Mixed or average reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. In fact, it's the most exciting superbike racing we've played for a while. [Dec 2008, p.83]
  2. MotoGP 08, like Casey Stoner's Ducati, isn't quite as staggeringly fast as last year's model, but it's still a great bike racer. It also lacks some of the shine and party atmosphere that the fantastic THQ MotoGP series had.
  3. The game’s mechanics have been streamlined to help bring in new players, but the overall feel of the game and low-key presentation is still one that caters to the hardcore fans of the series and no one else. Still, the deep career mode will keep fans busy for a while and should be worth a look for them.
  4. MotoGP definitely isn’t one of those games, I doubt it has done anything out of the ordinary, but it is a game out of my regular interest and a game that’s definitely recommended by conformists and non-conformists alike.
  5. MotoGP 08 is the best chance that motorcycling fans can find at this moment. Its control is fine, and the presence of the Career Mode assures many hours of entertainment.
  6. A slick and well-presented game that entertains without alienating hardcore bikers. [Christmas 2008, p.77]
  7. There's a definite downshift in graphical swagger (no more heat-haze and speed-blur visual effects), but MotoGP 08 delivers pretty much everything else a two-wheeled racing fan could ask for. [Dec 2008, p.87]
  8. MotoGP 08 had me hooked after I got the ‘small’ learning curve out of the way.
  9. Serious fans of motorcycle racing will no doubt appreciate the realism found in MotoGP 08’s Simulation mode. That said, most gamers, who wouldn’t know Hiroshi Aoyama from Thomas Lüthi, will find everything but Arcade mode too difficult to bother with.
  10. MotoGP 08 is meat-and-potatoes racing with enough challenge to keep two-wheeled gearheads busy for a long time.
  11. Overall Capcom has done a great job with MotoGP 08 and while some diehards of the series may grumble a bit at the changing of the guard from Climax and THQ to Capcom.
  12. A good racer, if you’re a super bikes fan, otherwise it is pretty average.
  13. 67
    An uneven effort, MotoGP '08 is a decent game that should please most newbies and occasional riders but proves that Milestone has a ways to go before it fully grasps the handlebars.
  14. MotoGP 08’s physics and handling engine does give us hope for the future, however, but it’s clear that Capcom and company have some work to do to in order for the Xbox version of this series to reach its, um, climax.
  15. An inauspicious beginning for Capcom's new motorbike series that has little to offer even committed fans.
  16. While 08 offers greater accessibility to novices, we can’t help but feel it’s had a troubled development and ends up making little improvement.
  17. MotoGP '08 is a game that is unabashedly lacking in features, and if it weren't for the visuals, it could easily be mistaken for a racing game out of the '90s, as it does nothing to keep up with what other titles are doing in the genre today.
  18. Despite some bafflingly arbitrary concessions to the casual crowd, MotoGP 08 still caters overwhelmingly to diehard racing sim fans.
  19. Moto GP 08 lacks an identity. In an effort to be all things to all people, it ends up being not much to anyone.
  20. 50
    Die-hard fans of the real-life motorcycle racing championships will no doubt be interested in this game just for the personalities, prototype bikes and tracks. They’re all here, but that’s where the fun ends. Overall, this is a functional but unexciting trip to the races.

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