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Review: Moto Roader MC

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The 80s are responsible for some great and terrible things. For the gaming industry, this decade created some of the most influential titles ever to be seen. Subsequently, developers and gamers still adore the simplicity of this era. 30 to 40 years have passed, and the industry has evolved massively, yet there is room for some classic titles to be re-released. Moto Roader MC bursts back onto the scene and highlights quite how much the industry has moved on.

Developed by Masaya and published by Ratalaika Games, this is a top-down racing title. It’s distinctly old-school in its approach and therefore, it lacks complexity. It can be played solo or with up to four others as you race around minuscule tracks. Furthermore, it offers some extra modes that add depth to an otherwise shallow experience.

Moto Roader MC: an unnecessary remake.

I usually adore every remake or remaster that I come across. I love revisiting my childhood while allowing my kids to see some gaming history. However, Moto Roader MC is an unnecessary remake that fails to evolve. Sadly, its lack of complexity, poor graphical fidelity, and shallow gameplay leaves a bitter taste.

I didn’t expect it to comprise multiple race options, but what you get is tepid at best. There is no story, no overarching rivalry, and no love interest to fight for. In short, you complete the same repetitive task for very little gain. Consequently, it quickly becomes mundane and tiresome, and you’ll soon turn it off.

Moto Roader MC has a varied selection of tracks to experience.
Can you avoid every obstacle?

Multiplayer action and level design are its saviours.

Never has the level design or multiplayer action been so important! Without these two key elements, Moto Roader MC would score a 1 to 2 out of 10. Luckily, though, the excellent variety of stages and their little quips add depth. You’ll race across an array of locations that have ice, obstacles, and speed boosts. These small additions give you a tactical edge while adding a layer of difficulty. Alongside this, each vehicle is loaded with a cannon and explosive barrels. These can be used to blast your opponents and change your fortunes.

Another great element was the couch cooperative action. If you have like-minded friends, you can come together to race or take on mini-games. Thankfully, this was where Moto Roader MC excelled. It was brilliant to race around the tiny courses while hurling abuse at your mates. Furthermore, the Rocket League style mini-game was enjoyable in short bursts. Unfortunately, however, though this was the best part of this title, it barely makes up for the shortcomings. Annoyingly, most of the gameplay is weak and underdeveloped.

One of your rivals.
Will you beat your rival?

Moto Roader MC is dated.

Unsurprisingly, a thirty-year-old title looks incredibly dated. Therefore, it appears blocky and out of place on a large TV. What I did like, though, was the contrasting tones, the simple but varied stage design, and the well-thought-out perspective. Moreover, each of the cars is unique, and this helps when the action is hectic.

If you enjoy the sounds of 1000 wasps buzzing, then you’ll love the audio of Moto Roader MC. Consequently, it is annoying at best and utterly bloody horrific at worst. The constant shrill buzzing and tinny bangs are terrible to listen to, and an instant turn off. Now I know the 80s were limited in its sound design, but this is just awful. Subsequently, I advise you to turn the sound to a minimum. Unless, of course, you like the sound of angry wasps, that is.

Careful of the ice
So much ice.

Simple controls.

Due to its retro style, I didn’t expect any complexities. Luckily, my expectations were met, as the controls are simple to understand. Sadly, though, they are also extremely sensitive and consequently, it’s like driving on ice. Therefore, you’ll slip and slide your way around every track. It was a little unusual, but you soon master its bizarre approach. Other than the handling issues, the game is simple to play.

If your ears can stand the noise, you’ll complete this in no time whatsoever. Luckily, there is some longevity because of the time trial mode and local multiplayer options. However, it sadly lacks depth, and this ultimately impacts the replay value.

Moto Roader MC is poor.

There are some great 80s racing titles, but Moto Roader MC isn’t one of them. It’s lacking in nearly every department and will leave you wanting. Moreover, it has few redeeming qualities and will only attract serious retro fans. It was tiresome and I don’t recommend you to buy it. However, more information can be found here. Can you avoid the obstacles, missiles, and mines? Turn down the audio and race to win the championship.

SUMMARY

Moto Roader MC is an old-school racing game that hasn't aged well. With limited game modes and repetitive action, this shouldn't have been remade.



+ A nice top-down perspective.
+ The tracks are varied.
+ The multiplayer option is fun.

- The audio is terrible.
- The controls are too sensitive.
- A poor remake.

(Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.)
Daniel Waite
Daniel Waite
My gaming career started on an Amiga and spans many consoles! Currently, I game using an MSI laptop and Xbox Series X. A fan of every genre, I love to give anything a go. Former editor and reviewer for www.bonusstage.co.uk, I'm loving my new home here at Movies Games and Tech. I can be contacted for gaming reviews on the following email: Daniel@moviesgamesandtech.com

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Review: Moto Roader MC<p class="has-text-align-justify" style="font-size:14px"><em>Moto Roader MC</em> is an old-school racing game that hasn't aged well. With limited game modes and repetitive action, this shouldn't have been remade. </p><br/> <br/> + A nice top-down perspective.<br/> + The tracks are varied.<br/> + The multiplayer option is fun.<br/> <br/> - The audio is terrible.<br/> - The controls are too sensitive.<br/> - A poor remake.<br/> <br/> (Reviewed on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation.) <br/>