Rossi's New Video Game Is The Closest You'll Ever Get To Being The Doctor

Hit the race circuit, flat track, or get behind the wheel like Vale

Valentino Rossi - The Game
Valentino Rossi - The GameCourtesy of Milestone

Let's be honest, motorcycle video games have been a pretty big disappointment thus far. Well, besides Excitebike and Road Rash of course. Valentino Rossi - The Game is looking to change all that and, despite my skepticism, I think they might have actually done it. I mean, you get to play as Rossi atop his Yamaha M1 MotoGP race bike, a Yamaha R1M, a YZ450F flat track bike, his Ford Mustang drift car, or his Ford Focus rally car.

Valentino Rossi - The Game features 291 riders ranging from this season's current roster to 90 different historical riders. It contains 47 total tracks including 18 MotoGP tracks, as well as the new Austrian Red Bull Ring circuit, various car tracks, and Rossi's Ranch. And then there are the bikes, which allow you to choose from the current crop of MotoGP bikes to various bikes Vale has raced in the past.

I tried out Ride and was fairly unimpressed with the gameplay experience and options as far as bikes, upgrades, and tracks. Their gear collection was pretty cool, and it was fun to play as a rider wearing the things I actually wear on a daily basis, but that doesn't last long at keeping my attention.

Valentino Rossi - The Game
BraaaaaaapCourtesy of Milestone

Valentino Rossi - The Game is based on the same framework as the MotoGP video games, which have had the best gameplay physics so far. The videos of the gameplay all actually look pretty good, but it's hard to trust those things until we get the game here in our hands.

The game went on sale today for Playstation 4, XBOX One, PC, and Steam, in a variety of different levels of packages. Give us a few weeks to get a copy in and brush up on our skills, and then you'll get your chance to take on some Cycle World staffers.

Valentino Rossi - The Game
Which one would you want a chance with first?Courtesy of Milestone
Valentino Rossi - The Game
Valentino Rossi - The GameCourtesy of Milestone
Valentino Rossi - The Game
Think you can slide like Rossi?Courtesy of Milestone
Valentino Rossi - The Game
Rossi's Ford Focus WRC carCourtesy of Milestone
Valentino Rossi - The Game
Get sideways in Rossi's Ford mustang drift carCourtesy of Milestone
Valentino Rossi - The Game
Next year, this picture will look a little different.Courtesy of Milestone
Valentino Rossi - The Game
R1M Races modeCourtesy of Milestone
Valentino Rossi - The Game
This is likely as close as we'll ever get to Rossi's RanchCourtesy of Milestone
Valentino Rossi - The Game
The full collectionCourtesy of Milestone