MXGP 2019 from Milestone S.r.l. returns once again bringing the FIM Motocross World Championship to gamers allowing them to vicariously live out their motocross dreams. MXGP 2019 feels very similar to previous iterations but adds a few upgrades and new features.
MXGP 2019 uses the popular Unreal 4 engine to drive the graphics and once again they are solid. Nearly all of the series tracks are included and look sharp as you race through the course over multiple laps. The aspect that stood out to me the most was the way the track ruts developed as the race progressed. The first couple laps were fairly mundane but over time the existing ruts deepened and new ones were created, making the importance of selecting your line crucial to a good finish. Race weather may change now with races starting in the rain, but finishing with the sun beating down on the track.
MXGP 2019 now includes a track editor allowing you to create tracks that can reach a three-minute lap time. Your track can be set in the woods, desert, or riverside location. There are a large number of pieces you can use to create your track and at any point during creation, you can test it. Once created, you can share your track with the community and see who can get the fastest time.
The Playground is the mode I found the most enjoyable. Inside this free roam area, you find a variety of events such as a time trial. However, the new The Waypoint mode was my favorite aspect of The Playground. Here you use the open-world area to create your own course inside The Playground. Start riding through the environment and as you see an interesting area, set a waypoint and continue. After adding several waypoints, set a finish line and try out your new course. I created a rudimentary course but had more fun playing other courses that were created and shared by the community. The Waypoint mode also includes a ghost rider feature so you can race over and over trying to improve your best time.
MXGP 2019 Review Final Thoughts:
MXGP 2019 didn’t make huge leaps from previous releases but as I mentioned earlier, I think there are enough improved and new features that make it a worthy purchase for Motocross fans. MXGP 2019 is available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC for $49.99