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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Driveclub Bikes is an optional expansion to the game Driveclub and is also available as a standalone download. Though suitable for players of all ages, multiplayer games support voice-chatting, which is unmonitored and unfiltered. Riders wear helmets and are never visibly injured, but they can slam into opponents or objects during races. Parents should also be aware that the bikes that are featured within the game are licensed from top motorcycle makers such as Yamaha, BMW, Ducati, and others.
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What's it about?
So you’ve had your fill of cars, and now you’d like to move onto superbikes? DRIVECLUB BIKES is downloadable content (DLC) that acts as an expansion pack to the Driveclub arcade racer, adding a dozen or so licensed bikes from Honda, Ducati, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and BMW, to name a few. It also includes new modes, many personalized events (choose track, mode, weather, and more), more trophies to unlock, and unlimited challenges that let you create and compete with other online players on various tracks. Like Driveclub, Driveclub Bikes lets you deck out your bikes and your rider, including paint jobs, custom helmets, and rider leathers. Plus, everything you do in this DLC contributes to the success of your club, helping you unlock new rewards, customization options, and challenges.
Is it any good?
This expansion pack is a pretty fun addition to the racer -- especially if you've had your fill of cars and would like to try racing superbikes -- but it’s not a flawless experience. The shift from four wheels to two is definitely well-received, because this is a faster arcade game with more room on the tracks for rival bike racers (than cars) and more challenges in handling (such as hairpin turns). Plus, these superbikes are fast. Handling takes a bit of getting used to -- don't bother pressing "circle" to drift around corners as you would in Driveclub -- but should feel good after a couple of races.
Many of the Driveclub race types and tracks are the same for Driveclub Bikes, but this new game includes a mode that has you earn points by pulling off moves such as wheelies and poppies, plus mini-objectives will pop up to challenge you to complete a task and then let you send it to online friends. Overall, Driveclub Bikes offers a lot of bang for the buck at only $14.99 for the expansion or $19.99 for the standalone download, but some of the lack of variety keeps it as only a decent expansion.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about online safety in games such as Driveclub Bikes. Chatting with other players online is fun, but it can be dangerous. Which steps would you take if you found yourself chatting with someone who started harassing you, asking for your personal information, or suggesting meeting in real life?
Discuss driving safety. What are some common distractions to avoid while driving? What's the difference between aggressive and defensive driving?
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