Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Apr 22, 2021
    90
    Overall MotoGP 21 is a triumph and celebrates the fastest bike series around in all its glory. Accessible for new players and challenging for experienced ones, it’s a can’t-miss for race fans everywhere.
  2. Apr 22, 2021
    90
    Milestone always seems to put more of an effort into its MotoGP series than the others. MotoGP 21 continues to separate itself from the pack to the point that it’s standing alone in the racing genre. The deep Career Mode gets even deeper this year and continues to be the best one out there. It’s not convoluted or difficult to navigate besides the fact that it still doesn’t notify you if an engineer is working on something else before allocating them to a new R&D. What shines the most this year is the racing itself thanks largely in part to the DualSense. The haptic feedback completely changes how you race and gives more control of the bike. The Neural A.I., A.N.N.A., is also the best version that has been seen since its inception, but it still isn’t perfect. To put a cherry on top, MotoGP 21 retails for only $49.99, including next-generation options. If you’ve ever been on the fence about dipping your toes into this series, this is the year to do it.
  3. Apr 22, 2021
    86
    MotoGP 21 is the best MotoGP simulator you could wish for and on PS5 it's even better. There are some technical imperfections, but none of them can ruin a rewarding, fun and addicting gameplay.
  4. Apr 22, 2021
    85
    The first next gen chapter brings all that was good in the previous chapter and optimizes dynamics and loading times.
  5. Apr 22, 2021
    85
    The 2021 edition of MotoGP has arrived, and we can only be happy with it. As per tradition, the one dedicated to the most famous two-wheeled world championship in the world has also proved to be one of Milestone's most solid annual releases. Strengthened by a substantial injection of content and a better organized career mode and finally worthy of being compared with that of the alter ego on four wheels by Codemasters, we are sure that MotoGP 21 will be able to give you dozens of hours of fun with braking , folds and millimeter overtaking. Since the main mode is particularly full-bodied and consists of a cumbersome managerial component, however, it may not fully satisfy the taste of the most hasty and eager players to launch on the track without too many frills. If you are one of these, however, do not worry, as always you can create a custom championship, try your hand at a quick race weekend or look for some challengers online.
  6. Apr 22, 2021
    84
    MotoGP 21 is a consistent and solid racing experience, which gives the joy to ride just become better and better on the track. For the first time in the series, it's even a little bit more gentle with rookies and newcomers, thanks to a tutorial and a better help system. It lacks only of narrative dimension which could help to express all the emotions of motorsport.
  7. May 6, 2021
    81
    All of this new immersion really gets you leaning into those deep slants around corners that motorcycle racing is all about. Very exciting stuff! No doubt, I wouldn’t be as enthusiastic about this game if it weren’t for the PS5 DualSense controller. Milestone has gone the extra mile with MotoGP 21, even having an enhancement roadmap you can view on their website. The roadmap clearly outlines improvements planned for May through June. Those updates include adding new bike categories, expanded player controls, and joining in-progress qualifying sessions instead of having to wait as a spectator. While MotoGP 21 is available on all gaming platforms, the PS5 with the DualSense controller is the premium way to play this game.
  8. 80
    The steady improvement of MotoGP continues with MotoGP 21. The move to the PlayStation 5 affords a bunch of benefits inherent to the latest generation of consoles, and having a race load in a handful of seconds is such a nice luxury. The inclusion of the DualSense’s haptics is appreciated, as a useful feature to tell when tires are losing their grip. Brake temperature management combines with fuel consumption and tire wearing to increase immersion. It may still not excite much with a lacking presentation, but MotoGP 21 is a solid contender that’ll have you feeling like you could almost take to the track yourself. Just, watch those knees, yeah?
  9. May 5, 2021
    80
    MotoGP 2021 is an impressive game that features the right balance of complication and a lukewarm welcome to new players trying to get into it for the first time. It’s a polished experience that sets the bar for the motorcycle racing scene.
