The start of MXGP2019 offers you the chance to make your own character to use for your career mode. The character creation has a decent amount of options but sadly, not as extensive as it should have been. While I also understand that it is a male-dominated sport, not covering the women’s side of MXGP is also a mistake as it narrows the appeal of the game.
After making your character, you are then thrust into the career mode. You can either start racing on your own with a sponsor or in a racing team. There’s an interesting premise within, as the options laid out does come with their very own pros and cons. Now to the core of the gameplay; the racing. MXGP 2019 will give you the option to tweak the racing style and difficulty. It offers you an easier handling style option for beginners. The problem being that as a beginner to the game I still had a lot of difficulty getting to grips with the game’s mechanics. While I applaud the commitment to realism, this somewhat again reduces its mass appeal. It took me more tries and restarts than I care to admit to even get a semblance of enjoyment in the racing part of the game. I feel like the game could have done with a proper tutorial in an empty track to get beginners used to the proper mechanics that they’ve incorporated. Instead, you’re thrust in to the career mode, with the odd tutorial box to tell you about some of them and then let you figure it out on your own.
Once I got the hang, and I use that term very loosely, of the basic handling of my bike, the racing part was actually quite enjoyable in a manic kind of sense. The tracks, based on real life ones, are varied enough so as not to be overly repetitive. There’s a real sense of thrill when you’re jumping over a hill, especially when in the first perspective mode looking through your rider’s helmet. The AI in the game is competitive enough but lack any real character to make the races as fun as they can be. Online play is a bit better than your competitive edge can break through knowing that you’re racing against human opponents rather than mindless AI. MXGP 2019 also offers a track editor where you can unleash your creativity or just make silly looking tracks and use them in-game or upload them online for others to use and vice versa.