Gameplay is similar but slightly different to previous games in the series. XGRA features a wide range of riders, tracks and bikes that can accelerate at an incredibly rapid rate, going from 0 to 300 mph in a matter of seconds. A returning feature is the ability to break sound barrier: upon reaching 750MPH, all sound effects will cut out, except for item collection sound, other tider's taunts, weapons firing, and in-game music.
XGRA allows players to race for 8 different teams, with each team's bike having their own advantages and drawbacks such as Regeneration, Handling, Speed, Acceleration and Shielding.
XGRA: Extreme-G Racing Association received a mixed response from critics upon release. Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating in the 0–100 range, calculated an average score of 69 out of 100, indicating "Mixed or average reviews", based on 13 reviews for the Nintendo GameCube version, 68 out of 100 based on 21 reviews for the PlayStation 2 version, and 66 out of 100 based on 15 reviews for the Xbox version.GameRankings assigned it an average review score of 73% based on 18 reviews for the Nintendo GameCube version, 69% based on 49 reviews for the PlayStation 2 version and 67% based on 18 reviews for the Xbox version.