There's no denying the ambition behind Ride 3. Developer Milestone has been churning out games for motorcycle fans for years, but Ride 3 represents something of a purist's motorcycle racing sim.


However, despite huge hits like the MotoGP and MXGP series under its belt, the Italian outfit has not quite hit the heights of excellence. But has that changed with Ride 3?


The aim to be the Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport of motorcycle games is a lofty one and no easy task for a relatively modest - if prolific - studio like Milestone.


There's no doubting that they share a deep affection for two wheeled machines. In Ride 3 they've poured TLC into the visuals, audio and handling of each bike - of which there are a staggering 270.


The game-play visuals are significantly better than predecessors, taking advantage as they do of the Unreal Engine. However, close inspection of foliage and especially spectator faces reveals a lack of detail and therefore believability.


The bikes themselves are far more detailed - and are easy and fun to control. Handling varies realistically between bike classes, while there are a huge choice of customisation options - each of which impact how the machine rides, again adding realism.


Those who haven't played a lot of bike games, or those - dare we say it - who aren't really into motorcycles, may find Ride 3 a little hard to get into. There is a distinct lack of tutorials, which could put off newbie racers.


However, having invested enough time and effort, even the causal player will be rewarded as they learn how to execute the perfect turn, discovering precisely when to release the brakes on a given machine.


While Career Mode offers plenty of challenges as you ascend through the seven classes, it can get a little monotonous, with nothing to break-up the game-play.


So, is Ride 3 the Gran Turismo or Forza Motorsport of motorcycle games? In a word, no. The developer, while evidently passionate about bikes, does not have the financial clout to create a game on a par with those much-loved titles.


But while it doesn't have the gloss and glitz of some other racing sims, for those seeking a realistic motorcycle simulator with a vast amount of detail - at least where the bikes themselves are concerned - Ride 3 is certainly worth checking out.


Formats: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Price: £49.99

Publisher: Milestone

Developer: Milestone

Release Date: 30th November 2018

Age Rating: 3