Friday, 20 July 2018 07:51

REVIEW: MXGP Pro (Xbox One)

Written by Brett Hale
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MXGP is a real professional biking sport, and MXGP Pro is the latest instalment for the franchise. It features a number of pro riders and bike brands from KTM, Yamaha, Suzuki and more.

Playing single player offers the most content compared to online multiplayer. Single player allows championships, Grand Prix, time attack, career mode and a free roam mode.

MXGP Pro also offers a tutorial and a training session mode, both teaching the physics of how to maneuver your bikes.

Each of the single player modes are self-explanatory, but career mode has two careers that are slightly different from each other. Standard career allows fully customizable options and you’ll earn MX credits and fame, whereas the extreme career mode has everything blocked and you can’t even rewind if you mess up. You’ll earn far more MX credits and fame playing the extreme career mode, but it's for those who want a more realistic career experience.

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MXGP Pro has 21 tracks, one from USA, and most of the others spread across Europe. Weather can be changed, from clear skies, to cloudy or setting the track to either dry or wet, and some tracks can be more difficult than others. The track on its own is a challenge, but when there is a total of 22 bikes on it at once it becomes crazy and far more of a challenge. Should you go off the track a little, you’ll have 3 seconds to come back on before the game auto spawns you back on it. If you go flying off the track or hit any signage that sends you off your bike, the game will also place you back on the track.

When first starting the game, you get to create your rider, select a bike and then it's off to do the many things the game offers, but winning and completing races earns you the MX credits. It's with these credits you can customize your rider and bike with things like goggles, boots, and bike parts. The customizations don’t make any difference to your performance, it is simply cosmetic. My complaint is just that items are quite expensive.

I didn’t like the mechanics of MXGP3, and MXGP Pro is the same. It's so hard to maintain a decent speed, turn a corner and stay on the track without coming off your bike or being overtaken by rubber band AI. It was frustrating to play. Milestone seriously needs to change something with the games’ AI and physics.

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Playing MXGPPro online is very limited as you only have two options to choose from. The first is a quick match & the other is to create a match. The only two modes to play are Championship or Grand Prix & the number of races can be 4,9 or 17. After that, it's the choice between the only two types of bikes that features in the game... MX2 or MXGP’s.

Just as there is the choice of race lengths in single player races, it's the same in multiplayer, choice of quick, short, medium and realistic. Something else online play allows is the choice of having AI races included in online play and the fact you can turn collisions off, but this is only an option I found when playing online. And because AI is an option as is a difficulty the exact same as offline play, very easy, easy, medium and realistic.

I reviewed MXGP3 last year & the difference between the two other than the title name, is that MXGP Pro has better visuals, including the support for HDR. It’s branded as an Xbox One X enhanced game as well. Across the many tracks you’ll race and practice on, there a big upgrade from last year’s game. Track surfaces change in real time which adds a little realism to the game, tracks will have a lot of signage, vehicles and spectators track side which creates the atmosphere that the real sport brings. While racing your HUD shows the basic things all racers show being speedo, lap number and times and a minimap of the track and most importantly your position in the race.

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As for the audio, what can I really go on about, it's just 4 stroke and 2 stroke bikes. Each of which sounds slightly different, but no matter the changes you can do to bikes they all never sound any differently compared to stock.

I didn’t enjoy MXGP Pro. If I want to play a game with bikes I’d rather go play The Crew 2 in all honesty, but I’m sure there are fans of the MXGP games that might think highly of this title, especially if you enjoyed the last one.


Additional Info

  • Review Score: 3.5 / 5.0
  • Platform: PC, PS4, XBOX ONE
  • Age Rating: E
  • Developer: Milestone S.r.l
  • Publisher: Milestone S.r.l
  • Genre: Racing