  10. PLAY
    May 4, 2021
    80
    A MotoGP maniac’s dream, and a great choice for anybody looking for a motorbike sim that kicks asphalt. Mocking death at high speeds has never been such fun. [Issue#1, p.80]
  11. Apr 25, 2021
    80
    MotoGP 21 is undoubtedly the best looking game in the series. It also makes fantastic use of the DualSense controller on the PlayStation 5. For every step forward this game takes forward though, it feels like it takes a step back elsewhere. It’s still a very challenging but equally rewarding motorbike racing game and worthy of carrying the MotoGP name. The iterations without value adding innovations are starting to take their toll.
  12. Apr 22, 2021
    80
    Thanks to gameplay tweaks and numerous new features, MotoGP 21 is undoubtedly the best and most accessible MotoGP game yet. There are still some areas that can be improved, however, such as career mode which can feel sterile at times. If you’re a fan of the sport it’s well worth picking up, especially if you have a next-gen console where the improved visuals and performance really elevate it to the next level. And thanks to the new tutorial aspects, it’s also a great entry point for those keen to enter the world of two-wheeled racing.
  13. Apr 22, 2021
    80
    Overall, a great race game that gives us a glimpse of what’s to come with the new consoles. While it’s quite niche in it’s genre-specific focus, there’s a good game in here that will appeal beyond diehard Moto GP fans.
  14. Apr 22, 2021
    80
    MotoGP 21 is a clear step up from last year's entry into the franchise. The title makes good use of the new hardware available, all the while expanding the scope of the gameplay experience, particularly for detail-centric players. It might not be for everyone, but motorcycle racing fans will get a real kick out of MotoGP 21.
  15. Apr 22, 2021
    80
    MotoGP 21 offers an authentic motor racing simulation, welcoming for veterans of the series, but often alien for newcomers. Handling is great, and the career is deep, with plenty to keep players racing through the season.
  16. Apr 22, 2021
    80
    The tactical elements still seem a bit unfinished. On the race track, however, MotoGP 21 delivers and meets our expectations. The best edition so far.
  17. Apr 22, 2021
    80
    MotoGP 21 is the incarnation of the “less is more” creative philosophy. Milestone decided to direct every effort towards the race, improving the physics and the driving systems, making good use of every next-gen feature, including a brilliant PS5's DualSense implementation. This, however, gave birth to a very minimalistic and detailed experience, something that will surely appeal hardcore fans but might result redundant in the hands of more casual players.
  18. Apr 22, 2021
    78
    Yet another great entry of the series. If you are a motorsport fan, you cannot miss it.
  19. Apr 22, 2021
    78
    MotoGP 21 is a little step ahead for the series, but the advent of the next-gen consoles doesn’t mean a revolution for the Milestone racing franchise.
  20. May 5, 2021
    74
    MotoGP 21 seeks a place among other great racing games (in 2 and 4 wheels), but does very little to reinvent itself. A very polished game that does not take many risks.
  21. Apr 27, 2021
    70
    MotoGP 21 is a fine racer that’s realistic to a fault at times. It’s not beginner friendly and you’ll certainly need to be a part of the two-wheeled racing community to appreciate this niche, but it’s good fun all the same. A bit of practice and patience will do newcomers well, while veteran speedsters will feel at home with the familiar tracks, riders, and machines.
  22. Apr 27, 2021
    70
    MotoGP 21 is yet another slow, tentative step forward for the bleary-eyed series. There are clear improvements visually, with the physics, and with a few new features to aid realism. However, for every improvement, some areas are showing their age or have abandonment issues. The tutorial is as absorbing and educational as a brick wall, the career mode just feels shallow, and finding that balance for non-simulation purists can be a chore. Still, these are balanced by the strong racing when you find those perfect settings and the improving AI. Also, the use of the PlayStation 5's DualSense controller is brilliant, putting the feel of the bike into your hands.
  23. Apr 23, 2021
    70
    A new tutorial system makes MotoGP 21 a good year for new riders to jump aboard this long-running motorcycle racing sim, though its other additions are slim enough that returning players will probably feel let down. One of the biggest new features, making you retrieve your bike after a spill, won’t be a good idea until the AI has to do it as well, but the tweaks to the bike handling are notable improvements to what is still most certainly the best-feeling MotoGP game to date.
