MotoGP (Original Xbox) by THQ

MotoGP (Xbox) by THQ Box Art

Xbox 360 backwards Compatible

North Amercian Release Date: May 20, 2002.

Region(s) Released: North America, Europe

High Definition Resolutions Supported: 480p
Widescreen Supported (16:9): Yes
System Link Support: Yes

Average Overall Score:
8.67 / 10

I never played a motorcycle racer or game before this one so I can't compare this one to other ones however, I know this one is great! The graphics are out of this world, the gameplay is tight, even if it takes getting used to, and the fun factor is there. Moto GP has me wishing I rode motorcycles!"

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Based on the immensely popular sport of Grand Prix Motorcycle racing, MotoGP is an ultra-realistic bike racer for the Xbox which puts you, the player, behind the handle-bars of some of the meanest, fastest, most thrilling machines on two-wheels. With a variety of innovative gameplay elements, supported by amazing graphics and revolutionary technical features, MotoGP brings the perfect mix of speed, style, bravery and technology to your Xbox console.


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User Reviews

Score: 87
Overall User Average: 8.60 / 10 (86.7%)
Gameplay User Average: 8.78 / 10
Graphics User Average: 9.00 / 10
Sound User Average: 7.90 / 10
Date reviewed: February 19, 2004.

Overall: Games is incredible. The physics of man vs bike are unbelieveable. Some of teh best sky renderings I have ever seen.
Gameplay: Controls are good. I learned the front brake thing and back brake thing pretty easily. Makes the game alot more fun
Graphics: Amazing graphics. The rain is awesome. The smoke while doing burnouts awesome, hitting the dirt awesome, everything is awesome!!!!
Sound: Like the use your own soundtrack. Did that right off the bat and have not looked back since. Would like the bikes to change sound.
Suggestions: GOOD JOB

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 90 %

Date reviewed: February 14, 2004.

Overall: I was very disappointed in this game. All you do is get points, and try to win races! With the points you can buy better bikes but once your done that and unlock the different raceways. Your done! They could've at least let you make custom things to pass the time.
Gameplay: Theres not much to do, either you race or do stunts. They may have all these tournaments, and points, but once you bought the best bike and everything you start to notice all you do is gain points and win races. Gets boring after a while.
Graphics: The best part of this game were its graphics. Yet the bikes and racers looked extremely similar (within the game) only thing different were there colors. As for the textures in each raceway, they were the same too!
Sound: Theres not much sound at all! Only the bikes roaring and the occasional crashing into walls. They could've put announcers in there so you don't bore yourself listening to the same thing over and over!
Suggestions: Add more stunts, ramps, different raceways, more bikes, custom raceways, custom bikes, custom racers, and more modes!

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 50 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 40 %

Date reviewed: December 24, 2003.

Overall: I have the full version and only really use it for Xbox Live. This game has the best user interface on Xbox Live of any game currently available in the UK. Kudos indeed. The game requires time and skill to master and can be rewarding. It is good but not great, and it hurts your thumb as you have to keep hold of the (A) button. Xbox Live scoring system is the best of all Live games.
Gameplay: I love the fact that you have a seperate front and rear brake control, and the realism of racing is the best I have come accross, and I used to race cars. As I have been around Donnington Park many many times in the past I can say that it is fairly realistic (best attempt so far) feel of how the track runs. The controls however are the best and worst feature of the game, 2 brakes is great but accelerator is crap and makes your thumbs sore vbery quickly. Xbox Live is the only reason I come back. Great demo mode and fantastic extras to unlock, Presentation is excellent, game is average.
Graphics: This is not exactly what you own a Xbox for. It looks almost 16bit, Smooth it may be but where is the detail? Just visit Donnington Park and tell me if you don't notice a fulkl size Spitfire WW2 aircraft next to the track, but not in the game. Why is there not both front and rear pit access? Cramer curves don't seem to have enough camber although better than other games.
Sound: Another Poor effort, but then what do you expect from a bike game? Mostly bike noises although music is good.
Suggestions: I critisize Moto-GP yet I think the developers have done a great job with the subject matter. I find it hard to think of anything to improve it. Better graphics I suppose. Bikes already look good, but the circuits lack real detail.

Overall: 60 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 30 %
Sound: 30 %

Date reviewed: December 9, 2003.

Overall: there are a lot of racing games out that doesnt give the illusion that the car or bike is even moving like moto gt but this high speed motorcycle game does that and more.i first played this game and thought that this is how racing games are suposed to be.
Graphics: graphics are great it is one of the first games that i have seen that when you get going at your fastest speed that everything around you blurs and the bike gets farther away from the screen.that is like the first thing that i noticed that really stood out and made the game better.wrecks are good i meen the bike doesnt get !&%$@#* ed up or nothing that is the worst thing about the wrecks but like when you get going as fast as you can and hit the dirt you like stop so fast that you do front flips it looks awesome
Sound: i think that the sound is great.the motors sound great and like the brakes and wrecks.the faster you go the sounds change
Suggestions: cant wait till moto gp 2 comes out

keep doing what your doing

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: November 8, 2003.

