With its tilt controls and multiplayer capabilities, the iPhone has really become a dream device for racing games. We’ve reviewed a number of Must Have racing games, like Real Racing, Need for Speed Shift, and Dirt Moto Racing. We’d much rather play any of these again than race one more lap with MotoGP 2010.
MotoGP 2010 has a number of critical flaws, but the most apparent to us was that tight, controlled racing is not a factor in winning. You can weave off the road, taking as many shortcuts as you like over grass and dirt, while leaning on the constantly-available boost to put you ahead of the other racers. The AI racers who stick to the road will never once deviate from their set paths, leaving you to find the true fastest line to the finish.
Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.
While you’re careening recklessly, you can appreciate the flickering and pop-up that plague every track, from Spain to Australia. 18 real-life courses, including recognizable classics like Laguna Seca, span the virtual globe but always seem to be set in Uglytown. The visuals in MotoGP 2010 don’t even come close to those of a game like Asphalt 5.
In championship mode, you’ll race on all 18 tracks, one right after the other, always with the exact same goal of placing at the top. There’s no bike customization, although you can choose your professional racer at the start, and before you’re halfway through you’ll be falling asleep from the monotony. You can also compete in a qualifying race to determine your pole position, but since the actual racing is so broken, you can safely skip the qualifying race and still speed from 17th to first place almost instantly.
Time to hit the boost, just like the pros do.
But wait, there’s more. The boost sound effects reminded us of a blender, there’s no multiplayer of any kind, and the intro video shows real MotoGP racers falling off their bikes, but in the game hitting a wall at 160 mph brings you to a safe stop. The only good thing about this game is that you can unlock sharp-looking wallpapers for your phone, but you can do the same thing with Google Image search and save yourself some money.
Despite the real-world license, MotoGP 2010 is one of the worst App Store racers we’ve played. Steer clear.