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Review

Motorbike Review

  • Game release: January 9, 2012
  • Reviewed:
  • PS3

Motorbike is a cruel joke of a game that no PlayStation 3 owner should ever consider.

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To call Motorbike a Trials clone would be an insult to every Boba Fett and Dolly the Sheep that has ever existed. Sure, there's a cursory link between the two games in the way you travel from left to right on a virtual motorcycle, shifting your rider's weight around as you negotiate one treacherous obstacle after the next. But Motorbike is so much more than just a pale imitation of Trials; it stands on its own as a game that is both spectacularly and mind-numbingly atrocious. Every single aspect of this game, whether it's the awful track design or the litany of game-breaking bugs, serves as an affront to the very concept of fun. It's bad. It's real, real bad.

Motorbike's list of sins is a long and egregious one, dominated by a nauseating frame rate and frequent software crashes. But if you're lucky enough to survive the game's penchant for freezing on the title screen, you'll find your troubles are far from over. It all starts with Motorbike's awful, unpredictable, and downright spiteful physics engine. Like in Trials, you're asked to overcome all manner of steep hills, massive jumps, and scattered barriers. But there's absolutely no logic or science to the way your motorcycle interacts with the gameworld.

At best, your bike feels stiff and ambivalent to both your rider and the surface beneath it. At worst, you're sent rocketing into the sky when your wheel so much as grazes an object, or tumbling into the oblivion below when the ground decides it would prefer not to support your weight any longer. You never feel satisfied when you complete a track; you simply feel like you landed on the lucky side of the unpredictable physics engine.

In Motorbike, "cooperative" would be better labeled as "commiserative."

Equally unsatisfying is the game's abysmal track design. The vast majority of Motorbike's levels are a mangled train wreck of obstacles assembled without the slightest concern for what your rider is able to perform. Many tracks break after a certain amount of time, whether it's ladders sliding out of place or crates falling onto a ramp critical to advancing through the level. Combine these courses with the wildly unpredictable physics, and your experience with the game almost always devolves into an exercise in overcoming hair-pulling levels of frustration.

One of the more infuriating things about this track design is the way Motorbike taunts you with its few arbitrary uses of checkpoints. Within the game's 80 standard courses, there's only a small handful that even manage to use a single checkpoint. The game goes out of its way to show you it's capable of easing your frustrations were it inclined to do so, and then proceeds to make you restart almost every track from the very beginning because haha whoops. It's the Bond villain of game design.

0 for 2, camera. 0 for 2.

There's no incentive to push forward, either. Motorbike fails to grasp the concept of game progression on the most fundamental of levels. Every course is unlocked from the start of the game, with a tiny checkmark acting as the sole indicator that you've completed a track. You don't earn new bikes, either; you simply choose Bike A or Bike B. Good luck trying to tell them apart, too, because the game can't be bothered to explain any performance differences between the two. Why would it ever want to do that? Don't be silly.

In a game full of glaring flaws, co-op is where Motorbike hits rock bottom. For that, you can thank the twisted fever dream that this game calls split-screen. The idea is that the game dynamically follows each player, splitting the screen when they get far enough apart and merging these perspectives when they're close together. But the game struggles mightily with keeping track of each player's location, recklessly panning this way and that while randomly swapping each player's side of the screen for no apparent reason. At various points, the camera gives up and focuses on the empty abyss beneath the track for five seconds at a time, as though the pretend cameraman's arms got tired or he noticed something shiny in the distance.

Competitive play is a bit more functional, with a camera that's actually capable of following where each player is at any given moment. That doesn't stop the two players from knocking each other over at random, though, despite the fact that each opponent is represented as a ghost on the other's screen. That shoddy execution pervades the track creation, as well. Building a track forces you into a pitched battle with the game's abysmal menus, where you're forced to scroll through the game's entire list of objects to get from the save button to the test button. Placing those objects, meanwhile, is like hunting for a light switch in the dark. If you'd prefer to partake in tracks other people have made, good luck trying to find the best ones. User-created tracks are dumped into an endless list with no filtering or highlighting to speak of. But at least scrolling through that interminable list of tracks comes with the added benefit of not playing Motorbike.

It probably won't surprise you to hear that Motorbike is not the most handsome of games. Besides a visual design that features such inspired track themes as desert and mountain, you're treated to aggressively bland hard rock background music and sound effects that more closely resemble a series of wet farts than revving engines. In no universe is this a game that comes close to being worth the $15 price tag Motorbike commands on PlayStation Network. There's no two ways about it: this is one of the worst games that could ever grace your PlayStation 3.

The Good
N/A
The Bad
Wildly unpredictable physics
Abysmal track design
Splitscreen camera is horribly broken
A laundry list of technical shortcomings
Looks and sounds terrible
1.5
Abysmal
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Discussion

545 comments
RabidBurp
RabidBurp

My sides are in orbit.


This game is so borribly bad, it ALMOST makes games like Big Rigs and Revelations 2012 look far better in comparison.

C-Sanders
C-Sanders

Oh WOW, this is my favourite review of all time, funniest thing I've seen all year, thanks Shaun!

kouji03
kouji03

for a 1.5 rating game the video of it was quite amusing compared to other videos

Dealwithme14
Dealwithme14

What horror! This game is Motocross Carbon copy!

