Motorcycle Holiday Gift Guide: Video Games

November 26, 2010
Richard Sultan
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He was traded to us by a band of gypsies roaming the Northwest territory on one dark and stormy night. Little did they know at the time that he was the chosen one, the sultan himself! He’s the brains behind our rag-tag group we like to call MotorcycleUSA.com.

For those that are looking to a bit of couch motorcycle racing this holiday winter, we’ve got the guide for you to diversify your video gaming portfolio with some moto love.

MotoGP 09 10 Video Game Review
Ride with Rossi and all of your favorite riders
in MotoGP 09/10.


SBK X
Just in time for the holidays, SBK X to get your fill of world superbike racing.

MotoGP 09/10
(Playstation 3 and Xbox360)
The first game on our motorcycle game gift list is MotoGP 09/10. We did enjoy some of the changes made this year and the mid-season rider down-loadable content was a nice way to keep you playing. We did have a few gripes with some adjustments like career mode and a couple control changes, but over all we’re pretty happy giving Ben Spies that rookie season championship. Put this game on your wish list and include a link to Newegg; as of this posting they’ve got a 360 version available for 9.99 shipped to your door.

SBK X: Superbike World Championship
(Playstation 3, Xbox360, & PC)
The wait is over as SBK X makes it to American shores; the latest game in the SBK series will be available this December. Offering more than 90 actual racers from World Superbike, World Supersport and even the Superstock class to make sure you can pick your favorite. SBK X appears to offer more than previous versions by adding new levels of realism to the Sportbike racing experience with variable track and weather conditions. All of the standard modes of play are there including career / team management mode, simulation, arcade and a story mode to create your own Superbike career. Keep an eye on store shelves this December for SBK X and check back here for a full game review.  MSRP: $39.99 (PS3 and Xbox360) $29.99 (PC)

Rally Cross is one of the more interesting events. Some times it can feel a little more like a demolition derby than Rally.
Battle Pastrana head to head in DiRT 2.

DiRT 2
(PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, PSP, Nintendo DS)
With Travis Pastrana in the news trying his hand at a NASCAR; those that still remember the good ol’ days of Pastrana rally racing can pick up DiRT 2. We had a boatload of fun, plus it was hard not to notice the improvements over the first DiRT game. We don’t hesitate to recommend this four wheeled racing game. With Nitro Circus star Travis Pastrana center stage and the innovative rewind feature to enjoy those crashes, it should keep you racing till #199 finds a new motorsport.

MX vs. ATV: Reflex Supercross
MX vs ATV Reflex has plenty of bar to bar racing action with dirt bikes or ATVs.


Naild
If racing simulation isn’t for you then hit jumps and show ’em what you got with Nail’d.

MX vs. ATV: Reflex
(Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PSP and Nintendo DS)
Want to get a little more dirty? Check out the off-road racing game MX vs ATV: Reflex. If you’re looking for a game covering the spectrum of off-road racing from ATVs and dirt bikes to UTVs and trophy trucks, even buggies, Reflex has got you covered. Offering a variety of different racing events and fun online multiplayer games it’ll deliver many hours of game play.

nail’d
(Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC)
Doing a mild 180 from the realism of the games mentioned above the latest ATV / Dirt Bike game, nail’d, trades it in for high-speed tricks over real world locations like Yosemite National Park. So if you’re looking for a less of a simulation and faster paced off-road racing look no further than nail’d. With variety of game play modes available it should offer plenty of bang for the buck and fun with its local and online multiplayer mode. Hitting store shelves just in time for the holiday rush, watch for it on November 30th and check our Motorcycle gear reviews in the coming weeks for a full review.
MSRP: $49.99

Pure
(Xbox360, Playstation 3, and PC)
If you’re shopping for an ATV purist, put the aptly named “Pure” on your list. Offering more air time than you can shake a stick at. Pure, simply put, is Tony Hawk meets ATV racing with tricks galore ranging from real to impossible. With a 2008 release date Pure will likely be a bargain at your local used game store.

Finally, what motorcycle video game gift guide would be complete without mention of the moto classics that brought motorcycle video games where they are today? Root around in the basement, underneath those graduation pics (the ones with your mullet brazenly flowing), pull out the clunky Nintendo and Sega and plug in these gems from the past!

Excite Bike
Dust off that boxy nintendo and remeber the good ol’ days!

UP, UP, DOWN, DOWN, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, B, A…


Excite Bike
We’ll start with one of the more popular classics, Excite Bike. This is a game that many moto fans played back on the boxy gray Nintendo system. It taught us lessons in balancing speed, over heating and keeping that wheel up over the jumps / whoops. Shop around; many copies are still around for less than $10.

Road Rash Series

Road Rash
Tossing out the DMV rule book with Road Rash.

If you frequented a Sega Gensis system in the late 80’s you may remember the Road Rash series. A video game most parents didn’t want to get for you because of the violence, and well, because swinging a chain at another rider just isn’t very nice. With ports available on almost every classic system available during the late 20th century you can likely find one for that system sitting in your closet / garage. Depending on your system preference, any Road Rash game can be had for less than $15, unless you happen to have a 3DO (anyone?) in which case expect to spend closer to $20 for a complete version.

Hang-On and Super Hang-On

Super Hang-On
Get some knee dragging action with Hang-On and Super Hang-On.

And for those that wanted a more real racing simulation would have been drawn to the arcade classic Hang-On and sequel Super Hang-On for the Sega Master System and Sega Genesis. Offering some knee-dragging-ass-off-the-seat-racing and as close to arcade style graphics available, made Super Hang-On an ideal choice for the young motorcycle fan wanting to get close to the 500cc GP action. With copies of both games selling for under $10 it should be easy to fit this classic in to a tight budget.