It’s the game with the ever-changing name – and it’s back again. So hop on board and read our MXGP 2020 review.

There haven’t been many fully fledged console motocross games in recent years so, when they come around, I’m always intrigued.

The MXGP series was born in 2014 and there have been six iterations up to the 2020 release – all of them with tweaked names.

MXGP 2020 TOMV – it’s official, folks

But, if you hadn’t guessed from the title, this is the official video game of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Now next-generation gamers can get involved too as MXGP 2020 TOMV is now available on PlayStation 5.

Get down and dirty on your dirt bike

And it comes with a host of exclusive features to boot.

Dirt biking like never before

The new DualSense control pads give a dirt bike experience like never before. And it genuinely adds a great deal to the gameplay.

Resolution has been bumped to 4K with strong 60 FPS on PS5, which enhances the graphical detail and makes for a smoother experience.

And, best of all, you can now compete in online races with up to 14 players.

But it’s up to you how you enjoy MXGP 2020 TOMV. There’s career mode, where you start off as a rookie in the Motocross world.

You can either sign up to one of the official teams or create your own. And, as you might expect, you race your way through the official 2020 season.

 

Build your dream track

There’s also a track editor, which will maintain your interest long after career mode is done and dusted.

You can choose from four terrain types and use height maps to create your track in a realistic way, carving through hills and mountains. You can also share your creations or download new ones.

Create your own track or race your way through the official 2020 season

However, it’s racing against friends or free-roaming together in the new Playground area where MXGP 2020 TOMV really comes into its own.

This is far from perfect by any means and you get the feeling it barely scratches the surface of what the game could be in the future when truly harnessing the PS5’s power.

One big benefit you’ll spot straight away, though, is the super-fast load times.

More bells and whistles, please?

Milestone have built a really solid game here. Just enough for fan boys and girls of the sport to scratch that itch – and just enough to fill the Motocross void on next gen.

However it doesn’t come with the kind of bells, whistles, spill and thrills we expect from a game on a next-gen console.

Dream scenes: Resolution has been bumped to 4K with strong 60 FPS on PS5

There’s plenty of promise here, though, despite the lack of content and rather bland environments.

But make no mistake, this is the best entry in the series to date and I’ve a feeling it’s only just getting started.

The next release will be a truer reflection of the series’ staying power in video gaming.

Rating: 7/10

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