definately not a must buy but for any1 interested in motogp its still a good buy. to be totally honest though i still prefer motogp 06 where you can create a totally custom team and choose your own bike colours and leathers!

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      06.06.2009 16:49
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      Good game

      MotoGP 08 is a big advance over 07 in many ways. Since Capcom have taken over the making of it, there have been changes. You can now race 125cc, 250cc and full MotoGP bikes - the two smaller bikes are new edition and in my opinion they are very fun to ride and have very different feelings to each other.

      There is a career mode as you would expect, where you can advance through 125, 250 and MotoGP racing over a number of seasons - there is nothing special about it (eg. you have no money, you can't buy parts, you sign one sponsor and one bike for a season) but it is still fun to have a target to race for.

      Difficulty wise the game will suit everyone - you can start off very easy and as you get better change the difficulty - even on hard you can remove driving aids, change to manual gears etc. so that even the best riders can have a challenge.

      There are some special challenges outside the career where you can do things like beat a certain time round a track, or complete a certain objective to win the challenge and get your next one.

      Although relatively expensive, this game is worth it for anyone who likes racing games or motorbike - but if not then it might not be your favourite game so may not be worth it.

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      26.03.2009 19:40
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      Needs Improving

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      *****Concept*****
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      I think the concept of the game is fairly understandable from the photo. It's a motorbike racing game, with all the riders from the 125, 250 and MotoGP classes.


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      *****Gameplay*****
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      There are three different types of racing modes in the game. These include :

      Arcade - The easiest mode to master. You are quite unlikely to fall of, except when trying to tirn very quick while in the gravel/grass or you're banged from the side by an opponent (which happens very often). This is the mode I choose to play in, because it lets you focus more on racing than staying on the bike.

      Intermediate - Staying on the bike is slightly more difficult. The chances of falling are much greater, because acceleration or braking while turning generally causes the bike to kick-out, resulting in a fall unless you manage to stand the bike up.

      Simulation - This is the most realistic mode. It's similar to [Intermediate] mode in the way that braking and accelerating will probably cause a fall, however there is less chance of surviving the bike wriggling underneath you in this mode. Completing a lap with a respectable time is an achievement.

      All of these are exceptionally good and I had a great time trying out each one. They all have there own up-points and no real downpoints that I can see. This introduction of being able to choose the way the bike handles is a very nice addition.

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      Now on to the biggest downpoint in the game. One which comes very close to wrecking the entire game all together - the computer AI.

      Computer AI - This is one of the most basic AI systems I have ever played, and almost certainly the least intelligent AI in any racing game I have played.
      The other bikes/riders do not take your position on the track into any sort of consideration. If you're turning a corner and are on their racing line, then instead of deviating from their line and either going down the inside, outiside or simply slowing down, they just whack right into you. This is extremely annoying if you've just worked your fingers off trying to get into a good position only to be taken out once you get there.
      And just to rub it in, one of the pointers on the loading screen is something along the lines of "Defend your racing line, if your opponents aren't on the quickest line then they'll lose time".

      The other computer opponent related problem is that they seem to be able to take tight corners faster than what should be possible. So far I haven't manged to go round any tight corners at the speed the computers do. Also, even the bikes which are the same as yours are much, much faster on the straight. Are my own team favouring other riders ???


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      Firstly there are four differing levels of difficulty :

      Easy - Obviously the easiest. Where beginners should start or people looking to dominate the game from the first race.

      Medium - Slightly harder than easy, but still a little too easy. I managed to win my first race in this difficulty on the worst bike in the 125cc class. I'm probably about avergae ability on racing games, so I think a position more around the middle would be more suitable.

      Hard - I found there is quite a big jump from [Medium] to hard. From being able to win races on medium difficulty, I rarely manged to score points on the same bike once I switched to hard.

      Champion - Only for the very experienced and high ability gamers out there. I only manged to not come last when the computer crashed and didn't get back up. I may have beaten one rider fairly.

