A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game not only requires skill but a willingness to practice and to try again and again when you fail.
Positive Role Models
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 & Scariness
Crashes result in the riders being thrown and hitting the ground hard. No injuries are shown, so there's no blood or gore.
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Online communication isn't moderated.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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