Best Bike Games: Prepare for Moto GP with top two-wheeled titles
15th Jun 2012 | 12:30
This PS2 classic brought the adrenaline rush of furious, downhill mountain-bike racing to our screens midway through the last decade. Whilst it was perhaps lacking visually, the sheer fun of flying down an almost vertical slope more than made up for any shortcomings.
Platform: PlayStation 2
Video: Downhill Domination
Heavily influenced by the success of the early Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games, Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX shares many similarities with its skateboarding cousin. You spend your time pulling off crazy tricks and accomplishing ridiculous tasks in order to unlock new levels. Unfortunately the game hasn’t replicated the success of the THPS series, and we haven’t seen a version since 2002.
Platforms: Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance
Video: Mat Hoffman Pro BMX 2
The most recent edition of Capcom’s MotoGP series offers the most authentic version of the sport available on consoles at the moment, offering realistic gameplay, stunning graphics, and a thoroughly enjoyable online mode.
Platforms: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Video: MotoGP 2010/11
Here is a game that somehow managed to make enjoyable what is essentially a teenage job for thousands. The aim of Paperboy couldn’t be more obvious: whilst riding your bike, make sure you deliver the daily newspapers to the right houses, skipping the wrong ones and avoiding obstacles along the way.
Like Football Manager for cycling, PCM lets you take charge of a cycling team, controlling everything from the finances to their tactics in events such as the Tour de France. The annually released title also includes a high-quality real-time race simulator so you can see exactly how your team is doing.
Video: Pro Cycling Manager 2011