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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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.
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.
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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