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Superbike 2001 is a motorcycle racing game developed by Milestone and published by Electronic Arts (EA) for the PC. It was released in Europe on October 9, 2000, and in North America on September 9, 2001. It is part of EA's Superbike video game series.
The game features all tracks and motorcycles that existed on the 2000 Superbike World Championship season, and allows players to race in either single races or longer blocks of weekend races or championship races to access more of the game's content. The game was praised by critics for being a realistic simulation game; it received an 87.32% on GameRankings and an 88% on Metacritic.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Superbike 2001 is a simulation game which aims to deliver a realistic motorcycle racing experience. The user controls a motorcycle through races on various paved courses; it features tracks and motorcycles from the Superbike World Championship's 2000 season. The game allows the player to choose between three game modes: Quick Start, Single Race, and Championship mode. Quick Start allows the user to quickly pick up a game and begin to play. Single Race let's the player play over one weekend, including practice laps and other race modes. Championship mode takes place over 32 weekends, or a full season of play, and includes detailed statistics. Superbike 2001 features four different difficulty modes, which make the game switch from a more casual experience to an incredibly realistic one.
Statistics and bike attributes are completely customizable, and can be adjusted by the user to find a good balance. The physics engine allows for realistic crashes to occur, such as losing a bike from underneath the rider.
Reception[edit | edit source]
The game was praised by critics for being a realistic simulation game; it received an 87.32% on GameRankings and an 88% on Metacritic. IGN's Dan Adams hailed the game as an outstanding fusion of arcade and realistic simulation games. GameSpot's Scott Osborne felt that it showed the best of what the motorcycle racing genre had to offer in a video game. David Long of Computer Games Magazine awarded the game a perfect score and praised the game's graphics, describing them as "almost photo-realistic."
References[edit | edit source]
- Osborne, Scott (October 17, 2000). Superbike 2001 for PC Review. GameSpot. Retrieved on August 21, 2010
- Superbike 2001 for PC. GameRankings. Retrieved on August 21, 2010
- Superbike 2001 Critic Reviews for PC. Metacritic. Retrieved on August 21, 2010
- Adams, Dan (October 12, 2000). Superbike 2001 - PC Review. IGN. Retrieved on March 2, 2010
- Long, David J. (November 19, 2000). Superbike 2001 Review. Computer Games Magazine. Archived from the original on March 30, 2003 Retrieved on August 21, 2010