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GotNext (Jan 25, 2008)
I've been a sucker for the pulse-pounding excitement of the MotoGP race days for a few years now, and couldn't be happier with how MotoGP 07 turned out. The races remain spectacularly tense exercises in strategic and technical coordination at 200 MPH, played out in exotic locations around the world on real-life motorcycles with real-world professional riders. Provided you've got a penchant for speed, the will to learn, and a patient mindset, MotoGP 07 offers up just about everything you're looking for.
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Gamesmania.de (Nov 20, 2007)
Moto GP 07 stagniert, allerdings auf recht hohem Level. So ist die uns vorliegende Fassung quasi die 2006er-Variante mit aktuellen Terminen und einer wenig aufgebohrten Grafik. Schade ist, dass es immer noch dieselben Modi gibt, wobei man den weitaus spannenderen Karrieremodus erst mithilfe der WM freischalten muss. Schade ist auch, dass die ansonsten anspruchsvolle und einfach gestrickte Gegner KI erst durch unfaire Aktionen wie Rempler zur Herausforderung wird. So können wir diesen Titel nur Lizenzfetischisten und den Motorradfans unter euch empfehlen, die den Vorgänger nicht bereits im Regal stehen haben. Mangelnde Konkurrenz scheint hier die Weiterentwicklung zu lähmen – wir hoffen, dass sich dieser Zustand bald ändert und die MotoGP Serie im nächsten Jahr wieder auf Touren kommt!
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NZGamer (Nov 16, 2007)
I must confess, I’m much more of a Superbikes fan than I am of MotoGP (go Haga!), but all the same, it’s brilliant to race against all the big names in motorbike racing - and MotoGP 07 really is the ticket if you want to relive the season now it’s over. This title offers a lot of subtle improvements over the previous one, such as the above points mentioned, but also with good music, excellent replays and player profiles with some quite interesting tidbits about your favourite riders - all of which outweighs the (at times) long loading times and lack of a real campaign. It’s a must for GP fans, and recommended for racing enthusiasts.
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Play.tm (Nov 21, 2007)
However, for those with the patience to stick it out and practice, practice, practice, there is a good single player game behind this. Biking fans and purists alike will find plenty to enjoy and keep them busy through the winter months while it's a bit too cold to go out biking for real. It will certainly be interesting to see how Capcom develop the series for the next installment.
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4Players.de (Nov 02, 2007)
Im Vergleich zur Namco-Serie der vergangenen Jahren ist das neue Moto GP ein ganz klarer Rückschritt. Es ist zwar dumm für Milestone und Capcom, aber sie müssen sich diesen Vergleich gefallen lassen. Technisch ist die Motorradweltmeisterschaft mit ihren Flimmer-Strecken und der schwachen Soundkulisse eine ganze Klasse schlechter als im letzten Jahr. Auch die langen Ladezeiten sind zusammen mit der katastrophalen Steuerung unter Simulationsbedingungen ein Unding. Dass auch beim Umfang gekürzt wurde und ihr hier weder die niedrigeren Klassen noch einen Onlinemodus vorfindet, setzt dem Ganzen die Krone auf. Ich hatte fast jede Minute das Gefühl, als hätte sich Milestone nur das eigene SBK-Spiel geschnappt, die Motorradmodelle verändert, ein paar Strecken hinzugefügt und in dieser Auftragsarbeit schnell ein Spiel ohne Seele zusammengeschustert, das genau so durchschnittlich ist wie die Ausflüge mit den Superbikes und dabei genau die gleichen Fehler macht.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Nov 01, 2007)
Une bonne simulation de motos mais qui ne prend pas suffisamment de risques pour s'imposer comme une référence. Des catégories en moins, un multi Offline limité et Online absent, une sortie tardive... Autant de points à prendre en considération avant de se laisser tenter par un gameplay, avouons-le, très grisant.
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DarkZero (Nov 23, 2007)
An attempt has been made to appeal to the ‘casual’ audience this year. Loading screens and pre-race sequences are filled with facts and information about riders and races - useful for those who have no clue who Valentino Rossi is - it just seems to be one that falls on deaf ears. The attention to detail and impressively realistic bike handling is worth writing home about, but it means MotoGP ‘07 is still a game that really only hardcore fans of the sport will get anything out of. For them, it’s still the best bike racer on the PS2, and stands up strongly to it’s bigger Xbox360 brother. You probably already knew that though, didn’t you? One for fans, and fans who are bloody good on their bikes.
