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MOTOGP: Ultimate Racing Technology 3

Last year's MotoGP 2 was the definitive motorbike game, providing an intoxicating petrol-sniffing package of bikes, riders, tracks and gorgeous TV-style replays. Weighed down with numerous gaming awards for its efforts, developer Climax is already gearing up for the sequel, which should take the chequered flag towards the end of this year.

Although info is as light as a Kawasaki sub-frame, all the great gameplay from the previous two titles will be lining up on the grid, including an addictive career mode, that allows you to choose your own leathers and helmet, and has RPG-like stats such as cornering and acceleration to improve.

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MotoGP 3 also promises to include the hugely popular Stunt mode, that encourages you to perform wheelies and knock off other riders ( la Road Rash), a host of multiplayer options for LAN and online, plus a "brand new mode" yet to be revealed. Of course, being an officially licensed game, there'll also be the full roster of riders and courses from the 2003 MotoGP World Championship, which you can pore over using the excellent replay facilities, which will be enhanced with the latest DX9 graphics effects.

We'll hopefully be burning rubber soon with a full hands-on - watch out Valentino Rossi...

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