Ultimate Racing Technology 2
Developed by Climax
Platform: PC CD-ROM
Released - Out Now
Price : £29.99
MotoGP Ultimate Racing Technology was in a class of it's own on
the Xbox, on the PC it had some stiff competition. It may be an
old game now but Microprose's GP500 is still a classic, a classic
which you can buy for as little as £5. One flaw of GP500 though
is that it's a hardcore simulation and is an extremely daunting
prospect for someone who just wants an exciting race. MotoGP on
the other hand offered an exciting balance between accessible arcade
style racing and challenging simulation racing and as a result became
a classic in it's own right. Only a short while after the Xbox version
we now have MotoGP Ultimate Racing Technology 2 for the PC and although
only just, it does improve on the first game.
I would regard the biggest improvements with MotoGP 2 is that it
now features 16 circuits and a training circuit. The original MotoGP
only featured 10 circuits. So what are the extra circuits then?
The extra 6 circuits are Phakisa, Catalunya, Estoril, Rio, Motegi
and Sepang. The addition of these 6 circuits makes the game feel
far more complete and also makes the championship feel more authentic.
you've played the original MotoGP you'll remember there was an arcade
championship, where you had to try and score as many points as possible
from keeping on the track and pulling wheelies etc., and a full-blown
championship. This time around the game has been set out a little
differently. The single player mode now offers a Quick Race, Career
Mode, Stunt Mode and Time Trial. Stunt Mode has replaced the Arcade
Championship from the first game but is exactly the same thing.
Quick Race and Time Trial are self-explanatory but it's worth mentioning
that you can only drive on circuits that have been unlocked by either
driving on them in Stunt Mode or Career Mode.
Mode is where you create your own rider and customise their bike
and leathers. You have a multitude of lessons you can take and if
you successfully complete them, you get experience points that you
can assign to four abilities, Cornering, Braking, Top Speed and
Acceleration. You can also take part in the championships too in
Career Mode. This time though you have a choice of three difficulty
levels. Doing well in the championship races will earn you more
experience points to further improve your rider.
keep Stunt Mode interesting, Climax have included a feast of unlockable
items from the first game. There are various graphical filters such
as toon, sketch, emboss, pop video (which is a new one) to name
just a few. There are extra riders that can be unlocked to play
as. There are also extra items to alter the look of your custom
rider. It's fair to say that even the Stunt Mode offers many hours
of play in it's own right.
can be a bit tricky in deciding how to control the bike with the
vast array of PC peripherals that are available today. My personal
favourite has to be the Microsoft Force Feedback 2 joystick and
in all honesty I found it handled more comfortably than the Xbox
version as a result of this. Using the keyboard is OK but if you
want to clock up some serious lap times then getting hold of a good
joystick or analogue gamepad is essential. Using the Force Feedback
2 joystick, the force feedback seemed very impressive and added
an extra dimension to the game.
playing MotoGP Ultimate Racing Technology 2 for the first time one
of the major improvements becomes glaringly obvious, the graphics
have been improved. The details on the bikes and circuits have all
received an upgrade. The game runs wonderfully smooth once anisotropic
filtering is disabled (unless you happen to have a real monster
of a graphics card that can handle it without receiving a performance
hit). Amazingly the game looks even more impressive than last years
game, which didn't look too shabby either.
2 isn't going to cause any problems for deaf gamers. As with the
original game the FMV clips that run before a grand prix are not
subtitled. These only serve as an introduction to the circuit though.
That's not to say it wouldn't have been nice had they been subtitled.
If you place first in a grand prix you'll unlock a highlights clip
of the 2002 race on the circuit in question. These clips have commentary
and this is not subtitled but once again this isn't too much of
MotoGP Ultimate Racing Technology 2 is a worthy successor to a brilliant
game. Should you want to take the game online then support through
Gamespy Arcade is provided or you can play over a direct IP address
if you want to. You can even play LAN races if you're fortunate
to have access to a network. The extra tracks and improved Career
Mode, not to mention the brilliant bike control that has been carried
over from the first game, make this the best two-wheeled racer you
can currently purchase on the PC.
Game Rating: 9.3/10
with a quality force feedback joystick this is one heck of a racer
that everyone can enjoy.
FMV clips and highlights are unsubtitled but in every other way
it's fine for deaf gamers.