As winter draws in a lot of riders will be mothballing their bikes until the weather improves, but if you want some two-wheeled thrills to keep you entertained in the meantime, here’s a list of some of the best motorcycle video games. They’re not as much fun as the real thing, but at least you can enjoy a few beers while you’re riding these motorbikes on your PS3 or X-Box.
MotoGP 08 (X-Box 360, PS3, PS2, PC, Wii)
Reckon you could show Rossi a thing or two? The official game of the MotoGP franchise will let you compete against the world champion, and most of the other big name riders on some of the world’s most famous race circuits. While not the best racing game in the world, MotoGP 08 received passable reviews on most of the platforms, which means you should be able to squeeze a fair bit of enjoyment out of it. Be warned though, the Wii version is considered to be pretty abysmal, so it’s probably best to give it a miss unless you’re really desperate.
SBK-09 Superbike World Championship (PSP, X-Box 360, PS2, PS3)
SBK-09 brings the other main motorcycle racing series to video gamers. Unfortunately it’s been given very average reviews by most games critics, so you’ll probably struggle to find much fun here – although if you’re an obsessive fan of the series, you might be able to get more out of it than the average gamer.
MX vs ATV: Untamed (X-Box 360, Nintendo DS, PS2, PS3, Wii, PSP)
Mud lovers rejoice! MX vs ATV lets you race all manner of offroad vehicles, including motocross bikes against each other on a series of dirt-tracks. There’s plenty of value for money here, with a wide range of vehicles other than bikes to play around on, although reviews of the game are fairly mediocre, generally billing it as OK but not great.
Grand Theft Auto IV (PS3, X-Box 360, PC)
Although the game isn’t specifically about motorcycles, there are plenty of opportunities for jumping on a chopper, motocross or sports bike and tearing around the beautifully realistic city streets in Grand Theft Auto IV. If you’ve got an X-Box 360, you can download an extra content pack which has a whole story line centred around a motorcycle gang, so you can live out your Sons of Anarchy fantasies. Don’t worry if you’ve only got an older console or PC which can’t handle GTA IV, all the older instalments of the game feature a wide range of motorcycles, and San Andreas is especially good since it offers lots of countryside for off-roading and long winding country roads to tear up.
MTX Mototrax (PSP)
Only available on the PSP, this motocross game provides plenty of motocross thrills across 30 different tracks. It’s even got a built in track editor so you can design your own if the pre-made ones become too boring. The game received positive reviews when it was released in 2007, so it should offer plenty of fun.