Ultimate Racing Technology 2
Developed by Climax
Released - Out Now
Price : £39.99
Ultimate Racing Technology impressed the socks off me. In all my
years of playing bike-racing games I've never come across a title
that engrossed me as much as this title did. In fact if you asked
me to pick fault with the game I would be hard pushed to. Bearing
this in mind I was surprised that THQ was to release a sequel to
this great game only around a year after the original title. It
was difficult to imagine what they could add to make it better.
Of course one of the major inclusions this time around is full support
for Xbox LIVE. A demo of the original game was bundled with the
LIVE starter pack and it has proved to be fantastically popular.
But what other improvements have been made? Let's find out.
I would regard the biggest improvements with MotoGP 2 is that it
now features 16 circuits and a training circuit. The original MotoGP
only featured 10 circuits. So what are the extra circuits then?
The extra 6 circuits are Phakisa, Catalunya, Estoril, Rio, Motegi
and Sepang. The addition of these 6 circuits makes the game feel
far more complete and also makes the championship feel more authentic.
you've played the original MotoGP you'll remember there was an arcade
championship, where you had to try and score as many points as possible
from keeping on the track and pulling wheelies etc., and a full-blown
championship. This time around the game has been set out a little
differently. The single player mode now offers a Quick Race, Career
Mode, Stunt Mode and Time Trial. Stunt Mode has replaced the Arcade
Championship from the first game but is exactly the same thing.
Quick Race and Time Trial are self-explanatory but it's worth mentioning
that you can only drive on circuits that have been unlocked by either
driving on them in Stunt Mode or Career Mode.
Mode is where you create your own rider and customise their bike
and leathers. You have a multitude of lessons you can take and if
you successfully complete them, you get experience points that you
can assign to four abilities, Cornering, Braking, Top Speed and
Acceleration. You can also take part in the championships too in
Career Mode. This time though you have a choice of three difficulty
levels. Doing well in the championship races will earn you more
experience points to further improve your rider. Of course when
you're happy with the ability of your rider you'll want to head
off to challenge other people on Xbox Live. If you don't have Xbox
Live then you can still participate in either system link or split
keep Stunt Mode interesting, Climax have included the feast of unlockable
items from the first game. There are various graphical filters such
as toon, sketch, emboss, pop video (which is a new one) to name
just a few. There are extra riders that can be unlocked to play
as. There are also extra items to alter the look of your custom
rider. It's fair to say that even the Stunt Mode offers many hours
of play in it's own right.
only complaint, well it's not really a complaint, I have with MotoGP2
is that the developers have done away with the predefined control
systems that were in the original game. If you've played the first
game you'll remember how there were a number of predefined control
schemes. This enabled you to choose whatever control system you
preferred. These are now gone and instead you can now redefine you
own controls. Of course some of you may prefer this and indeed I
have been able to setup the control scheme to my liking but the
predefined control schemes offered greater ease of use.
playing MotoGP Ultimate Racing Technology 2 for the first time one
of the major improvements becomes glaringly obvious, the graphics
have been improved. The details on the bikes and circuits have all
received an upgrade. What makes this even more impressive is that
the framerate only ever dips during wet races (the rain effects
are again superb) and even then on rare occasions and for only a
second at the most. I personally thought the original game was pushing
the Xbox to the limits but from the quality of the visuals that
are on offer here I was obviously wrong.
2 isn't going to cause any problems for deaf gamers. As with the
original game the FMV clips that run before a grand prix are not
subtitled. These only serve as an introduction to the circuit though.
That's not to say it wouldn't have been nice had they been subtitled.
If you place first in a grand prix you'll unlock a highlights clip
of the 2002 race on the circuit in question. These clips have commentary
and this is not subtitled but once again this isn't too much of
MotoGP Ultimate Racing Technology 2 is a worthy successor to a brilliant
game. The game has been restructured slightly and is now fully compatible
to use with the Xbox Live online gaming system. Even for the single
player experience though it's still brilliant. The extra tracks
and improved Career Mode, not to mention the brilliant bike control
that has been carried over from the first game, make this the best
two-wheeled racer you can buy on any console.
Game Rating: 9.1/10
great sequel that doesn't just add Xbox Live support but also beefs
up the single player game too.
FMV clips and highlights are unsubtitled but in every other way
it's fine for deaf gamers.