From playing radically over the top cape-crusading superheroes to piloting some of the most powerful off-world craft imaginable, the attraction of console gaming is the ability to play out different roles and be the hero of the day. Milestone’s last PS4 release gave us the opportunity to ride away over a hundred motorbikes from every manufacture under the sun. RIDE was certainly a step on the right direction. Now the Italian developers return with this year’s fix of leather, speed and burning rubber with MotoGP 15. Unfortunately skipping a PS Vita release this time around, MotoGP 15 amasses a few penalty points for that move.
If you’re familiar with previous MotoGP releases you’ll know what’s in store and it’s no different this time around, or is it? The visual look is probably the first thing you’ll want to know. Does it differ from Moto GP 2014? As you would expect, menus and loading screens all keep with tradition, but there is a subtle change in overall race look. The riders look slightly more lifelike which is a big plus. Also with some fine water spray, tweaked track detail and some excellent natural lighting effects, MotoGP 15 shines with an improved and impressive look. While never hitting the excellence of a certain two other four-wheeled racers out there, this is the best looking motorcycle experience on PS4.
MotorGP 15 is about bike control, mastering corners, weaving between the opposition and picking them off one by one. The movement and physics the superbikes display is a joy to ogle at and rewarding to perform. Being pushed wide at turn nine then working your way up to 6th only to be shunted back to 15th tells you the action is fast, relentless and realistic. Even though these setbacks are common, Milestone want you to connect with your bike, which you will.
There are three classes, MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. Starting in Career mode in Moto3 can slow your enjoyment down. It’s a safer and more uncomplicated slower ride, but a would-be champion has to start somewhere. With a varied array of driving assists to experiment with, corners can be more forgiving and bike control can let you get to grips quickly with taming the mound of metal between your legs. Think you’re getting good, turning off all driving aides gives you a twitchy ride, making you take those precarious corners with heightened caution. Caning the Rewind Button and avoiding a fractured right scaphoid is a lifesaver, but the Rewind only caters for a limited amount of falls.
MotoGP 15 comes with full customisation of bikes, rider and team. If you have the urge to match your leathers with the colour scheme of your bike, you can, it’s all there. It’s not only graphical enhancements you get. Extra content comes in the form of the legendary two-stroke bike action and Beat the Time. Here it’s a case of beating lap records on specific bikes by rides you have been assigned to play out. Prolonging the race to the platinum sees the return of Real Events in which you can relive moments from 2014. Earning GP credits to buy bikes in career mode brings another extra to the race calendar.
Even though this is the third series of MotoGP the lacklustre stadiums are still devoid of any crowd excitement, and the silence from the stadiums still deafens you. If you want more life and interaction with others then heading down the online path is the way to go. There’s nothing like getting a good shoeing from a complete stranger online.
With the added content and noticeable tweaks throughout, MotoGP 15 pushes the boundaries and gives fans of the series something special. For newcomers, this is your perfect entry to experience the world of bike racing and gives gamers a long and lush ride to the finish line. Graphically pipping it’s predecessor to the post and just ahead of RIDE in terms of race track action, MotoGP 15 is PS4’s best bike racing game, hands down.
Lizard rating 8/10