XBOX ONE MXGP 2: The Official Motocross

Last updated: August 5, 2019

XBOX ONE MXGP 2: The Official Motocross

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We looked at the top Bike Games and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bike Game you should buy.

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.

In our analysis of 103 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE MXGP 2: The Official Motocross placed 1st when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

MXGP2 is the evolution of the Official Motocross Videogame experience, based on the FIM Motocross World Championship license with updated tracks and riders, including Glen Helen and the new Americas tracks. Players also have the chance to ride in two brand new indoor stadiums to test their riding abilities and take part, for the first time ever in a cross videogame, in the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations! Customise every part of your bike, rider, and team, and hone your stills in test track performances.

Expert Reviews

What experts liked

I found the physics were pretty sound overall and made the game a lot more interesting to play
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 everything and every menu autosaves upon exit.
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 rewind function. You can rewind the action nine times per race, whether its due to a crash or going off course. Each will take the action back by approximately five seconds race time and you can redo your actions.
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 is timed, with a thirty minute standard, something I never played entirely through. To continue onwards you’ll have to return to the pit and forward time to the qualifiers. This is the same setup as the practice except now your time is weighted against others and will determine your position in the actual race.
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.
MXGP2 is a good game that is worth your time.

What experts didn't like

Visuals are good but could be better and audio seems generic across the board.
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.
Tracks feel repetitive. Long loading screens for both online and offline races.
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 time.
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.
MXGP2: The Official Motocross Videogame is a bit lack in the way of teaching you the basics.


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. 

Buying 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.