MotoGP 19

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Deep, challenging realistic racer tests your driving skills.

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

Positive Messages

Winning requires practice and a willingness to keep trying even when you fail.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players need to be careful but also skillful if they want to win. Nothing's known about your racer, apart from him trying to become a champion.

Ease of Play

While the controls will be familiar to fans of this series, and this genre, this game is tough even on the lowest difficulty setting.


While players will crash, and it looks painful, drivers are never shown being injured or killed.


Online communication isn't moderated, possibly exposing kids to inappropriate content from other gamers.


As in real motorcycle racing events, many surfaces on the tracks are covered with corporate logos. This is the latest in the long-running MotoGP franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MotoGP 19 is a motorcycle racing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. While the content in the game is safe for all ages, younger gamers won't enjoy its level of realism, which can be somewhat frustrating in its realism and difficulty level. While riders do crash, it never results in any blood or gore. The game itself has no cursing, though swearing may be heard when playing online, since this communication isn't monitored. This is the latest game in the long-running MotoGP franchise, and players will also see a number of logos of bike manufacturers or bike equipment on the outfits of riders or in arenas.

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What's it about?

As with most racing games, MOTOGP 19 doesn't have a story. Instead, it has two career modes -- regular and pro -- both of which have you engaging in a series of races. Winning one unlocks the next one, and so on and so on, until you've beaten them all and are declared champion. This game also has one-off races and online competition, so, really, the fun doesn't have to end just because the career mode has been completed.

Is it any good?

While this motorcycle racing series' realism has always made it tough, improvements to this year's model have made it -- for better or worse -- even more difficult, yet enjoyable, for racing fans. In MotoGP 19, you once again engage in a series of motorcycle races, be it on your own in one of the two career modes (regular and pro) or in one-off race events, or against other people online. The game, as always, comes with the realistic handling, controls, and physics you'd expect from a racing simulation, and that's even when you turn on the optional assists for braking and steering. It also has tons of options when it comes to customizing your bike, the races, and the way your career progresses.

As for what this new edition adds, well, the artificial intelligence of your computer-controlled competition has been improved, making races even tougher. Not by a lot, mind you, but enough so that you'll notice how rival racers don't bump into each other as much as they did last year. It also adds electric bikes that, of course, feel as different here as they do in real life. But while there's a lot to this game, navigating it can be frustrating. For starters, the game can take a noticeably long time to load, and there are so many options when it comes to the races and bike customization that just getting to a race, even in the "Quick Modes," is needlessly complicated. But if you're looking for something that will make you feel like you're really riding a motorcycle in a real race, MotoGP 19 will more than satisfy your need for speed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising in games. Like in real motorcycle races, there are corporate logos all over the racetracks in MotoGP 19. Does this make you want to buy these products, or make you want to avoid them?

  • Being a good loser and a good winner is important in any competition. Does the difficulty in MotoGP 19 help you practice being a good sport, or does it make you want to quit?

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