A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about motorcycles and the concept of racing teamwork in this authentic bike racing game. A combination of realistic tuning options and upgrades provides players with a high-level overview of the purpose of various parts on a motorbike, and kids can evaluate the effect of their tuning alterations on the track, thanks to lifelike bike handling and physics. Players will also get a feel for the teamwork at play in professional motorsport racing as they race through multiple seasons and sign with different organizations. MotoGP 14 doesn't teach mechanics, but it will feed the curiosity of kids who harbor an interest in high performance motorbikes and how they work.
Promotes competitive spirit, teamwork.
Positive Role Models
Riders don't speak or interact with each other. Athletes from the MotoGP circuit appear, so players may associate real-world personalities with their mute avatars. Custom avatars allow for both male and female riders.
Ease of Play
A daunting racing simulation, even with all driving aids switched on. Players with some motorcycling experience may find it less intimidating, thanks to realistic handling, physics.
Violence & Scariness
Motorcyclists get into accidents and fall from their bikes. They slide and tumble across the tarmac but aren't seriously injured. Live-action video from real races shows real riders crashing their bikes.
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Products & Purchases
Real-world brands -- including Yamaha, Honda, and Monster Energy drinks -- are visible on riders' clothing and bikes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Pre-race live-action video includes a man pouring wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MotoGP 14 is a motorcycle-racing simulation game. It's based on a real racing league where all racing is performed on closed circuits, which means no street traffic or risk of pedestrian injuries. Bikes can slide and crash, sending riders tumbling along the tarmac, but they always get up uninjured. The simulated racing is authentic; players are likely to learn about motorcycle parts, tuning, and teamwork. Real athletes appear as playable characters (though they never speak), and the logos of real-world brands like Honda and Monster Energy drinks appear on equipment and clothing. The game can be played online and includes unmoderated multiplayer.
Is It Any Good?
MotoGP 14 is clearly meant for motorcycle enthusiasts, thanks to handling and physics systems that are complicated and clearly not meant for rookie racers. Players need to understand the mechanics that govern their bikes (such as front and rear braking systems) and develop a feel for two-wheeled racing. This includes figuring out how far you can lean into turns before wiping out and when to hunch into an aerodynamic position. It's not completely inaccessible for non-bikers, but growing accustomed to the sport's idiosyncrasies takes patience -- even with the ability to enable various handling aids and rewind races a few seconds should you get into an accident.
Keep in mind, too, that as a niche racing game, MotoGP 14 lacks some of the visual panache and depth found in other racers. The tracks and bikes are lackluster compared to the glossy machines and detailed circuits in bigger-budget games like Forza Motorsport 5. Plus, although there's no shortage of modes, events eventually begin feeling exactly the same. If you're not the sort of racing fan who derives pleasure from tinkering with your tuning and re-racing the same circuits over and over again to shave off a fraction of a second on this or that turn, chances are this isn't the right racing game for you.
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