Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
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  1. Despite the somewhat low-res graphics, you never lose that sense of speed that's so crucial to racing games.
  2. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Take the great career mode, the interesting challenges, and solid online play, and you've got one excellent bike racer on your hands, even despite a few speed bumps here and there. [Sept 2006, p.76]
  3. The latest and best bike title on the PS2 and probably any console to date.
  4. AceGamez
    The realism is uncanny and I've grown to love the realistic gameplay, graphics and sound. However, the game could have done with a mode to suit causal players too - a mode that allows you to define the exact number of laps and the exact number of racers, amongst other things.
  5. 80
    Not so with Moto GP 4. The improved physics and the addition of 125cc and 250cc bikes go to make Moto GP 4 a worthy update option for all fans of powered two-wheelers, only the lack of online play spoils an otherwise worthy challenger to the Xbox title crown.
  6. Pelit (Finland)
    Plays basically just like the previous games. The simulation mode is the heart of the game, although it is very difficult to master. Best of the series so far. [July 05]
  7. 80
    The final package is a motorcycle racing game that is certainly good, but far from the best on the market. If your weapon of choice is the PlayStation 2, however, and you lack for next-gen options, then consider MotoGP 4 all the ammunition you'll need.
  8. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    The fastest, prettiest and bestest motorbike racing money can buy. [Jan 2007, p.106]
  9. If you're a gearhead, you'll enjoy this. The rest of you? Well, it's a good racing game marred only by a lack of options and features. Still, makes a change from cars. [PSM2]
  10. MotoGP 4 is a late entry into a very crowded field of racing games for the PlayStation 2. The core gameplay is still as fun and flexible as ever, and the addition of online play is a welcome, if very tardy, one. Despite being slightly out-of-date, MotoGP 4 is still a good way to get your racing fix.
  11. But the bad is just too prevalent: poor upgrade system, mediocre graphics and sound, and in general, it just feels like an arcade game trying to be a simulator.
  12. The overall presentation has a polished televised look, but unfortunately it still doesn't have race commentators, just the roar of 21 angry engines.
  13. Pelaaja (Finland)
    MotoGP4 suits all fans of road racing and those who are bored of car racing games. Racing on two-wheeled bikes requires a lot of concentration and you’ll spend a lot of time trying to get through the challenges offered. The presentation is, again, strangely lacking. [July 2005, p.65]
  14. 70
    If you've never played any other titles in the series and like a good racing game, this is an easy 8 - higher if you’re a big MotoGP fan.
  15. Realistic motorcycle gameplay, multiplayer action, and online play that will keep you locked in your room for months. I just hope that in MotoGP 5, I'll get to relive those days of Road Rash and be able to knock a guy off his bike with a baseball bat, but until that happens, Moto GP 4 will have to do. [UK Import]
  16. 70
    In all, MotoGP4 plays much like past games in the series and still has a number of presentation quirks, but it's certainly a fun game.
  17. 70
    It's not the strongest competitor in the field, but MotoGP 4 is a solid contender in the genre.
  18. The definitive motorcycle racing game, this is not. The problem with MotoGP 4 is that it does little to signify itself from previous MotoGP releases by the Namco team, nor does it have the extra oomph to really push it beyond what Sony did with their own Tourist Trophy project.
  19. It’s fun and frustrating, slow but challenging, and only semi-realistic.
  20. 65
    Ultimately, MotoGP4 is a game that would do great if it had no competition, but pales in comparison to other games of the like available now.
  21. It seems that Moto GP 4 really does have something for everyone – assuming everyone has an interest in racing, of course.
  22. games(TM)
    There are no huge faults here and the key problem is that the series seems happy to potter along without trying too hard - a strategy that is obviously doomed to fail. [July 2005, p.118]
  23. The main overriding problem (badum) is the same as ever: the sense of excitement, speed, and - above all - fun just isn't as strong as the four-wheeled racers busy hogging the upper echelons of the world's charts.
  24. MotoGP4's licensed bikes and riders, accurately rendered tracks, and extensive single and multiplayer gameplay options are all good selling points but the unpolished graphics, bland audio, and out-of-date licensing are serious misfires.
  25. 60
    Set on simulation, MotoGP 4 is a real challenge. It'll delight bike fans looking for a taste of the challenge and power from these awesome machines, and petrolhead types will be happy to overlook its shortcomings in the process.
  26. PSM Magazine
    The stale look and feel bleed too much air from the tires. [Oct 2006, p.86]
  27. If you’re the sort of gamer who’s obsessed with statistical accuracy in your sports sims and can live with the uncanny feeling of déjà vu, Moto GP 4 proves to be a run of the mill arcade racer that will give you the most up-to-date bike game on the market, however bland it is.

Awards & Rankings

#67 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
#63 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2006
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Oct 14, 2020
    This is the third moto gp game released on the ps2 system. The games have become more and more evolved as they have come out and it seems theThis is the third moto gp game released on the ps2 system. The games have become more and more evolved as they have come out and it seems the franchise is trying to give you a reason to keep buying the latest version. Upon starting the disc there is An obvious push in the intro to make sure you are aware of what's new. I would say this is probably the best version of moto gp on the ps2 as it's moving more and more away from arcade to sim, yet still retains a good enough arcade feel. In saying that though the gameplay is still pretty much the same. No damage and it seems scripted where you can slide out. It seems all play engines are based on these scripted areas and not so much the true physics of the vehicles. At some points in tight corners I did notice some weird slowdown that did not exist in the previous versions but that probably goes to show that what you get on this disc is about the maximum the generation can handle. It's a fun decent game with a lot of options. You now collect points for upgrades and have a chance to play around a bit with other customizations. Full Review »
  2. Apr 16, 2020
    This is the first motorbike game that i played and it has a very special place in my heart, incredible game.
  3. Feb 25, 2019
    Those afternoons playing with my uncle are unforgettable. It had amazing graphics for its time. One of the best driving games for ps2.