FIFA 18 may be the top of most peoples’ wish lists, but there’s another sports game that’s just as deserving of your attention – and it’s not what you think.
MotoGP 17 is the latest game from Milestone – a publisher with a long history of making hyper realistic super bike games.
It’s so realistic that it’s often hard to tell whether you’re watching a race on TV or playing the game.
Here’s why you should take it for a spin.
It looks almost real
It may not be powered by FIFA 18’s Frostbite Engine, but the team at Milestone has tweaked and tuned their engine to perfection.
The result is an incredibly realistic racer that performs at a silky smooth 60 frames per second.
Few games capture the sensation of speed better than MotoGP – if you’re too scared to buy a superbike, this is the next best thing.
Sound of success
The team painstakingly recorded a load of audio sounds directly from race tracks and bikes.
This means that everything sounds exactly as it should, helping you gauge just how much you need to take off the throttle or if an opponent is on your tail.
Expect that to happen a lot, by the way. The AI is incredibly authentic and will hunt you down if you’re leading the pack.
It’s been completely overhauled to allow for improved overtake behaviours and accurate collision management.
Thankfully, there are a host of options you can play around with – from bike customisation to AI difficulty.
Challenge the world
You may be struggling to dominate FIFA Ultimate Team, but you may have more luck in MotoGP.
That’s because Milestone and official MotoGP governing body Dorna have created the world’s first eSports championship for the game.
Play your cards right and you’ll even be able to bag a shiny new BMW. How’s that for an incentive?
There’s a kicker, though – the competition is only open for PS4 players. Sorry, Xbox fans.
Manage a team
If driving a bike isn’t your thing then you’re also able to become a team manager.
Here, you’ll have to dabble with internal politics and help build up a team from scratch.
This includes everything from photo shoots to press conferences – with damming consequences if you misjudge the slightest element.
FIFA 18 Career mode could learn something here.
MotoGP 17 is out June 15 on Xbox One, Ps4 and PC.