XBOX ONE MXGP 2: The Official Motocross

Last updated date: August 5, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

XBOX ONE MXGP 2: The Official Motocross

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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 117 expert reviews, the XBOX ONE XBOX ONE MXGP 2: The Official Motocross placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Bike Game for a detailed review of all the top bike games.

Expert Summarized Score
6.3
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
10.0
2 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What 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 everything and every menu autosaves upon exit.
- 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 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 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 time.
- 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

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.

Overall Product Rankings

XBOX ONE MXGP 2: The Official Motocross
1. XBOX ONE MXGP 2: The Official Motocross
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
‎Black Rock Studio Pure
2. ‎Black Rock Studio Pure
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 6
Rainbow Studios MX Vs ATV Reflex
3. Rainbow Studios MX Vs ATV Reflex
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
XBOX ONE TT Isle of Man: Ride On The Edge
4. XBOX ONE TT Isle of Man: Ride On The Edge
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 17
XBOX ONE Trials Fusion
5. XBOX ONE Trials Fusion
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 12
PS4 TrackMania Turbo
6. PS4 TrackMania Turbo
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 21
XBOX 360 Mx Vs ATV Untamed
7. XBOX 360 Mx Vs ATV Untamed
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 7
XBOX ONE  RIDE 3
8. XBOX ONE RIDE 3
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 16
Milestone S.r.l. MXGP2
9. Milestone S.r.l. MXGP2
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 9
XBOX ONE Monster Energy Supercross
10. XBOX ONE Monster Energy Supercross
Overall Score: 6.8
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Bike Games

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 Buying Guide

  • 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.