In this latest official MotoGP game, you take on the role of a new rider in the lowly 125cc support class, hoping to work your way up to Moto2 and eventually the MotoGP series itself. The game includes all the riders, teams, and tracks from the 2010 season, with free downloadable content promised to update the game to the 2011 season once it begins. Before you take on Valentino Rossi and the rest of the 2010 MotoGP roster though, you must first get to grips with a handling model that certainly has simulation in mind. Unfortunately, as you work on building your team's reputation in Career mode, the game's numerous flaws, particularly in physics and graphics, begin to emerge. MotoGP 10/11 has great potential, but it's not fully realized in this iteration of the series.
6304162NoneSilverstone is one of the official tracks in MotoGP 10/11.
On the track, this racer presents itself as a simulation. The initial assists selection screen is based on different levels of experience with racing games, from not playing them at all to familiarity with four wheels rather than two. However, the option of having all of the assists turned off is suggested only to those who have mastered motorcycle racing. By presenting the assists selection screen like this, the game does little to inform you about what the assists actually do. The option to turn these helpful aids on or off individually (such as traction control and automatic rider weight shifting) is buried under several option screens. MotoGP 10/11 presents itself as a simulation of the sport, but after only a handful of laps on the track, it becomes clear that it doesn't measure up.
The tuck-in button, which makes your rider crouch behind the windscreen for better aerodynamics on the straights, has an unrealistic effect on straight-line speed and allows you to breeze past riders during acceleration, despite the fact that they are tucking-in as well. However, for some reason, they overtake you very easily on long straights where they can often reach significantly higher top speeds than you. There are definitely signs of rubber-banding in the AI, which detracts from the game's attempts at simulation. The biggest issue with the handling concerns weight shifting. On tight corners, particularly chicanes, it takes far too long for the rider to swap leaning from the left to the right, or vice versa. Compared to real MotoGP riders tackling chicanes and S-bends, those in the game seem overly lethargic. This fundamental lack of response from the bikes makes it very tough to become immersed in the racing and becomes very frustrating, particularly on harder difficulty levels where AI riders don't have this issue.
There are some additional problems with the bike physics including an almost unchanged level of grip in wet weather and a complete lack of damage after crashes, both visually and mechanically. In wet conditions you would expect significantly longer braking distances, lower top speeds on straights and a need to reduce cornering speed, but in MotoGP 10/11 there is very little change. The lack of significant water spray from other riders in the wet also means that you also don't get the visibility problems you would expect in this adverse weather.
Along with the troublesome physics engine, the graphics in MotoGP 10/11 are lagging behind many other motorcycle games, as well as racing games in general. While the bikes are generally modelled well, the texture work is poor. The level of visual detail on the circuits is also inconsistent. Some tracks look great with a lot of trackside detail and realistic lighting patterns. However, the majority of normal daylight circuits suffer from flat lighting, and night races suffer from washed out lighting and poor draw distance. In the wet, there's very little spray from other bikes and the riders suffer from a lack of detail. In the normal chase camera, there are no animations for a rider's arms when adjusting the throttle or brakes and no animations on the rider's feet when changing gear. Hands are animated well in the game's surprisingly useable onboard camera, but the static feel of the riders in the other views doesn't endear any sense of immersion in the racing.
Real sponsors adorn the circuits but aren't available to your Career mode team.