Dave Ryan’s game review: SBK Generations is the perfect game for superbike lovers

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I used to be a big fan of superbike racing or MOTO GP as they call it these days, the days of BARRY SHEENE, mangling himself up on a regular basis, then hopping back onto his SUZUKI and winning another world title,

If you fancy the idea of riding a massive superbike at 200 mph, but aren`t the best rider in the world, then have a go at SBK GENERATIONS created by MILESTONE and BLACK BEAN games,

SBK GENERATIONS is not for the faint hearted, so be warned, if you’re a casual gamer you will bore of this title pretty quickly, because it is not just a racing game, it is a real challenge

There are four modes available, free play, Career, SBK Experience and Multiplayer, so plenty to choose from

With the career mode which is the main option really, you get to choose from three simulation modes, low, medium and high each one giving you more control of your bike, and less AI helping you to stay on it, if your new to this kind of game, then I would advise starting off in low mode (saves embarrassment )

The next step is to choose a rider, which is a simple task without to many options, you know the stuff, outfits, helmets, riding style etc. , then its pick a team, don`t just pick any old team though , it’s best to have a look at what goals and conditions each one is offering, another word of warning, make sure you are confident you have the right options set for your rider, because once you start that’s it, no going back baby!

Right so we are ready, and onto the gameplay, which isn`t too bad really, perhaps a little too perfect in places, your given a line to try and follow and I mean it when I say try, because this is not easy, if you make a simple error then off you come!

The AI riders are fine, just they never make mistakes, which does take away the reality feeling, the only time you see them crash is if you hit them, but either way your re-spawned quickly, and not far behind, there is of course an injury/damage option which will result in your rider and bike accumulating damage, until either of them can`t compete anymore

The controls are very intuitive, and as a bike simulator there is none better than this game, the control does take a while to master, so don`t expect to win at the first attempt

Another nice touch is the tuning aspect, where you can tweak and tinker with your bike, with an engineer on hand to offer advice to the non-mechanical minded

The graphics are really nice with some nice touches, especially the weather aspect, and some great in game camera angles

SBK GENERATIONS also offers other little treats like the SBK Experience, which to the uninitiated is just a challenge mode, mainly a variety of different challenges from all four seasons, with an option to unlock more riders, there’s the usual stuff like time trials, performing wheelies for a certain time, and there is plenty to keep you occupied

Finally free play is exactly that, you have the choice to create your own championship or just have a race weekend

The multiplayer option is Ok, with up to 16 players on-line, but no local split screen which is a shame, again be wary, there are some real devotees on-line, so practice first!