Overall: Worst game evr for xbox! ever. When I first played the demo i thought it was ok so i bought it.....Big mistake.
Gameplay: Besides the fact that all you can do is race its not fun I hate the controlling I fall all the time.
Graphics: The graphics are as smooth as a babies bottom but they're not detailed very well at all. They should spend more time on that.
Sound: sound was ok the motor made pretty cool sound but theres not much to expect from sound on this kind of game.

Overall: 20 %
Gameplay: 20 %
Graphics: 60 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: November 5, 2003.

Overall: Not a bad game at all. I like the fact that it is an attempt at realism but for the most part it is a good racer.
Gameplay: Good controls, and it took a little while to get used to but it is really good compared to most other motercycle games.
Graphics: Nice graphics, I like the visuals displayed in the game and I like the bikes to chose from. I think the next one will be the only competition.
Sound: I like the sounds of the bike through out the game and It adds to the excitment and the feel of the game.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 60 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 60 %

Date reviewed: May 9, 2003.

Overall: One of the best racers for xbox. Its got great graphics and excellent gameplay. Theres not much more you could ask for from a motorcycle racing game.
Gameplay: There are a couple different modes to play through. There is training which is a lot of fun because you improve your racers skills by completing challenges. Some of the challenges are doing wheelies, endos, burnouts or completing laps in a certain time. There are a bunch of other challenges too. Then there is arcade and championship mode which are some what similar. There are a fair amount of tracks but it would have been nicer to have had more. Its a great game and if you are into racing games you should pick this one up.
Graphics: I couldn't see any faults with the graphics. The track looks nice and it looks like real asphalt. The sun effects are good and the riders look realistic too. When you do burnouts you can see the tire marks and there is a lot of smoke.
Sound: The sound is really awesome. The motorcycles sound realistic. When a race of 16 people starts the noise is really loud and it sounds cool with 5.1. I feel emersed in the game due to the terrific sound.
Suggestions: Add more tracks and some new challenges for training and I will buy the next one.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Xbox Owner
Date reviewed: May 5, 2003.

Overall: MotoGP - What can I say? I could never do this stuff in real life, lol, so why not play it on a video game? Everything in this game is highly realistic, to the gameplay to the graphics, to the sound, awesome game. Especially with the new online feature, this game is awesome. Very smooth running, and just fun.
Gameplay: Woah! What I said when I played this game. Great simulation, very realistic. Everything from the exciting tracks, to the crashes in this game are beautiful. The controls are crispe, and the AI is great. Challenging races will occur a bit when playing this game, and crashes are possible, so watch out. When riding on the track, everything is nice and smooth, but riding in the grass, gravel, etc is a lot more bumbing, rough , and hard to ride it. When playing on Xbox Live, there is no better online racing game currently.
Graphics: "Damn." The graphics in this game are amazing, no jaggies what-so-ever. My only complaint is that the bikes aren't very detailed, but I can forgive that. The levels are beautiful, and the track actually sparkles sometimes. The people in the crowd look realistic, and the riders of the bikes look fantastic. Great visuals!
Sound: It's a beautiful experience hearing your bike rev up like a real one, hearing the crowd cheer, and wait for the siron to start up. Yes - this game has all of this, fantastic audio, with breaking, screetching, and powerful - engine sounding sounds make this game fun to play, and fun to listen to.
Suggestions: Hmm...great game! Can't wait til' MotoGP2!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

Dark Enemy
Date reviewed: April 9, 2003.

Overall: When I first saw this game i thought it was just another moto racing game but boy was i wrong. This game has the full package from graphics to gameplay. When your racing you actually feel the since of speed and what makes it better is you can listen to your own sound track
Gameplay: I was really impressed by the way this game played. Riding ur bike was kool. You can make your own customized bikes. It wont take you that long to unlock everything in this game. It will prolly take you 2 to 3 days but its worth it, and playing with your friends makes it even better. Xbox live made this game even better, because you can race with 16 other people
Graphics: The weather, sky, bikes, grass and tracks all look like the real thing. Theres not difference at all just that one is real and another is in a video game. graphics are a the best
Sound: Sound is good, hearing your engine and what not, or listening to your sound track . It would have been better if you could hear your driver curse or something when he falls of his bike
Suggestions: Nothing Keep up the good work

Overall: 50 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: January 3, 2003.

