MotoGP 20

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Motorcycle racer is challenging but fair to all players.

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Positive Messages

The game not only requires skill but a willingness to practice and to try again and again when you fail.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The riders in this game are professionals, and have put in the time and effort necessary to become the best at what they do. Similarly, players of this game not only need skill, but also the willingness to learn if they want to succeed.

Ease of Play

The controls are the same as previous games in this series and other racing games. The game has three difficulty settings, as well as options that can make the game slightly easier or harder. Even so, this game's realistic approach makes it challenging no matter the settings.

Violence

Crashes result in the riders being thrown and hitting the ground hard. No injuries are shown, so there's no blood or gore.

Sex
Language

Online communication isn't moderated.

Consumerism

As in real motorcycle racing events, the tracks and rider's uniforms are covered with corporate logos. The game's the latest installment in a long-running series. There are two add-ons forthcoming: one that increases the amount of money and reputation you earn when you win, and a second that adds four more riders and their bikes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MotoGP 20 is a motorcycle racing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia, and Windows PCs. The game is safe for all ages, and has no questionable content, though it may be tough for inexperienced players. Even when someone crashes, there's no blood or gore. There's also no cursing in the game, though expletives may be heard when played online since this communication isn't monitored. Both the rider's outfits and the tracks are covered in corporate logos, and players can ride bikes made by real motorcycle companies.

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What's it about?

As is always the case with this series, and many racing games, MOTOGP 20 doesn't have a story. Instead, this realistic motorcycle racing game has a career mode in which you engage in a series of races around the world on a variety of tracks. The game also offers one-off race events -- including Time Trials, a Grand Prix, and a Championship series -- online races, and a Historic Mode where you put your favorite riders through challenges that change every day. Players will be able to also manage their team, developing the bike they race and the team that they work with over the course of the racing season.

Is it any good?

Like every incarnation of this motorcycle racing game series, this year's model is strictly for serious bikers. In MotoGP 20, like previous years in the series, you get to be a professional motorcycle driver in a series of race events held both online and off. As always, while the game has a ton of options that let you adjust how realistic and difficult you want things to be, it's still a tough ride if you're more into arcade racing games than realistic simulations. Sure, it's easier to stay the course when you dumb down the competition, turn on the automatic braking, and set it so the damage only makes your bike look bad, instead of running bad on the track. But unless you're a vet of this series or similarly authentic racing sims, you'll still veer off the track if you're not careful. And skilled. And have quick reflexes.

Of course, this year's model does have some new features. Besides the usual upgrades to the graphics and physics, they've also deepened the way the brakes work, how the bike consumes fuel, and the aerodynamics. This also boasts a new option to manage your own racing team. Unfortunately, it doesn't fix some of the issues that plagued earlier editions. The load times are shorter than they were last year, but they're still long, and there's a lot of deal with before you get through a race, such as having to check on your bike and (unless you skip them) go through qualifying races. But at least the background music isn't as terrible as it was last year. All together, they make MotoGP 20 as solid a motorcycle racing game as past games in the series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. Like real motorcycle racing, the tracks and riders in MotoGP 20 are covered in corporate logos, and the riders drive real-world bikes, but why do you think the game developers included them? Do you think this adds to the game's realism?

  • In MotoGP 20, every rider is shown wearing a helmet and other protective gear, but what message does this send? Does it make you think you should wear a helmet and pads when you ride your bike?

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