We would rather be riding than sitting in front of a computer game (even when it’s raining), but the upcoming Isle of Man TT 2 looks interesting with a host of classic motorcycles being added.
The game is due on Xbox One, PS4, and PC in March 2020 and later on in the year for Nintendo Switch.
If you pre-order, you will receive a 1978 Mike Hailwood Ducati 900 as a bonus motorcycle.
Check out this two-part video.
The first half shows Davey Todd on the BMW S1000RR he rode last year and the second half features Mike the Bike on the Ducati 900.
It’s obviously not as fast, but oh the sound!
In fact, the sound is one of the best things about the game.
No game that we have ever seen comes close to the reality and dynamics of riding.
But the sound sure can. So hook up to a good amp and speakers and turn the volume up to 11.
While the Hailwood bike is a bonus for those who order early, there are several other classic bikes in the game.
They include the MV Augusta 500, Norton NRS 588, Suzuki XR69, and Yamaha TZ 750.
Here is the official trailer video for the game.
It will be interesting to see if the Norton V4 RR that featured in the first game returns as the company has gone into administration amid sordid fraud allegations and will obviously not be at this year’s TT.
The first Isle of Man TT video game “Ride on the Edge” featured motorcycles rendered by Brisbane computer graphics production studio Virtual Mechanix.
We aren’t sure if they are involved this time, but the rendering is pretty good and the bikes are faithful to the originals.
This game was developed by Bigben Interactive and Kylotonn, who did the first IOMTT game and the WRC FIA World Rally Championship series.
They are really going out for realism with the rider view even attracting bug splatters on the visor as they go around the track.
The creators say the new game features a revised physics system with more precise steering, better balance around bends and speed wobbles to alert players.
Brakes and shock absorbers respond to all bumps and users have to manage wear and tear of various bike parts and monitor brakes, suspension, engine and tyre temperatures.
Still, not as good as going for a real ride or heading out for a track day!