An incremental upgrade over MXGP2
Video games are often used as a promotional tool rather than having it out there as an IP that’s built to genuinely cater to the fans. And sometimes, there are promotional games that turn out to be so good that it makes the company stand up and realise that they’ve probably hit the motherload and there’s an entirely huge opportunity right there. MXGP3 is not such a game. Perhaps it’s the platform we played it on, the PS4 Pro.
Such a disparity
One look at MXGP3 on the PS4 Pro and it appears like you’ve been transported a couple of years back to when the first PS3 came out. We’d like to say the full potential of Unreal Engine 4 was not utilised and frankly, it cannot be utilised on consoles but you can do a lot better than what’s been done. Just by watching a couple of videos on YouTube you can glean that there is a huge visual difference between the two variants but since it is an arcade game it’s very likely that the gameplay mechanics do not differ between platforms. And that’s one of the important aspects. Here’s a PS4 screenshot of the test track with the rider standing still.
A major distraction is the rain. Not because it affects your driving but because they’re practically huge splotches that run across the screen. We’re pretty sure that even the wettest place on the earth (insert your mom joke here) wouldn’t have it this bad. Even the puffs of smoke / fog that pop up in the environment every now and then feel ridiculously tacky.
MXGP2 Ver 2.0
To be honest, MXGP3 is pretty much MXGP2 with better customisation options, improved graphics (PC only) and improved audio. The AI can be said to be a minor improvement but being an arcade game, we didn’t expect that much of a challenge and it definitely doesn’t present so. It’s ridiculously easy to navigate the tracks and natural elements don’t mix things up as much as they do in the real world. We’d really have loved a few ditches here and there which present themselves as hazards wherein, if stuck, you’d end up free spinning.
Racers ahead of you do leave tracks in the dirt and you do feel a difference when you ride over them. Such dynamic elements add a teensy bit of realism to your game. The previous games felt as if you were riding over a flat terrain with even elevation and a dirt texture on top. With MXGP3, the tracks feel a lot better.
Speaking of realism, there are some obvious issues like crashing. In real life, you’d be royally rogered if someone were to nip your rear wheel or if you did the same to someone else. However, in MXGP3 it’s really difficult to get rekt. Multiplayer is an entirely different story where you’re a lot more likely to get rekt by everyone else.
We understand that as an official title, MXGP3 will have only those brands being featured that have tie-ups with the official governing bodies. While this does mean that you can have the logos and customizations appear exactly like they do in real life, it also means that you’re unlikely to get anything other than that. In an era where video game mods or simple customisations help with fostering a much larger community, it sure seems to be an oversight.
Most of the racer gear is the exact same from MXGP2. Even when you open up the customisation menu for the neck braces, you’re presented with plenty of brands but each brand has very few options. So your overall options are very limited. Let’s go over that again, most of the gear is the same from MXGP2 and there are very few options in whatever’s new. So what on earth are you paying full price for? A DLC that’s being called MXGP3? *sigh*
VERDICT – MXGP3
MXGP3 is an arcade game at the end of the day. It’s easy to play, the auxiliary elements don’t overwhelm the player and there are plenty of folks available on multiplayer. If you haven’t played MXGP2, then MXGP3 is a great game but if you have then it’s as if you’ve got a case of the déjà vu. For what it’s worth, we’d say that it’s best you play it on the PC.
|Platforms: Windows PC, PS4 & Xbox One
Price: Rs. 989 (Steam), Rs. 2,179 (Amazon), Rs. 2,399 (Amazon)
Reviewed on: PS4 Pro
Developers: Milestone S.r.l.
Publishers: Milestone S.r.l.
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