A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Winning requires perseverance and practice, as well as ability to make smart decisions and listen to the advice of experts.
Positive Role Models
Not only are the winners of races shown being gracious winners, but the same is true for those who don't win.
Ease of Play
Game's controls will be familiar to players of other motorcycle racing games, but newcomers will find them difficult to master, even if they play this on "Easy" as opposed to "Normal" or "Hard." There are practice races but not a detailed tutorial.
Violence & Scariness
While riders are shown crashing, they're never shown being injured or killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lets you choose male or female rider, lets you make the rider as young as 16 or as old as 99. But these changes don't affect how your character looks when you're playing. Players can't alter the shape of a character's body, either.
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Communication between players competing online isn't monitored, possibly exposing younger players to inappropriate content.
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Products & Purchases
As with real motorcycle racing, this has you riding bikes from such real-world brands as Suzuki, Honda, and Ducati, while the track features ads for such sponsors as Red Bull.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MotoGP 21 is a realistic motorcycle racing game available for download on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. While there's no inappropriate content in the game, younger gamers or newcomers to racing may find it too difficult or complex. When riders crash, the riders aren't shown being injured or killed. Similarly, while players can play as male or female, and between the ages of 16 and 99, they can't alter their character's body, nor does it impact performance. As with real motorcycle racing, the game does have a lot of real-world branding: Not only does it have players riding motorcycles made by Honda, Ducati, and Suzuki, but the track has ads for Red Bull and other sponsors. Communication between online players isn't monitored, possibly exposing younger players to inappropriate content.
Is It Any Good?
While this realistic racing series has never really been for casual riders, the 2021 model is clearly not for novices, newbies, or people just looking for a fun Sunday drive. Like previous installments, MotoGP 21 is a motorcycle racing simulation that gives you total control of your bike, letting you customize everything from the tires to the number on your rider's back. It also boasts realistic controls and physics, even if you opt to turn on some or all of the assists. It also has all of the events of the 2021 season, over 20 real-world tracks, and over 120 professional riders.
The problem, for more casual fans, is that you have to be one of those pros to do well at this game. Even with all the assists turned on and the game set to "Easy" instead of "Normal" or "Hard," it's hard to just take a hairpin turn, let alone do well in a race. It also doesn't give you the option to just run a race for fun. The career, for example, isn't just a series of races. Instead, you -- like a real pro -- have to deal with sponsors and manage your team. Similarly, both the Grand Prix and Championship parts of the Quick Modes section require you to do practice laps and then a qualifying run before you even get to a race. But while this game may be frustrating for casual riders and unwelcoming for newcomers, serious bike racing fans, and veterans of this series, will appreciate all the details and complexity. Not only have they reworked the suspension system to be even more realistic, but you now have to worry about your brakes overheating. This even now includes the official Long Lap penalty rule to punish slowpokes. All of which make MotoGP 21 a very serious ride for hard-core racing fans only.
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