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The Best Bike Game

Last updated on August 12, 2019

We looked at the top 10 Bike Games and dug through the reviews from 111 of the most popular review sites including Metacritic, The X Box Hub, Common Sense Media, Xbox Tavern, WCCF Tech, Xbox Gamer Reviews and more. The result is a ranking of the best Bike Games.

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Our Picks For The Top Bike Games

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Experts Included
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  The Best Overall

XBOX ONE

MXGP 2: The Official Motocross

Overall Take

Our top pick is engineered by the pros at Milestone, an Italian company specializing in racing games. MXGP 2 has customization options galore for bikes, tracks and play modes. The game also stands out for its realistic physics and gorgeous tracks.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Xbox Gamer Reviews, Gaming Bolt, True Achievements, Dual Shockers, We Got This Covered, Saving Content. Along with user reviews from Amazon.
Pros
" I found the physics were pretty sound overall and made the game a lot more interesting to play"
Cons
"The problem is, it feels exactly the same as those I’ve played in the past and I have yet to witness anything gameplay wise that makes it appealing to those outside the aforementioned demographic."

XBOX 360

Pure

Overall Take

PURE's beautiful environments put it a cut above the rest. Thanks to the variety of ATV stunts, you'll never get bored. The well-designed racetracks will also help you get serious air as you guide your custom ATV through flips and combos.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Anand Tech, IGN, GameSpot, Xbox Achievements, Totally Gaming, Worth Playing. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Best Buy.
Pros
" Graphically, PURE is simply a gorgeous game. The environments you'll race though are vividly detailed with blooms of light and eye-catching structures throughout."
Cons
"The levels and tracks are lovingly rendered, and the menus (save for the ATV construction system) and uber-intuitive. Load times are frustratingly long, however."
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XBOX 360

MX vs ATV Reflex

Overall Take

Motocross bikes and ATVs go head-to-head in this racing game. The Rider Reflex control scheme uses dual-stick controls for greater precision and tighter turns. A few more customization options would be nice, but this game is still a winner.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus IGN, GameSpot, Video Gamer, Games Radar, Game Informer, The Guardian and 3 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Walmart.
Pros
" The terrain deformation is great and the draw distance is good. It also runs very well. It's not a visual masterpiece, but it's definitely solid."
Cons
"Disappointing visuals, especially on the PlayStation 3."

XBOX ONE

TT Isle of Man: Ride On The Edge

Overall Take

This digital version of the famed Tourist Trophy motorcycle race on the Isle of Man. All 37 miles of this dangerous race are recreated in stunning detail. Though some consumers say they would've appreciated a little more focus on the controls, they do agree the graphics are a work of art.

Experts Included
DWYM Electronics Experts plus Metacritic, Team VVV, The X Box Hub, Xbox Gamer Reviews, God Is A Geek, Xbox Tavern and 11 more. Along with user reviews from Amazon and Target.
Pros
" The last bike racer developed by the French studio was the critically panned MotorCycle Club, so expectations admittedly weren’t very high when TT Isle of Man was first announced. Thankfully, those fears were completely unfounded. Thanks to accurate laser-scanning technology..."
Cons
"No rewind feature means restarting is a must and career mode messages are a disorganised mess."
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The Best Overall

XBOX ONE MXGP 2: The Official Motocross

Our Expert Score
6.3
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
10.0
2 user reviews
Our Take

Our top pick is engineered by the pros at Milestone, an Italian company specializing in racing games. MXGP 2 has customization options galore for bikes, tracks and play modes. The game also stands out for its realistic physics and gorgeous tracks.

