Moto GP 2
Review of Moto GP 2
One Hundred and Fifty Horsepower. Two Hundred Miles per Hour. Zero to Sixty in 3 seconds. And the safety cell is the thing on your head! MotoGP2 brings you the ultimate in white knuckle racing – the 500 cc Motorcycle World Championship – where the tarmac is so close you can taste it!!
Namco bring us the sequel to last years surprise PS2 hit MotoGP. And this time its twice as big.
Well that was never going to be hard to do since the original only had 5 of the 16 tracks in the Championship and now the sequel provides us with 10. Hard to believe the Official game of this motorcycle racing championship could forget about the other 6 when Formula One game have 17 tracks and a great many of these are the same.
This however isn’t necessarily a bad thing in this game as you are really going to have to really learn the tracks to win the races.
The main body of the game is spread across the Arcade and Season modes but the old aspects have returned again – the Versus (2 player game) and the Challenge Mode. This is where you perform certain tasks (some of which are based in the arcade and season modes) to unlock pictures of the riders, screen shots and of course more bikes.
You will have to undertake some of these challenges to unlock one of the coolest features of the game – the Legends mode.
Opening this feature will allow you to race against 4 out of 5 former motorcycle superstars and their classic machinery. There is Doohan, Rainey, Spencer, Schwantz and the grand old man Kenny Roberts Senior and his 1981 Yamaha – Sweet!!
The game play is exactly the same as in the original though this time with the addition of analogue buttons to control the power/braking – but if you use the sticks then you will not notice the difference from before.
The game is very easy to learn to handle – unless you switch to simulator mode and fall off when you don’t learn to respect that all that power makes contact with the road through 2 square inches of tyre – you will know the taste of tar my friends!
And the sense of speed is retained – there are very few other games where you actually do feel like your are one with your virtual machine like you do in the MotoGP series.
The additional views are a bit of a pain – again you can only pick 2 from a selection of 8 but remember one of these is your rear view and your bike has no mirrors. And you cannot change the location of the toggle (triangle button).
The opponents are a little more difficult to beat this time – they do make full use of the bikes so you cant just out accelerate them – you will have to learn every last-minute braking point on the track and be able to hold a constant rev around bends – or you will find yourself grinding out of the sand traps.
The liveries and riders are all from the 2001 season – so you can be Rossi this time around! The original game was based on the 1999 season – so this is a bit more than an annual update.
The graphics are a little tastier this time around with the original 5 tracks having slight makeovers – and the addition of rain makes for very interesting racing (in other words you can hardly see what the hell is happening) and the rain on your visor alters your sense of distance – like I said you will need to know the tracks in order to win.
The Replays were what made the original and this was not lost on Namco – the TV style playback is fantastic – but you still don’t get to see your own bike lifting off – only getting an onboard view – I want to see my rear wheel smoking Namco!!
I didn’t notice much pop up or draw in but since you are desperately focusing on hitting the braking point you wont get much chance to see it anyway – the panoramic vistas are for the replay!
The sounds are spot on for a racing game – and each bike screams a little differently to the others. And you can hear fireworks and the like going off in the crowd – basically the same as before then. You can also change the tunes as you ride in the game – and you will either get bored of them and ignore them – or just listen to your mount scream to 14,000 rpm anyway!
OUR PLEDGE: We promise that we have fully played 'Moto GP 2' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
This review was written by Rory Kelly © Absolute PlayStation
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