Exclusive: Ride videogame first-look plus full bike, track listing

Published: 25 February 2015

We've managed to get our hands on an exclusive listing of  the entire set of unlockable bikes that will be made available in the new, Ride videogame.

MCN were the only biking publication in attendance at the official launch of the new game from Milestone - the makers of the current MotoGP title - at Triumph's Hinckley factory yesterday. And whilst all of the other gaming titles were concentrating on framerates and the quality of the 'soft particle' lighting, we cut straight to the heart of the matter - the bikes and the tracks.

The Bikes

It was confirmed yesterday that the title will feature over 100 motorcycles from 14 manufacturers and that all of these initial bikes will be available to unlock within game, some as rewards for progress of certain 'challenges' and some as in-game 'points' upgrades.

In addition to this there will also be a series of models available to purchase via downloadable content [DLC] through the PlayStation and Xbox networks. The two packs that are currently confirmed are from Yamaha and include next year's 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1, YZF-R1M and YZF-R6, as well as a 'classics' pack that features the 1998 and 2012 R1's and the 1998 YZF-R7. It's expected that the majority of the new 2015 releases from manufacturers will follow.

Tracks

The track listing isn't quite as exhasutive as some would have hoped, and sadly, we can now officially confirm that there will be no TT Mountain course for the release. But fans of British roads should be able to take solace in the 'North Wales' circuit which - although not confirmed by the Italian developers that we spoke to yesterday - appears to be a fairly solid reproduction of the wooded, twisty roads of Hollyhead and Anglesey.

Other road courses of note include the Stelvio National Park and the Californian mountain range of Sierra Nevada.

Customisation

Whilst much of our play test yesterday revolved around showcasing the Triumph bikes available, there were some intriguing titbits of information that came to light with regards to rider and bike customisation.

Clothing and equipment manufacturers such as Dainese, Alpinestars and Arai have made their catalogues available for use within game, as have Rizoma, Akropovic and Arrow (to name a few). This means that as well as being able to customise the clothing of a rider, the player will also be able to tweak and refine changes to their machinery too - from the purchasing of quickshifters, right down to the type of oil used.

So how does it play?

From a videogame perspective all of the expected elements are in place. There is customisation aplenty, game modes ranging from full online play through to split-screen 'vs' modes are all available, as are a series of challenges within the game, which upon completion will see the rider rewarded with new equipment or machinery. Tinkerers and those with a fixation on details will be mightily pleased.

We spent time with various Triumph employees yesterday, who were also taking their very first look at the game, and all seemed impressed at both the level of detail of the bikes as well as the sound of each individual model that we rode. It's fair to say that nothing is going to come close to the visceral experience of riding a Daytona R through the streets of Milan in real-life, but the 'helmet' view of our rather rapid jaunt of the virtual same left us pleasantly surprised.

The handling of the virtual bikes does take a little getting used to however.

In the group of gamers I found myself within, I was routinely and savagely beaten in the quick lap stakes and had to check my 'style' in order to get close to being competitive. Whilst the physics and dynamics - that the developers claim to be the most accurate ever within a biking title - seem to be correct and are a lot more forgiving than the MotoGP titles, the disconnect between the rider and the bike is a mental bridge that needs crossing before you can really get the most out of the game. It certainly doesn't play like a car game (thankfully), but it's not *exactly* like biking either. The best way I could think of describing it would be to imagine that you're simply 'operating the controls' rather than 'riding the bike'. This may sounds slightly contradictory but I spent too long worrying about the rider's lean angle and getting the virtual *me* to feel like he was 'tucked in', rather than just making sure that the breaking and corner entry speed were perfect.

Once I'd made that adjustment everything else seemed to click into place.

Gamers - and bikers - will be able to judge for themselves from March 20th (UK Release date), but it's encouraging to see a game developer taking a chance on a bike riding title of this scale. Sure there are elements that we would like to see improved (fingers crossed for a TT license and there's no weather attributes that we could see) but as a solid stake in the ground, Ride is as close to real biking that a videogame has ever got. 

 

 


 

TRACKS/COURSES:

  • Magny-Cours
  • Sugo
  • Circuito de Almeria
  • Imola
  • Donington
  • Salt Flats Speedway
  • National Park of Stelvio
  • Kanto Temple
  • French Riveria
  • North Wales
  • Sierra Nevada
  • Miami (City)
  • Milan (City)

 

BIKES/MANUFACTURERS:

