MCV looks at PQube's motocross title, which it claims is the first to authentically replicate the sport.
MXGP is in stores on March 28th for PS3, Xbox 360, PS Vita and PC.
MXGP is the first game that makes official use of the championship name. It features all the riders, liveries, bikes, manufacturers and sponsors involved in the 2013 competition.
PQube claims that this is the first title that authentically replicates the sport – being more of a simulation title than an arcade one, as previous motocross games have been.
The title is said to have realistic bike handling and physics. Players can control both the bike and its rider using the analogue sticks, providing a great level of control.
After requests from the fans, MXGP features a career mode. This sees gamers competing for sponsorship and contracts. Players have full control of their racer’s career, including the appearance and performance of their bikes and off-track rivalries.
PQube has been working closely with the motocross scene in the UK, advertising ‘aggressively’ at events around the country. This started with the Hawkstone International, which took place on February 23rd and continues throughout the year.
There is also a TV campaign on Eurosport that runs alongside coverage of the MXGP each weekend in order to target the title’s core demographic.
In addition, the title is going to be promoted both in print and online. Ads will appear on MX Vice, the UK’s leading motocross website, as well as in Dirt Bike Racer magazine. This is to be backed up by social media and YouTube activity that will directly target the racing community.
PQube has undertaken a press tour with developers meeting the gaming and motocross press, and journalists getting a hands on with the title. This activity will continue until mid-March.
Milestone’s previous motocross title sold well, not just in the UK but across Europe. MXGP is an order of magnitude better in terms of quality – both visually and in terms of gameplay. The motocross scene is very vocal about the quality of the titles on offer, and Milestone have taken great pains to implement the kind of features that they want to see in a motocross game.
It’s safe to say that MXGP will be the finest motocross simulation yet released, and the hype surrounding the title among racing aficionados is really starting to gather pace.