Percentile Rank

MotoGP 21 is ranked in the 70th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 36 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

77

Top Critic Average

69%

Critics Recommend

Based on 36 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Vamers
Recommended
Recommended
Jun 3, 2021

All of the improvements to the franchise in MotoGP 21, make the title one of the best motorsport simulation games currently available. While not perfect, the enhancements Milestone have added to the title help elevate it above the competition, making the game an easy choice when offering recommendations to simulation enthusiasts. The new additions together with the sublime visuals, work together to offer gamers a package that truly brings the franchise into the next generation.

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Operation Sports
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 22, 2021

Whether you're a newcomer or veteran to this series, MotoGP 21 is an absolute must-own. It offers a distinct challenge for people of all skill levels, and I grew to respect that challenge in every way possible.

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Chicas Gamers
Unscored
Unscored
Apr 22, 2021

If you like motorcycles, this is your game. MotoGP 21 arrives with new features that will make you enjoy a race from the beginning to the end. The trajectory mode and the realistic simulation mechanics is all that a game of these characteristics needs. Of course, getting the controls at the beginning can be a bit complicated, but once you get the hang of it, you will be the king of the track.

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Scored Reviews

Hardcore Gamer
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Apr 22, 2021

Milestone always seems to put more of an effort into its MotoGP series than the others.

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33bits
90 / 100
90 / 100
Apr 22, 2021

Milestone has taken all the good he has done so far and taken it further. It has not limited itself to leaving everything as it was and giving it a little graphic wash for the new generation, but has added aspects to help newbies and also to take its simulator side further, making MotoGP 21 a highly recommended product.

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The Games Machine
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

MotoGP 21 is the best MotoGP simulator you could wish for and on PS5 it's even better. There are some technical imperfections, but none of them can ruin a rewarding, fun and addicting gameplay.

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XboxEra
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

I have very little to complain about Milestone’s latest attempt to emulate the world of MotoGP and its feeder series. Last year’s already great game has been further improved, with vastly improved graphics and performance on the new consoles, several gameplay and UI tweaks and a handful of brand new additions. The much hyped manual control over a rider after a fall is not quite as exciting as we hoped, but it doesn’t really matter; MotoGP 21 is an excellent rendition of one of the fastest and most exhilarating sports on the planet, proving not only to be one of Milestone’s all-time greats, but also one of the finest biking games in several years. MotoGP videogames are definitely in the right hands, and it’s available now on the Xbox One family of consoles and on Xbox Series X|S.

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Generación Xbox
8.5 / 10.0
Generación Xbox
ABreaker1477

Top Critic

8.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

‎Personally I have been on a motorbike for many years and I have always liked games focused on the wonderful world of two wheels, but I have never been very much a fan of pure and hard simulators. But I think‎‎ MotoGP21 has managed to find the perfect balance between realism and difficulty that motorcycle games needed.‎

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Everyeye.it
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

The 2021 edition of MotoGP has arrived, and we can only be pleased. As per tradition, the one dedicated to the world's most famous two-wheeled world championship has also proven to be one of milestone's most solid annual releases. Thanks to a full-bodied injection of content and a better organized career mode and finally worthy of comparison with that of the alter ego on four wheels by Codemasters, we are sure that MotoGP 21 will give you tens and tens of hours of fun with detached shots, folds and millimeter overtaking.

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IGN Italy
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

MotoGP 21 is a consistent and solid racing experience, which gives the joy to ride just become better and better on the track. For the first time in the series, it's even a little bit more gentle with rookies and newcomers, thanks to a tutorial and a better help system. It lacks only of narrative dimension which could help to express all the emotions of motorsport.

