You find yourself hurtling down a road. The only thing stopping you from death is your palm on the throttle, your fingers and feet on the brakes, your hands on the steering, and your body shifting weight. You are the bike, and the bike is you. This is the Isle of Man TT (IoM TT), the video game.
The IoM TT is the famous bike time trial race around the British island Isle of Man. Rider’s average speeds are around 125 mph down the streets – this is possible as the Isle of Man has no speed limits. Riders are crazy, and the game really shows how mad they are.
The entire IoM TT track is lovingly recreated with a massive amount of detail.
In fact, outside of Arma 2, TT IoM has some of the best foliage I’ve seen in games.
Overall, the game looks beautiful, with true attention paid to making it look as accurate as possible.
Developed by Kylotonn, who only made one decent motorbike game in the past, are best known for their work on the WRC games. It’s surprising how good TT IoM really is.
Everything from the physics feels more real than it is and is very approachable. This ranges from feeling like you are driving more on rails with all assists on, but as you take assists off the game gets more and more brutal – while it isn’t fully accurate.
It really shows how unrelenting the IoM TT track is when you ride it with no assists.
Alongside this, the sense of speed is something special. While hitting the roughly 180mph top speeds, your heart will start pumping and you tense up.
What’s Welcome And What Isn’t
A welcome addition to TT IoM, is the addition of tracks alongside the titular course.
You will find yourself in the Hertfordshire, or West Sussex countryside, but even in Wales racing around freight containers. However, while these other tracks are amazing to have, they pale in comparison to the main IoM track — they just feel rather lifeless next to it.
Then we come to the AI, and how much of a godsend the staggered start with the IoM TT is. The AI are functional, as in their go around a track. They feel more like racing games of the far past, where all they do is follow the track. They don’t attack, or put pressure, or defend against you. They don’t react at all. If you are next to them, they will crash into you. There also can be another issue with the AI, where they feel glued to the road.
Then we come to the career mode, which might as well not be there. All of this puts a massive black mark on an otherwise amazing game. The core of the game is something special, with the Isle of Man TT track having the best representation in gaming to date. With the feeling of the bike, to the sensation of speed, the sounds of the engines, and the multiple classes of bike – with supersport and superbikes (sidecars are coming in a free patch), there isn’t a massive amount, but it’s enough.
TT IoM has the heart and the passion at its core.
However, it’s surrounded by something which is lacklustre and disappointing.
Note: This game was provided by the publisher for the purposes of this review.