MotoGP 3: Ultimate Racing Technology Xbox

  • Publisher: THQ
  • Release Date: Aug 30, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  1. 95
    It's an amazingly thoughtful upgrading of the finest motorcycling game series on the market, and with the addition of the Extreme mode, Climax and THQ have taken their stock standard GP sim and taken it into a realm of its own.
  2. This isn't a game anyone is going to simply pick up, press the gas and work their way through. MotoGP 3 is a game that will test a player's ability to balance speed, physics and raw skill in order to work their way to the championship.
  3. 89
    A great game. In many ways, it's outstanding. It's not arcadey, it's not all that kind or friendly. But for simulation racing fans with a knowledge of MotoGP and who love to drive really, really, really fast, this game is for you.
  4. With an expanded track roster, excellent online support, and tight racing mechanics, this is the game to get if you're a racing fan, no matter what your level of interest may be.
  5. If you want updated Moto GP rosters and tracks, more variety via the new, visually attractive extreme mode, even better Xbox Live play, and the same superb feel of previous editions, then MGP3 is for you.
  6. A game too difficult to learn for newbies, too little off-the-track detail for fans of other high quality racing simulations, and too much of the same for those MotoGP players who are tired of the same old thing.
  7. 80
    This game is the "Ninja Gaiden" of racers. It's as deadly as it is beautiful; but if you can tame her, she'll purr like a kitten.
  8. AceGamez
    A classy, challenging and engrossing game, providing worthy competition for the best racers that Xbox has to offer.
  9. THQ's flagship motorcycle racer is back, with even more ultra-realistic racing action, challenging AI and extremely fast tracks.
  10. It ceases to become an essential annual purchase.
  11. Edge Magazine
    As smooth and exhilarating a ride as it ever was… MotoGP 3 remains a strong, solid outing for those who enjoy a thoroughly analogue play experience as well as fans of motorbike racing. [Oct 2005, p.98]
  12. If there is just one more game you want to purchase before you get yourself an Xbox 360, make it Moto GP 3: Ultimate Racing Technology. Insane speed, fantastic competition and pounding sounds will make your heart beat just that little faster.
  13. With a tighter emphasis on control, the racing experience and addressing the timeless online issue of newcomers versus veteran players, MotoGP 3 is the best racer of the series.
  14. It's Burnout 3: Takedown with better and more demanding handling, it's Project Gotham Racing 2 with a higher top speed and even prettier tracks, and it's the previous two fantastic MotoGP games combined with a sensational collection of new tracks that beat those of all other racing games hands down. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  15. A rock solid racer able to hold its own against its four-wheel counterparts. Consistently high production values, an immersive multi-player option and the mere fact that it brings something refreshingly new to the racing genre, make this a double A title.
  16. 90
    The graphics are mostly amazing and the weather effects are just awesome.
  17. This is not only the best motorcycle racing game on the market, it is one of the best racers period and a must-have for speed lovers everywhere.
  18. I'll simply say you NEED this game if you're an Xbox owner. From creating your own team logo and tweaking your bike in the Workshop, to just hitting Time Trial and going for the best ride of your life, there's a few weeks of solid gameplay packed onto this shiny disc.
  19. 89
    There aren't a lot of motorcycle racing games on the market, and of the few that are out there this is the most realistic simulation out there. It's safe to Call this the "Gran Turismo" of motorcycle racing.
  20. The pinnacle of the sub-genre and while not the "Forza" or "Gran Turismo 4" of biking, is currently about as good as it gets.
  21. A great racing title that offers a different playing experience compared to the four wheeled variety which most gamers are probably used to.
  22. Anyone put off by the steep learning curve will be missing out on some exhilarating racing action both on- and offline. The Live modes are impeccable.
  23. Not really changed since Moto GP but refreshing with radically different courses, the game is down to earth but loads of fun to play.
  24. Official Xbox Magazine
    Without a doubt, MotoGP 3 is the finest superbike grand-prix simulator available for the Xbox. [Nov 2005, p.130]
  25. 80
    With its intuitive control, superb track design and unparalleled online mode there's no denying that Moto GP 3 is the best of its type.
  26. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    MotoGP re-creates the fast, dangerous world of bike racing better than any other game out there, with stop-on physics and a control scheme that's both newbie friendly and deep enough for the grizzled two-wheel veteran all at the same time. [Oct 2005, p.117]
  27. MotoGP 3 is a technical tour de force - stuffed to the brim with content, boasting tight controls and the definitive online multiplayer experience.
  28. What makes it a little more innovative then a regular racing game is the Extreme Mode and all the added features that it comes along with.
  29. Beyond the somewhat painful controls, MotoGP 3 is the best motorcyle racing sim available, with enough Easter eggs and gameplay modes to keep racing fans happy for months.
  30. 90
    Extreme mode might be horribly named, but it's a great addition. Online, it's excellent, and the only things that move faster than MotoGP's visuals are the real bikes themselves.
  31. Not only does the game look as incredible as ever, it also feels like a pure natural ride, and comes loaded with a slew of options both for the multiplayer and single player modes. Climax does with two wheels what most companies can't even do with four.
  32. 80
    Minor A.I quibbles aside, MotoGP 3 works as one of the fastest, most sharply designed, and deepest racing games on the Xbox.
  33. Fans of racing games should look at picking this up, regardless of how many wheels they usually prefer to race on.
  34. It really is hard to imagine how games this good keep getting better and better, but they apparently are finding ways.

Awards & Rankings

#83 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. TOMW.
    Sep 11, 2005
    Great game,thats it..
  2. Daz
    Sep 11, 2005
    Yes this is similar to MGP2 but i think the learning curve of this game is far shallower than what i remember MGP2 to be. I do particularly Yes this is similar to MGP2 but i think the learning curve of this game is far shallower than what i remember MGP2 to be. I do particularly like the extreme races which are easier than the proper grand prix races. I have not played online (since my connection is down at the mo) but from what i have read it is better than MGP2. Firstly players now have a seed between 100 (beginner) and 1 (expert) which will make it easier to find a race with players of approx your ability. Secondly, the extreme races will, i think, be great fun online. Overall i am very impressed with what i have seen of this game and recommend it. Full Review »
  3. Devil'sAdvocate
    Sep 7, 2005
    The best two wheeled racing game just got better. This belongs on every xbox owners shelf right next to PGR2 and Forza as one of the systems The best two wheeled racing game just got better. This belongs on every xbox owners shelf right next to PGR2 and Forza as one of the systems best racers. Full Review »