A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
To win races, you not only need to practice, but to persevere and keep trying. Winning also requires players to make smart decisions quickly, as well as to listen to the advice of experts.
Positive Role Models
The game and an included short video about the 2009 season show how professional motorcycle riders don't give up when things get tough, nor do they rest on their laurels when things are going their way.
Players can choose between "male" or "female" body types, more than 70 nationalities, as well as ages that range from 16 to 99, as well as "he/him" or "she/her" pronouns, with all being adjusted separately. But there are more options for "male" heads than "female" (10 vs. 3), with the "male" options including various people of color and multiple ethnicities.
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Ease of Play
The game has four difficulty options — "Easy," "Medium," "Hard," and "Extreme" — as well as optional assists for the brakes, steering, and traction. It also has a detailed tutorial that includes opportunities to practice certain skills. But as a realistic racing simulation, this is inherently difficult.
Violence & Scariness
While riders are shown crashing, which can result in them being taken away by an ambulance or having their injuries discusses by the commentators, their injuries are not shown.
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Products & Purchases
Like real motorcycle racing events, this has such real-world bikes from Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki, while there are also corporate logos on the bikes, riders, and tracks.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are times when bottles of champagne are shown being sprayed on people as well as consumed. In a short video, the logo for Marlboro cigarettes can be seen on a track.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MotoGP 22 is a realistic motorcycle racing game for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and Windows PCs. While players can crash, and may be taken away by an ambulance or have their injuries discussed by the commentators, these injuries are never shown, nor does anyone die. Bottles of champagne can be seen on tables, being sprayed on people, and being consumed in celebration. Bikers, riders, and tracks are covered in corporate logos, while the motorcycles are from such companies as Honda, Suzuki, and Cagiva. Players can customize their riders' gender, pronouns, country of origin, and heads independently, though gender and pronouns are strictly binary, and there are more options for "male" heads (and thus more visual indicators of ethnicity) than "female" ones (10 as opposed to 3). A video shows the Marlboro Cigarette logo on the wall of a race track.
Is It Any Good?
As with every installment of this motorcycle racing simulation series, this year's model isn't for casual bikers, despite the valiant attempts to make it more newbie friendly. A deep and involved racing game, MotoGP 22 not only boasts realistic controls and physics, but also the ability to customize every aspect of your bike, both mechanically and visually. It also has every events of the new season, over 120 professional riders, as well as 21 tracks from the 2022 season and 17 from 2009's. All of which makes it, like previous MotoGP games, an absolutely delight for people looking for a chance to feel like a professional motorcycle racer.
For those looking for a less realistic experience, though, sorry, this is still not for you. Sure, like most racing games these days, this has optional assists that make it easier to stay on track when you take a turn. But even with all of them on, and the difficulty set to "Easy," the competition is still fierce (they are pros, after all), and the controls are still more sensitive than forgiving. Even expanding the tutorial to include short tests doesn't help, nor does the new "MotoGP Academy" mode, which gives you track-specific pointers. But while this may not be fun for fans of arcade games, those looking for a realistic motorcycle racing simulation will find that MotoGP 22, like its predecessors, is an engaging ride.
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