Review: FIM Speedway GP 2012 (iPhone)
Written By Matt Sainsbury on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | 12:16
As a motor sport, Speedway deserves respect. The bikes don’t have breaks so it’s a sport of skilled drifting, concentration and raw speed. Watching live, it’s exciting and dynamic, and the crowd always provides a great atmosphere. It’s a bit like Nascar on bikes, really.
But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s all about turning left around an oval, and this does not translate well to videogame form. At all. Especially when you dumb things right down for an iPhone take on the game.
But that doesn’t address the fundamental flaw of this game: all you’re doing is turning left! It’s not the most compelling experience to race through cup after cup on oval circuits (that do look different, but play essentially the same), turning left over and over again. There’s even commentary and nice 3D visuals as well as licensed racer names, which is a nice bonus that elevates the production values well beyond the asking price.
There’s more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. This is true for male models, and this is true for videogames, especially when you’ve gone to all the effort to make a game to appeal to those poor souls who are not ambi-turners, and then can’t even throw in a bit of blue steel to make it worth their while.
- Matt S
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