What other experts liked
I found the physics were pretty sound overall and made the game a lot more interesting to play
- Xbox Gamer Reviews
April 20, 2016 | Full review
MXGP 2 is in all shape and form a Milestone game. The game loads up, you’re given the choice of player name, nationality, vehicle and colour schemes, then as Milestone tradition would dictate there’s a loading screen for just about...
- Gaming Bolt
June 11, 2016 | Full review
The game offers enough freedom to play about with the settings and race with the ones that suit you the best. The controls won't take long to master, even with the two separate brakes, and the game even offers a...
- True Achievements
In career mode, there are four separate sections of a race. The first is a practice section in which you can ride through the track in order to gain a feel for it and set your lap times. This portion...
- Dual Shockers
MXGP 2 is a very realistic depiction of the sport. As mentioned before, I may not be the best judge of realism here, but I can tell that this feels much more challenging to control than Motocross Madness.
- We Got This Covered
MXGP2 is a good game that is worth your time.
- Saving Content
June 27, 2016 | Full review
What other experts didn't like
Visuals are good but could be better and audio seems generic across the board.
- Xbox Gamer Reviews
April 20, 2016 | Full review
The problem is, it feels exactly the same as those I’ve played in the past and I have yet to witness anything gameplay wise that makes it appealing to those outside the aforementioned demographic.
- Gaming Bolt
June 11, 2016 | Full review
Tracks feel repetitive. Long loading screens for both online and offline races.
- True Achievements
My only complaints are rather minimal: long loading times, unnecessarily long practice and qualifying rounds, and serviceable graphics. Learning to master corners on each and every track — from the outside hills to indoor stadiums — will take quite some...
- Dual Shockers
However, if you’re looking for a less intense depiction of the sport, or you’re easily frustrated, it’s hard to recommend a title that is so unforgiving. The poor performance and aesthetics of the game aren’t exactly appealing either.
- We Got This Covered
MXGP2: The Official Motocross Videogame is a bit lack in the way of teaching you the basics.
- Saving Content
June 27, 2016 | Full review

The Best Bang For Your Buck

Rainbow Studios MX Vs ATV Reflex

Our Expert Score
7.7
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
195 user reviews
Our Take

Motocross bikes and ATVs go head-to-head in this racing game. The Rider Reflex control scheme uses dual-stick controls for greater precision and tighter turns. A few more customization options would be nice, but this game is still a winner.

What other experts liked
The terrain deformation is great and the draw distance is good. It also runs very well. It's not a visual masterpiece, but it's definitely solid.
- IGN
December 2, 2009 | Full review
Tons of races and events on smartly designed courses.
- GameSpot
December 7, 2009 | Full review
Reflex controls are a good addition.
- Video Gamer
February 16, 2010 | Full review
While other games have made wet dirt beautiful with their terrain-changing technology, Reflex has evolved the tech so it also has a real impact on gameplay.
- Games Radar
December 9, 2009 | Full review
Shake up the traditional Rainbow Studios motocross formula with new rider controls on the right analog stick.
- Game Informer
December 1, 2009 | Full review
The graphics are very pretty, despite the fact – by necessity for dirt bike and ATV racing – the engine is used mostly to render earth in various muddy shades. Tricks are quite intuitive once you are used to the controls, and the feeling of having to balance your rider...
- The Guardian
February 3, 2010 | Full review
Apart from the impressive terrain deformation technology that is employed by this title, the first thing that we noticed about the game was the control system that is easily one of the most sturdy that we have seen on the 360.
- Impulse Gamer
Fortunately, the controls for this game are really well done. When you are racing you can control both the vehicle and the racer independently giving you much more control over what happens during the race. You steer the vehicle with the left analog stick and you control the position of...
- Totally Gaming
December 15, 2009 | Full review
Reflex is the best game in the MX vs. ATV series to date, and is an all around great racer. The physics and gameplay enhancements really improve this release over past iterations, and the introduction of deformable terrain is a nice touch.
- Gaming Excellence
What other experts didn't like
My only complaint here is that most of the vehicles could feel more substantial with a little more weight to them. Some of the trucks and bigger vehicles can fly when you hit a bump so they can feel a little too feathery, especially on uneven courses.
- IGN
December 2, 2009 | Full review
Disappointing visuals, especially on the PlayStation 3.
- GameSpot
December 7, 2009 | Full review
There's a decent draw distance on offer, but the environments lack the level of detail we've come to expect from modern racers. The frame rate also struggles on PS3 - something that the Xbox 360 version has next to no trouble with.
- Video Gamer
February 16, 2010 | Full review
Character and vehicle customization could be better.
- Games Radar
December 9, 2009 | Full review
MX vs. ATV: Reflex's new controls point to a new direction in the series, but this game doesn't fully deliver.
- Game Informer
December 1, 2009 | Full review
The training section is slow and frustrating, even without the disembodied voice of Captain Kirk criticising your every failure.
- The Guardian
February 3, 2010 | Full review
Our only issue with the game is the who definitely sounds forced and at times quite annoying. Double Bummer.
- Impulse Gamer
You can stay and practice as long as you want and then once it is loaded simply hit the start button to begin the event. At times the loading can be a bit slow, however, you really won’t notice all that much because you will be practicing your new tricks.
- Totally Gaming
December 15, 2009 | Full review
In Reflex, while this is often the case, there's a bit of random luck involved. As well, coming into contact with soft bails at the side of each track seem to cause a strange interaction with the bikes and ATVs, you'll usually go flying with even a minor collision at...
- Gaming Excellence

