• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Apr 4, 2006
Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 56
  2. Negative: 4 out of 56
  1. Tourist Trophy represents something of a watershed for me. This is the first time I’ve looked at a PS2 title and seen that the system just can’t keep up with the current generation.
  2. Although the bikes are fast during the races, they are overwhelmingly underpowered when pulling off at the start of a race. Twist the throttle all you like, but lift-offs provide all the G-force of a gnat.
  3. It’s too pretentious too ignore, too unforgiving to be intuitive, and too flawed to be truly realistic.
  4. But there's just too little substance to recommend this to anyone but the "gotta catch 'em all" motorcycle nut. [July 2006, p.87]
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jan 20, 2013
    7
    This game is a little absurd in that it is not really about racing. Its about you vs. the track. It is a calm game with a narrow premise. It exceeds in technical excellence. The detail and controls are perfect. It even has 1080i so you can see ahead on the track on new TVs. The tracks are great. The bikes are great. It is better than any bike game I've played. However, it just doesn't give you the excitement of other driving games. Its a bit ridiculous you must do hard challenges to earn bikes, then go race them lastly. This is a narrow and technical bike game, that will probably give you hours of frustration. Its so cheap its worth picking up though. It is more fun than I had with GT4. I'd get this if you want to demo motorcycles, but not for a racing game and not for the sake of gaming. Overall its kind of cool to own. Full Review »
  2. Apr 15, 2012
    8
    Technically its a proficient game for the PS2 with great graphics and sound. The bikes are highly detailed and sound incredible and the tracks are nice to drive in. The physics are realistic, many though will be turned down as a bike handles wholly different than a car so its learning curve is higher than its car equivalent. Despite this though i can safely say that once you get the hang of it, it is an enjoyable experience. The main career feels shallow at times as there is no feature to win money with which to buy new bikes and modify them. It also lacks some different modes. it has standard races and time attack, but it could have offroad races like enduro and motocross while there could be more bikes. Still, upgradable or not, varied or not, no riding game gave you the chance to ride that many types of motorcycles from a variety of different eras and lets not forget that a bike is a bike, the symbol of freedom to many people giving you the sense that you are the king of the road and could fly. The game does a great job at giving you that very feeling, a feeling which turns out to be addicting. I found myself returning in the game to get my dose of speedy freedom and i give the game props for that. In the end tourist trophy succeeds. succeeds in doing to a gamer what a fast motorbike does to its rider, giving you the sense of freedom, thrills and excitement of riding a motorbike. It did it to me and i have no past experience with a fast motorbike. For this, tourist trophy is the best motorbike game out there. Full Review »