MotoGP 09/10 First Impressions

We checked out Capcom's latest bike racer at GamesCom 2009 and found out about it's new arcade mode.

When Capcom snapped up the MotoGP licence after it had been in THQ's garage for a number of years, it offered a fresh take on the sport that included solid physics and a good sense of speed--two things essential to racing enthusiasts. Unfortunately it also had a few limitations in the career mode and online offering. Since Capcom pushed the latest version back to March 2010, developer Monumental Games has been able to incorporate both the 2009 and 2010 seasons into the game (the latter via downloadable content). We took a look at the two-wheeled racer at GamesCom 2009 in Cologne, Germany.

According to Monumental senior producer Greg Bryant, there will be four main modes included in the game, and while the team is mum on most of these, they were able to talk about the arcade mode. (We also know that there will be a career mode.) Eschewing the traditional approach in which your goal is simply to score the fastest time or best position possible, in each race, MotoGP's arcade mode is more of a time attack mode, similar to what you find in numerous classic arcade racing games such as Out Run and Daytona USA. You earn extra time through technically proficient racing that includes completing clean sections, slipstreaming, and smoothly overtaking. You can also earn extra time through aggressive manoeuvres such as burnouts, showboating, and aggressive overtaking. According to Bryant, it's about balancing risk and reward (a la Burnout). One interesting idea is that extra time will be accumulated and carried over to the next race in the season. The challenge, it seems, will be to see how much extra time you can carry into the season's final race in Valencia, Spain.

Fans know that MotoGP was originally meant to ship around the end of the year's season and instead slipped to a March 2010 launch window. The upside of all this is that not only will the game feature all of the events, tracks, and riders of the 2009 season, but Capcom has decided to release a free DLC pack that will include all of the 2010 riders, teams, and classes--including the new Moto2-class bikes. This means that you will get not only 2009's Donington Park (British GP) track, but also 2010's Silverstone Circuit (British GP) and Balatonring (Hungarian GP) tracks. For fans craving yet more content, premium DLC packs are also planned, with further details to be announced.

With blisteringly fast speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, MotoGP needs a graphics engine to keep up with the pace, and Monumental has confirmed that MotoGP will support a fast 60 frames per second. The team is striving to make this stable in all situations, regardless of weather or traffic. The riders are already looking pretty realistic and natural, and their animations look rather lifelike. While licences of the major teams are still being worked out, we saw bikes from some of the smaller teams, and we're happy to report that the bike models are looking detailed and promising. The track also looks convincing, with various amounts of track degradation and plenty of score marks and burnout around the track.

Moto GP 09/10 will also get a new control scheme, with the left analog stick dedicated to steering, the left trigger used for the front brake, and the right trigger used for acceleration. While MotoGP games have typically had a front and rear braking ratio of about 60:40, 09/10 will have a ratio closer to their real-life counterparts, around 90 percent front braking and 10 percent rear braking. There's still loads more we want to know about the game, including the weather effects, physics engine, career mode, multiplayer, and much more, and we hope to hear about these in the near future.

Moto GP 09/10 will be wheeling out of its garage in March 2010. Stay tuned for more information on the game in the coming months and check out all of our coverage from Cologne at gamescom.gamespot.com.

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MaGic-Mik3z
MaGic-Mik3z

Moto GP 09/10 look much better than 08 but one thing id like to know is this all new acade career system thing would i be able to race in this new career arcade thing but use manual gears and simulation mode as that my way of playing and getting the most out of the game . apart from all that look real promising about this new 600cc championship join with the other classes dont real have anything else to say it sound great and i just cant wait to see what new as thinmg can only imrpove from mot gp 08 .

lloydy-46
lloydy-46

The bikes and riders do look a bit crap, and Rossi and Lorenzo shouldn't have the same riding style, but it's early days, and the most important thing is how the game plays. Also, maybe they should incorporate rider/bike damage like in SBK. AND BETTER AI!!! It was just awful,and almost ruined MotoGP 08. And online needs to be better. My internet connection is good enough to deal with all other games but I've had '08 since Christmas and I've never finished an online race because the server fails. Ever.

lordrikardo
lordrikardo

In the pictures and screenshots posted, all riders are using the same model and animation (really flawed for what you can see in the screenshots), bikes, riders, and gear look like made of some crappy plastic, and the blur and gloom in the in-game screenshots are the only thing you can see, you can barely see the track detail and the other riders because of that sh*tty blur filter. I've never seen things get blurry while I drive anyway, so that is not exactly my definition of realism. I hope they just made this extremely bad graphics, models and animations just to test the engine because if this is anywhere near the final results it is going to be the worst MGP in the series and one of the worst 2010 games. They have been developing this for at least 6 months and it's looking just awful, I've bought every motogp game and I'm a huge fan of the races and games but seeing this just dissappointed me, why would they release these terrible screenshots? they should've waited until it was looking at least a little better. I hope this game doesn't suck.

Papa_Wayne
Papa_Wayne

Looks like they are making it good value! Donnington & Silverstone. Hope they have some classic riders and bikes like, Sheen, Rainey, Schwanz, McCoy, Fast Eddie Lawson etc

lesgoesfast
lesgoesfast

snaketus, your lack of interest is very uniteresting. kthxbai Personally, i look forward to some good MotoGP action. You can tell they used the same model for all riders. Dani Pedrosa never looked so tall :)

snaketus
snaketus

Amount of comments can tell one thing. How many ppl are interesting. Im not.

_Doomsayer_
_Doomsayer_

Looks promising. It seems that Capcom is really dedicated to polishing this series. Can't wait. :)