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

"At various points, the camera gives up and focuses on the empty abyss beneath the track for five seconds at a time, as though the pretend cameraman's arms got tired or he noticed something shiny in the distance."

Must.. resist.. temptation..... must.. not.. purchase.. out.. of.. curiosity...

-JMD-
-JMD-

So bad, and yet so tempting... I want to own the worst game in the history of PS3!!!!

zneno
zneno

"its the bond villain of game design" haha brilliant line!!

jimrhurst
jimrhurst

Bad reviews are my absolute favorite.  Quality control really allows so few truly, epically bad games to make it to market these days.  That makes gems like this review all the more deliciously rare.  Thanks Shaun!

WheelzFourReelz
WheelzFourReelz

Gamespot: 1.5/10.

Users: 7.9/10.

I feel like someone is wrong here...

bluepuppy82
bluepuppy82

Best Comedy release of 2013 so far..

phbz
phbz

ahah I see the review then the amount of 10s in user scores. wtf is wrong with those people?

blackace
blackace

The damn video is hilarious. I couldn't not laughing at these fools trying to keep the bikes on the platform so they rolls off onto the rectangular boxes. They kept getting bounced off the platform or the platform came down and crushed them. I was laughing so hard. This is pure junk for the PS3. Who the hell would pay $15 for this crap? The graphics, music, sound effect, gameplay, course design and everything else is terrible. A 1.5 score is probably a bit harsh. It does appear like you can actually make it through the courses, but the design is a mess. You can tell it's very frustrating. I'd give it a 4 score.

hardcorecasualz
hardcorecasualz

this physics engine is still better than gta 4 compared to previous gta games.


ragdoll physics is the best but gta 4 was too realistic, gta 5 will at least have enough content to be more fun than the others combined. why worry about boat cars when you can have the coolest stuff from SA/VC plus the semi fun physics of gta 4.


gta 4's physics is good but could of used a tone down. makes this game look like half life 2 physics wise. maybe not that great. but i think gta 5 will actually deserve a 10 out of 10 while gta 4 could use an 8.5 or something


content > overflowed realism


content and realism are great combos but gta 4 lacked content

mirage_so3
mirage_so3

THIS GAME IS AMAZING IT DESERVES A 10! THIS GUYS JUST A JERK! BITCH BITCH BITCH!

indzman
indzman

finally a masterpeice as big rigs over the road racing =D

neuroboy
neuroboy

I really hope PSN+ gives this away with their subscription at some point so I can 'experience' it for myself. There is no way I'm parting with money for this turkey, but it does look it would be good for a laugh to see how broken it really gets. It really looks so hilariously bad that I think the developer created it that way intentionally.

noandno
noandno

According to user's score, this game is better than CoH 2 wtf???

jindro
jindro

i think you guys should also have a funfactor review instead only whats wrong and not wrong with the game

JFERNANDEZ84
JFERNANDEZ84

Ladies and gentlemen, we have the Game Of The Year!!

bottaboomstick
bottaboomstick

i love the review score being 1.5 and the user score being 8.5

Banyek
Banyek

yeah you can tell by the title, that the developers just really didnt gave a fuck!!!!

Gamerhomer
Gamerhomer

Motorbike... what a dumb name for a game...

JMcN76
JMcN76

Wow, I had to actually stop watching the review because I was getting nauseous. 

madjack1812
madjack1812

Made by Banko games eh?  As in, "let's take all the money we made from this terrible game straight to the Banko"?

egger7577
egger7577

This game is best at being a running contender for worst game of all time. Big Rigs may have just been overtaken.

amdreallyfast
amdreallyfast

"one of the worst games that will ever grace your playstation 3."  One of the worst?  What could be worst (baring Star Wars prequal movie adaptations)?

marvelx3
marvelx3

the fact that he posted this game as a review and featured it on the homepage slider is itself silly.

PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Oh my god.. the video.

I can't promise I won't buy this when I have some buddies over and we've had some beers.  No way I can make that promise.

lilmcnessy
lilmcnessy

@phbz What is wrong with you? How do not see the perfection in this masterpiece?

cowscowscows
cowscowscows

@blackace "Pure Junk" yet you think it should get a some what okay rating.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@neuroboy I wouldn't even dignify the download figures with a free download.

$15 is precisely $20 too much for this game.

blackace
blackace

@JFERNANDEZ84 Yeah, I loved it when the guy rides the motorcycle over the bridge and the motorcycle just passes through the track along with 1/2 the guys body. They it just sticks there. lmao!! The split screen is a joke. The camera wildly goes off somewhere else while the gamers are still playing. lol!! How the hell did Sony approve this crap? Sony surely loves their fans. lmao!!

twentymooseman
twentymooseman

@egger7577 Are you sure? Just a reminder of the game that caused Alex Navarro to give up on life in the middle of the street.

/big-rigs-over-the-road-racing/reviews/big-rigs-over-the-road-racing-review-6086528/

Also, he could use some more pepsi.

Motorbike More Info

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    7.5
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    Developed by:
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    Genres:
    Simulation, Driving/Racing
    Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
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