If you’re both a motorcycle nutter and a gaming geek, news of new motorcycle games probably graps your attention. In 2009 there’s a new game coming called Ride to Hell (watch the trailer below). There’s not much information out, but it looks like it’s sort of a GTA style 60’s biker gang thing. Where eastern european gangsters is replaced with hard boiled bikers doing whatever it is they do.
There’s been very few successful motorcycle games over the years. Usually motorcycles only play a small part in otherwise car oriented arcade racing games. The only remotely successful dedicated motorcycle game I know of is the Moto Grand Prix series.
A reason why it’s so hard creating good motorcycle games is probably that steering a real motorcycle very much involves body movement. Unless you have the simulation like setup some arcade machines have, you’re pretty much screwed. A joystick or gamepad doesn’t really cut it and few people have the room or money for an arcade machine.
That means if core game play is just about riding, people will loose interest after satisfying their initial curiosity. I imagine that Ride to Hell could have a chance for success if there’s going to be a multiplayer and PVP element, like we know it from World of Warcraft, Warhammer Online and so on. Say you could form a bad ass biker gang with your friends and trash other biker gangs while you grind resources to fund bike and weapon upgrades by various dodgy business activities. That might have some potential if performed right.
I’m looking forward to trying Ride to Hell, but honestly I don’t expect that much of it. But one can always hope.