Overall Product Rankings

1. XBOX ONE MXGP 2: The Official Motocross

Overall Score: 8.6
Reviews Included: 7

2. ‎Black Rock Studio Pure

Overall Score: 8.4
Reviews Included: 9

3. Rainbow Studios MX Vs ATV Reflex

Overall Score: 8.3
Reviews Included: 12

4. XBOX ONE TT Isle of Man: Ride On The Edge

Overall Score: 8.2
Reviews Included: 19

5. XBOX ONE Trials Fusion

Overall Score: 8.1
Reviews Included: 13

6. PS4 TrackMania Turbo

Overall Score: 8.1
Reviews Included: 25

7. XBOX 360 Mx Vs ATV Untamed

Overall Score: 7.9
Reviews Included: 11

8. XBOX ONE RIDE 3

Overall Score: 7.2
Reviews Included: 17

9. Milestone S.r.l. MXGP2

Overall Score: 7.2
Reviews Included: 12

10. XBOX ONE Monster Energy Supercross

Overall Score: 6.8
Reviews Included: 9

Our Bike Game Buying Guide

If you’re craving a high-speed trail trip over hills and through the mud, but you don’t want to shell out thousands for a sportbike or ATV, you’re in luck. There are plenty of video games that will give you the same thrills, chills and spills from the comfort of your own couch. 

The best bike games run the gamut from motocross racing matchups (like “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Game”) to wild ATV tricks (like “Pure”). Microsoft holds the trophy for top bike games; the Xbox One and Xbox 360 have a slew of fun titles. 

There’s some info you should know if you’re new to the fast-paced world of bike games. First off, you’re not pedaling furiously on a bicycle. These games focus on motorcycle races, off-road motocross matchups and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) stunts. 

Standard motorcycle races take place on a pavement track or road. Riders race in the same direction on a circular course, much like NASCAR races. The track is tighter than other forms of bike racing; some tracks are as narrow as 14 feet across. 

Traditional motorcycle road racing took place on closed-off public roads. Most of those events have given way to stadium races on dedicated tracks.  There are still some public road circuits in Europe, and you can experience the freedom of outdoor racing on the Xbox One’s “TT Isle of Man: Ride On The Edge.” 

Motocross racing is the rough-and-tumble version of motorcycle racing. Riders only race outdoors on closed-circuit tracks with right and left turns, high jumps and steep declines. The terrain varies throughout the race. Competitors have to navigate between muddy puddles, grass, sand and whatever else the course throws at them. “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Game” is a top choice for motocross racing games. 

These races are designed to test precision skills, with up to 40 riders competing around tight turns with mud flying across their field of vision. Don’t call a motocross race a motorcycle race; motocross riders take pride in their tough outdoor style. 

