TT Isle of man Review20/03/2018
Hello, everyone, we’re back with another review and this time it’s a game for all you bike enthusiasts. I am of course talking about TT Isle of man. A game like this has been long awaited as it feels like years since a motorbike racer came out. You can tell the developers have put a lot of effort into this game with a great tribute to the real riders who take part in the TT and the overall stunning bikes and tracks. You will come across the feeling of both excitement and fear often as even driving at over 200mph on the straight is scary. That’s ignoring the fact you hit some very sharp corners at speeds which are illegal in most countries.
You start with a very needed tutorial which explains the basics of the bike and gives you a feel for how it handles. It seems to me the bike handles differently depending on your camera (I don’t think that’s actually the case) so I crashed many times trying to tune the bike to my liking. However, once you play around with the bike on a few practice tracks it becomes easy to handle and the game really turns into what it was meant for… speed. The bike feels great hitting high speeds and getting down low for corners which makes for a fluid and fast gameplay which is very enjoyable. I will note however that the really slow corners can feel a little buggy and robotic. Also, staying on that theme the riders themselves look a bit too mechanical and their character models don’t seem very realistic. I play from the rider’s perspective so it’s not that bigger issue for me however in replays it can look a little awkward. Despite this when you are racing side by side it’s very difficult to tell and doesn’t take anything away from the gameplay. The game is quite unforgiving so I do recommend practising before starting the career mode as crashing cost you time and money. However, this just challenges you to get better and adds to the realism. I also like the fact that they have used the riders and their bikes from the TT in the game so you can race and fully immersive yourself in shoes of men like Michael Dunlop on his BMW, John McGuinness on his Honda and Michael Rutter. Racing as these men gives the game that extra bit of excitement and racing against them is even better. There are two types of race available, the Mass Start which acts as a typical race, and TT which is effectively a timed event. Both are really fun and challenging in different ways so the game does keep refreshing. Also, there are two categories of bikes: Supersport and Superbike. Initially, I believed the bikes would have slight differences, mainly speed, but this is not the case. When you move up from Supersport to superbike you have to totally relearn every nook and cray of every track as they handle completely differently. For example, corners when I could be flat out on the sports bike I had to break hard on the Superbike. This is actually true to the real bikes and adds another challenge within the game which is a huge bonus for me as learning how the bikes react to the track was where the game really stands out! My only real issue is when choosing jobs for the campaign. I felt like it wasn’t fully clear which race you were competing in and having emails and job start on different screens just made it more complex than it needed to be.
The graphics are very good and the bikes impressed me the most. The decal on the bikes and their real-life beauty comes across perfectly in the game. The level of detail on these bikes makes each one feel different. Also, the tracks look great and with the iconic black and white curbs, the racing feels just like the TT. The thing that surprised me the most was the foliage of trees and bushes. It all looks very realistic and makes each track feel alive as you race around it. While the graphics aren’t as sharp as Forza for example, the tracks look great and feel great which adds to the experience of bike racing. When you ride a bike you interact more with the world around you, especially in street racing like the TT, and the game captures this very well.
The bikes don’t only look great but they sound great. The engines sound realistic and meaty so you can hear the full power of the bike. Also changing gears when you’re at a high rev just sounds and feels great. Also, the spectators cheer you on as you head through the villages which are only a little detail but it really encourages you to race hard.
The game takes a long-time master so if you want to be flawless then there is huge replay value. As you have to learn every corner and hill it will take time to master, especially the main Isle of man track which is 60.70 Km long. It can be really annoying being halfway round and forgetting one of the hills which just throws you off. That’s why I tried to learn the course in sections which is a great feature in the game. As there are multiple tracks and two sets of bikes there is a lot of replay value, especially just because it’s fun.
Overall/ final thoughts:
TT Isle of man is a fast, fun and beautiful game which requires skill and fast reactions. The bikes feel great especially on iconic tracks and against such big names. If nothing else just playing this made me go back and watch old Isle of Man TT races and has definitely got me even more hyped for the race this year! While it’s not as easy as learning how to ride a bike with the complicated and lengthy tracks hopefully you’ll never forget this game and how it made you feel which is the most important thing to take away from any game.
By Adam Green