Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Shows its competence and depth the more you're prepared to invest into its finer points. [Aug 2008, p.79]
  2. 74
    As a game SBK 08 is a pared back, pure racing experience that is a dream come true for two wheeled aficionados to whom realistic control is paramount. Having said that, it does suffer from a noticeable lack of polish in some key areas.
  3. Given the option of a good bike simulation and a great arcade bike game, I'd actually prefer to see SBK head further down the latter path for future instalments. Heresy, perhaps, but on the evidence here I'd even be open to the idea of Black Bean being tasked with reviving Road Rash for the HD generation.
  4. The gameplay is very challenging and realistic, alongside a very good mechanic component and the inclusion of all the licenses of the Superbike world. But only the really hardcore fans of motorcycle competitions will be able to put aside its technical limitations. [Aug 2008]
  5. If you are looking for a game that offers a lot more realistic options than Moto GP then this is probably well worth a look in, although if you lack patience and merely want to tear around the track like a nutter, then SBK may leave you unfulfilled.
  6. 65
    A very solid title for anybody with an interest in superbikes, SBK-08 makes a good debut on the current generation, despite perhaps being a little too complicated for the majority of gamers out there.
  7. Only the most undemanding superbike fans will enjoy this game, especially online.
  8. Despite the extreme variation of difficulty, this is just an average racer.
  9. Feels slightly underwhelming overall. The graphics and sound are below par and the loading times poor. However, under the bonnet (or whatever you call it on a bike), SBK08 is a solid superbike simulation which hardcore fans will love.
  10. Whilst SBK-08 Superbike World Championship will definitely appeal to fans of superbike racing due to its advanced options and simulator aspects, but it will probably end up leaving the more casual gamers behind because they'll easily be able to beat the game on the lower difficulty levels and then not bother tuning their bikes or playing harder settings.
  11. It's a game that is so hell-bent on being realistic that it's forgotten to be fun.
  12. Although fun at first, SBK holds longer lasting appeal for Superbike fans that want to customise, tweak and ride their way to winning the World Championship. [Issue#35, p.95]
  13. 60
    SBK Superbike World Championship is simply boring. Everything works on some level, and the actual driving mechanics are functional, but not fun.
  14. "Moto GP" is the place to be. [Sept 2008, p.87]
  15. SBK Superbike World Championship offers a realistic take on the world of motorcycle racing. Unfortunately, this over-reliance on authenticity sucks the fun out of the game, leaving a product that will only appeal to the dedicated niche of superbike superfans.
  16. While online play provides more convincing competition, with only eight riders supported the circuit will appear as underpopulated as the scenery. [Aug 2008, p.100]
  17. If you want, say, entertainment, then do like they do in real life and move from Superbikes to "MotoGP." [July 2008, p.92]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. aaronB
    Aug 5, 2008
    9
    Ignored the reviews as they all say that the racing was really ok if you stick with it but it has crap gfx, audio and no atmosphere( crowds Ignored the reviews as they all say that the racing was really ok if you stick with it but it has crap gfx, audio and no atmosphere( crowds etc)- stick with MotoGP. Well BOLLOCKS to that. This is the BEST bike game I have played in years. It feels like your on a bike (and I've had quite a few over the last 20 years) which none of the motoGP games have ever managed to do. IT DOES EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS ON THE TIN. Superbike racing at its best. 12 lovely recreated tracks all designed for one thing....RACING. This game does a damn fine job of recreating that experience. The bikes look great as do the riders. Granted it might not have the gfx of motoGP in the backgrounds etc, but the gameplay blows it out of the water. and you don't constantly get knocked off by bullshit AI like MotoGP. Long and short of it is this- if you like bikes, are into bike games with balls, not bells and whistles then this is it. Thankyou BlackBean and Milestone for bringing this to the xbox 360. Hope it plays as well on the PS3 when it finally comes out : P I'm only giving it a 9 because I don't really know how well it plays online.. tried it twice, seems fine....and I'm not sure how well it will be supported with downloadable content etc. Enjoy some pure bike racing folks.. its worth the admission price. Full Review »
  2. Mike
    Jul 28, 2008
    7
    Ugly (trackside, replays) - loads slow and often - poor unlockables / extras - poor rider animations - no visible damage to the bike after Ugly (trackside, replays) - loads slow and often - poor unlockables / extras - poor rider animations - no visible damage to the bike after falling + bike handling is ok + damage to the bike and driver + set up options and telemetry. Full Review »