Few games have such a loyal following as Milestone’s MotoGP series.
Every year, the Italian developer works tirelessly to recreate every aspect of the sport – from the intense crashes to the thrill of taking a corner at 200mph.
With MotoGP 18 – they’ve rebuilt the entire game from the ground up – complete with a shiny new engine – to deliver the most authentic experience to date.
Here’s why you need to take MotoGP 18 for a spin.
Milestone has upgraded to Unreal 4, which makes a huge difference to the overall visual quality.
Squint your eyes and you’d be forgiven for thinking you were watching the real thing.
The developer has painstakingly scanned every aspect of the tracks and bikes, and thanks to Unreal, they’ve all been recreated in pixel-perfect detail.
There are 19 official tracks in total, including the new Buriram International Circuit in Thailand.
But it’s not just aesthetic improvements that benefit from the engine upgrade.
Physics and AI have also been re-worked, allowing for more complex crash modelling and true-to-life rider behaviour.
For the first time in the series, riders’ faces have been scanned, so they look much more impressive than last year’s models.
Road to glory
An enhanced career mode is perfect for those players who prefer a solo challenge over online play.
Here, you’re tasked with climbing the ladder from the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup to the MotoGP class.
Along the way, you’ll earn XP to tweak all aspects of the bike – from stability and acceleration to top speed.
Be warned, though, thanks to the improved damage and tyre management systems, your decisions could have serious consequences.
Milestone has worked hard to make gameplay more accessible this year without alienating their hardcore fans.
As a result, there are now comprehensive tutorials showing you how to get the best from your bike.
These range from basic cornering technique to more advanced overtaking maneuvers.
For those after a real challenge, be sure to play in the first-person helmet cam – which, without practice, will see you fly off the bike in seconds.
Elsewhere, a spectator mode allows you to follow other players with different cameras to enjoy the online matches.
Become a world champion
Fancy a new BMW? Then MotoGP 2018 esports is your ticket.
As per last year, the MotoGP eSport Championship returns – this time on Xbox, PS4 and PC (Last year it was just on PS4).
Kicking off on July 18th, the MotoGP eSport Championship will see eight online challenges, with two Semi Final live Events and the Grand Final in November, live from Valencia.
With a BMW M240i Coupé up for grabs for the winner, a KTM motorbike for the runner up – and a load of smaller but equally cool prizes for everyone else, there’s never been a better time to get into MotoGP.
Start your engines.
MotoGP 2018 is out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC, arriving on Nintendo Switch on June 28.