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Game Vortex (Nov 24, 2007)
If you're looking for a demanding, no-frills motorcycle racing game, MotoGP 07 is for you. However, if you don't count yourself among this group, then you may want to sit this race out.
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Console Obsession (Dec 18, 2007)
Despite the high difficulty level, perseverance will bring reward. With all the real circuits to race on and the famous names to compete against, there is a long-term challenge. Bike fans will be satisfied, but Capcom will have to up their game (particularly so for the next-generation consoles) to make this franchise a success.
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Gamigo (Nov 21, 2007)
Sicherlich warten die Herren in der Führungsetage von Capcom jetzt darauf, dass ich eine Empfehlung ausspreche. Sorry Jungs, aber den Gefallen kann ich euch beim besten Willen nicht tun. Wenn ihr gehofft habt, mit diesem Titel das Weihnachtsgeschäft zu retten, dann seid ihr wirklich mehr als naiv. Sicher, ihr lockt mit den Originallizenzen und einem happigen Schwierigkeitsgrad, der Profis locker bei der Stange hält. Trotzdem ist dies einfach zu wenig, im direkten Vergleich zum Vorgänger. Wer also unbedingt auf einem heißen Ofen die Rennpiste unsicher machen möchte, der sollte zur Vorjahresversion greifen, die es sicherlich schon für wenige Euronen im Handel gibt. Mir scheint, auch Moto GP bleibt von einer alten Regel der Serientäter nicht verschont... man kann gut und gerne mal ein Jahr aussetzen und dann erst zuschlagen. Für solide Motorradunterhaltung hat es gereicht. Aber das ist im viel umkämpften vierten Quartal einfach zu wenig.
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GameSpot (Nov 05, 2007)
Ugly visuals, a relatively shallow list of game modes, and some imposing difficulty stand as the barriers to entry for MotoGP 07. That said, those willing to shield their eyes, grit their teeth, and put the time in will find a strong single-player race experience that will certainly reward consistent effort. It's a bit surprising that Capcom has chosen to err on the side of simulation with MotoGP 07, but for purists, it bodes well for the future of the series.
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GameZone (Nov 08, 2007)
Capcom’s attempt at bringing a strict motorbike racing simulator is a good try but it just doesn’t come together smoothly in all the right places where it counts the most. MotoGP 07 is far from perfect even for hardcore motorbike racing enthusiasts but it you’re willing to forgive the game’s various weaknesses you might just find yourself find this is a flawed yet acceptable entry.
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Futuregamez.net (Nov 06, 2007)
So MotoGP 07 has a new developer but even for a first outing this is a very poor title, especially from a developer with such a long line of racing titles to their name. It looks and sounds dull, and can't really generate much excitement in the gameplay stakes either. Still, there is a grounding for a solid franchise in the years ahead (given a hell of a lot more work), but this years effort is strictly for those MotoGP fans that must have this game. Very, very disappointing from a company such as Capcom. Sorry to say, but this game still needs a lot more work to reach Namco's standards. Unless you're a made MotoGP fan this is probably best left as a rental.
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GameSpy (Nov 09, 2007)
With limited customization available for riders (only eight!) a lack of any real explanation on how to actually play the game, a non-existent soundtrack (exactly how many hours of "vroom, vroom, vroom, screeeech, crash" can a person be expected to take?), and a limited sense of fun that other racing games like SSX and BurnOut (or even Forza 2) excel at, MotoGP 07 is a serious, hardcore game that demands a high skill level and a certain amount of earnestness from its players. For those who are about to race, we salute you. Tighten your gloves and rev your engines, and watch for that taillight shimmy.
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AceGamez (Nov 15, 2007)
MotoGP 07 is a long way off from living up to previous titles in the series; the change of developer from veterans Climax (who thankfully did produce the Xbox 360 and PC versions) to Milestone really shows - and not in a good way. It has nice touches like orbit mode during the pause menu, which gives a sort of matrix, still-time, all encompassing view and has a really impressive soundscape that must have been painstakingly pieced together, as the amalgamation of motorbikes roaring, fans cheering and opponents jeering (of which you can reply with the Circle button) helps enhance the atmosphere no end. However, these small features aren't enough to redeem the ridiculously unforgiving gameplay and massively disappointing graphics, so unless you're a masochist who loves to attempt the impossible and be suitably punished for it, you'll be better off seeking your two-wheel thrills elsewhere - like with the now budget priced Moto GP 4.
