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Review: MotoGP 22

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Following the MotoGP isn’t done because of a love of the sport. No, it’s a way of life. If you are a fan, you enjoy every element of the event. You’ll adore the riders, the teams, each adrenaline-fuelled encounter, and, of course, the monstrous machines. Therefore, if you are also a gamer, you’ll be the first in line to buy MotoGP 22. This long-running franchise has improved over the years, and this iteration is no exception.

Developed and published by Milestone S.r.l, this is an ultra-realistic racing simulation title. It is the latest addition to the long-running franchise. What’s more, it incorporates every modern racer, team, track, and some classic experiences to boot. Consequently, this is a great game for lovers of the series and newcomers alike.

MotoGP 22 is challenging but fair.

No matter how many racing games I play, I’m always concerned about the learning curve. Furthermore, my love of fast cars and motorbikes normally holds me back because the games lack realism. Luckily, though, MotoGP 22 embraces every petrolhead’s attention to detail by creating an in-depth and detailed experience. However, for those that like to simply race, the complexities can be overlooked. This balances out the action perfectly while keeping a wide range of players simultaneously happy.

Sports simulation aficionados have high expectations and MotoGP 22 lives up to them. It offers a vast range of modes, excellent graphics, realistic audio, and fantastic multiplayer options. Moreover, there is the chance to play couch co-op with friends and family if you so wish. However, it does rely on some staple mechanics and features, so fans may not be so amazed.

MotoGP 22 is ultra-realistic.
Get your knee down.

There is plenty to do!

No matter the sports game, I jump into the career mode. Fortunately, you get the full racing experience thanks to Moto3, 2 and finally GP. This was an awesome way to build up to the main event. Though the mechanics don’t change as such, it was fascinating to work through the ranks over a lengthy career. What I also enjoyed in this mode were the customisable options. Every element of your race weekend and the team can be altered. You can adjust the bike, interact with your manager, and aim for new contracts. What’s more, you can attempt every session or jump straight to the race. Whatever option you choose, the gameplay is enthralling and filled with adrenaline-fuelled action.

If the career option isn’t for you, there is quick mode, Nine Season 2009, practice, and online action. These extra gaming areas tick all the boxes without the time-consuming elements. Fancy a causal race? Set up quick play or challenge the online community. Fortunately, the latter choice isn’t full of toxic morons. However, the skill level is painfully high, so be prepared for a challenging time.

Practice makes perfect, and the masses of tests and advanced and basic trials hone those skills. This is essential if you want to get the best out of the game. It can be extremely frustrating to rely on driver aids as well as reducing the realism considerably. 

Though I loved the aforementioned options, my attention was drawn to the Nine Season 2009 mode. Who doesn’t remember this classic year where 4 great riders battled for the crown? Relive all the action with 17 chapters and footage from this amazing season. You’ll have to overcome multiple challenges and this will fill you with nostalgia. It was an incredible addition from the developers and one that makes this stand out from its predecessors.

The tracks in MotoGP 22 are real-to-life
Hear the roar of the crowd.

MotoGP 22 looks phenomenal.

Why wouldn’t you want to race around the world’s best tracks? MotoGP 22 allows this to happen with exact replicas of each iconic raceway. Avid fans will know every curve, dip, and grandstand as they roar around each circuit. What’s more, the bikes look stunning and the character models are amazing. In short, it looks phenomenal. Every moving part turns, jumps, and pivots as you’d expect. Thankfully, it doesn’t put a foot wrong, as you admire every piece of masterful engineering. Alongside this, you can custom design every livery, your character, and your gear. Though this wasn’t essential for me, many players adore this advanced option.

The audio matches the brilliant graphics. With loud and uncomfortable engine noises, you are transported to every race day. Unlike other biking games, the mechanical noises represent each class of bike accurately. Furthermore, I appreciated the build-up to each session and the background music. There is some excellent commentary and the high-energy tunes get you in the mood. What’s more, I adored the subtle tyre sounds, the crunching crashes, and the noise of the weather.

Pull a wheelie and stay on the road.
Get that wheel off the ground.

Challenging controls.

Unsurprisingly, this ultra-realistic title is a pain in the arse to master. With tyres to nurse, brakes to control, the weather to focus on and the bike to balance, it’s tough to handle. Luckily, the aforementioned tutorial mode eases the pain, as do the adjustable driving aids. However, no matter how you approach it, it is still tough to handle. You’ll need patience, dexterity, and skill to get the most out of this game. 

If you are buying a sports simulation title, the likelihood is that you are obsessed with it already. Therefore, you’ll play it to death no matter the circumstances. Luckily, though, MotoGP 22 is addictive for avid fans and casual players. With multiple options to select from, split-screen gameplay and an excellent albeit tough online community, this has both longevity and replay value. 

MotoGP 22 is fantastic.

I won’t mince my words; MotoGP 22 is fantastic. It captures the brilliance of the sport, offers customisable options, and is filled with nostalgia. Its in-depth career mode is phenomenal, as are the Nine Season 2009 challenges. If you are a petrolhead or a fan of racing, this is a must-have title. Yes, there are some rehashed elements from previous iterations, but this should not put you off! All things considered, I recommend you to buy it here! Grab your leathers and helmet and become the next racing legend. 

SUMMARY

MotoGP 22 is a phenomenal addition to the franchise. The career mode will keep you busy for hours, and the other modes are equally as good. It's tough to master but the driving aids help casual players get up to speed. An excellent addition to the series even if it rehashes some much-loved elements.


+ Realistic and striking graphics.
+ Atmospheric audio.
+ An in-depth career mode.
+ Plenty of gaming options.
+ Online action isn't toxic.
+ Rewarding but challenging gameplay.
+ Reliving the 2009 season is worth the price alone.

- Tough to master.
- The controls are complicated.
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(Rating: PEGI 3 In-Game Purchases Release date: 21/04/2022 Price £59.99+)


(Review on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.)


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: MotoGP 22<p class="has-text-align-justify" style="font-size:14px"><em>MotoGP 22</em> is a phenomenal addition to the franchise. The career mode will keep you busy for hours, and the other modes are equally as good. It's tough to master but the driving aids help casual players get up to speed. An excellent addition to the series even if it rehashes some much-loved elements.</p><br/> + Realistic and striking graphics.<br/> + Atmospheric audio.<br/> + An in-depth career mode.<br/> + Plenty of gaming options.<br/> + Online action isn't toxic.<br/> + Rewarding but challenging gameplay.<br/> + Reliving the 2009 season is worth the price alone.<br/> <br/> - Tough to master.<br/> - The controls are complicated.<br/> -<br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(<b>Rating:</b> PEGI 3 In-Game Purchases <b>Release date:</b> 21/04/2022 <b>Price</b> £59.99+)</p><br/> <p class="has-text-align-center" style="font-size:10px">(Review on the Xbox Series X. Also available on Xbox One, PC (Steam), Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5.)</p><br/>