Overall: I'm not really that big a fan of motobikes or racing them, but after seeing great reviews for this game I decided I had to play it, and I wasn't dissapointed, it really is a brilliant game that everyone should own. Great Appeal.
Gameplay: Great gameplay with perfect controls that emerse you in the game, with tons of things to unlock and lots of courses, plus great multiplayer fun.
Graphics: Looks awesome, looks like you are actually racing, bikes, riders and all the tracks look great the only bad part is some of the weather effects make it so you can bearly see where you are going.
Sound: Great effects but the music that goes on while you are racing is pretty crap, but that is luckily fixed with some good tunes from your own custom-soundtrack.
Suggestions: Keep it up, better non-custom-soundtrack music, keep the custom-soundtrack and make a 2nd one.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: December 3, 2002.

Overall: I got this game for Fathers day and to be honest I could've cared less about it. I've never been into Street bike games so I didn't play it much. Then I got picked for Live Beta and eventually they sent us a online demo of it which will unlock all the tracks when you have the retail copy and I started playing this game like a mad man. Wow this game kicks !&%$@#* online and off. A great racing game that takes a great deal of technique to successeful.
Gameplay: The game plays great, but takes a while to get used to the controls but once that is achieved it turns into a very exciting game. Some of the training tasks are difficult and can become very frustrating. This game is must have for any fan of racing. PLaying online against other people is a blast and can extend the replay value of this game indefinitely or until the MotoGP 2 comes out.
Graphics: The graphics are top notch! I haven't noticed any framerate loss ever. The rain effects are incredible with a nice touch of rain drops hitting the camera rolling off.
There is great blurred effect that occurs when hitting top speed to give an excellent sense of hauling ass.
Sound: The sound gets the job done, no complaints from me. The surround sound works well and the engines sound right.
Suggestions: Keep up the good work!

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: December 3, 2002.

Overall: I find this game very interesting. I am a biggest NASCAR THUNDER 2003 fan. This is pretty fun to play because all track are road course which is fun to drive on.
Gameplay: The driving control is almost the same as NASCAR Thunder 2003. I know this is bike game and much different than driving a race car.
Graphics: The Graphic is great. XBOX have all games with good grapics. nothing negative about any of this one.
Sound: I am deaf and didnt care. This game does not require for me to hear it. As long there is no one talking in the game.
Suggestions: Keep up the good work. ;o)

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 50 %

Date reviewed: December 1, 2002.

Overall: A great game for all off you bike racing fans. It has every possible thing except for the control but who cares this is a great game.
Gameplay: The single player is great with season mode and arcade mode but most of you would probally play this game online.
Graphics: Graphics are very good and highly detailed. Sun reflects the bike, bikers look real, the bikes are detailed.
Sound: The motorcycles can sound really annoying, plus there is not that much sound in this game.
Suggestions: Good job.

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 60 %

Date reviewed: November 24, 2002.

Overall: Moto Gp is a hard yet very solid game. It will take you a while to get good at this game. Turning at corners is very difficult to execute. The game does succeed in its gerne by motorcycle racing. The Xbox Live support makes this game even more competing, you can race up to 16 people, this will make you play this game for months and months...... An enjoyable game but you have to spend a lot of time on this game to be a true rider.
Gameplay: The gameplay really depends on what rider you choose. They are good in all different sections. Majority of the riders are easy to control. You should practice a lot to get very good at this.
Graphics: Visual Appeal in this game is acceptible but is a little blurry. The people aren't that detailed and the bikes aren't that well ether. These are just minor problems, this should not draw you away from this game.
Sound: The sound in this game is one of the best i heard in a racing game. Exact sounds as the motorcycles and from the wheels sliding on the ground the sound in this game are enjoyable and accurate.
Suggestions: Good Job, think about another one. Make the graphics a little better. And more extras..

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: November 4, 2002.

Overall: When i first played MotoGP in the official xbox magazine demo disc, i was hooked. I knew it was just a matter of time till i bought it. The Demo disc is nothing compared the the full game, you have more tracks, faster, better motorcyles.
Gameplay: Triggers are front, back brakes, and A is accelaration, you can do front and back wheelies, those are fun, to do a back wheelie, you pull back on the joystick and accelerate, and to do a front wheelie, you push the front brake, push up on the joystick when you have some speed. since you can play this game online, and it will be on xbl, this game is a must have.
Graphics: the sky, tracks, and motorcyles look good, particle affects are nice, but crashes dont look so good.
Sound: sound is the weakest part of the game, the motorcycles sound really whimpy, and the music isnt too hot either.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: November 3, 2002.

