Sunday, August 15, 2010

Video game number two hundred and thirty eight: SBK Superbike World Championship 08

Video game review number two hundred and thirty eight in my 365 Games in 365 Days project is "SBK Superbike World Championship 08"

It would be easy to say that this is the worst motorcycle game in the current generation of video game consoles, but I probably couldn't qualify that claim with facts to back it up...seeing as how I've only played a handful of them.

Suffice it to say, this is the worst motorcycle game I've played during my 365 game challenge...and it's got to be right up there as far as the all-time-worst motorcycle games go. Why? Let me count the ways:

1. No sense of speed at all. The bike handles the same at 60 as it does at 260kph, probably because there's no vibration, and the landscape seems to pass by at the same speed no matter how fast you're going.

2. No sense of realism. While trying to injure my rider 5 times (for an achievement), I must have crashed at least a dozen times. Each crash involved at least two other bikers (that was my goal) and should have been deadly. Not only was my rider never "injured", the game simply put him immediately back on his bike, and sent him on his the place he had been in when he crashed. Somehow, I actually won the race that I crashed 12 times during.

3. Crappy graphics and sounds. The visuals are just "blah" but I took special exception to the sounds in the game, particularly the "wind"...which sounded like it had been recorded on someone's cell phone stuck out of the window of a car going 35mph.

So, so lame.

Overall Score? 2/10. I could go on talking about all the things I hated about this game, but there's no point. You are now armed with enough information to know you should never play it. If you do anyway, you're probably someone who enjoys disappointment.

Achievements: I won two or three races (there was as second achievement for winning ten, but there's no way I'm playing seven more rounds of this game).

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