• Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Jun 12, 2006
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 50 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 50
  2. Negative: 0 out of 50
  1. Moto GP 2006 gets a squeaky clean bill of health...and then some. The Xbox 360's first 2-wheeled racer is a godsend. [July 2006, p.69]
  2. 90
    MotoGP 06 is great to look at and fun to play, carrying the next-gen torch for the genre that Hang-On kicked off so many years ago. It's simple, fun, and beautiful. What more could you ask for in a racing game?
  3. The speeds are high and the gameplay is solid online and off. MotoGP has made a good first showing on the Xbox 360 and this is one racing game that might take your mind off "Project Gotham."
  4. Climax has taken an already near-perfect racer and polished it to a level of realism I didn’t expect this early in the 360 lifespan.
  5. A staggeringly high poly count and sumptuous dynamic lighting mean haring down a straight at 230 mph on a 1200cc superbike is a genuinely electrifying experience. [July 2006, p.76]
  6. Look, the only real downside to this game is that it's pretty much a near identical port of MotoGP 3. A couple new tracks, a couple new bikes. But overall, it's the same game with a new coat of paint. That paint just happens to be the prettiest coat you've ever seen. New MotoGP players are going to drool over this game. Veterans of the series have a reason to trade their current versions in. Even as a near port, this is still one helluva racing game.
  7. Maybe it's unfair to compare Moto GP '06 and "Tourist Trophy" because they are on different systems(Xbox 360 and PS2, respectively), but whereas the latter comes off as clinical, Moto GP '06 gets the blood pumping. [July 2006, p.107]
  8. 88
    Minor technical issues and some bare-bones single-player modes aside, this is without a doubt the best simulation racing game on the Xbox 360.
  9. Usually games that tend to offer something for everyone, end up being nothing for nobody. Moto GP 06 is an exceptional exception to that rule.
  10. Finding your groove in this game, if you are new to this sort of thing that is, takes a good amount of time.
  11. I have a very low frustration tolerance, but in spite of my string of infuriating crashes and last-place finishes, MotoGP kept me playing, partly because I was drawn in by the game’s exhilarating sense of high velocity, and partly because every once in a while I would hit a turn just right and realize that if I could figure out how I did that, I could win a race.
  12. If you’re thinking about picking up MotoGP 06, I’d highly recommend a rental first – make sure you can learn the controls and won’t get too frustrated with the game before you actually buy it.
  13. 84
    While we would have like to see more personality of the GP circuit and a few more gamemodes than what we say in the previous installment of the franchise, MotoGP 06 remains a very impressive title on the Xbox 360.
  14. It’s a tough road ahead, but it’s one you won’t be able to resist, with many rewards and much satisfaction to be had.
  15. The detail paid to both the physics engine and the graphics is remarkable and worth seeing if you crave realism.
  16. This is a great MotoGP game loaded with game modes. No one is going to breeze through the classes or unlock every achievement quickly. It’s a game that will take anyone a long time to beat.
  17. What's on offer though is the slick refinement of everything from the first 3 games, with graphics updated for the HD era and some killer online action for 16 players, twice that of PGR3.
  18. It won’t make you jump out of your seat, but it definitely works.
  19. A line will be drawn in the sand, and MotoGP 06 will sit right on it. Those that adored the previous iterations of the franchise will most certainly like the next gen version of their beloved. Those that hated the previous games will keep on hating; probably because they suck at it.
  20. If you have any interest in racing, you'll want to get this game. The online play alone makes the game worth the investment. The upgrades to this year's game aren't dramatic, but the improved online play, challenges, and handful of new tracks make this a worthy upgrade.
  21. MotoGP may only bring a handful of new bikes and tracks, but it’s still a handsome package. [July 2006, p.82]
  22. It seems all those evenings spent in containers sampling engine revs were time well spent, then - indulgence is a glorious thing when it's put to such good use.
  23. These speed bumps aside, MotoGP '06 delivers exceptional bi-pedal racing action for anyone who likes to roll at high speed and who understands the difference between driving a car and riding a bike. A really fast bike.
  24. If you're a fan of the series then that will either be enough for you or it won't. We suspect that it will, because stability is as important as progress in those sports updates that already lead their field, and hey, the addition of some serious next-gen sense-candy doesn't exactly hurt.
  25. 80
    But Moto GP 2006 is still one of the better racing games for the Xbox 360, sitting right alongside Project Gotham Racing 3 as a top-notch simulator. Enthusiasts, such as myself, will be pleased, and everyone else should still get on board and see what all the two-wheeled excitement is about.
  26. 80
    If you own the very similar Moto GP 3 you may resent coughing up cash for an incremental improvement (keep in mind the game retail for 60 bucks), but serious sim-racing fans that can overlook the minor technical issues will find a highly rewarding racing game with depth, a lot of options, and plenty of potential competition.
  27. Even with those downsides, MotoGP is as demanding and impressive a racer as you're likely to get for the 360 this year. It's more lively and entertaining than the PS2's Tourist Trophy, while being just as technically impressive.