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COGconnected
81 / 100
81 / 100
May 5, 2021

Milestone has gone the extra mile with MotoGP 21, even having an enhancement roadmap you can view on their website. The roadmap clearly outlines improvements planned for May through June. Those updates include adding new bike categories, expanded player controls, and joining in-progress qualifying sessions instead of having to wait as a spectator. While MotoGP 21 is available on all gaming platforms, the PS5 with the DualSense controller is the premium way to play this game.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Apr 22, 2021

A super-authentic bike racing sim that the hardcore will love. And while less experienced players may struggle at first, the effort is worth it.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

MotoGP 21 offers an authentic motor racing simulation, welcoming for veterans of the series, but often alien for newcomers. Handling is great, and the career is deep, with plenty to keep players racing through the season.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 6, 2021

The steady improvement of MotoGP continues with MotoGP 21. The move to the PlayStation 5 affords a bunch of benefits inherent to the latest generation of consoles, and having a race load in a handful of seconds is such a nice luxury. The inclusion of the DualSense's haptics is appreciated, as a useful feature to tell when tires are losing their grip. Brake temperature management combines with fuel consumption and tire wearing to increase immersion. It may still not excite much with a lacking presentation, but MotoGP 21 is a solid contender that'll have you feeling like you could almost take to the track yourself. Just, watch those knees, yeah?

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Digital Chumps
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Mar 16, 2021

MotoGP 2021 is an impressive game that features the right balance of complication and a lukewarm welcome to new players trying to get into it for the first time. It's a polished experience that sets the bar for the motorcycle racing scene.

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GameSpew
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

Thanks to gameplay tweaks and numerous new features, MotoGP 21 is undoubtedly the best and most accessible MotoGP game yet. There are still some areas that can be improved, however, such as career mode which can feel sterile at times. If you’re a fan of the sport it’s well worth picking up, especially if you have a next-gen console where the improved visuals and performance really elevate it to the next level. And thanks to the new tutorial aspects, it’s also a great entry point for those keen to enter the world of two-wheeled racing.

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LevelUp
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
May 19, 2021

With its successes and its failures, MotoGP 21 is a delivery enough for fans of sports motorcycling and has the necessary content to spend hours and hours enjoying it. The career mode shows that this type of simulator is on the right track and perhaps with the right support and investment, we will soon have a realistic experience that, until now, only exists in our imagination

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Daily Star
Apr 22, 2021

Overall, a great race game that gives us a glimpse of what’s to come with the new consoles. While it’s quite niche in it’s genre-specific focus, there’s a good game in here that will appeal beyond diehard Moto GP fans.

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Screen Rant
Apr 22, 2021

Overall, MotoGP 21 is a clear step up from last year's entry into the franchise. The title makes good use of the new hardware available, all the while expanding the scope of the gameplay experience, particularly for detail-centric players. It might not be for everyone, but motorcycle racing fans will get a real kick out of MotoGP 21.

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FingerGuns
8 / 10
8 / 10
Apr 25, 2021

MotoGP 21 is undoubtedly the best looking game in the series. It also makes fantastic use of the DualSense controller on the PlayStation 5. For every step forward this game takes forward though, it feels like it takes a step back elsewhere. It’s still a very challenging but equally rewarding motorbike racing game and worthy of carrying the MotoGP name. The iterations without value adding innovations are starting to take their toll.

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Spaziogames
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

MotoGP 21 is a little step ahead for the series, but the advent of the next-gen consoles doesn't mean a revolution for the Milestone racing franchise.

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Oyungezer Online
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
May 3, 2021

MotoGP 21 chose not to swim in dangerous waters by preserving the existing system and adding a few essential features to it. This means that those who love the genre can still enjoy it, and it is the best game for newcomers to choose from.

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WayTooManyGames
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

MotoGP 21 is a pretty good racing simulator, but once again: it is catered towards a very specific niche, it’s not terribly newcomer-friendly (despite being a LOT more tolerable than the Ride series), and it’s not very different from last year’s iteration.

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MondoXbox
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2021

MotoGP 21 brings obvious improvements to the gameplay and the driving feel, with a realization especially appreciable on the new generation of consoles. Unfortunately, however, it suffers the annualized production, matching the great realism and the excellent driving feeling with several flaws and too strong similarities with the previous episode in the series.

