MotoGP 07 Review for PC

A motorcycle-racing simulator for the die-hard and casual crowd.

By Motorcycle.Com Staff, Jun. 03, 2008
 
 

This game is the sequel to Moto GP 06 and both are published by THQ. It is available on the Xbox 360 and PC.

Moto GP 07 features a many different modes, such as quick race, championship mode and career - all waiting to please the speed needs of the motorcycle faithful. It is further broken down into different racing careers, either Grand Prix or Extreme. Grand Prix delivers the true simulation effect with lots of tuning on your favorite bike in real world tracks and locations. The Extreme mode is all about speed and thrills, giving off a more arcade feel to it with unofficial tracks in different parts of the world.

PC gamers will immediately notice that this game is a port of the Xbox 360 version, as mouse support in the menu is not available. Is that difficult to include? A simple non-feature to overlook, but it would be nice if was included. Its absence is especially noticeable when adding graphics on bike, which is a much longer process with a keyboard than is necessary. The menu system is easy to navigate and the player can quickly setup their user and start the first race of the season.

Game Details

Published by: THQ
Developed by:
Release Date: September 28, 2007
Avaialable on: Microsoft Xbox 360,  PC
Online Feature: Multiplayer

Recommended PC System Specs
  • Operating System : Windows 2000/XP/Vista
  • CPU :  2.4GHz Processor
  • Video: ATI Radeon 9800 or similar Graphics card
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible Sound Card
  • System Memory : 512 MB
  • Hard Disk free space: 5 GB

The controls in Moto GP 07 can be either very simple or professional, depending on how you want to race. To clarify, simple controls are your basic keyboard with the arrow keys as your accelerator, brake and turning keys – the method is simple but doesn’t provide great racing accuracy. The professional method of playing include using keys for front  and rear brakes, leaning forward and back and shifting up and down. All of these add more and more to the experience when you play with them.

It is highly recommended to purchase a game pad for this game, as the keyboard doesn’t give you the sensitivity needed for slowly leaning into a corner or applying a slight brake. Moto GP demands that accuracy of quickly and accurately leaning through the corner and accelerating down the open stretch in order to take the lead. When a player has truly mastered the controls, the game will really start to shine and the true to life racing experience will start to come out.

Also easily noticeable are the high-quality graphics. The bikes are well detailed and look like their real-life counterparts, which adds to the experience. The riders also are fully detailed with logos and bright colors, much like you see on TV or at a live race.

Tracks are based on real-life counterparts and look crisp and clear with lots of effort put into them to make them seem realistic. The crowd is revamped from previous years and looks like the real deal. More objects on and around the track add to the experience.

Don’t forget to do a few races in the rain; the tracks look remarkable with the rain effects tacked onto the game. The crash physics are extremely well done and it never gets old when you take a corner to fast, slide out from your bike and take out fellow opponents as your body goes rolling into the gravel.

Music in the game is typical for a racer - fast, upbeat and a rock style. We turned it off fairly early on so we could listen to the scream of the bikes instead, which sound better when the volume is turned up. 

The game’s lasting appeal truly depends if the game grabs you or not. As with most motorcycle games Moto GP 07 appeals to a certain crowd. A true motorcycle sim fan will get far more out of this game than a casual gamer just wanting to race bikes, but it can be enjoyed by just about anybody.

As you play the game more and more you will be able to customize your bike both visually and mechanically, which sim fins will really love. The game features loads of tracks representing real life tracks and the Extreme mode shows off some unofficial tracks in different parts of the world. A challenge mode is also available in which you will be given certain tasks that you have to complete to earn medals.

Overall the game is a lot of fun and in a motorcycle market with so few quality games to be had, this is one of the main contenders. The game is fun and very enjoyable and has lots of features to keep you playing for a long time. If you want a true-to-life experience with realistic tracks, bikes and tuning options, Moto GP 07 is a great way to go.

Score
Gameplay 7.5 / 10
  • Lots of customization available
  • Controls take some getting used to – sometimes over sensitive – joystick recommended
Graphics 8 / 10
  • Well detailed bikes and tracks
  • Nice rain effects
Audio 7 / 10
  • Typical music – turned off
  • Bikes sound great
Lasting Appeal 7 / 10
  • Caters to a certain hardcore crowd
Overall Score 7.5 / 10