Coming from a pretty seasoned MX Sim & MX VS ATV player & experienced MX rider I thought I'd give my 2 cents.
Real sponsors & bikes.
Cornering feels great. Sliding it into a tight turn and powering out feels better than any other mx game out there.
Throttle control. Again, using throttle control to kick the back end out is wonderful.
First person actually looks & feels good.
Actually needing to brake.
The game looks nice...just about. Bike models look amazing, well done.
Pretty in depth career mode, & 1st one for a long time.
Customisation of the bike settings before a race is great.
And finally well done Milestone for a simultaneous PC release!
Physics in the air feel awful & clunky.
Ready Steady Go start format? Is this Mario Kart? Should just drop the gate & the clutch...(see next point).
Theres no clutch!!??? Massive negative here.....
Why can't I control the whip/♥♥♥♥♥? Don't animate such an important feature!! Doesn't feel fluid or natural.
Track deformation doesn't make a difference to handling.
Ruts and berms don't feel supportive & I feel like cross rutting isn't an issue, even late in a race.
Spin outs and wheelies can feel random at times.
No rev sound on the start gate & in the air?? Get that stuff recorded and implement it!! Basic stuff there...
Rear brake & panic rev doesn't do much in the air.
Why make 250F's unable to clear most jumps? They're pretty much as fast as a 450F irl, sometimes out qualifying them.
To be fair, on the ground at least MXGP feels great. Cornering is good, feedback feels great, the rider positioning and animations are spot on and you can make this engine look good once you have got it down. But the clunky whip/♥♥♥♥♥ feature and the lack of rev sounds brings you literally crashing back down to earth with a bang.
The career mode is deep and rewarding, although I get the impression a few things could have been pushed a little more. I guess not being able to choose which clothing brand I wear is due to clothing being tied to some teams & manufacturers with it being official sponsors and all. But it just feels like some design choices could have been implemented a little better.
I love mx games, and will buy them regardless to support the industry. We need developers to keep making these games so it pushes them further. If Milestone release an MXGP 2, or MXGP 2015 or whatever its called, I think it will be great, but this one just falls short of a great title.