The Best Bike Video Games
Some of our favorite bike related video games.
Looking for some incredible bike based video games? Then check out our list below. We’ve compiled some of the best bike related titles to have released over the years. Included are iconic franchises from the original Nintendo Entertainment System days along with some of the more recent title releases.
Did we miss a video game title worth being on our list? Let us know by leaving a comment down below. Without further ado, here are our picks for the best bike related video game titles.
Launched in 2002, Freekstyle was an over-the-top motocross racing video game. Released on the PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo GameCube, players were able to race against opponents, go through circuits, enter a freestyle mode along with a free run.
Speed was the main factor in the game and it really made players feel as if they were barreling down massive courses. Speaking of the courses, Freekstyle featured unrealistic courses filled with massive jumps along with twists and turns.
Unfortunately, the publisher who handled the more extreme sports titles for console releases, EA Sports Big, went under back in 2008. Currently, there is no word on if this game will ever see a remastered release or a sequel.
Road Rash & Road Rage
The Road Rash series debuted in 1991 and saw its last official release in 2003. This is a motorcycle racing video game that was developed and published by Electronic Arts. Its fame and glory come from its combat mechanics.
During races, players can fight each other with a variety of hand weapons or they can simply punch and kick a nearby racer. While the objective is to finish in third or fourth place, players can cause wrecks for their opponents in order to speed ahead from the competition.
By winning races, players would be rewarded with money that could be used to buy new gear and bikes before the next race. As mentioned, the game saw its last release in 2003 when the 2000 PlayStation title release, Road Rash: Jailbreak was ported to the Game Boy Advance.
With that said, the series did go on to inspire developers Team 6 Studios to launch a spiritual successor called Road Rage. The game launched in 2017 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC platforms. As expected the game played out similarly to the Road Rash series with players racing on their motorcycles and fighting with various weapons.
Everyone knows about Excitebike, one of the classic titles to have launched on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. The series first released in 1985 as a launch title for the NES. Within the game, players raced through a series of tracks with a variety of obstacles.
Overall, the first title was rather basic and easy to understand. As new consoles released from Nintendo, new installments were developed which further tweaked the gameplay. As a result, we have seen releases such as Excitebike 64 for the Nintendo 64 and Excitebike: World Rally for the Nintendo Wii.
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned
Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost and Damned is an expansion pack made available for Grand Theft Auto IV. The game introduces players to Johnny Klebitz who is the vice president of a motorcycle club chapter.
While the game narrative is mature and aimed to play out similarly to the Grand Theft Auto franchise, there is a focus on motorcycles. Outside of running a motorcycle gang, there are races and over ten hours of gameplay to go through.
If you’re not interested in strictly racing when it comes to a focus on bikes and motorcycle focused games then this could be a great option.
The fifth game within the Trials franchise and the follow-up to Trials Evolution is Trials Fusion. If you’ve never played a Trials game, the title is more of a platform racer. Players control a biker that makes his way through various courses and obstacles though because of the physics of the game, getting through courses is easier said than done.
Regardless of its difficulty, Trials Fusion remains to be an amazing platformer. Since its release, Ubisoft has provided six DLC packs along with free content downloads.
Though you could enjoy any of the Trials titles, Trials Fusion continues to grow in popularity.
Mx vs ATV Series
MX vs. ATV is a series that has been around since 2005 and it continues to see new installments with the latest being MX vs ATV All Out which launched in March of this year. Overall, this is an off-road racing video game that tosses motocross bikes along with ATV vehicles.
As the series continued to see new installments, gamers will be introduced to more vehicles, tracks, game modes, and riders to race against.
MotorStorm: Apocalypse is another motocross and ATV style racing title, similar to the MX vs ATV series. However, with MotorStorm: Apocalypse, there is more of an extreme setting filled with harsh terrain destruction filled race tracks.
Currently, there are several titles available within the MotorStorm series dating back to 2006. All of the titles tend to keep the central focus on off-road racing though the changes between the games tend to deal with the setting locations.
While we have selected MotorStorm: Apocalypse on our list, the latest installment of this franchise is MotorStorm: RC that puts players into vehicles that resemble RC toys.
Hello Games may be best known for their video game title, No Man’s Sky, however, before that video game became the focal point in development, Hello Games released Joe Danger. This was a side-scrolling video game that mixed platforming with racing.
Overall, the video game follows the character named Joe Danger who is a stuntman. Players must go through the levels and make jumps to complete the various challenges required for the in-game film.