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MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame

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What do you get if you take a big pile of dirt and convert it into an awesome off-road race track for sixteen riders? You get something really awesome called MXGP! There aren’t many motocross games anymore, but when they do come around and they’re done right, fans will be smiling.

What You Need to Know

MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame is developed by racing game veteran Milestone and features all the official riders and tracks of MXGP event, with sixty riders and bikes, fourteen tracks and all the rules from the official MX1 and MX2 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship.

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What’s New?

Milestone has taken the motocross genre to a whole new level and added enough realism to give players a great deal of control over the rider. Previous motocross games let you control how much you could lean forward or backwards, but MXGP lets you control how much you lean to the side, too, in addition to just taking the turn. This helps with the technical part of the game where you can choose to take a wider racing line or the inside line of a corner which makes a huge difference in your performance during a race.

What’s the Same?

MXGP has all the modes you would expect, like the Career, Grand Prix, Time Trial and online mode. Career is like the story mode of the game, where you create your rider and then progress in the championship.

You’ll Enjoy MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame If You Liked…

… motocross racing games like MUD FIM Motocross World Championship and MX vs ATV.

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What I Liked

- 4.) Just the fact that there is a new motocross game (and it is more of a racing sim than an arcade racer) makes me happy.

- 3.) I really enjoyed the realistic attention to detail – tracks change every lap as the race goes on, riders move realistically on the bike and one-to-one scale of the tracks.

- 2.) The additional rider control makes such a huge difference. Playing a racing game where you have to use both thumbsticks is very rare and it works so well. It’s quick and easy to learn.

- 1.) The technical aspect. It isn’t one of those games where you race with the throttle fully opened the whole time, you really have to think two turn ahead.

Favourite Moment

My favourite moment has to be when I had a perfect race weekend in the game. I set the physics level to pro, which means the most realistic setting, and then I set a perfect qualifying time to choose the best starting block. Getting both holeshots on the first turn and winning both races was amazing.

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What I Didn’t Like

- 3.) Milestone paid a lot of attention to the details of the game, but there are some areas in which the game feels very dated.

- 2.) MXGP feels a bit too much like MotoGP with a motocross setting, with menus and music that seem a little too familiar.

- 1.) The lack of camera views. There is a chase cam and a helmet cam, but with the helmet cam your view is from the top of helmet and not inside the helmet. Milestone does an awesome helmet cam but this was a bit disappointing.

Least Favourite Moment

Leading a twenty-lap race before making one wrong technical judgement and crashing out – not fun.


MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame – Launch Trailer


What’s Extra?

As you level up in MXGP you unlock riders to use in other modes, and you also unlock an image gallery which contains official images of MXGP. There is also a video gallery where they teach you how to race, when and how to scrub, which lines to take in which corners, and how to control your bike.

The Bottom Line

This is the most fun I have had in a motocross game in a long time, and despite the need for some improvements, I personally think it’s the best one yet. I highly recommend MXGP if you enjoy off-road racing and are a fan of motocross.


This MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame review was conducted on Xbox 360


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