Fast, intense, edgy with a dash of bureaucracy, the latest MotoGP has a lot to offer and has come a long way since the first game released in the early 2000s.
The original MotoGP put the art of racing on the global map and was responsible for awakening audiences to racing on two wheels in video games. Now, as the series enters into its most mature state, it’s 2020 that resonates most – and the fans of the sport have never had it better.
Like refined engine oil
The MotoGP games have never been for the casual racers out there and have with almost all certainty demanded a clear understanding of the track and the task and machines at hand. Over the years, Milestone has spared no expense in reimagining MotoGP on a grand scale. While in-engine graphics are second to none, the game is still plagued by cutscenes that seem very last gen and give off an impression that not much thought has gone in here. That’s not to say the attention to detail has not been added where necessary. In fact, the tracks are detailed to perfection, so are the different class of bikes you race on. Rider decals and details also make an improvement with completely customisable livery.
Twisting the Pro throttle
As the norm, you get to select between modes at the centre of which is the no-nonsense career mode. Once in, you can choose from three different divisions. The career mode also turns you into a bureaucrat and allows you to select and manage your staff including your manager and track engineers, which is quite new and can have an impact on the kind of big-brand deals the game may present you as you progress. Different managers offer different advantages and drawbacks, so you need to choose wisely. Apart from this new addition to the series, the Neural AI that was introduced last year has also received an adrenaline shot along with a few other additions like three level tyre wear and more that makes GP2020 a challenge.
Wear the rubber right
With the introduction of the new tyre ware system, MotoGP 2020 forces you into absolute realism. There are three levels of tyre wear that affect the bike’s performance - left, centre and right, depending on the track and the turns. Unlike MotoGP 19, these don't break down uniformly, which adds that extra bit of challenge. There’s also a new fueling system introduced that you have to gauge and monitor and forces you to manage your fuel consumption too - save the throttle on the curves, fill the bike up half to go faster and a lot more that impacts your bike’s feel and ‘weight’ and, ultimately, the result on the track. The new Neural Engine allows you to race against faster, smarter and more accurate riders with an AI more human than ever based on machine learning that will identify your actions and react accordingly. But they too make mistakes and overall deliver a very realistic feel of the races.
MotoGP 2020 Verdict
MotoGP 2020 has raised the bar yet again and has introduced a few more parameters to make the game more interesting. The new staff management system adds the bit of depth that was previously missing from the title and converts it into a proper simulator for the very serious throttle twisters out there. With that being said, we would give this a skip if we were looking for something a tad more casual as it gets really intense. For the hardcore fans of the genre, this game is a must.