MXGP Pro

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Motocross game kicks up dirt for serious race fans.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Players need skill and the desire to practice on courses to win races.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Nothing known about racers, so hard to tell whether any would be a positive role model. Only players who take time to learn how to play the game correctly will win races.

Ease of Play

Gameplay features realistic steering and physics, making it difficult for novices and casual race fans to pick up and play without practice.

Violence

Though riders can crash and fly from bikes during races, no blood or gore's shown.

Sex
Language

Online communication isn't monitored, possibly exposing players to inappropriate content.

Consumerism

Corporate logos for companies like Monster Energy and Fiat seen throughout gameplay on suits and alongside the track. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that MXGP Pro is a dirt bike racing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs. While there's no blood or gore seen in the game, riders can crash in rather spectacular ways. No salty language is included in the game, but conversations between players online aren't monitored, possibly exposing players to inappropriate comments. Also, like other racing games based on professional tournaments, many suits and arena surfaces are adorned with corporate logos, including ones for Monster Energy Drink and Fiat. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content to be found in gameplay.

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What's it about?

As a racing game, MXGP PRO doesn't have a story. Instead, it has a career mode in which you create a character and help that character climb the standings by winning races. Along with the career mode, the game also has a handful of single-player and multiplayer modes, including a Time Attack in which you race against the clock. Regardless of the game mode selected, each race features realistic physics and controls, as well as fierce competition.

Is it any good?

This dirt bike racer isn't made for casual fans, but it has tons of modes and options for serious competitors and players willing to dedicate themselves to the tracks. In MXGP Pro, you enter a series of professional events designed to challenge your skills as a racer of dirt bikes on closed, lumpy tracks in multi-lap events. The game has an incredible amount of detail and lets you micromanage all of the major parts of your bike to tune it to suit your racing style. This ability to customize your bike also means you have to be mindful of your racer's position on the bike and the bike's position in the air, because the game's physics are realistic as well. If you lean too far forward or backward during a jump, you'll tumble and crash off the bike as soon as you land.

Unfortunately, crashes aren't kept to the racetrack. Not only does MXGP Pro take a while for events to load, it occasionally crashes while you're waiting for a race to start. At other times during review, the game's physics went so awry that slamming into a pole sent riders flying like Superman. It's also annoying that the menu text is too small to read if you sit at a reasonable distance from your TV. But the most frustrating aspect -- for casual fans, anyway -- is that, despite the game offering difficulty and gameplay customization options, it's too difficult for all but the most serious fans of motocross and motocross video games. Still, if you're looking for a realistic dirt bike racing game with realistic physics and tons of details, MXGP Pro more than lives up to its name.

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 Pro heightened because players are constantly exposed to product logos, or is it limited because players are focused more on the races themselves?

  • Every rider in MXGP Pro wears a helmet and padding. Why is it important for riders in the game and in real life to wear protective clothing while participating in this sport?

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