MotoGP 18

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Challenging racer made for motorcycle fans only.

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Positive Messages

Winning requires perseverance and practice to defeat rival racers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No info provided about racers to tell if they're positive or negative role models, but players must be careful and skillful if they hope to win races.

Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn. Lots of customizable sliders, but the game's realistic physics make it challenging.


Crashes can sometimes occur, spilling rider and bikes, but no blood or gore shown. Riders are never shown injured after crashes, either.


Online communication isn't moderated, possibly exposing players to inappropriate content.


Like in real racing, every surface is covered with corporate logos: Michelin, Shell, Ducati, and more on menus, racing suits, arena tracks.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MotoGP 18 is a motorcycle racing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and Windows PCs. The gameplay is safe for all ages without questionable content to be found in the game, although players will see manufacturer logos of companies like Michelin, Ducati, and Shell on uniforms, tracks, and menu screens. Even when a player crashes, which they will, and the rider is sent flying, there's no blood or gore or even profanity (though players may hear some if they play online, where communication isn't monitored). That said, while this is safe for all gamers, younger players won't enjoy the game's focus on realistic physics and unforgiving approach to professional motorcycle racing.

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What's it about?

Like most racing games, MOTOGP 18 doesn't have a story. Instead, it has a career progression where you play a series of races and multi-race events so that you can unlock more races and climb the ranks of each motorcycle league. In addition, the game has one-off races, as well as online events where you can race against your friends and random strangers. All of which have you riding racing motorcycles with authentic physics on real tracks scattered around the world. 

Is it any good?

While this professional motorcycle racing game has a great deal of realism and depth, that same attention to detail can make this a rough ride for more casual bikers. In MotoGP 18, you engage in a series of professional motorcycle race events. In its engaging career mode, you create a driver, and then help your driver move up in the standings by winning real race events against some of the best bike riders in the world. All of the race events come with realistic physics, authentic handling, and the ability to modify multiple aspects of your bike, the race, and the game.

But while all of this probably sounds great to serious motorcycle racing game fans, the game's realism and authenticity can be a hindrance if you don't follow the sport closely or you aren't a hardcore motorcycle racing game fan. Sure, this does have the same kind of assists that you find in such auto racing games as Forza Motorsport 6, but while those games can feel almost arcade-like in their physics and handling, this bike game always feels like a realistic simulation. It also doesn't help that the game's music is cheesy, or that the type in the menus can be small to read if you sit at a reasonable distance from your TV. Still, if you're a big fan of professional motorcycle racing, or professional motorcycle racing games, you'll find that MotoGP 18 will satisfy your need for speed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about corporate sponsorship and consumerism. In MotoGP 18, like in real races, there are corporate logos on every surface. Why do you think this is done? 

  • In MotoGP 18, riders wear helmets and protective gear. Why do you think they do, and what does it say about riding a motorcycle safely?

  • Having good sportsmanship is important in any competitive situation, so if you were the rider in a real motorcycle race, how would you behave?

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