Bikes

Manufacturer

Bike Name

Year

1

Aprilia

RS250

2001

2

Aprilia

RSV4 APRC ABS

2014

3

Aprilia

Rsv4 Factory APRC ABS

2014

4

Aprilia

RSV4 R APRC – Racing Version

2014

5

Aprilia

RSV1000

2003

6

Aprilia

RSV1000R

2003

7

Aprilia

RSV1000SP

1999

8

Aprilia

Tuono V4R APRC ABS

2014

9

Aprilia

Tuono

2004

10

Bimota

Tesi 1D

1990

11

Bimota

Tesi 3D

2014

12

Bimota

Tesi Naked

2014

13

Bimota

DB8

2014

14

Bimota

DB8 Oronero

2014

15

Bimota

DB8 Italia

2014

16

Bimota

DB9 Brivido

2014

17

Bimota

DB9 Brivido S

2014

18

Bimota

BB3

2014

19

Bimota

BB3 Racing Version

2014

20

BMW

S1000RR

2014

21

BMW

S1000RR – HP4

2014

22

BMW

S1000RR – HP4 Racing Version

2014

23

BMW

S1000R

2014

24

BMW

F800R

2014

25

Ducati

1199 Panigale S

2014

26

Ducati

1199 Panigale Superleggera

2014

27

Ducati

Desmosedici RR

2006

28

Ducati

1098R

2008

29

Ducati

998R

2002

30

Ducati

Streetfighter 848

2014

31

Ducati

Monster 1200S

2014

32

Ducati

Diavel

2014

33

Ducati

Monster 696

2014

34

Energica

Energica EGO

2014

35

Eric Buell Racing

1190RX

2014

36

Eric Buell Racing

1190RS

2014

37

Honda

CBR1000RR Fireblade

2014

38

Honda

CBR1000RR Fireblade SP

2014

39

Honda

CBR1000RR Fireblade Racing Version

2014

40

Honda

CBR600RR

2014

41

Honda

VTR1000 SP1

2001

42

Honda

VTR1000 SP2

2005

43

Honda

CBR1000RR Fireblade

2004

44

Honda

CBR600RR 2006

2006

45

Honda

CBR900RR

1995

46

Honda

RVF750 RC45

1994

47

Honda

VFR750 RC30

1987

48

Honda

NR750

1992

49

Honda

CB1000R ABS - Barracuda

2014

50

Honda

CB1000R ABS

2014

51

Honda

CB650F ABS

2014

52

Lightening Motor

LS-218

2014

53

Kawasaki

Ninja ZX-10R

2014

54

Kawasaki

Ninja ZX-10R Racing

2014

55

Kawasaki

Ninja ZX-6R 636

2014

56

Kawasaki

Ninja ZX-10R

2006

57

Kawasaki

Ninja ZX-6R

2004

58

Kawasaki

ZX-7RR

1996

59

Kawasaki

Z1000

2014

60

Kawasaki

Z800

2014

61

Kawasaki

ZRX1200

2006

62

KTM

390R

2014

63

KTM

390R Racing Version

2014

64

KTM

1190 RC8R

2014

65

KTM

1190 RC8R track

2014

66

KTM

Duke 690

2014

67

KTM

Duke 690R

2014

68

KTM

990 Super Duke R

2014

69

KTM

1290 Super Duke R

2014

70

MV Agusta

F4

2014

71

MV Agusta

F4 Racing Version

2014

72

MV Agusta

F4 R

2014

73

MV Agusta

F4 RR

2014

74

MV Agusta

F3 675

2014

75

MV Agusta

F3 800

2014

76

MV Agusta

F4 1000S

2006

77

MV Agusta

F4 1000R

2006

78

MV Agusta

F4 750

1998

79

MV Agusta

Brutale 1090

2014

80

MV Agusta

Brutale 1090R

2014

81

MV Agusta

Brutale 1090RR

2014

82

MV Agusta

Brutale Corsa

2014

83

MV Agusta

Brutale 800

2014

84

MV Agusta

Brutale 675

2014

85

MV Agusta

Rivale 800

2014

86

Suzuki

GSX-R1000

2014

87

Suzuki

GSX-R1000 Racing Version

2014

88

Suzuki

GSX-R1000 1 million edition

2013

89

Suzuki

GSX-R600

2014

90

Suzuki

GSX-R1000 K5

2005

91

Suzuki

GSX-R Srad 750

1998

92

Suzuki

GSX-R600

2000

93

Suzuki

TL1000R

1998

94

Suzuki

GSR750

2014

95

Triumph

Daytona 675

2014

96

Triumph

Daytona 675R

2014

97

Triumph

Daytona 955i

2004

98

Triumph

Speed Triple

2014

99

Triumph

Speed Triple R

2014

100

Triumph

Street Triple 600

2014

101

Triumph

Street Triple R

2014

102

Triumph

Speed Triple 955i

2004

103

Yamaha

YZF-R1

2014

104

Yamaha

YZF-R1 Racing Version

2014

105

Yamaha

YZF-R6

2014

106

Yamaha

YZF-R1

2002

107

Yamaha

YZF-R6

1999

108

Yamaha

YZF-R1

1998

109

Yamaha

YZF-R7

1998

110

Yamaha

FZR 750 R OW 01

1989

111

Yamaha

MT07

2014

112

Yamaha

MT09

2014

113

Yamaha

MT09 Street Rally

2014

114

Yamaha

XJR1300

2006