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      There are five different events which can be played, which are :

      Career - Start from the bottom and work your way up. There are 4 different bikes in the 125cc class which you can choose from. The other bikes and classes are unlocked through gaining points in the championship. That method of getting a new bike was disappointing in my opinion. I would have preferred to have been offered a contract from anothr garager, like in most racing games of this type. There are aslo no updates on how pleased your team are with your riding. Although, this isn't important because you can't be sacked.
      You can upgrade your bikes performance by winning points throughout the season.

      Championship - Play through one season. I've not played this so I'm not sure if you get to choose any bike from any class you want, but I'm pretty sure that is the case.

      Time Attack - Complete sections of each lap before the timer runs out. Okay for helping you to get to know new tracks, but can get boring pretty quickly.

      Quick Race - Simply choose the track, difficulty, bike, laps, etc and away you go.

      Challenges - 50 challenges to complete from the 2008 MotoGP season. The disappointing thing is all you get for completing a challenge is a photo.

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      Graphics - The graphics on the game are pretty basic. The tracks, bikes and surrounding gravel pits are generally what you would expect. It's the backgrounds such as the stands and hills in the distance which are disappointing. There is little/ no movement from the stands and it's more like the PS2 when the crowd was more of a colourful smudge than a crowd of people. The hilly backdrops are very bare, with only a few small bushes and trees dotted about. I suppose this would help to keep the frame rate running smoothly when the bikes are grouped together and the overall screen is crowded.

      However, every now and then the frame rate does drop. Not by a massive amount, but it is noticeable at points, usually involving many bikes going round a corner at once when the picture jumps ever-so slightly forward.

      I thought that the graphics did look slightly better when it was raining. There was a higher level of detail on the track, in my opinion.

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      Sound - Again this is pretty basic. There's the noise from the bikes which is pretty realistic and varies from class to class. The bikes also make believable noises while braking and when at top speed. However, I don't remember there being any crowd noise as you whizz past the main stand. Maybe I was just concentrating too hard on the racing.


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      The controls are easy to use. Basically all you need is R2 to accelerate and L2 to brake. I also use SQUARE to look behind me a lot.
      The sixaxis function can also be used to tilt the rider forwards or back, I don't think it can be used to turn the actual bike. But I'm not sure becuase I didn't see any real need to use this function.


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      Something that is quite common in new releases is the inablity to play friends on the same console. This is one of the features of this game, 1 player offline mode only.

      So, can the online multiplayer save the game ?
      The answer for me is, no. Quite simply because there is nothing to keep track of how your doind online. No leaderboards, best times, race wins, etc. There's nothing.

      Al you can do is race. The actual racind aspect of the online multiplayer works great. The races run smoothly and even if your opponents are jumping and lagging on your screen you still run smoothly. I'm guessing this is the case for all users, that you always run smoothly even if your opponents don't.


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      Advantages :

      * Good gameplay of the bike your riding.
      * Option to choose from differing levels of difficulty in handling your bike and in AI ability.


      Disadvantages :

      * Terrible computer AI
      * Gaining points to unlock new bikes in Season mode
      * No offline multiplayer
      * Online multiplayer doesn't keep track of any stats


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      Obviuosly all the disadvantages need to be improved to include :

      * Vastly improved computer AI
      * Contracts offered in career mode and a trophy cabinet to see your collection of race and championship wins.
      * Offline 2-player
      * Online leaderboards
      * Improved backgrounds and extra detail.


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      It's the first time a MotoGP games gas been released on the PS3, so I'll make some slight allowances for that. However, I think if more time had been spent on the game then it could have been drastically improved.
      This would probably be an enjoyable game to someone who plays games consoles now and again, however I suspect to more serious gamers then it will be disappointing.

      A follow up has been announced and hopefully some of the problems I mentioned here will be resolved.

      6.5/10

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      The development team's overriding aim is to deliver an unparalleled handling model that allows access points for gamers of all skill levels and just as importantly provide a challenge to meet each player's abilities.