Overall: Alright, I'll be honest. I haven't played the full version of this game AT ALL, but I've logged countless hours on the demo that's included with the XBOX live disc. And being honest yet again, I've never liked racing games... ever. But for some strange reason, Moto GP just has something that attracts me to it like Project Gotham never could... It could be the online chatting, or maybe not... But regardless, this game is EXTREMELY addictive.
Gameplay: Gameplay is extremely straight-forward. As in most racing games, the A button accelerates, and the thumbstick steers. The other controls are learned quickly, and handling for the different bikes are excellent, for the most part, but for some bikes, the specifications kinda lie (i.e., a rider's specifications may claim excellent cornering, but in truth, the cornering is sub-par when compared with another rider's cornering).
Graphics: The graphics are just... well, they're awesome. Extremely close to being realistic, and I love the blur effect that they use when you start hauling asphault. Five outta five.
Sound: The sound is just awesome. I love the authentic sounds of the engines, the burnouts, and even the crashes sound real. When you pass by the bleachers, the crowd cheers for you. The custom soundtrack option is sweet, except I wish that the music didn't stop when you crashed, because that get's extremely annoying. XBOX Communicator audio comes through loud and clear, just as if I were talking over the phone. No lag, whatsoever, except for a couple instances.
Suggestions: If you ever remake the game, make sure that the music doesn't stop when you crash. Gaps in the song tend to annoy me.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: October 21, 2002.

Overall: my eyes are blood shot. and my thumbs have no feeling left in them. I have had more fun on with this game thatn any other on the xbox.
Gameplay: 16 people at a time racing each other and all ways trying to beat your best time. being able to tell someone to get the hell out of your way because your about to blow thier socks off with your custom bike. This game rules. XBOX LIVE RULES!!!!
Graphics: rain drops on your screen when you race int the rain and the mist coming off your back tire look amazing. Its hard to tell your not watching a race the game looks amazing.
Sound: Hook your xbox up to your reciever and crack up the sub. when the lighting strikes and the thunder cracks on this game your dog will be craping its pants. You will be looking out the window to see if its raining.
Suggestions: Moto gp 2. You need to be able to start rooms where only the top 100 ranked guys can race in. Keep up the good work.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: October 8, 2002.

Overall: Moto GP appare sicuramente qualcosa di più di quello che è, molti di voi penseranno al simulatore estremo che però risultera ancora prima di subito un bellissimo e divertentissimo arcade, che merita comunque il massimo dei voti nella sua categoria, perde qualche punto solo nel sonoro, sicuramente sotto il livello di gioco ma coadiuvato da un dolby 5.1 che spacca e ti fa sentire veramente a cavallo di una di quelle moto 2 tempi da 200 cavalli che hanno fatto la storia...
Gameplay: Per il gameplay siamo ai massimi livelli, giocabile e ben strutturato nei livelli di difficoltà vi farà divertire fino all'inverosimile, per poi non parlare della modalita multiplayer, che da uno split screen a 2 giocatori può arrivare a 16 giocatori su rete LAN o INTERNET, bella la differenziazione del freno anteriore e posteriore...
Graphics: Graficamente... Non credo ci siano commenti o confronti da fare! siamo sicuramente al top per quanto riguarda gli effetti grafici su XBOX... bhe dopo Wreckless!!
Sound: questa è forse l'unica nota dolente del gioco, il sonoro... Sembra di stare su una zanzarina che non ha il limitatore, ma se vi fate davvero prendere da tutto il resto vi assicuro che anche il sonoro poi più di tanto non stona!
Suggestions: The sound guys... The sound is important like the graphics

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: October 1, 2002.

Overall: aw
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Graphics: aw
Sound: aw
Suggestions: no

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: September 3, 2002.

Overall: Considering i don't give a !&%$@#* about motor bike racing games, this isn't that bad, its got GREAT GFX, but no custom music. The racing tracks you play on are a lot of fun. Overall its not a bad game. And its an XBox exclusiv!
Gameplay: There are some times that i feel i should reck more often then not. but oh well, it makes the game more playable if you don't get screwed on eery little mistake you make. The racing is like no other i have played, when i go into first-person view (from the drivers perspective) when it is raining, i actually get scared, cause it looks so cool, and you are going so fast, its often mind boggling how realistic it feels in the FPV. Very convincing! The menu is a bit confusing at first, takes a little time to know what brings you where, and blah blah...
Graphics: Every aspect that you would expect to see on a living race track is there, when it rains, the concret is reflective, the bikes/riders look great, the tracks look very good considerig what this game is all about. For what this game set out to do it did better then most in terms of visial quality. This is a Quality XBox Moto GP game.
Sound: The game does not have the custom sound track, but the music is ok, not too bad. The sounds of the bikes sounds convincing, not annoying.
Suggestions: Custom Sound Track is about all.

Overall: 70 %
Gameplay: 80 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 60 %

Date reviewed: September 2, 2002.