  28. If you can look past the bugs in MotoGP '06 and are a fan of the Xbox predecessors then this game is a must buy. If you are new to the MotoGP franchise and just want quick bursts of fun, then the Extreme mode is ideal and is playable online from the start.
  29. MotoGP 06 is an excellent progression for the series. Fans that have been playing the previous games will have no trouble getting into this one.
  30. Sim or no sim, it's a kick-in-the-pants ride. [Aug 2006, p.81]
  31. An intense racing atmosphere hides behind controls that demand your full attention and patience. Once mastered though, fantastic track design tips the scales from "good" to "great." [Issue 8, p.90]
  32. 80
    Moto GP 06 on Xbox 360 is no cheap date, but rest assured that you get what you pay for. This baby puts out like nobody's business.
  33. Battling 15 online riders is absolutely thrilling, but beginners will need plenty of practice, as most will find it difficult just staying on the track.
  34. Some of the best graphics video gaming has ever seen. [Issue #11]
  35. It’s a nice touch that Climax included the 2005 and 2006 rider line-ups and racing liveries as a response to missing a season of updates. It’s this passion for the title, which makes MotoGP ’06 a great choice for bikers and fans of online racing.
  36. The extreme sense of speed, beautiful graphics, precise handling and lines that I strive to perfectly hit every time I pick up my controller make for a nice addition to my X360 library.
  37. This year’s MotoGP cements the foundations laid in titles gone by, without actually building anything of substance upon them.
  38. A superb game. Well done, complex, and challenging, it presents an experience that is worth the play. It suffers only in difficulty and specialization. If you’re into simulation racing games, you’ll like this game.
  39. 75
    A cut and paste version of MotoGP 3 for the Xbox and it shows that more often than not. Fans of the series will certainly find plenty to enjoy, but if you have already been down this road before there isn’t much here to solidify a purchase.
  40. This is a niche game. If you aren't into motorcycles, you can probably pass on this game without too much regret. If you are, you should probably rent it first to find out how it stacks against your particular preferences since it's got elements of simulation as well as elements of arcade style. As for me, it's a trade in.
  41. If you can get past the problems or are fortunate enough not to care you are going to find a great biking sim with amazing depth and longevity. It’s one of the best loved games on Live, and this release shouldn’t do too much to change that.
  42. For a next-gen price tag you expect to get a next-gen product, and sadly MotoGP '06 hasn't quite made a successful leap to the next-generation.
  43. This is a satisfyingly realistic and detailed simulation, and if you have the motivation to get accustomed to its ruthlessly realistic controls it will last you a very long time. [July 2006, p.122]
  44. 70
    MotoGP 06 is a game that really could have done with 6 months more work, but you can’t deny that MotoGP 06 is still the best of its type, even if framerate problems, online bugs and graphical complaints spoil what should have been a successful debut for the series on the 360.
  45. 70
    If you're a fan of the Moto GP series, than you'll have no problems jumping right in and twisting the throttle. But keep in mind that if not for a few minor tune-ups, this title is nothing you haven't seen in "Moto GP 3."
  46. It’s well put together, a joy to behold and a marvel to look at, but it’s just a lot of never ending sameness.
  47. The game itself is very well structured and is pick up and play, but it just does not have the impact we expected for the next generation.
  48. Then again, weak audio is a small price to pay for some high-quality motorcycle racing goodness, and if that were the only price you had to pay, this game would be a must-have for the 360. It’s not, though; MotoGP 06 costs $60 but suffers from some hitches that weren’t present in MotoGP 3, a mostly identical but far less expensive game. Still, MotoGP 06 is a cool new bike for your Xbox 360, and an even better used one.
  49. 60
    Underneath there is a decent racer trying to get out, however, the missed opportunities to tweak the game, the awful screen tearing and framerate problems and the crash bug mar the experience to some degree.
  50. "Tourist Trophy" remains my pick for digital motorcycle racing, but if you own an Xbox 360 and have been craving some cycling action, MotoGP is where it's at.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Andyman
    Sep 9, 2006
    9
    Best-looking and best-playing motorcycle racer yet. Enough said.
  2. FPSMaster
    Jun 16, 2006
    9
    Very nice motorcycle racing game with great graphics, textures, lighting and models. Only downside is that the decal maker is completely Very nice motorcycle racing game with great graphics, textures, lighting and models. Only downside is that the decal maker is completely useless since you can only see the sides of the bike, but not the top and the decals look very low res and jagged compared to everything else in the game. And putting them on is very painfull since moving the stick one direction makes the decal go in a completely different direction, such as pushing up makes it go right. Obviously, these things handle different from cars so some people will think it's too hard and stay away, hurting the sales as with every other Mtoto GP game ever. But it's definately worth putting the time into and most will agree once they take a corner perfectly for the first time, and it's one of the best looking games on the 360 up to this point if that helps the rest of the jaded 360 crowd figure out whether to get it or not. Full Review »
  3. ROBBMAC
    Jun 12, 2006
    9
    This game is great, if you like racing and want to be challenged... loosing the other two wheels is the best thing you can do for the speed This game is great, if you like racing and want to be challenged... loosing the other two wheels is the best thing you can do for the speed demon in you. The learning curve is steep but once you get the hang of it. Full Review »