Critic & User Reviews
posted by killersrt (APOLLO BEACH, FL) Jul 19, 2009
Member since Sep 2007
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Quality race sim
posted by Gromm27 (ANN ARBOR, MI) May 26, 2009
Member since Sep 2008
2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
I really enjoy the depth of racing the game lets you get into. The abilty to actually race an entire weekend that's set up around the basic SBK weekend is fantastic. It's almost more fun that going for the Championship....almost.
If this game has a draw back it's the lack of being able to create your own character. True, it's a lot of fun to tear around the Ducati Circuit as Troy Corser and win the championship, but it's even more fun to BEAT Troy Corser at the Ducati Circuit for the championship as myself. I mean seriously, isn't that why we play video games in the first place? To create avatars that can do all of the things that we can't do in real life? This is one of the high points of MotoGp 08, at least for me and hopefully this will be addressed in SBK 2010.
Overall, this is a great title that I highly recommmend for anyone who loves two wheel racing. Shoot, it's a great title for anyone who just loves to race. If the developers can tweak a few things here and there, this could be the start of a beautiful franchise.
The ultimate bike racing experience.
posted by id0licious (AUSTIN, TX) Mar 12, 2009
Member since Mar 2009
8 out of 9 gamers (89%) found this review helpful
1. XBOX Live! With bikes. Need I say more?
2. Fantastic bike handling. Can be incredibly hard the closer you go to the simulation side; however it has at least 4 pre-made settings (you can make a custom set as well) from Basic (easy)to Extreme Simulation (very hard).
3. Sense of speed. It's there, and it's good.
4. Framerate. While I've seen some slowdown in replays (seems like a vsync issue to me), racing against the AI provides a solid 30fps at all times. Load times are also decently quick (I've installed to the hard drive - no comment on playing from the disc).
5. True SBK feel. It feels very similiar to Superbikes 2001. The realistic feel returns successfully. This is a GREAT thing.
6. Customizable. You can completely tune your bike to however you desire. This tuning is deep and directly affects the handling of your bike. It is immediatly noticeable when you alter settings and then go for a practice run. There is an advanced setting (for the players who know what preload, etc. actually is), and a normal setting which gives you a sort of 'slider bar' to adjust certain aspects of the bike.
7. Adjustable difficulty. When I say that, I don't mean the included AI driver skill level. You can adjust nearly every aspect of realism when it comes to your bike. These include riding aids, lean assistance, etc. The list is long, and even has such things as bike damage and rider health.
1. Trackside details. Compared to some other racers, the trackside details are somewhat lacking in this game. As in there isn't much to look at outside of the track, not that the things that are there are bad looking. HOWEVER, if you're playing this game as you should, you are rarely going to be able to take your eyes off the road, especially at 150mph+. So, this is a non-issue, and I really think the tracks look more realistic this way.
SBK returns to the US (finally!) and it does so with grace. Bike fans beware - this game may get you hooke
Better Than Expected
posted by UrbanMerc (VICTORVILLE, CA) Apr 6, 2009
Member since Aug 2008
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Now, don't get me wrong. I do have a few issues with the game. First, the graphics could be a bit better. Not so much the bikes and riders, they pretty much nailed that part. But the paddock girls... WHEW. The off the track stuff is pretty low budget when it comes to the eye candy. The sounds are serviceable, but just miss their mark. Also, what is up with the achievements? Points for finishing last 5 times? Points for retiring due to damage 10 times? Who came up with these things anyway? I thought achievements were supposed to be awarded for accomplishment, not failure? Also, I won an online race, and I didn't get my 'win an online race' achievement? What's up with that? As I said, I have a few issues with the game, but in all, it is a solid first attempt for this series. It is definitely better than Moto GP 08 for sure.
This game, in my opinion, should be an 8.2. Most of the people giving this game low scores are people who don't know how to ride anyway, so just ignore them. The pit stuff between race sessions is better than just static screens. The riding model and physics works VERY well. I will definitely be spending some time with this game over the coming months. If you are on the fence about this one, then jump on off and buy yourself a copy. I just bought mine after thinking about it for a while. This game is probably the best value you will see this year. Thirty dollars is a STEAL for this game. I've paid more for less polished crud than this. I am pleasantly surprised by this game, and I am sure you will be too if you are a motorcycle fan. Now if I can just get a few people to make up an online session.
not all it is cracked up to be.
posted by templar69 (JOHNSTOWN, CO) Jul 31, 2009
Member since Jul 2009
2 out of 4 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
I love to race on two wheels and have for quite sometime and found this game to be nothing like a real rider would view the track. The mechanics of the bikes and the physics of the tracks were well done. But it is all mute point as vision is key and thats why I scored the this game so low. You have to see what you are doing and clear vision is a good thing.
sbk, was not what i thought!!!
posted by jamesbell90 (ELGIN, IL) Feb 7, 2012
Member since Feb 2012
Overly complicated for the casual gamer
posted by DrKnow (PEMBROKE PINES, FL) Jan 25, 2010
Member since Nov 2008
However, once you go around the track a few times, that's pretty much it. Nothing else to the game.
I found the game extremely unforgiving where if you make even a slight mistake, you're pretty much out of the race. Realistic and very frustrating.
There is a bike customization area where you seem to be able to tweak a lot of bike settings, mostly stuff I didn't fully comprehend or understood how the settings would mix with each other. I'm certain that a bike enthusiast would love the tweaks and technical details, but I do not really play games for that level of realism, I was escapism.
If you are a speedbike fan, I'm sure you will love the game, but anyone else who just wants to play some racing would probably look elsewhere.
I played for an hour, ran a few tracks, then packed it up to send back.
It was like playing the first MotoGP only worse
posted by Bentbird (PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL) Jul 15, 2009
Member since Apr 2005
The one thing that amazed me more than anything was that not a single person was playing the game online.
Did I mention I was disappointed.
Very niche, but very good.
posted by Ntjordan (PRESCOTT, AZ) May 2, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
The graphics are good, if a little bland. Bikes and riders look great, but the tracks are just that, the tracks. There is no detail to speak of, but you wont be looking around much rest assured.
The riding physics are pretty much second to none. On any difficulty they feel rather realistic, and do about as good a job as a videogame can do of recreating the feel of riding. That is to say, not much, but better then most. The only real problem is that on simulation or higher, the throttle response on the controller is not entirely accurate, so it can get difficult to keep the rear tire hooked up. Not a huge problem, it just doesn't feel quite as crisp as some racing games.
Online is quiet, I am lucky enough to know another person with the game, but so far I have raced him and only him. There are other people on the leaderboards, but I never see any of them. It's a shame, because this game really shines online.