Finally, we must talk about customization. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 situation has made the job of getting new items properly scanned and added into the game a much bigger challenge for Milestone. Because of that, we are still seeing many of the same gear sets, boots, helmets, bike graphics, bike components, and more that we’ve seen for three or four years now. It’s an area that will no doubt improve as Milestone has more ability to work with different brands on properly scanning in these products and components. But for now, it has remained rather status quo for MXGP 2021.
It’s a good game and so far, I’ve had a lot of fun playing it personally. But the detractors are certainly starting to wear on consumers that have long asked for certain features to be added. Improved air physics, working dynamic ruts, and greater depth in content seems to be a recurring discussion every year that the next game in the series comes out. While it can be frustrating to not see dramatic changes every year, it’s important to note that Milestone is still just on year eight of wrapping their heads around how riding a dirt bike should feel like when you have to limit it to two hands and a controller. Looking back where they came from, it’s easy to see they have improved in many areas.
With MXGP 2021, they are still working on some of those steps so they can take giant leaps when they come. What remains fantastic for us motocross fans is that eight years ago when Milestone started in this genre, we had nothing, except for MX Simulator. Now Milestone puts their hard work into not one, but two fully licensed motocross games each year, all while MX vs. ATV brings us a fresh game of their own every few years with a new one expected in 2022. Another simulation game has grabbed market share with MX Bikes and Turborilla’s Mad Skills Motocross series provides hours of fun on our mobile devices. So put those frustrations aside and pick up a controller. There’s plenty of fun to be had in this latest game if you don’t look for what’s wrong, but instead find what’s right about it.
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