SBK-08: Superbike World Championship
|a game by||Black Bean Games|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
|Rate this game:|
Racing games are a bit of a coin toss. Now that stunning and cinematic visuals are almost a given, developers just have to work out whether to focus on by-the-book authenticity, or whether to focus more on violence, crashing and death. And boobs.
SBK-08 puts you on a motorbike capable of nearly 190mph, and injects a double dose of realism into the bike racing. So while you will suffer a huge catalogue of spectacular crashes, it's not something you'll be getting a Turbo Meter boost for or plaudits from your peers - it's actually discouraged.
The game does offer some flexibility, through the Realism tab. Basic settings are more forgiving, meaning you'll only fall off when you touch another competitor or a wall. Otherwise, newcomers to Simulation mode will find tight corners and stray farts knocking them from their seat to slide along the tarmac. Once you do master the controls -which takes roughly the same time as training a snake to knit scarves - the game fans out to expose its more playable side. But it's still not that hot. Just like Moto GP, SBK-OBs AI follows a perfect racing line, and rivals are packed together tighter than a cluster of gnats' chuffs. Cornering with the pack requires huge skill and if you make a mistake, you're effectively knocked out of the race. Realistic? Definitely. Game-enhancing?
A matter of taste. Even those taken-for-granted-these-days visuals are nothing particularly outstanding. The occasionally plain environments are populated by cardboard cut-outs. The realism's where the game shines: no expense was spared in getting hold of the official licenses. Yamaha Motor Italia and Ducati Xerox are present, each having an engineer on standby who can give you advice on how to tweak each bike for different situations.
Despite the frustrations, SBK-08 is a decent, if unforgiving motorcycle sim. It'll leave the two-wheeled hardcore all happy in their pants, but is a tiny step in the wrong direction from Moto GP 07.