This week, I got to play Moto Racer 4, courtesy of HomeRun PR. Aside from playing Mario Cart with friends every few years, I haven’t played a console racing game for decades. The last time I excitedly sat, glued to the screen, controller in hand, was playing Star Wars Episode I: Racer on the now-classic N64. I love the racing games at Dave and Busters and bowling alley arcades, so I figured Moto Racer 4 and I would get along well.
Described as a family-friendly game with split screen and online modes, Moto Racer 4 lets you race against yourself or with friends in a variety of game modes where you can earn points for tricks on the track and compete in championships.
At a Glance
What is it?
An easy-to-learn moto-racing game that you can play by yourself or with friends.
What can you play it on and how much dough are we talking?
You can buy this game on PS4, Xbox One, or Steam for $29.99
Who would like playing it? Kids who enjoy classic racing games.
Rating: E for everyone. No language, blood, or crazy violence.
What does Deva think?
2.5/5.0 stars or a solid “meh!”
When you start the game, you’ll see four different game modes.
1. Career: A single player story-mode of sorts where you compete in increasingly difficult races.
2. Quick Game: Quick races.
3. Split Screen: Play with a friend.
4. Online: Create a password-protected race for friends or join a private game.
My Moto Racer 4 Experience
Career mode is meant to be a good introduction into Moto Racer 4, with two initial challenges to choose from, before putting the pedal to the metal in the championship. The two challenges each had a unique mode. The first was Survival. In Survival mode, you race against the clock in the sweltering heat of the Amber Coast. Here, you choose your level of difficulty based on a three star system. You can choose to try to survive for 1.5, 2.5, or 4 minutes. If you complete the challenge, you’re rewarded with stars (three, two, and one) based on your selected difficulty level. In addition, you can earn points by doing cool tricks like wheelies, but you can also lose points for straying too far from the track or bumping into objects.
A pretty good driver, I figured I could survive for 2.5 minutes and earn two stars easily, but boy was I wrong. It took me three tries to complete the survival challenge. The controls are pretty easy to figure out – left to break, right to accelerate – but it’s familiarizing yourself with your bike that’s the real challenge. I tried doing lots of tricks, which ate at my ticking clock.
The next challenge mode was Single Race in the mountains. Like Survival mode, you choose your level of difficulty based off a three-star system. I decided to aim to earn two stars, meaning I had to place in the top two. There ended up only being four racers, so placing in the top two wasn’t hard.
After you win a challenge, you get tokens to spend at the paddock. At the paddock, you can customize and upgrade your motorcycle, as well as select different riders. I was a bit bummed that all the available riders were boys, and that you had to wait to unlock the rest of the riders, some of whom I hope are girls.
I tried pimping out my ride before going to the Championship, but the game didn’t seem to want to let me. (Note: I am legit cursed when it comes to playing games. Games will break when I play them. Recently, the curse has spread to technology. My husband’s witnessed this multiple times and is baffled. But hey, when the robots rise, I’ll be able to end them with a wave of my techie-cursed hand.)
The Championship is comprised of three maps: the desert, the mountain, and a new cityscape highway with bright neon bridges and a dusky skyline (my fav). Again, you choose your level of difficulty. Like my Single Race challenge, I chose to place in the top two for two stars. The Championship went by breezily, as I was familiar with the first two maps. The final map was twisty with a lot more cars on the road. I ended up taking 1st place.
I can see kids enjoying this game more than adults. However, kiddos, like me, may be left wanting more exciting music and intense colors. Racing games are nothing new, so it takes something special to keep player’s attention. The choose-your-own-difficulty aspect of Moto Racer 4 is nifty, but might not be enough for everyone to want to keep playing. Click here to buy the game from Amazon.
Images courtesy of MobyGames and CzechGamer.