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MXGP 2020 Next-Gen Review - PS5 Exclusive

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MXGP 2020

MXGP 2020 Next-Gen Review - PS5 Exclusive

While MXGP 2020 officially launched for the PC, Xbox One X, and PS4 on December 16 of last year, many eagerly awaited the release of the next-generation version slated for the PS5. That’s right, the PS5 is the only system getting the enhanced version, but the Xbox Series X does upscale the previous-gen version of the game with enhanced graphics and faster load times and frame rate. So while this is an MXGP 2020 next-gen review, it’s more like a PS5 review.

On the PlayStation 5, we have specific features included here. This includes:

  • PS5 DualSense support, with haptic feedback and adaptive triggers
  • Resolution up to 4K, with 60 FPS
  • Online races up to 14 riders

If you have followed the release of the PS5 and have been lucky enough to secure one, then these words may seem a bit benign and repetitive. Still, you know what the haptic feedback can mean and what these changes overall can have on a game. That being said, usually these upgrades have come via a “free” upgrade on next-gen consoles. While I originally thought MXGP might go that route, this is a full-priced next-gen game whether you bought the PS4 version already or not.

Since I already did a full review of MXGP 2020 back in December, I am going to cover the differences between the two versions, rather than go over the whole game again. If you want a deeper review, head to my original write up here.

What I Like – MXGP 2020 Next-Gen Review

Haptic Feedback (PS5 Controller)

The press release from Milestone speaks of haptic feedback and adaptive controllers, and that’s all well and good, but how does that translate into the actual gameplay of MXGP 2020? For starters, unlike the last-gen version of MXGP 2020, you can feel the pressure of the throttle in the triggers, and it enhances the experience exactly how I was hoping it would.

If you have played any one of the many MX titles in the current Milestone library, then you have a full understanding of how important the feel of the throttle and brake is to your success, and the pressure-sensitive triggers take that feeling to another level.

I can now control the speed and aggressiveness of my bike coming around a bend or rut, and it provides a much more controlled and consistent atmosphere, which in turn impacts my results and chance at success on the track.

So, the adaptive triggers are a huge plus in my book, but the haptic feedback that is felt through the controller is equally as impressive. I talk often about developers finding ways to bring the user into the world they have created, and the haptic feedback and adaptive controllers do just that. You can feel the engine vibration of the bike in the controllers as well as the terrain under the bike.

Not only did I feel the vibration of the world around me, but there were also nuances to each effect that made them feel individualistic. On the track, I could also feel my opponents grinding up against me on turns or when racing down a straightaway, and track surfaces are brought to life with the usage of controller haptics. It’s hard to describe the differences between this gen’s version versus last gen’s effort without having the actual controller in your hand, but the PS5 controller haptics and triggers draw you further into the game than ever before.

Graphical Enhancements

As much as I have loved the effort from Milestone over the years with the MXGP series, one of my biggest gripes or complaints has always been the lack of graphical fidelity. Although there is room for improvement as the series continues, the enhanced PS5 version has taken a rather substantial leap forward in the graphics department.

The riders, your own and those around you, look incredibly detailed. The bikes themselves also have a level of detail that has always been there under the surface, but the detail has now been brought out by the powers of the new system. The look is similar to that of the MLB The Show series, in the fact the level of detail has always been there, but much of it could not be shown by the hardware — until now.

The bikes and riders are delivered in much higher detail, this is true, but so are the tracks and surfaces. Racing in the rain on the PS5 version can look almost photorealistic at times, and if the game had a better track degradation system built-in, I could just about feel like I was trackside during a race, and especially during a replay.

For me, and probably most others, the graphics in the MXGP series have always been a point of contention, but it finally feels like we can put that component aside going forward.

What I Don’t Like – MXGP 2020 Review

Depth Of Improvements

As I mentioned previously, I’m only covering components of the game that I did not cover in the initial review. That being said, I do take issue in one area with MXGP 2020 in the PS5 enhanced version. If you’re going to charge full price for a second release, I would have liked to have seen a few more additions on top of haptic feedback, 4K resolution, higher framerate, and online lobby participation set at 14 riders.

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A few additions or enhancements to the track editor would have been nice. On top of that, better track degradation, and more depth to the presentation and track introductions were areas of the game that could have also been touched on.

Bottom Line

If you have been patiently waiting for the PS5 version of MXGP 2020 to drop, then adding this title to your rotation is an absolute no brainer. If you already purchased MXGP 2020 for the PS4, and now want to know if purchasing a second copy for the PS5 is worth it, well, that depends on a couple things.

If the idea of a much-improved graphical experience is exciting, and a deeper experience when it comes to bike control and handling gets you revved up, then I say go for it. The upgrades in MXGP 2020 are tangible and create a better overall level of immersion — a level that’s never been seen or felt in this series before. So, the upgrade is well worth it in those regards.

The PS5 upgraded and enhanced version of MXGP 2020 is available now in the PSN store under the PS5 games section of the store.

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  1. Been a fan of this series and Milestone, the supercross series and MotoGP. This game is super frustrating so far though. 
    They made a game that is supposed to be more of a sim experience which is a commendable notion but why no tutorial?
    If you want to compete its necessary to learn the weight control and clutch mechanics but the game tells you exactly none of it.  I could understand if this was a hold right trigger for gas and steer type racing game that no tutorial would be necessary but that's not what this game is.
    Its learn as you go, which isnt great when you are basically thrust right into your career from initial load up. To top that off I dont see any way to restart your career.  There is no option to do so. If you select the wrong difficult or settings you are stuck with that till your race weekend is over. 
    I'd also say calling bike physics "wonky" is a bit of an understatement.  The problem is that you need to be close to perfect with your lines, which is probably pretty accurate  to real life.  Unfortunately your bike will develop a mind of it's own often. Swerving or jerking in an unwanted fashion causing loss of speed or worse a crash. I'm sure thats also realistic but the CPU doesnt live in that same physics world and seems infallible to these same mishaps.
    Graphics are great. Dual Sense integration is cool. First person racing is amazing.  So there is good here though.
    JMD
    I really wish I could get my hands on a PS5.
    Yeah no kidding.
    I tried to pre order with no luck because I have a job and cant camp out on the web 24 hours per day.
    I've been checking in stock sites and such every day with zero luck again because I have a job and have not been lucky enough to be home the 10 minutes they are in stock.
    Meanwhile ebay has a thousand units being sold at close to double the msrp.
    I'm not going to pay one cent over retail and cant believe people are desperate enough to pay that kind of money.
    I don't understand why they wont let us pre order one and have it in a couple months or so.
    This launch is a train wreck. I'm about to just stick with my ps4.
    Richzilla
    Yeah no kidding.
    I tried to pre order with no luck because I have a job and cant camp out on the web 24 hours per day.
    I've been checking in stock sites and such every day with zero luck again because I have a job and have not been lucky enough to be home the 10 minutes they are in stock.
    Meanwhile ebay has a thousand units being sold at close to double the msrp.
    I'm not going to pay one cent over retail and cant believe people are desperate enough to pay that kind of money.
    I don't understand why they wont let us pre order one and have it in a couple months or so.
    This launch is a train wreck. I'm about to just stick with my ps4.

    it's easy to say that when you don't have a ps5. ive been wanting to buy two more as presents. the system is awesome (under the hood). i wish they pushed the release back a year since they say covid has hurt production. i definitely don't like how the roll out went but bottom line this is a system we all need.

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