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If you like video games as much as you like motorcycles, it can be hard to find good motorcycle video games.
There are games in the Saints Row, Driver, and the GTA series that feature motorcycles.
But even then, they’re usually overshadowed by other vehicles.
The games listed in this list however are all about motorcycles – no cages here.
The 2000 sequel to Motocross Madness, Motocross Madness 2 did what every good sequel does:
- Keep what made the original great
- Add more depth to the original
- Fix the things that weren’t great
Everything that made the original Motocross Madness fun is here; the stunts, the open environments, even the famous (not to mention hilarious) “out of bounds launch”.
But as fun as the first game was, the outdoor environments were quite barren – making it feel like you were riding around in a giant sandpit.
In Motocross Madness 2, however, you get to ride around in locations that resemble something you’d see in real life. You’ve got a ski resort, a trailer park, even a giant quarry.
The granddaddy of motorcycle video games, this classic 8-bit game is almost as old as the console it was made for.
In Excitebike, you racing a dirt bike against the clock or AI opponents.
What makes the game particularly impressive is that it comes with a level editor – quite amazing for a game for the original NES.
Made by the same studio that made the Gran Turismo games (Polyphony Digital), Tourist Trophy – The Real Riding Simulator brings the realism of Grand Turismo to the world of motorcycle racing.
The game lets you ride over 100 motorcycles from actual motorcycle brands, including Honda, Ducati, and Yamaha.
And you can even race scooters (sure, they’re 250cc, but they’re still scooters).
The third game in the Extreme-G series (which began on the Nintendo 64), XGIII: Extreme-G racing can best be described as Wipeout on two wheels.
And just like Wipeout, the game has an amazing trance soundtrack from real-life artists, like System F, Vitae, and Luzon.
While the full game may not be out yet as of this post, the demo version of Motorcycle Mechanic Simulator 2021 certainly deserves an honorable mention.
In the game, you run your own motorcycle repair shop, fixing bikes for people and even building your own project bike on the side.
It’s like Car Mechanic Simulator 2018 – except with motorcycles.
If you’d like to check it out, the Prologue version is available to download for free from Steam.
I host live streaming every week of some of these motorcycle games (as well as some racing games and sandbox games).
For more information about the next stream, head over to the Dual Wheel Journey Twitch page.