Overall: Fun. but not the best racing game ever. maybe the best motercycle game ever. tons of tracks. tons of unlockables. AND BRING DING DING ENGINE MODE!
Gameplay: Fun. great idea with the rear and front brake. no upgrading bikes. you upgrade your riders skills. not a bad idea but i would like to tune my bike instead.
Graphics: OMG THE BLUR! this is the coolest effect in the game. just this effect makes it worth a rent. after you go above 130 mph the screen starts to blur. and it looks so cool
Sound: IT HAS BRING DING DING ENGINE MODE!!! what more could you ask for it makes you laugh till you cry...
Suggestions: keep it up!

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 50 %
Graphics: 70 %
Sound: 100 %

shrew king
Date reviewed: July 18, 2002.

Overall: At first I hated this game, I just couldn't figure out how to successfully do a good turn (those that have played this before know what I mean) it takes a little getting used to. Once you get the turning down, this game starts kicking major a$$. Its definitely up at the level of Rallisport, its a very realistic racing experience.
Gameplay: As i previously stated, once you get the turns down, you can really get into the game. I loved the Arcade mode too, that was probably my favorite part, its kinda like Tony Hawk on motorcycles (Project Gotham Racing had the same idea with Kudos Challenge, but it lacked options, there wasnt much you could do). In arcade mode, you can do wheelies, ummm... those things where the back tire is lifted from the pavement, and donuts and much more. Tournament mode is pretty kickass too though, dont get me wrong.
Graphics: Wow, a very well put together game graphically, The bike looked great, in all angles. The weather in this game showed me something pretty cool that I hadnt seen before, when it rains, drops of water start showing up on your screen then slowly dripping down, like youre watching the race through a camera, really cool. The lightning flash was pretty cool looking too. The pavement lacked a little though, it looked kinda cartoonish, I would have wanted it to look worn and dirty, instead it shines, im not sure if that is how it is when they race, but I thought it would look better my way. Oh yeah, the blur effect when youre really hittin' a high speed is really awesome looking. Overall: BADA$$ GRAPHICS.
Sound: Sound lacked. My lawnmower engine sounds more powerful than these, they kinda sound like flies, I wanted to hear the engines roar, not buzz, i dont care if thats how they really sound! I wanna hear em' roar down the track.
Suggestions: Improve the road, and give the motorcycles f*ckin V8 soundin engines. Good Game Overall.

Overall: 80 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 60 %

Date reviewed: July 6, 2002.

Overall: This game is a great game for those who are looking for a professional super bike game. The average gamer can also benefit in excitement from this game because they allow you freedom to race the way you want. Although it can be a difficult ride, no one said that it would be easy. If it was too easy, the replay value would be low. But on this game, expect hours of intense racing. Expect wonderful eye candy with an amazing soundtrack that will keep your adrenaline pumping. Go for it if you are looking for an extreme ride and enjoy actual racing physics.

Gameplay: I would mainly aim this game towards a more seasoned gamer that prefers a realistic gaming experience like this. Although it's not very hard to learn, but of course, it will take some technique and skill to play. MotoGP does offer a tutorial in-game to get you on your way to the championship; with training from Braking and Accelerating to Cornering and Top Speed. In each of those categories, you have challenges to complete for points to add on to your bike. You can either go for a normal difficulty or you can go for the gusto and just go for the gold. The harder it is, the more points you get.

After you pass the tutorial, you can begin the championship racing or move to a quick arcade game. Note: you don't have to go through the tutorial, you can begin racing at any time. As most racing games, you need to complete the championship races to acquire more single race tracks. But the tracks that they give you in the start are great tracks to practice on. The opponents are fantastic to race and offer you an experience that you will never forget. Think you are good?? Well, you can pick up the difficult to test your skills in a race against 16 other opponents.

Now we move over to the multiplayer aspect of this game. I must say this is a great game for multiplayer. Imagine burning up the track with 4 of your friends in split screen. And you also have an option for system link, so that means that you might be able to get a 16 player race going on. Now imagine the mayhem that can take place.

Graphics: The graphics in MotoGP is phenomenal, also surreal if you will. Making use of the power of the Xbox, MotoGP is able to pump out some of the most astounding visual you'll ever see in a game. With excellent sun flares that seem to almost blind you, you will get the feel as if you are really there. The attention to detail in this game is complimented very well. During the game, you will notice the detail on the rider and the bike itself. You will notice gravel bits and cuts in the bike's racing slicks (tires). When you play in first person view, you will see the nice effect of the lens flares and the detail of the motorcycle's panel. Here is one thing that made my "wow" above all. When you turn on weather, and you play with the rain, you will be amazed. When you see a bike pass in front of you, you will get a large mist in your face which will leave "real-looking" droplets on your screen or visor. But that's not the only thing, you will also notice a funnel wave from your opponents' tires as they pass in front of you as they cut through the water on the ground and leave waves. Imagine that!! Also, the waves slide across the turf as they make turns, so it's not a cheesy effect. The replays look great with many different angles to choose from. When you play the championship, you also get a small introduction to each country and their tracks. But once the race is completely, you will see another movie which is rather misleading. They show an actual race that may have taken place this year or last, but shows someone else winning; not you.


