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MXGP 2019: The Official Motocross Video Game

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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New motocross game tests racing skill on global tracks.

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Positive Messages

Winning requires patience and perseverance, as well as skills. If at first you don't succeed, try again.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players essentially take on the role of themselves as racers. Those players unwilling to practice or do what it takes to improve themselves won't do well in this game.

Ease of Play

The game features variable settings for steering and physics, but is always somewhat realistic, and the competition is always tough.

Violence

While players can crash, no one's shown being injured or killed.

Language

Online communication between competitors isn't monitored, possibly exposing them to inappropriate comments.

Consumerism

As with other racing games, there are corporate logos on nearly every surface of the tracks and rider's outfits. Latest installment in the MXGP racing franchise.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MXGP 2019: The Official Motocross Video Game is a dirt bike racing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. This is the latest installment in the long-running racing franchsie. This racing game has no objectionable content apart from what you might hear while playing online, where communication isn't monitored. While drivers do wipe out, there's no blood or gore shown during these crashes. Also like real motocross events, every surface in the game, from arenas to bikes to racing outfits, is covered with corporate logos.

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What's it about?

Like most racing games, MXGP 2019: THE OFFICIAL MOTOCROSS VIDEO GAME doesn't have a story. Instead, it has a deep "Season" mode, along with three quick solo options: "Time Attack," "Championship," and "Grand Prix." Players will have the ability to race across all of the race stages in the 2019 season, such as Nequen and Shanghai. There's a deep track editor that provides four separate landscapes for players to build their own courses, and a new playground arena set in France to five players a space to practice their racing skills. Your main motivation through each course is to win, get better, and progress through the game's many race events.

Is it any good?

Once again it's time to take the road less paved in the newest installment of this realistic motocross racing series. Like the other racing games in this franchise, MXGP 2019: The Official Motocross Video Game once again casts players as your choice of a real pro motocross rider who engages in a series of multi-lap races on dirt tracks full of bumps and jumps. This year's game boosts the usual compliment of options, from the deep customization of your bike and rider, to the numerous adjustments you can make to the races. It also has a variety of ways to play, including a deep single-player "Season" mode, three quickie solo options ("Grand Prix," "Time Attack," and "Championship"), and online multiplayer. All of which come complete with authentic physics and handling, regardless of which weight class of bike you chose to use. The only downside here is that the difficulty is so high that racers will face a significant challenge every time they start their engines. Even with every single assist turned on in the settings, this is still an extremely hard game that will test your racing abilities.

MXGP 2019 not only has the real riders, tracks, and events for the 2019 season, but this installment also adds weather as an option, which can seriously impact how your bike handles, adding yet another layer of challenge and variety. Further boosting the track action around the world is a newly added track editor that's deep and fun to use. It's surprisingly easy to create your own courses that you can then share online. More importantly, the long load times that made last year's edition far less fun have all been fixed. That's why, if you want a realistic dirt bike racing experience, MXGP 2019: The Official Motocross Video Game is a fun afternoon drive.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about life skills like good sportsmanship. Why is it important to be a good loser? What about being a good winner?

  • Is the impact of the corporate marketing on each track of MXGP 2019 heightened because players are constantly exposed to product logos, or is it limited because players are focused more on the races themselves?

Game details

  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
  • Price: $49.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Available online? Available online
  • Developer: Milestone
  • Release date: August 27, 2019
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
  • Last updated: August 28, 2019

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