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SomosXbox
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

‎MotoGP 21 evolves in driving, thanks to a well-worked physics engine that gives the player new sensations in the license. It can be said that it is more of the same, although the change in driving allows everything offered by its predecessor, which was magnificent, to offer a very good experience. However, it is a little left because of a technical section that is not worthy of being considered a new generation.‎

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PC Gamer
71 / 100
71 / 100
May 5, 2021

Wobbly and unstable in all the right ways, and some of the wrong ones too.

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IGN
7 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

7 / 10.0
Apr 23, 2021

MotoGP 21 is a good year for new riders to hop on but it hasn't particularly distanced itself much from MotoGP 20.

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TheSixthAxis
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 22, 2021

Milestone's MotoGP series has taken some significant steps forward in recent years; expanding the career mode, making the bike handling more realistic and lively, but it's a little tougher to see the signs of progress in MotoGP 21. This is a slighter evolution of the series, with the biggest changes the ones that you can see from the jump to the new generation consoles and, if you're on PS5, feel through the DualSense controller.

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Wccftech
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2021

MotoGP 21 is yet another slow, tentative step forward for the bleary-eyed series. There are clear improvements visually, with the physics, and with a few new features to aid realism. However, for every improvement, some areas are showing their age or have abandonment issues. The tutorial is as absorbing and educational as a brick wall, the career mode just feels shallow, and finding that balance for non-simulation purists can be a chore. Still, these are balanced by the strong racing when you find those perfect settings and the improving AI. Also, the use of the PlayStation 5's DualSense controller is brilliant, putting the feel of the bike into your hands.

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GamingBolt
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

MotoGP 21 continues Milestone's slow crawl of tweaks and improvements, which will be fine for most enthusiasts, but still falls short of being universally recommendable to a broader audience.

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PPE.pl
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Apr 22, 2021

The title of Italian creators introduces a lot of novelties, has implemented a rewarding driving model, but at the same time has a lot of inequalities and bugs.

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Checkpoint Gaming
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 22, 2021

With realism being the focus of MotoGP 21, the enjoyment here comes from the mastery of racing at high speeds. Although unless you’re a returning player to the series or a natural on the virtual bike, you won’t be treated kindly by the game’s difficulty. New players could comfortably get away with trying MotoGP 20 instead as a way of easing themselves into the series with a smaller entry fee. Returning players, conversely, will no doubt feel at home with an updated game featuring stunningly detailed environments and racing options. As for me? The plethora of crashes I experienced in-game may now put me off real-world motorbikes altogether.

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Sirus Gaming
7 / 10.0
Sirus Gaming
Adrian Morales
7 / 10.0
May 12, 2021

MotoGP 21 is a great choice for newcomers to the series as it introduces a rigorous tutorial mode that will get you playing and having fun in no time. However, returning fans might be disappointed to see that this year’s MotoGP game is mostly the same as last year’s with an included bike retrieval mechanic. Overall MotoGP 21 is still the premier motorcycle racing simulator on the market with the best feeling racing experience for both newcomers and veterans.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Apr 22, 2021

Although certainly not extraordinary, MotoGP 21 is a decent enough racing game. Some more innovation would have been nice but given the complications caused by COVID, I can understand the limitations in place. Series veterans will most likely enjoy this but I can't see it attracting many newcomers with so many great racing options already on the market.

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M3
M3

Top Critic

Apr 23, 2021

Off the track, MotoGP 21 builds on what its predecessor did well, even if it's not much news. Out on the track, however, we get renovated and more realistic gameplay mechanics. However, we lack more noticeable improvements now that the series has found its way to a new console generation; much more than higher resolution, more details in the environments and significantly shorter charging times we do not get.

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Saving Content
Apr 22, 2021

MotoGP 21 requires precision, and is not very welcoming to newcomers, even with tutorials and its easiest difficulty setting. There’s a commitment to learning the game’s systems to start to feel like you’re improving. Now, there’s some sharper textures, inclusion of HDR on PC, and other graphical improvements that look great; but nothing about the visuals or gameplay feels all that new, or next-generation. MotoGP 21 is a solid, competent, but ultimately stale racer that coasts with this year’s release.

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