MotoGP 20 comes early this year, and ahead of the real-life season for once, but only because of these extreme circumstances. There’s some omissions from last year’s entry that I can’t say are big losses, but there was some emphasis on them that makes it feel odd they’re no longer there. Instead, Milestone has tuned last year’s strongest elements into being even stronger this time around. MotoGP 20 is another solid entry in the series with vast improvements to the visuals and career, though some parts feel a bit samey.
Milestone has the dirt bike racing market cornered. With the MXGP series all about motocross, a discipline with longer, wider courses during the summer months. And the Monster Energy Supercross series encompasses supercross, a discipline with shorter, narrower courses over the spring months. With Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 3, Milestone demonstrates that they continue to expand and improve the core experience in meaningful ways, making it the best entry to date.
Milestone has gone through a few name changes for this series in recent years. First it was MXGP: The Official Motocross Videogame, which were numbered up to MXGP 3. Then last year it became MXGP PRO. Now we’re onto annual naming with MXGP 2019 – The Official Motocross Videogame. It might feel hard to keep up, but the game’s been roughly the same throughout. Though MXGP 2019 is the best iteration yet, it is behind the curve of other racers to Milestone’s own.
MotoGP 19 sees many big changes for this year’s entry, and all of them are positive. This is also a year of additions and refinements, building off of what came last year in exponential ways. Milestone has given the game a fresh coat of paint, that’s brighter and more vibrant, making it feel more alive. The simulation of seeing your rider shift side-to-side for narrow turns while simultaneously trying not to let the bike fall to the ground. MotoGP 19 is best the series has been, but has room to grow and improve.