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Valentino Rossi shows us the MotoRanch

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There’s was a happy sigh from MotoGP fans when The Doctor was revealed to be the face and, indeed, name of the next officially licensed MotoGP title. Valentino Rossi has been one of the names, faces and characters of the sport. It’s fitting that the multiple MotoGP World champion has his own game title.

Love him or hate him, he’s one of the most successful motorcycle racers of all time. Publisher PQube have taken developer, Milestone’s new two-wheel tearaway title and revealed the MotoRanch VR46. This allows you to take part in the engaging Flat Track races and experience the adrenaline of the Americana and be part of the most exclusive event of year, called EnduRanch.

This revelation comes in the form of the new trailer, below. It features the Tavullia hills and valleys, surrounded by a suggestive and naturalistic environment. This is the frame for the exclusive MotoRanch VR46, which will open it’s doors for the first time when the game is released.

The MotoRanch represents a training field for Valentino Rossi and the VR46 Riders Academy and consists of different circuits. These circuits allow you to practice one of the most engaging disciplines; Flat Track. On a circuit specifically created for this, 12 riders challenge on their two-wheeled chargers. This will include the Flat Track Bike, specifically for this circuit. Using a technique which involves drifting with a foot outside to balance the weight, Flat Track seems on the surface to be a mixture of Motocross and Supermotard. The surface makes it just that little bit more different though.

The weather will also play a part in the riding style, with spring and autumn playing a part in deciding the outcome of the race.

MotoRanch will allow you to ride in four different competitions. Dritta, Alla Rovescia, EnduRanch and Americana. These all offer differing weather conditions, coupled with daytime and twilight riding to provide an extra challenge.

The MotoRanch VR46 will also feature “Valentino’s friends”. These are all riders on the racing circuit and will feature; Tony Cairoli, Alberto Tebaldi, Mauro Sanchini, Thomas Chareyre, Marco Belli, and British favourite, Guy Martin among many others.

Have a look at the MotoRanch VR46 trailer below for a little further information. Valentino Rossi The Game is scheduled for release on the 16th of June.

Milestone announce Valentino Rossi The Game

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Milestone are obssessed with motorbikes. Almost religiously, they’ve released the MotoGP games and although Ride left quite a bit to be desired, they’re generally thought of as the MotoGP gaming kings.

It might come as no surprise that they’ve teamed up with another legend of motorsport to bring you their next creation in 2016.

Some know him as The Doctor, some as the blue blur in front of them, but almost everyone connected with motorcycles has heard of six-time MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi. Milestone certainly have and they’ve announced that one official MotoGP game for 2016 is Valentino Rossi The Game.

To celebrate the announcement, fans have the opportunity to be one of three lucky winners to get their face digitised and included as the main protagonist in the game. Head over to the new title’s website to enter.

Valentino Rossi The Game will be revving up on the starting grid in June 2016.

Do we have an announcement trailer for you? Of course we do.

 

MotoGP 13 Review

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It’s not often I’m overcome with the immediate desire to mute a game, but Milestone’s MotoGP 13 is possessed of such an impressive array of irritating sounds that I had little choice. The audio assault began in the game’s menu, where you’ll be treated to some samples from generic racing game soundtrack 101, which segues swiftly into exposition-by-standard-narration-guy for dummies in the introductory voice over, before finally completing a marvellous trifecta of mediocrity with the bikes themselves. These are big powerful machines, so why exactly do they sound like the dirt bike from Vice City?

Setting out to disappoint the hardcore gamer from the very outset, the career mode has been relegated to a lowly fourth place in the main menu, shunned for the shallow, more cerebral options which require little commitment (or thought) from the user. Neither that, nor the game’s hideous soundtrack would be too much of a problem in of itself, if it weren’t for the fact that when you inevitably opt for the more immediate game types, you’re presented with ten minutes of fairly mundane bike racing. Giving the split-screen multiplayer a run out conjured a little amusement, but primarily because we spent the entirety of the race trying to knock people off their bikes and pop the biggest wheelies.

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Eventually making my way to career mode, I found a little hope and MotoGP 13 found a little redemption. The added extras and attention to detail in the career mode are impressive, as you earn fans, create team interest and make your way up the ranks from Moto2 to the impressively (read: dangerously) fast MotoGP category. The Parc Ferme, interactive, walkable garage and ability to talk tactics with your team mates create a level of immersion missing from the usual fare, but that impression of immersion is shattered when you’re once again plunked onto the back of your bike and forced to careen around within some of the most poorly put together environments since Porsche Challenge on the PSX. This game is ugly, there’s no doubt about it and the graphics are in desperate need of a serious update.

Once you’re on the track and weaving your way through some impressively high octane corners, you’re able to forget for a moment how generally dissatisfying MotoGP 13 really is, but those brief moments of satisfaction are few and far between and completing the occasional perfect overtaking manoeuvre with glee doesn’t make up for the game’s short comings. True to life, the bikes feel heavy and getting your head around the braking system will take you a little while, whilst the helmet cam is a wonderful addition, making it clear just how insane those adrenaline junkies who do this for a living really are.

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Ultimately, the game suffers from a lack of polish and the genuine attentions of an enthusiastic development and design team. Brief moments of intense on-bike satisfaction and some clever gimmicks can’t make up for an anaemic lack of character and ultimately, MotoGP13 left me feeling unsatisfied.

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Free Pre-order DLC for Rebooted MotoGP 13 Series

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An all new, re-boot of the MotoGP franchise, MotoGP 13 is the only Official game of the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 2013 Championships – it’s packed full with all the official, fully licensed teams, tracks, riders and bikes.

Experience the whole 2013 season on and off the track as the new and unique career mode completely immerses you in the MotoGP universe, from in-depth bike set-up options, wild card races, bike tests and full championships, to, discussions with team mates, answering questions from press and monitoring your popularity by checking news feeds and your social network page.

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  • Fully licensed 2013 MotoGP season including all Official circuits, bikes, riders, teams, sponsors, Moto2, Moto3…
  • Authentic bike handling with customisable riding aids – the physics engine manages 300 parameters for the vehicle/engine, with 100+ just for the tyres, taking into account every force involved between the rubber & the tarmac!
  • In-depth bike set-up and upgrades
  • Rider customisation and progression system
  • Highly advanced visual technology and photorealistic style, creating accurately detailed bikes, circuits, riders and environmental conditions
  • In-game commentary and voice over by official MotoGP personality Gavin Emmett
  • A constantly online-updated feed of events brings the real-world happenings of the season into your game, within days. Relive all the thrills of the 2013 season just after seeing them unfold on the track!
  • Career Mode, Official Mode & Online Multiplayer Modes, each with varying race types & gameplay options will keep you hooked beyond the end of the season.

The pre-order DLC content introduces even more adrenaline thanks to 8 Top Champions and 4 Teams/Bikes. Everyone who pre-orders MotoGP 13 for Xbox 360 and PS3 will receive the free DLC.