MotoGP 08

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MotoGP appears to be in good hands
MotoGP appears to be in good hands

MotoGP appears to be in good hands

After years of MotoGP games arriving on Xbox and PlayStation formats from different developers and publishers, Capcom is finally bringing us a game to unify the formats. MotoGP 08 from established racing game developer Milestone is coming to Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii and PS2. At Games Convention 2008 we got a chance to see the Xbox 360 version in action for the first time, and we're glad to report that the licence appears to be in good hands.

It's almost impossible to get a feel for a racing sim during a brief 20-minute demonstration, but our Capcom rep did a good job at showing us the ins and outs of the career mode. To begin with you're a lowly ranked racer, so you can't simply hop straight into a full-on MotoGP season. As is the way in sim racers you need to work at a career, starting from the bottom (125cc), moving up the ranks through 250cc and eventually into the MotoGP class.

Our first taste of in-game action came on the Qatar circuit, raced at night. Before each race you get a flyby of the track - useful for familiarising yourself with the circuit - and then you're off. 35 racers will be on the track, making for a racing experience that few other games can offer. We saw the game being played with the driving model set to Arcade, which allowed the Capcom rep to take some liberties with cornering, but on full simulation things aren't nearly as forgiving. It's safe to say that the first corner during a simulation race will be extremely daunting for even the most experienced gamers.

It seems as though this Milestone developed racer won't dabble with any non-official tracks (as the Climax MotoGP series did with its Extreme mode), but it will include all the tracks from MotoGP - even the new Indianapolis track. Motorbike racing fans may well know that Milestone developed the recently released SBK 08 - not a bad game by any means, but a game that didn't really make the most of next-gen hardware. MotoGP 08 looks far more impressive than SBK, to the extent that we didn't even link the developer to SBK until our Capcom rep pointed it out. Race info is also displayed, letting you know who's overtaken who and various other key data.

35 bikes are on track at once

35 bikes are on track at once

As you progress through your career you'll earn points used to upgrade your bike (max speed, acceleration, breaking and traction), unlock new teams and race classes. You can only change your bike and team at the end of a season, but to get an idea of what will need to be done in order to move through the classes, it'll take six race wins in order to move from 125cc to 250cc. Career racing isn't all the game has to offer, with the usual array of Quick Race, Time Trial and Online modes - 12 players and custom championship options.

So far so good then. Milestone appears to have raised its game considerably compared to SBK 08, delivering a game that is more in-line with what next-gen console owners expect from racing simulations. According to Capcom the PS3 version should match the Xbox 360 game, although it's currently a few weeks behind. Sadly there won't be any Trophy support, but Xbox 360 gamers will get the usual Achievements. The PC game should be comparable to the next-gen games, while the Wii and PS2 versions will obviously look very different. The Wii game will also use the Wii Remote as handlebars, giving it more mainstream appeal.

Xbox 360 owners have already experienced next-gen MotoGP from Climax and THQ and PS3 owners expect the very best from their console, so Capcom's MotoGP has a lot to live up to. Extended hands-on time is needed to see if Capcom is off to a winning start, and we won't have to wait too much longer. MotoGP 08 is due for release on October 24.

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Nick Hayden

You other guys all stink. I will surely win every race this season as well as the '09 Championship.
Posted 18:18 on 08 January 2009
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motogp fan

capcom has ruined the game the feel of the bikes the camera is not the same features, as thq why oh why did thq not continue to make the game.
Posted 00:48 on 15 November 2008
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PACKE

COOL
Posted 17:05 on 14 November 2008
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motogp fan

does this game have multiplayer...?
Posted 16:11 on 12 November 2008
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fudgemonster

cool
Posted 17:36 on 11 November 2008
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max biaggi

why am i not in this game waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!! im a loser rossi ownes me!
Posted 17:05 on 11 November 2008
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Danny Pedrosa

I no like this game. I ehhhh crash a bunch like the real race
Posted 23:09 on 29 October 2008
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Casey Stoner

Vale was lucky, as you will see in the game I always win
Posted 02:39 on 23 October 2008
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chris brown

i am the don at push ironing!!!! however my good friend jake is the donest person around on bikes!!! he is better than the lon and should race professionally against the don himself VALENTINO ROSSI as i believe he would have the paCE TO SERIOUSLY CHALLENGE HIM!!!!!!!!
Posted 20:24 on 14 October 2008
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JAKE (THE DON)

sounds good, i have just about most motorcycle racing games. i love moto gp games. i bought 07 last year and found it better then SBK 07 and SBK 08. if theres a night race that would be great. also has any1 played moto gp 04. thats good for multiplayer on 250cc with simulation on and manual transmission settings. I HOPE MOTO GP 08 WILL BE WORLD CLASS!
Posted 10:23 on 11 October 2008
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ValentinoRossi

pretty sure im Valentino Rossi..

not the other guy.
Posted 06:59 on 09 October 2008
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Graves46

If you are then would you like to tell me where the Red Bull after Party at Indy took place? ;)
Posted 04:30 on 02 October 2008
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Graves46

haha... I know for a fact that you are NOT Valentino Rossi
Posted 04:29 on 02 October 2008
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ValentinoRossi

I am not Nobbysbuts cousin he is having you on, I won every race on the game of course.
Posted 21:43 on 30 September 2008
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maulana

owesome
Posted 09:06 on 29 September 2008

Game Stats

Release Date: 24/10/2008
Publisher: Capcom
Genre: Racing
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 6,299 113
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