Valentino Rossi: The Game is a motorcycle racing game developed and also published by Milestone S.r.l Studios, who were also the creators behind the Superbike series, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows platforms, and was released on these platforms on 16 June 2016. The game was distributed by Bandai Namco Entertainment, and is the official game based on the 2016 season of MotoGP. The game is titled so because it is endorsed by Italian professional motorcycle racer and multiple MotoGP championship winner Valentino Rossi.
In Valentino Rossi: The Game, the world and gameplay mechanics are heavily dedicated to the player of the same name (Valentino Rossi). Players are provided with the opportunity to take part in a long Career mode in which they can race around tracks famous around the world. Previous games made my Milestone, take the WRC series for example, also featured a career mode where the player was an unknown amateur and their task was to rise to the top and become a potential WRC champion. Milestone have brought the same life and mechanics from their innovative previous games, however this time around, players have to build a much more personal relationship with their racer, and create a character that will become the potential MotoGP champion under the right amount of time and effort. In Career mode, players assume the role of Valentino Rossi himself, and he’ll grow with you in-game. He’ll be with you when practice the tutorial basics in the lowest pits if Moto3 to when the ribbons are cut for the finale of MotoGP. It is up to the players to establish a relationship with their 9-time world champion character, and raise themselves to the top, playing all points in Rossi’s career all the way and experiencing it firsthand in a breathtaking world with renewed engine, graphics, and mechanics.
Aside from the multiplayer mode, players are also free to race around any track they want, all genuine ones that have been featured in MotoGP seasons in the past. Similarly, there’s the VR64 mode, where players complete various challenges like dirt racing and rallying, and there’s also the standard mode where players begin from the bottom and win a tournament by rising to the top. There’s so much to explore here: from dirt rallying fun to holding the cup at the end of a tournament with the cloud blaring in on your ears, that sweet look of satisfaction and victory on your face in real life, based on an incredibly immersive experience created by realistic game physics and vehicle control that really sets the standards for future games to follow.
Valentino Rossi: The Game is filled to the brim with varied content that players will spend months on end exploring and perfecting their racing skills, allowing them to become the racers of their dreams from the comfort of their couch. The main sequel to the game titled MotoGP 17 is set to be released sometime in 2017.