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Game Shark (Dec 05, 2007)
The problem with niche titles is that they’re basically designed to serve a specific market. If you follow the MotoGP circuit, you will greatly enjoy emulating your favorite riders at breakneck speeds making daring maneuvers at tracks all around the world. If you’re just a casual racing fan or motorcycle fan, you won’t find enough variety to keep you interested. MotoGP 07 is a very solid title, but only worth the money for fans of the circuit.
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IGN (Oct 22, 2007)
MotoGP '07 tried to be a sim and an arcade title at the same time and fails on both accounts. Players are left with a half-baked racer that isn't bad but isn't anything you should be running out to buy. It has no soul and never leaves you feeling invested in what's happening onscreen due to its shallow season, blah graphics and ho-hum gameplay.
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Jolt (UK) (Nov 14, 2007)
It’s for these reasons that it’s hard to recommend MotoGP ’07 for anything other than comparison reasons. Yet again, the PS2’s outing plays a distant second-fiddle to the more established output of Climax on the 360 and, while graphically Milestone gets a good grunt out of its hardware, those who are eager to take their PS2 for a spin on two wheels will have a hard time choosing between this stunted effort or the ultra conservative Tourist Trophy. Sadly, the best thing to do is to avoid both.
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Cheat Code Central (Oct 31, 2007)
When push comes to shove, it is just too hard for me to recommend this game. Big time fans of the sport hardly need my esteemed opinion on such a matter, as they will know more about this circuit than I would ever want to. As much as I do appreciate the realism the title so firmly embraces, the difficulty that accompanies it is just too off putting. High speed affairs are supposed to be fun, not frustrating and annoying. In the end, accelerate, brake, accelerate, brake, fall, then proceed to curse a lot is not a practice I want to get into. I did that enough driving in California, minus the falling of course.
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PSX Extreme (Nov 20, 2007)
When it's all said and done, I cannot recommend Moto GP 07, not even for $29.99. This simply isn't what I'd call a polished game; it is below what the average racing game should be. It's largely ruined by its impairing visuals, as they prevent you from accurately judging distances, thus ruining your ability to take a proper turn. It offers the rudimentary gameplay content, and doesn't have any online gameplay to speak of. It controls reasonably well, but otherwise, Moto GP 07 has no saving grace. Keep away from this one. If you're looking for a fantastic motorcycle game, pick up a used copy of Tourist Trophy - it is, quite literally, Gran Turismo with motorbikes.
50
There’s not a whole lot to MotoGP 07, and most players will see everything the game has to offer fairly quickly. It’s a shame that the developer and publisher didn’t push to include a bit more depth to the racing experience – we want team managers yelling at us over the radio, celebrations of racing victories and more in-depth bike tuning options. The game feels like it’s more of a foundation for the future of the series – don’t expect to get the whole house for your eighty bucks. Regardless of how big a fan one is of the MotoGP championship, this one needs to be left on the shelf. We know that Milestone is quite capable of delivering a solid racing game, based on their experience with the EA Sports Superbike series, so we will be expecting quite a bit more of the inevitable sequel to this game. MotoGP 07's sheer lack of content is offensive, given the asking price.
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TotalPlayStation (Nov 18, 2007)
Honestly, there's just no reason to pick up this year's MotoGP, not even as a rental. Previous games in the series might suffer from outdated rosters and tracks, and with Polyphony Digital getting into motorcycle races with Tourist Trophy, there's finally some serious competition in the genre -- so much so that MotoGP 07 just plain looks limp next to the better games.
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Gaming Age (Nov 30, 2007)
The act of driving and racing motorcycles in Moto GP 07 is a solid foundation to begin the new series, but that's almost all there is. The lack of an online mode, customization and eye candy put this first installment several steps back from where the series was just last year. Here's hoping it catches up soon.
25
It seems like I could fill an entire novel on how this game fails horribly at resembling anything that should don the name MotoGP. I know that really good motorcycle racing games are few and far between, and games like Tourist Trophy really set the bar high for other racing games to come but honestly, who can justify this pile of junk? There are far better games out there that you can be spending your hard earned cash on. If you’re a PS2 owner with an itch to drag a knee, Tourist Trophy can be found used at any local game store for the same price as this worthless pile of crap. Can we please give the MotoGP license back to THQ?


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