STAFF REVIEW of MXGP 2021 - The Official Motocross Videogame (Xbox Series X)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022.
by Heather Webster

MXGP 2021 - The Official Motocross Videogame Box art Welcome to the newest installment of the official Motocross Videogame. Immerse yourself in this fast-paced, dirt bike racing game where you can experience all the tracks, riders and bikes to ignite the passion of Motocross! Do you have what it takes to finish first in this lively and realistic racing game?

Race on legendary tracks from historical races of the past, experience the most exciting tracks like Ottobiano, one of the largest venues in Europe for motocross, Ernée, Leon, and Agueda. This game has something for everyone who loves the genre of Motocross racing. Whether your goal is to just hit the ground running and race the tracks or if you’re trying to make MXGP racing history and get your name to the top. With updated features and improved gameplay, MXGP 2021 - The Official Motocross Videogame is still one of the more difficult games I have experienced. Figuring out how to control my bike has been a massive learning curve. There have also been new multiplayer modes included so you can challenge the champions included within, or even challenge friends and others from around the world.

MXGP 2021 does an excellent job of making you feel like you are not just sitting on the couch playing in front of a screen, as I found myself, many times, trying to dodge the mud flying into my face. I also found myself fully getting my body into the motion of being on a bike, trying to lean and turn with my bike through a corner, or almost feeling the pain when you bail. I found this to be even more intense with the view through the riders’ own eyes where you see what is in front of you through the muddy goggles as you race across the tracks.

I’m sure there are many fans of the sport that wish they could create epic and extreme tracks for the pros to evaluate and race on, am I right? Well, you can with the track editor, where every aspect of the track is up to your imagination, right down to the type of terrain. Go ahead and check out what kinds of exciting tracks others have created and download them so you can master them or take on new challenges.

In online multiplayer, developers Milestone have included the ability to challenge opponents on custom tracks, create an event, and be be the Race Director so you can interact with other players. I did give the online mode a try, but due to my less than excellent motocross racing skills, I got very discouraged by always finishing last. I later turned the game back on and put more time into playing career mode. Once I played more and got a better handle on the controls, I began having more fun and stopped finishing in last place.

I have always been keen to see what kinds of graphics come about as gaming improve through the years, and the visuals in MXGP 2021 do not disappoint. I was really impressed with how detailed the tracks are, as well as the signage, logos, gear and spectators. The sound design for me was very typical for what the game is, though for someone new to the motocross game genre I thought it was pretty cool, but from what I have read about the previous iterations, MXGP 2021 is very similar with some yearly minor improvements.

If you are a regular player of the yearly MXGP titles, you most likely already have your opinions about the series. I did have to give MXGP 2021 a solid couple of weeks to figure out how to control the bike properly, and at least a dozen races before I began to have a good understanding of what I needed to do to win, so if you love a good challengem, MXGP 2021 - The Official Motocross Videogame is a great value for the price. If you get frustrated easily and are less likely to complete the effort needed to begin to win races, then I suggest you keep looking. I have enjoyed the challenge and will continue to work to get better to make that podium finish.

**MXGP 2021 - The Official Motocross Videogame was provided by the publisher and reviewed on an Xbox Series S**

Overall: 8.0 / 10
Gameplay: 7.0 / 10
Visuals: 8.0 / 10
Sound: 7.0 / 10


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