ATV races happen either off-road or on an indoor dirt track. They push a driver’s skill set and their All-Terrain Vehicle to the limit. The best ATV riders in the world take massive jumps and messy corners at top speed. They also have to deal with “roost,” the dirt and rocks that get kicked up from the back end of their competitions’ bike. 

The Xbox 360’s “Pure” is a realistic ATV simulator that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to gameplay. If your friends want to put their motocross skills up against your ATV tricks, a game like “MS vs ATV Reflex” on Xbox 360 is a perfect match. 

You’ll have a few more considerations to make once you’ve figured out which kind of racing intrigues you (or excites a lucky giftee). Our Tips & Advice will help you choose a game you’ll love playing. 

DWYM Fun Fact

“The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy” is more than a racetrack in our top four bike game picks. It’s a real motorcycle race on an island between Great Britain and Ireland, and it’s over 100 years old. 

In the early 1900s, bikers set sail for tracks on the mountainous Isle of Man, but they couldn’t make it up the steep hills on regular bicycles. Luckily, driving sports started making waves in Europe by 1906, and riders were finally completing the course on motorcycles. 

Today’s Tourist Trophy is a must-visit destination for bike fanatics around the world, but this race is not for newbies. Bikers race through the 37.5 mile loop at an average speed of 130 mph.  More than 242 riders have died since the Tourist Trophy’s inception, and hundreds more leave the track with serious injuries. It’s considered the world’s most dangerous motorcycle race, but that doesn’t stop adrenaline-fueled bikers from taking on the track every year.

The Bike Game Tips and Advice

  • Make sure the game you’ve selected runs on your console. Our top four picks run on either the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One. If you’re dying to play a 360 game like “MX vs ATV Reflex,” but you have an Xbox One, you can still play them on your system. Newer Xbox Ones have built-in backward compatibility, and you can use special adapters to pair up older One models.
  • Do you like to ride solo, or are you a multiplayer master? You can challenge up to eight other players in online mode in “TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge.” If you want more multiplayer action, “Pure” can accommodate up to 16 online players. 
  • Most of these graphics-heavy racing games don’t offer split-screen multiplayer. The environments in these bike games are so intricate and the races are so fast that a split-screen option would take massive console memory and major engineering manpower to create. Luckily, you can still race your friends while you sit in the same room — you just have to go online to do it. 
  • Determine which elements of the bike game are the most important to you. Are you looking for a hyper-realistic motorcycle race around a real-world course? Pick up “TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge.” On the hunt for an all-ages motocross game with incredible graphics and thoughtful controls? “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Video Game” delivers on every front. 
  • Controllers, command keys and combos vary in each racing game, and each control system is vying to give you the full engine-revving experience. “Pure” is known for using simple commands on the Xbox 360 controller so you can start racing your ATV ASAP. Serious competitors will love the dual controls in “MX vs ATV Reflex.” The game uses both joysticks simultaneously, one to control the rider’s movements and the other to control the bike’s movements. It adds a greater level of realism but might be trickier for younger players to pick up. Do some research on how your bike game interacts with the controller to make sure you’ll get the experience you want. 
  • How much personality do you want to inject into your gameplay? Customization options, like picking different road surfaces or choosing wheel sizes for your motorcycle, make your game a little more personal. They also extend how long you’ll play them since you have plenty of chances to see how different combinations perform on the trail. “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Video Game” lets you customize almost every aspect of your virtual motocross experience.

About The Author

Abby Stassen
Abby Stassen 

Abby Stassen has a bachelor's degree in English language & literature from the University of Michigan. She's been writing professionally for over a decade, and she's been covering electronics for three years. Electronics can save you a lot of time and add some fun to your day. Abby is a gadget-head who scours endless online reviews and product specs to recommend the best electronics you can buy. She also loves testing her own purchases at home (especially video games). If a set of headphones or a new tablet makes its way into her heart, you'll also see it in one of her online pieces.