Last of all is the challenge mode which pits you against 100 unique challenges, including time trials, slalom courses, drag races and one on one races against top riders. Each challenge has three difficulty levels, the variables that make each challenge are different, they can range from completing a time trial in a shorter time to setting stricter rules like not leaving the track. This is fairly similar to the licence section in Gran Turismo, but instead of earning the right to take part in races you are rewarded with videos, pictures, new stuff for your rider and a selection of new bikes and riders can be unlocked. This is the mode which will keep you coming back for more.
The best of these modes is the season mode in which you enter a seasons worth of races against top real life riders. You can choose from 12 teams and set a number of options before you start racing. The difficulty level makes a large difference, if you hike it up the AI riders will become noticeably better, but the real killer is the removal of braking and traction control that is available in the easy mode. If you decide to up to the level to hard, you will only be able to select from a couple of teams initially.
Moto GP 3 looks great, the bike all look great you can even see the brake callipers and foot pegs. The riders have had a good job done on the animation so the move nice and smoothly. The rider's leathers are also nice and clear so you can make out all of the sponsors. New to Moto GP 3 is the drivers eye view, this isn't so good for racing but it really does look good, with each bike having its own detail on the instruments and fairing etc. The replays are fantastic and very much like those from Gran Turismo, heat shimmers and lovely sweeping motions of the camera. The frame rate is also very good, especially in the single player games, when it come to multiplayer games the frame rate can chug a little.
Moto GP 3 is by far the best motorbike racer on the PS2. It's as challenging as you would like it to be, the challenge mode will keep you coming back for more and anyone that is a fan of super bike will find the depth of controls will keep you immersed for a very long time. Casual gamers may not find Moto GP 3 as immersive and as a result it may not hold your attention for very long. Anyone looking for a challenge or anyone who is a fan of the sport should invest in a copy of Moto GP 3 straight away, there are no substitutes.
8.5 out of 10