SBK-X: Superbike World Championship is a motorcycle racing game developed by Milestone s.r.l. and published by Black Bean Games in 2010. The game features three modes of gameplay: the arcade mode, the simulation mode and the multiplayer mode. Also for the first time in the series the game features the Superstock and Supersport championships. There are also the new career mode, composed of eight years, starting at the STK.
SBK-X features an intuitive mode named Arcade mode in which the player does not requires the precision and timing as in the simulation modes. The player also has at disposal the boost button which enhances the speed of the motorcycle during straights. In this mode the player may enter in the Story mode, in which he has to accomplish some objectives which include overtaking a number of adversaries or finishing at a certain position to complete.
The simulation mode is focused on the more hardcore gamers who want to feel how is to really handle a motorcycle. However, the player may opt to play at a lower level of realism by changing the level of simulation to low or medium. This mode features the quick race, championship as well as the new career mode, in which the player has to rise through the ranks of the series to become a champion.
This mode also features an evolving track, which means that during the early moments of the weekend, the track still lacks the darker strips. As the bikes pass through the track, its grip raises thanks tires' wearing out, creating a darker strip in the race line. Also, when it is raining the parts of the track where bikes pass most starts to dry up.
In the Career mode, the players may create his own avatar and start at the lowest category, the Superstock. By finishing at the teams' desired position, showing skill on the track, the player gains reputation points which are needed to attract attention of high profile teams and going to the other categories. This mode can be played for eight years and the final objective is to became a champion.
The game features a legends pack composed of famous former champions and famous bikers from the past or riding older motorcycles. The legends include:
Pierfrancesco Chili, Suzuki GSX750R 2000
Katsuaki Fujiwara, Suzuki GSX750R 2000
Max Biaggi, Suzuki GSX1000R K7 2007
Yukio Kagayama, Suzuki GSX1000R K7 2007
Aaron Slight, Honda VTR1000 SP1 2000
Colin Edwards, Honda VTR1000 SP1 2000
Ben Bostrom, Ducati 996 2001
James Toseland, Ducati 996 2001
Neil Hodgson, Ducati 996 2001
Carl Fogarty, Ducati 996 1999
Troy Corser, Ducati 996 1999
Troy Bayliss, Ducati 999 2006
Lorenzo Lanzi, Ducati 999 2006
Ben Spies, Yamaha R1 2009
Tom Sykes, Yamaha R1 2009
Akira Yanagawa, Kawasaki ZX7RR 2000
Gregorio Lavilla, Kawasaki ZX7RR 2000
Source: Wikipedia, "SBK X: Superbike World Championship", available under the CC-BY-SA License.