Namco attempts to regenerate sales with promising titles; Moto GP at the top of that list.
Key Playstation 2 developer Namco is apparently in heavy financial strain, despite the recent release of two hot-selling Japanese PS2 titles; Ridge Racer V and Tekken Tag Tournament. The company is blaming the losses on a sudden increase in the cost of its operations. Because of this, Namco is rolling the dice with a lot on the table on the success of a handful of key titles.
One of these titles is Moto GP; a motorcycle racing title that's basically a port of their successful arcade racer 500GP. The game includes five modes of play: Arcade, Season, Time Trial, Challenge and Versus. Also included in the game is a choice of several types of motorcycles with fairly detailed on-course dynamics. The bikes are ranked according to their top speed, acceleration, handling and braking. The bikes the gamer from can chose from in the title include motorcycles from Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki. Once you've selected your favorites, the title has five courses in which to chose from. Visually, the title is a bit up in the air. The game features visual extras that you probably wouldn't find in most racing titles like real time sparks and dirt and dust effects, but the game's backgrounds are fairly non-descriptive. Continuing with the same idea, the motorcycles themselves are very detailed and well modeled, but don't stay true to their specs once they actually get to racing. The title is said to feature very detailed visuals when it comes to the replay screens; and look quite impressive from that angle. The game is said to play quite well, if not a bit unrealistically, with quick controls and smooth gameplay. For more details on Moto GP, check out the full preview.
10/16/2000 Bryan Keers