MotoGP 17

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Tough but deep motorcycle racer appeals to racing fans.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Winning isn't just about going fast, it's also about having skill.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players must be attentive, patient, cautious to win.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, but realistic physics make it very challenging.

Violence
Sex
Language

Online communication isn't moderated.

Consumerism

As in real motorcycle racing, every surface is covered with corporate logos.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MotoGP 17 is a realistic motorcycle racing game. While it does show bikers in bone-breaking crashes, there's no blood or gore, or inappropriate content. There may be some profanity if you race online, since communication there isn't monitored. There are also numerous in-game ads plastered on every surface, like at a real race.

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What's it about?

Like other racing games, MOTOGP 17 doesn't have a story, but it does have a couple of different career modes. Most notably, it has one called the "Managerial Career," in which you are the owner and operator of a motorcycle racing team, and not only have to ride your bike really fast, but also manage the team and the people around them in hopes of winning the championship.

Is it any good?

While this professional motorcycle racing game has depth and realism that's very engaging, those same elements make this a tough ride for casual race fans. In MotoGP 17, fans of two-wheel racing can enter in a series of events against both the computer and other people. In addition to a full slate of customization options, the game has multiple career modes, including a progression of race events and a "Championship" mode where players can set up their own series of events. It also has a "Managerial Career" mode in which you not only run a series of races, but also, well, manage aspects of a racing team. Hiring an exercise person, for instance, makes your rider strong, which can impact performance on the track.

But while the game has the authenticity and options that serious motorcycle racing game fans would want, less serious race fans might find it a bit too complicated. Unless you're a real gearhead, the sheer number of bike part options can be overwhelming. Also, while you can adjust the steering and physics to your liking, people hoping this can be more arcade-like will be disappointed, as this never gets all that simple or forgiving. But if you're a big fan of motorcycle racing -- or realistic motorcycle racing games -- MotoGP 17 will get your motor running.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about motorcycle safety. In the game, riders always wear helmets and protective gear. Given that you just plowed into a wall and walked away unscathed, what does this teach you about the importance of wearing a helmet and protective gear when you go biking? Or about the unrealistic nature of games?

  • Talk about being a good sport. Being a good loser, and a good winner, is important in any competitive situation, so if you were the rider in this game, how would you display sporting behavior?

  • Talk about corporate sponsorship. There are company logos on every surface in this game, but does it make you interested in any of these products? Why do you think that is?

Game details

For kids who love racing

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