A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Winning isn't just about going fast, it's also about having skill.
Positive Role Models
Players must be attentive, patient, cautious to win.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, but realistic physics make it very challenging.
Online communication isn't moderated.
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Products & Purchases
As in real motorcycle racing, every surface is covered with corporate logos.
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. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to MotoGP 17.
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.
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