The thought of launching yourself off a huge mud ramp may be pretty scary – but there’s a way of getting all those thrills from the safety of your sofa.
Enter MXGP Pro, the latest entry from Italian developers Milestone, as they once again tackle the ever-growing world of motocross.
It’s a sport that’s not particularly well covered in the UK – but in the rest of Europe and America, hundreds of thousands fans flock to watch riders wrestle powerful dirt bikes around precarious courses.
So, why is it worth your attention?
Here we pick four reasons why MXGP Pro deserves to win over a load more new fans.
EA Sports may make a song a dance about FIFA 18’s Frostbite technology but Unreal Engine 4 is arguably more impressive – and it’s what is powering MXGP Pro.
The result is a silky smooth ride with a glorious attention to detail.
Mud flicks up, motion blur helps create a real sensation of speed – while sunlight peeks through gaps in the trees.
The preview event, which was set near stunning Lake Garda, Italy, allowed us to appreciate first-hand just how well-realised environments are in the game.
Despite being a work-in-progress, there’s a level of detail here that you’d expect from the likes of Gran Tursimo and Project Cars 2.
Different weather systems were also on display – with rain dramatically changing the look and feel of the course.
Milestone listened to the community and has now added a “mechanical” approach to the game. This lets you tweak and set up every part of your bike based on real values and metrics.
While a more causal mode caters to the pick-up-and-play audience, it’s this ‘pro’ section that really helps set the game apart.
Thanks to improved air physics, grip and collision behaviour – even the smallest tweak will have a huge impact on performance. Choose wisely.
To help you find a set up that’s right for you, make sure to visit the training Compound, which has been improved to allow for more space. Here, you can practice anything from corners, to starts and jumps.
Just be sure to wear a helmet.
To make the experience as authentic as possible, Milestone has worked closely with a number of pro riders, including Tony Cairoli, Tim Gajser, and Gautier Paulin.
“This year we have been able to completely redefine the physics and the entire gameplay experience of MXGP,” said Lead designer Luca Simonotti.
“We started from the analysis of suspension, we compared the pressure with fork extensions as well as single shock-absorbers using the same values of official MXGP athletes’ bikes; the same process has been done with the ECU mapping.”
Sounds pretty cool to us.
Need we say more?
MXGP is home to some pretty brutal crashes, which have been replicated in wince-inducing detail in this year’s game.
Plus, thanks to the power of Unreal – mass crashes are also possible – making for truly spectacular online races.
MXGP Pro lands on PS4, Xbox One and PC on June 29.
NOW CHECK OUT THE STUNNING TRAILER BELOW.