Distributed by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Developed by NAMCO
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released - Out Now
Price : £39.99
off let's make it clear that this is the game from Namco, exclusive
to the PlayStation 2 that is completely different from the Xbox
only MotoGP Ultimate racing technology. This is the third title
in the series and comes with a wealthy collection of modes to keep
all you arcade racers happy. I say arcade racers because the game
bears little resemblance to riding an actual bike; I am not saying
it's not an enjoyable game mind you. Let's take a look.
offers an Arcade mode, a Season mode, Time Trial, Challenge mode,
Multiplayer mode and a Legends mode. Of course you all know what
an arcade, season and time trial mode entails because they are the
staple features of any racing game. Challenge mode gives you 100
challenges to complete which entail numerous events such as beating
a specific opponent or performing a lap of a circuit within a given
time. Legends mode lets you race against four champions riders from
yesteryear and has very limited appeal. The multiplayer mode is
for up to 4 players and played in split screen mode, there is no
are two driving models in MotoGP3, there's the easy driving mode
and the simulation-driving mode. Choosing the easy driving is pure
arcade style driving. Your bike behaves like it's super glued to
the road and it's virtually impossible to come off the bike. Simulation
is an entirely different kettle of fish though and it's very easy
for the back end of the bike to slide from underneath you if you
don't brake correctly on corners. Even in simulation mode though
it still doesn't feel realistic and still leans to being an arcade
racer. There are some additional advanced features that can be enabled
to make it feel more authentic though. You can enable weight shifting
and front and rear braking (as opposed to a single brake which makes
braking easy). Those of you wanting more realism will probably want
to enable these functions.
good to see that the AI riders don't cheat, like they do in Gran
Turismo and numerous other driving titles. That is to say they don't
come from nowhere to take over even though you passed them ages
ago. A challenging race is always to be had but you never feel like
the AI is trying to put one over on you like in so many racing titles.
looks good but if you're expecting GT3 standards then you'll be
disappointed, but not by much. The circuits all look good and only
the poor crowd graphics really fail to impress. Effects such as
raindrops running down your windshield are also very impressive.
The action always remains silky smooth and the framerate never dips.
You might be pleased to know that the game also supports 16:9 widescreen
televisions which is great news should you have such a television.
are no problems for deaf gamers with MotoGP3. The races don't have
any commentary and the game doesn't rely on sound in any way so
there are no causes for concern.
3 is an enjoyable game but I feel it would benefit from allowing
bike customisations and upgrades like you see in Gran Turismo. Arcade
racers will love this game but those who are looking for realism
may want to rent the game first to make sure it appeals to them.
Game Rating: 7.5/10
is an enjoyable racer but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
No real problems for deaf gamers.