Namco tunes up MotoGP PSP

Publisher releases more details on portable racer, promises thorough roster of real-life riders.

An E3 trailer from Namco Bandai confirmed the MotoGP series would be tearing up tracks on the PSP, but it revealed next to nothing about the game's set of features. However, a product page on the company's Japanese Namco Channel Web site has revealed a few more details.

The MotoGP series' first foray into portable gaming will feature an international cast of 32 riders and their machines from the 2005 MotoGP season. The site stresses the game's attention to detail, stating it will contain "even substitute riders who were in just one race." Of course, racers need a place to ride, so eight real MotoGP circuits were selected based on their popularity among fans: Jerez, Estoril, Mugello, Catalunya, Donington, Sachsenring, Brno, and Valencia.

Several modes of play are also planned for the title. Gamers can cut their teeth on the game's standard arcade mode, or live out the life of their favorite racer in season mode. Rounding out the package are a multiplayer mode for up to eight players over wireless LAN, time trial races, and an unlockable 1-on-1 mode in which the player faces off against a single rider who is determined by the circuit and difficulty level. A variety of other features will be packed into the game, including an "extreme" difficulty level that can be unlocked by the truly dedicated, unlockable photos and movies, and the option for players to tweak details like their helmet type and riding form.

For more on the series, check out GameSpot's latest preview of MotoGP 4 on the PlayStation 2, set for release later this month.

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17 comments
LFXFox
LFXFox

When I saw that this game was coming out I had to go grab a cloth to clean myself up. I've been waiting for a while for this to happen and I'm very excited to see this title coming to PSP. Hopefully my Yamaha M1 won't break down on me in this game, lol.

jpfondeur
jpfondeur

not a big moto GP fan, but this looks yummy, YAY ! |-D

evilbahumut
evilbahumut

I personally can't wait for this title. The way the current 2006 MotoGP season is goin; with Capirossi and Hayden tied for points ABOVE the Doctor for once, I just can't wait. Speaking of MotoGP, did anyone see last weeks race at Mugello? Best premier racing class battles in YEARS! That could've been the best race ever, definitely the best I've seen yet. Sounds like a good thing that Namco is keeping Mugello in the game as a track. Even if the game sucks, I'll probably keep it since the 2007 rules change the engine sizes down to 800ccs; it could be a collectable Item or something :P Who are you guys going to be racing in the career mode? Loris Capirossi is my 1rst choice.

Doolum
Doolum

Not much into the MotoGP games from Namco,but kinda looking forward to this one

theKSMM
theKSMM

More big name franchises are finding their way from the big screen to the small screen (consolewise). My guess is that porting existing PS2 tech cuts down tremendously on development costs on the PSP. Developers writing for the DS don't seem to have the same problem (or as many GameCube games to draw from).

Artur_Hawking
Artur_Hawking

omg just switch to nintendo, after all if anyone wants real good games u know nintendos doin them (most of the time anyway)

blackIceJoe
blackIceJoe

To tell you the truth I can't wait to give this game a try there is no Motorcycle game that is fun and I hope this one will be. Hope this will come to the US.

bigbadshamoo
bigbadshamoo

WTF? These comments are just a PSP bashfest. A demo would be nice but god stay on topic people

Piernik
Piernik

Ridge Racer, Katamari Damancy, Tekken: Dark resurection, Ace Combat and now MotoGP? Boy, Namco loves PSP for sure ^_^ !!

SNKrock
SNKrock

Hopefully there will be a demo. I refuse to buy another PSP game in my life until.... well i cant narrow down what it is the PSP is doing wrong (maybe it just isnt what I want from a handheld game system), but demo's might help bring me back. wait... MGS3-2 is coming... I guess i will buy another, but im afraid of dissapointment again....

korn18m
korn18m

Hopefully there will be a downloadable demo.