  24. Apr 22, 2021
    70
    Milestone's MotoGP series has taken some significant steps forward in recent years; expanding the career mode, making the bike handling more realistic and lively, but it's a little tougher to see the signs of progress in MotoGP 21. This is a slighter evolution of the series, with the biggest changes the ones that you can see from the jump to the new generation consoles and, if you're on PS5, feel through the DualSense controller.
  25. Apr 28, 2021
    68
    Stagnation instead of progress: Milestone once again lives up to its reputation of preferring fast recycling instead of developing the franchise in a meaningful way and addressing points of criticism in terms of AI, among other things.
  26. May 5, 2021
    65
    MotoGP 21 is a fine racing game, that surpasses its predecessor in a couple of subtle ways. However, that's not enough to truly set this game apart from the competition. Its content is rather limited, the AI still makes odd decisions and collisions just don't feel like... well, collisions. Milestone's on the right path, but it hasn't quite reached its destination yet.
  27. Apr 22, 2021
    65
    Disappointing ! Milestone was off to a good start with its pretty MotoGP 20, full of promise with finally a career mode worthy of the name. But instead of polishing it, the Italian studio has put the diamond in the next-gen's garage this season. MotoGP 21 is stagnating in the gameplay, the fault of the sets and animations still unchanged and quite dull, an AI that falls back into its faults causing too many accidents and the absence of a split screen mode. Worse, the title regresses in content, puts the historical mode to oblivion and brings no notable novelty to the career. Even the shimmering visual identity of MGP20 has given way to a dreary ersatz menu, enough to assure us of one thing: the next installment in the series will be expected around the corner.
  28. Apr 25, 2021
    60
    Off the track, the MotoGP 21 builds upon what its predecessor did well. On the track, however, we get improved and more realistic gameplay. At first it feels like a change for the worse, but the more we play, the more we like it. We do wish MotoGP 21 had more noticeable improvements on the new generation of consoles, although significantly shorter loading times and a superb use of the Dualsense’s features does make the game more enjoyable.
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  1. Apr 24, 2021
    MotoGP 21 is, without a doubt, the simulator of the two-wheel sport par excellence. It has the official license that gives it access to all the official bikers and circuits but, above all, with a great job behind it that allows it to offer a pure and demanding simulation experience but that knows how to reward the player's effort. The package is surrounded by a technical section that gives lukewarm progress for the new generation and, above all, by the presence of that career mode that can become a real sink of hours. If you are a follower of the genre and, above all, if you haven't been close to the saga in years, it is a title to consider.
User Score
6.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 5 out of 17
  1. Apr 23, 2021
    9
    A very solid racing game. MotoGP21 is a great game of the MotoGP series. The tutorial system is great for new fans of the series and the newA very solid racing game. MotoGP21 is a great game of the MotoGP series. The tutorial system is great for new fans of the series and the new gameplay improvements make this a recommendation to racing fans. Full Review »
  2. May 19, 2022
    0
    do you want to know, the only thing that I really really hate and really dislike is that this game has NO MULTIPLAYER OFFLINE SPLIT SCREEN.do you want to know, the only thing that I really really hate and really dislike is that this game has NO MULTIPLAYER OFFLINE SPLIT SCREEN. how could a racing game in the latest generation of consoles does not have such basic feature??? what does development expect from this? WE JUST WANT TO PLAY OFFLINE with our dad, friend, brother, sister, that's the point of happiness of a racing game. WE DON'T NEED ONLINE MULTIPLAYER, the only thing that is really needed is a split screen like the previous generation of MotoGP. I am a fan of motogp games and bought almost all of the series because of the split screen, but because of this I ended up selling my motogp 21 disk. I'm looking forward to MotoGP 22 or later. Please with great respect, keep the offline split screen multiplayer feature if your game wants to be successful. Full Review »
  3. Aug 22, 2021
    0
    Graphics look outdated and compared to other racing games like Forza Horizon, it's not good...