The musical score in this game is pretty well thought out and matches the excitement of the game. With dance and house music blasting in the background, it draws you into the action. Aside from the music, I really wasn't too happy with the engine noise. I was expecting more of a realistic sounding bike, but instead was given a high pitch disaster. It sounds as if they neglected the low-end frequencies in a super bike and only given it a high pitched whine.


When you first put in this game, you may take a few seconds before you take off. Expecting that this games controls would be like the others, where the acceleration is located on the triggers; you will be using the A button by default. You have the ability to change this, but I doubt you would. Remember, a bike has two brakes?front and rear to control. So you will have control over both brakes, and have a button designated for both at the same time if you prefer. You also have the option to look back and change camera views. The black and white buttons are not used in this game. You have the option to use the right thumb stick to accelerate and brake instead of using buttons. And most of your controls are customizable. Also, kudos to THQ for the adjustable vibration settings.

Sound: The musical score in this game is pretty well thought out and matches the excitement of the game. With dance and house music blasting in the background, it draws you into the action. Aside from the music, I really wasn't too happy with the engine noise. I was expecting more of a realistic sounding bike, but instead was given a high pitch disaster. It sounds as if they neglected the low-end frequencies in a super bike and only given it a high pitched whine.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: July 3, 2002.

Overall: MotoGP is one of the only games that can satisfy almost any gamer. Whether you are into classic racing, or prefer popping wheelies and endos, you can do it all in MotoGP. MotoGP is a fantastic game, and is definitely a worthy addition to any racing fans gaming library. MotoGP features all the licensed bikes, teams and riders you would expect to find from the 2001 MotoGP 500cc series. If you follow the series you will recognize the aforementioned key elements that help give MotoGP a realistic feel. MotoGP has incredible depth, and this is one of the countless reasons why MotoGP will not be a game you put on your shelf after a few hours of game play and let collect dust. With a deep season mode and plenty of things to unlock in order to increase replay value, time and time again you will find yourself coming back for more. MotoGP includes an excellent training mode that gives those having trouble a push in the right direction, and thanks to varying degrees of difficulty there is something for gamers of all skill levels. MotoGP can cater for your tastes by serving up an arcade mode (where you can pull some insane stunts) and a full season simulation mode. On top of all this, MotoGP supports two of the most overlooked features for the Xbox, custom soundtrack and system link play support!
Gameplay: In arcade mode your goal is to score as many points as possible and finish the race within the allotted time. Players can score points by pulling off a jump, wheelie, endo, powerslide or burnout, as well as crossing check points and making clean sections. In arcade mode you progress through tracks unlocking various riders and other cool modes as you go. While there are things to unlock in arcade mode, simulation mode also has it?s fair share of hidden goodies. These hidden goodies can all be unlocked through completing the training mode and the Grand Prix series. In the Grand Prix series you must create a character and build up his various skills as you go. You are given 10 initial skill points and allowed to distribute them as you see fit. Skill points are broken down into 4 categories, cornering, braking, top speed, and acceleration. Though your skill points are low at first, you can earn more by completing tasks in the training mode. The training mode challenges you to master various skills, and gives you points according to the specific task you complete. Players can also earn points by completing tracks in the Grand Prix series, and the amount of points earned are based on your finishing position. The control scheme for MotoGP is very nice and simple. Initially you will probably find yourself using the standard brake, but as you become more advanced you will start to use the front and rear brakes more, depending on the situation. The ability to use a standard brake or front/rear brakes is a nice touch as it allows anybody to pick up a controller and get straight into the action, or shave off valuable seconds as they become more advanced. The bikes move very nicely and give the player a good feeling of control and realism. There are a few different points of view in MotoGP with the default and easiest to use being the 3rd-person perspective from behind the bike, however the view from the racers perspective is quite challenging and enjoyable. MotoGP includes an incredible motion blur effect when you reach 80mph, and becomes more apparent as your speed increases. At first you might find it daunting, but once you experience it a few times you will come to see how excellently it was incorporated. Though the motion blur effect will change your approach into a corner from a fast straight, it will soon become second nature. One complaint I have however is the fact that the racers often don?t come off their bikes from high impact situations, or even worse is in a tight multiplayer match when your friend goes sailing into your bike sending you flying, and you are left to watch him soar off into the distance. Occasionally in a high impact situation I would like to see one or neither of the racers fall, but not as often as I do in MotoGP. However with this being said, MotoGP is still a very fun and immersive game which can be enjoyed by almost anybody.
Graphics: The rider and bike models are top notch, and have a high polygon count. The weather effects in MotoGP are some of the best I have ever seen. For instance, in a thunderstorm you will find your screen covered in rain drops, and see the screen light up in the distance from crashes of lightning. The effect when another rider is in front of you is equally impressive, as your opponent?s bike will splash water in your way causing your visibility to lower. You will also find the rain wash away any grass or sand that may have built up on your tires as you re-enter the track. In a thunder storm, every thing also appears to be a lot duller, as you would expect to see. This leads me to the lighting effects, which are also very impressive. From the vibrant sun to the dull clouds, everything looks spot on. The shadows are as good as any, and move with comparison to the light. Shadows are a lot clearer on bright races than on dull ones, and react to the lighting conditions very well. All of these touches make the lighting effects shine (no pun intended). The riders are fully animated and lead in and out of corners very realistically. From looking over their shoulders to shaking their fists, the riders do everything you would expect to see in a real event. The only problems I have found (and this is really nitpicking) is after doing several burnouts, I came around the next lap only to find the skid marks were gone. The other minor complaints I have is that the crowd and some bushes on the sides of the tracks are paper thin, and the sides of the tires on the edge of the track are square looking. However these small errors take nothing away from the great graphics and will not even be noticeable unless you intentionally look for them.
Sound: The soundtrack is nothing to get excited about, but on the other hand it will not make your ears bleed in agony. One good thing MotoGP offers (which is a feature not used nearly enough), is the ability to use your own custom soundtrack. One good thing Project Gotham Racing does which MotoGP failed to implement however, is the ability to mix your custom soundtrack with the MotoGP soundtrack, which would have been a nice touch. The bikes in MotoGP all sound the same, and it would have been nice if the bikes sounded like their real life counterparts, but it is not that big of a deal. Overall the sound is not the greatest, but with the inclusion of the custom soundtrack option, it brings the sound up a notch, and is decent for a motorbike game.
Suggestions: If you decide to bring out another motorbike game I would like to see more tracks for the arcade mode. It does not matter if they are real tracks or not when I am pulling off tricks throughout the race. The people and bushes on the side of the tracks could be improved, and better engine noises would be nice, but overall MotoGP is an awesome game. Keep up the great work!

