Valentino Rossi: The Game is developed by Milestone S.r.l and is this years official Moto GP title, featuring much more than just Moto GP, as it take a more focused look at the career of Valentino Rossi. It features some Rally and Drift modes as well as Flat Tracks and more! There’s also a full Career mode in which you create your own rider and set about becoming the next Moto GP Champion.
Valentino Rossi: The Game comes with plenty of content. As mentioned above, the Career Mode is the staple of the game and where you will be spending the majority of your time. You get to create a rider and join the VR|46 Academy. Here you take part in a variety of events when you first start out. Giving you a decent feel for the game and how each game mode works. You can progress on to signing with a team in Moto 3 in the second season and so on until you reach Moto GP. The whole aim is to become Moto GP champion, but how you get there and how long you take is entirely your choice. It is definitely worth taking your time as the more races you take part in, the more your rider will level up and become better at cornering, braking, throttle management and ability to race in the rain.
Of course, all of the races that are covered in the Career Mode can be played as single races or as single championships. All of the Moto races can be found in the Moto GP World on the main menu, in here you will find 2016, 2015 Moto GP championships along with Moto 2 & 3 2016, Four Stroke and Two Stoke (500cc, 250cc & 125cc). The VR|46 World contains numerous Flat Track events, along with the Rally, Drift and R1M Race modes. As you can see there’s a load of stuff to be getting on with and I haven’t mentioned the Rossi Experience yet. Speaking of which though, this mode features 20 historic events from Rossi’s career which you get to recreate. Starting with his early career in 125cc in 1996 right up to 2015. There’s also Challenge “The Doctor” in which you take on Rossi’s Ghost and try to beat his lap times. Challenges are similar to the previous mode except they are only available for a limited time. And finally there’s the Rossipedia a place to go and learn a little more about the man himself.
The gameplay can be a little tricky to get the hang of, although there is plenty of options to cater for all skill levels to find their comfort zone. I also particularly like the guided tuning that is available for those that are not all that competent at tuning their bike. And it’s as simple as selecting a few options in the guided tuning menu, and the game will tell you what is needed to correct the issue you have, even giving you the option to apply said changes if you don’t fancy going and messing around with the setting yourself. It works well, and again opens the game up to people that may be experiencing it all for the first time. Sticking with newcomers, there’s also the ability to rewind the race should you crash/mess up in anyway. a staple in most racing games now, and can be turned on and off as you wish.
The A.I. is quite good too. They do respond to each other as well as the player moving in and out of traffic trying to find a decent line. They also stay behind other riders keeping in the slip stream and waiting to overtake at decent places not just moving out and flying past at every chance they get. it does give the game a little more life, rather than the likes of racing games where the A.I. will just drive straight through you. Although they are pretty immune to being collected by a crash that has happened directly in front of them which is a little disappointing, more so as players are denied spectacular crashes that go hand in hand with Moto GP races.
Visually the Game is one of the best so far from milestone, it does however still look a little dated and does suffer from some frame rate issues at times, similar in vein to the ones experienced in MXGP2. I did forgive the ones in MXGP2, but to get similar ones again, in a game that is a lot faster than MXGP2 is way too jarring and a definite strain on the eyes. There’s plenty of camera options too, and I know a lot of the hardcore fans will be pleased to hear that the game does feature an ‘in helmet cam’. The audio is ok, there’s plenty of voice overs from Valentino, in both English and Italian which are subtitled too. There’s a random announcer that says a few lines before each meeting but that’s it, and maybe could have been used a little more such as a post race report or something to that effect. The bikes sound good too, and there’s a decent laid back sound track to go with it all.