Motorcycles in Games: What Games Have the Best Motorbike Mechanics?

Racing games have it tough. While there’s quite a ton of racing games out there, there’s not quite many motorcycle racing games to play – much more awesome motorcycle games. This is tricky, considering how awesome riding motorcycles in the real world can be. Thankfully, game developers across the racing genre have created quite exciting motorcycle games through the years – some of which really stand out from the rest. If you’re interested in trying your hand with some of these games, here are some of the best motorcycle titles out there:

  • MX vs ATV All Out lets you live your motocross fantasies. If you’ve ever had a knack for off-road racing, you might want to give MX vs ATV All Out a shot. Aside from a campaign mode, it has a wide variety of gameplay modes alongside a practice mode for your convenience. The game itself is catered towards technical racing, with a focus on pulling off stunts. If you’ve ever wanted to try out motocross, this game might just give you the right push to buy a bike for your own.
    • Gamers can choose a ton of gameplay options in MX vs ATV All Out, including Tag, Waypoint, Opencross, and Supercross. Aside from that, there’s a Nationals mode that acts like a campaign mode where you aim for the championship. Likewise, a Freestyle mode lets you try new vehicles and practice your stunts.
    • Another interesting addition to the game is its vast customization options. The game allows you to add upgrades to your vehicle, as well as customize them with a huge slate of aesthetic options. Aside from these, you can choose a wide range of vehicles across 80 motocross companies.
  • MotoGP 17 lets you wear the shoes of a professional racer. There’s a ton of racing games out there that let you feel what it’s like to go pro. MotoGP 17 amps this up by letting you see things from the perspective of professional bike racers. Similar to the NBA 2K series, MotoGP allows you to race as part of a professional team – and like other in-depth sports games, MotoGP also offers a huge array of customization options for your motorbike. Where MotoGP shines through isn’t just with its unique customization, but also because it has fairly realistic controls as well.
    • This MotoGP game lets you become both a driver and a team manager, allowing you to play both as a racer and manage a team. This can be a dream come true for a ton of pro racing fans, as you’re now put in charge in the future of your entire racing team.
    • Likewise, MotoGP 17 features stunning graphics and stellar sounds that take the pro racing experience to the next level. A lot of gamers consider MotoGP 17 as one of the most authentic and realistic pro bike racing games of all time because of these controls. Bike are sleek and easy to maneuver, but still technical enough to require a bit of planning when handling a lot of speed. This adds just enough thrill and difficulty for players to be challenged in the game.
  • SuperBike TT takes motorcycle racing to virtual reality. If you own an Oculus Rift, or if you plan to buy an Oculus Rift, we highly recommend you try SuperBike TT. This is a motorcycle game that takes bike racing experience to virtual reality. While racing in first person isn’t a new thing for gamers in this genre, SuperBike TT takes advantage of VR to immerse you in an amazingly realistic environment.
    • If this is your first time playing a racing game in VR, you might be surprised how realistic SuperBike TT will appear. It’s the closest thing players can get to real life bike racing, especially when you consider the sheer thrill of making tight turns in tracks. And thanks to VR, your heart will really skip a bit whenever you barely missed hitting opponents’ vehicles, or missing turns.
    • The game takes full advantage of the Rift’s VR capabilities, giving you quite easy-to-learn controls with a game that still mechanically feels like you’re actually handling a real motorbike. This is impressive, considering handling 200 mph on a motorbike can be extremely difficult. The game gives you almost the same level of difficulty, but still lets you have fun by giving you all the capability of controlling your vehicle in these speeds.
    • SuperBike TT adds a huge depth to motorbike racing games, especially compared to their console, PC, and even free online game counterparts. While advancements in graphics allow devs to make free online racing games that make use of realistic physics like Drift Hunters, VR and motorbike racing take this to new heights.
  • MotorStorm: Apocalypse amps up the thrill level to 100. A lot of gamers might not have even heard of MotorStorm: Apocalypse, but racing gamers would most likely have tried it. Despite it being a PS3 release, Apocalypse switched up the genre by removing focus on the racing aspect of the game. Rather, they focus on environmental effects – in this case, the end of the world – that actually happen during gameplay. This gives players quite a thrill in virtually every match, as there’s no way of knowing when tornadoes will appear or earthquakes will happen as you race to the finish line.
    • MotorStorm: Apocalypse isn’t exclusively a bike racer, but there are a ton of bikes in this thrilling urban racer. Various off-road vehicles can be used to run from the apocalypse in this game, but the idea that bikes can look extremely “vulnerable” in this game can make it all the more thrilling. So imagine racing around 40 tracks but at the same time avoiding a ton of disasters that you can set prior to the race.
    • Despite the large selection of off-road vehicles, their bike controls are actually great. They’re easy to get into and feels light to the hands, which makes the bikes all the more fun to handle. It’s not extremely “realistic” to other games – but then again, it’s a game where tornadoes happen every few seconds.
  • Grand Theft Auto Online has motorbike DLCs that spice up its living open world. A lot of gamers find Rockstar Games’ gem extremely appealing for a wide variety of reasons. The fact that the GTA franchise allows you to make a name out of yourself as a gangster can make gamers feel all sorts of awesome doing stunts and other shenanigans in a living, breathing world. So when the Bikers update and the Lost and Damned DLC released for GTA Online, motorbike fans finally have their chance in the limelight. Racers already love GTA for its wild racing mechanics, so when a biker-centric DLC popped up, gamers were stunned to see how GTA vastly improved its bike mechanics. Plus, it has an interesting story to boot.
    • GTA already features a wide variety of vehicles since its first iteration, with bikes being a staple. While GTA’s bike models don’t exist in the real world, they do offer different speeds, handling difficulties, and looks to enjoy. GTA in general makes bike riding extremely fun, as it’s not too complicated to do. Not to mention, police chases with bikes can be wild.
    • The Bikers update for GTA Online give players a whole host of bikes to choose from, alongside unique tracks to test them out on. Perhaps more interesting is how they vastly improved the handling of the bikes and added a bit of technical “spice” to it. Bikers now feel considerably heavier but much easier to handle, as though you’re handling a bike from an actual motorcycle game.
    • Another highlight for the Lost and the Damned DLC is its unique story that matches the bike theme. In this GTA Online DLC, players will be able to meet Johnny Klebitz, a head of a gang, and explore his life story. This, coupled with improved mechanics and a wider range of bikes to choose from, can really make you feel involved with the tale.

The Best Motorbike Games: Thrill, Simulation, Customization

If you look at all the above examples, you might notice that all these games have some things in common. All of these, at least for us, make amazing motorbike games – as they capture all the essential elements into making a motorbike gaming experience not just realistic, but also fun for players. These games are thrilling, which gives you the rush some drivers also look for when competing in pro biking competitions. Likewise, they’re realistic simulation games that give you the technical difficulty needed to “feel” victorious whenever you conquer tracks. Lastly, these games also offer a wide array of customization to help make every match and every experience feel as unique as possible.

By Glenn Matthews