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 70 %

Date reviewed: July 1, 2002.

Overall: This game is great!!! I play it all the time and cant get enough. Eveything in this game is terrific, the gameplay, graphics etc......

Gameplay: The gameplay is terrific.. it only took me about 5-10 minutes to get used to the controls and I was racing... The gameplay also is very controller responsive which is very helpful when going around a sharp corner.

Graphics: Nothing much to say except SWEET!!!!!!!! The graphics are so good it feels like your on the motorcycle.. It makes the game alot of fun.

Sound: The sound is Okay.. you know the normal engine sounds.. but i just turn down the tv and turn up the radio.

Suggestions: You did teffific.. I hope to see more games like it soon!!!!!!!!

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: June 20, 2002.

Overall: Moto GP is a really great game. i would say it is one of the best racing games to come out for XBOX. befor there was Project Gotham Racing, Burnout, Project Ego, Rallisport Challenge and many other games. (I don't see what all the hype was about when RSC came out.) I believe that other gaming companyies wil try copying THQ's Idea and make more motorcycle games. Even when they come out I don't think they'll be able to surpass the value of MOTO GP. RAcing fans out there,if you want to try something new, I recommend this game. People who like games that are challenging yet fun to play this is the game for you. There are many tracks to beat and when you finally make it to the top you feel really good about yourself. It gave me the same feeling as Halo. after one level, i want to see the next level and beat that and so on and so on. the only reason
Gameplay: The graphics are amazing, The Sound is Awesome, The Gameplay is great and the Value is 110%. Even after playing this games for hours and hours I still loved it. It's one of those games that you just want to conquer.

Graphics: Graphics are 110% For this time period the graphics that this game brings to the XBOX are amazing. It's like HALO's Graphics put on wheels. I first rented it just to see how Awesome the graphics really were and I was Amazed and i think you will be too.
Sound: The Sound really good. The Effect that it has on the game does not really impact the game so they didn't really need all this sound. But if they want to take the time to add all the great extra sound, they might as well just to make the game more appealing. Music...... BAD
Suggestions: I gave this game a 4.5 instead of 5 is because of it's name. MOTO GP? It could have been a little more creative. I would name it SE: SPEED ELEVATION. The Music kind of Sux

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: June 18, 2002.

