Serious fans of motorcycle racing will no doubt appreciate the realism found in MotoGP 08's Simulation mode. That said, most gamers, who wouldn't know Hiroshi Aoyama from Thomas Lüthi, will find everything but Arcade mode too difficult to bother with. Simulation racers need to be realistic and challenging, which MotoGP is, for the most part, but they also need to be fun.
This is where Capcom comes up short. With the omission of two player split-screen, very few customization options, and a prohibitive learning curve, there's just not that much fun to be had. Still, MotoGP 08 has the makings of an excellent racing game, and with future iterations, one can only hope that the series sees a more robust feature set in the future.