MotoGP 21 is the next installment of the popular series of racing games dedicated to motorbikes with a touch of simulation. Like previous parts of the series, the game has an official license of the Motorcycle World Championship, so it includes not only real tracks and bikes, but also classes, teams and riders. The game was developed by the Italian studio Milestone, which supervises the development of the brand and also has the WRC and RIDE series in its portfolio.
In MotoGP 21 we compete for the championship in five classes, namely MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, MotoE and Red Bull MotoGP. The game includes all the events from the real 2021 Motorcycle World Championship season calendar, so we race against real riders, and we can also represent one of the official teams (or start our own). In addition, we fight for the first place at the finish line on more than twenty real tracks, led by Mugello, Silverstone and Assen. In addition, historical races known from the previous versions have appeared here, in which we play the roles of over forty racers and ride their iconic machines.
Competition is not just about throttle, cornering and overtaking opponents. The series is famous for its realism, so on the track we have to pay attention to such things as fuel level, the level of wear and tear on the tyres, or mechanical damage to our bike. In this production the authors decided to go even further, resulting in the need to control the temperature of the brakes, as well as the presence of a system that takes care of the proper behavior of the suspension of the machine. Another thing is that the races are based on various rules, which we have to obey. Otherwise, a variety of penalties will be imposed on us, including the series debut Long Lap Penalty (a lap longer than the standard lap).
What's more, this time a fall doesn't result in a quick respawn and a return to competition; instead, we must, directly controlling the competitor, get up, walk over to the machine and pick it up ourselves. An additional challenge is generated by the advanced AI of the competitors (A.N.N.A.), which, using machine learning technology, carefully observes our actions and tries to adapt to them, while improving its skills.
The game also features an extensive system of managing our team. The better people we can recruit, for example, as personal managers, chief engineers and data analysts, can determine the course of our careers. In addition, the game also features an editor that allows you to customise the look of your rider's suit, helmet and bike; you can change their colour and decorate them with stickers, among other things.
At the heart of MotoGP 21 is an extensive career mode where you progressively gain fame and take part in increasingly prestigious races. In addition, there are historical challenges in the game, as well as the possibility to take part in a single race. The game also offers a multiplayer mode, in which the players compete using dedicated servers.
MotoGP 21 high quality visuals, with motorbikes full of detail in particular, are a real eye-catcher. At the same time, the game is the first part of the series released also for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, on which it runs in dynamic 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, as well as boasting shorter loading times than on their predecessors.
Game mode: single / multiplayer Multiplayer mode: Internet Player counter: 1-22
User score: 6 / 10 based on 10 votes.
Pre-release expectations: / 10 based on 5 votes.
PEGI rating MotoGP 21
MotoGP 21 System requirements
PC / Windows
- Intel Core i5-3470 3.2 GHz / AMD FX-6350 3.9 GHz
- 8 GB RAM
- graphic card 2 GB GeForce GTX 1050 / Radeon HD 7950 or better
- 22 GB HDD
- Windows 8.1 64-bit
- Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X 3.5 GHz
- 16 GB RAM
- graphic card 6 GB GeForce GTX 1060 / 8 GB Radeon RX 5700 or better
- 22 GB HDD
- Windows 8.1/10 64-bit