Overall: Definitally a great alternative to Rallisport. Fun to play with friends and even by yourself. Lots of things to unlock and you can even create your own driver!
Gameplay: Theres a lot of differnt control options. I found it very easy to pick up and play, doesn't take longer then maybe 10 minutes to understand the concept of turning and braking.
Graphics: Really great graphics. I was impressed with the character models. They did a really great job in the movement of the body and blur effect. The rain effect is pretty great as well. Definitally worthy graphics.
Sound: Sound is okay. The fact that you get to use your own music is a plus. The sound of the bikes after a while does get to be a little old but not too bad.
Suggestions: Bring more MOTO!

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 100 %
Graphics: 100 %
Sound: 80 %

Date reviewed: June 17, 2002.

Overall: This remind me kind of like the old days of Road Rash 64, except you have to race and can't beat the s*it out of your opponents. None the less, the crashes in this game are decent. This takes the throne BARELY from Rallisport as best Xbox racing game (in my book that is. Most people like PGR more for some reason.) After a couple races, you'll pick up the "slow in, fast out" concept when taking turns. These courses are pretty long making it easy to catch up on the 8th lap of a 10 lap race. I found the game to be rather to forgiving. For ex. , I ran off the course pretty bad and I noticed everyone slowed down I the turned I botched until I got back on the track. I did the same turn later excpet I didn't mess up and I was still just as far behind as I was when I f*cked up the turn. None the less, Championship will provide you with a good challenge. There are a ton of tracks to play on, lots of stuff to unlock, a good Grand Prix mode, and custom soundtrack (for some reason, although I don't like them anymore, every song on Limp Bizkit's Significant other seems to be perfect for this game. Might just be me)
Gameplay: Controls are very responsive. Braking, leaning, and being able to spin out all help with your turning and turning around quick if you get knocked backwards by another rider or for some other unknown reason. Crashes are very satisfying especially when you knock someone's back tire out and you see them fly. Although these are not the best crashes I've seen, they are still nice to see. Popping wheelies to accelerate is very simple to do. Sometimes if your high enough a guy stays underneath your front wheel and when you come down you both wipe out (one of my favorites :D) Multiplayer is pretty fun (yet to do system link) and be competitive against someone who knows what they are doing. My only problem is with the A.I. kind of easy and too forgiving which takes away from the challenge a bit but I can live with it.
Graphics: Some of the best graphics I've seen. Bikes, rider, and enviroments all beautifully detailed. My only problem is stuff like the tires and road seem to be oddly colored. Like I said before, could be just me. The rain on the shield thing on the front of the bike is sooooooo realistic it isn't funny. Pretty job in this department.
Sound: Although the early bikes engine sound dinky and have no power, you got to get the more powerful noise to hear the real engine noises. Those are awesome! Custom soundtracks are a major plus. Tires burning also sound fine.
Suggestions: Maybe jack up the A.I. difficulty a little an how bought changing the color a little bit on bikes and stuff. Very good job all around.

Overall: 100 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 100 %

Date reviewed: June 16, 2002.

Overall: This is a very good racing game. The online feature is plus with this game, until xbox live is ready they should make more link games so we can play online.
Gameplay: Gameplay is very realistic and the controls are perfect. You feel like you are on the bike when playing this game.
Graphics: Geaphics are good, but could have been better. I can't really complain though, for a moto game they are top notch.
Sound: Sound is what you would expect, the ability to put in you own music is a good feature. I wish all XBOX games had that feature.
Suggestions: None really, very good job. I would reccomend this game to anyone who loves racing or motercycles.

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 80 %
Sound: 80 %

Lt. Death
Date reviewed: June 8, 2002.

Overall: Truely an enjoyable game. There are enough extras in the game to keep the interest alive. The tracks are very diverse and challeging. Throw in the weather affects and the game brings out a sense of realism (though the crashes do not seem that realistic)
Gameplay: Control in the game is rather intuitive. The learning curve for the buttons is small. It becomes more of a 'sense of feel' to excel at this game. That is why I believe it is truely a race-lovers game.
Graphics: Good depth of enviroments and road surfaces. Racing in a thunderstorm is pretty cool. The lightning adds a nice touch in the rain. The bikini-clad girl holding the umbrella at the start of the race is somewhat of a mystery...
Sound: This is a bit of a let-down. The bikes do not sound like sport bikes. They sound more like a fine-tuned weed-wacker. I would have expected a little more bass in the engine sounds with some exhaust popping when you let off the throttle.
Suggestions: OK. You can play 4-player split screen and there is a System Link option. So, why can't you have an 8-player race on two systems? Why is there only one player per Xbox in link play? My friends an I were ready for some hard 8-player racing, but it is not an option. It seems like that would be a given with System Link. What happened?!

Overall: 90 %
Gameplay: 90 %
Graphics: 90 %
Sound: 70 %

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