The latest off-road
game arrives on the 360, MX vs ATV Reflex by Rainbow Studios
which gives fans of this genre another option for their off-road
fix. With new vehicles, tracks and gameplay modes, MX vs ATV Reflex
also features some lush graphics that will definitely get your motor
running and compared to the previous instalments of this series, the
latest game is definitely leaps and bounds ahead of its predecessor.
Apart from the
impressive terrain deformation technology that is employed by this
title, the first thing that we noticed about the game was the
control system that is easily one of the most sturdy that we have
seen on the 360. Although the learning curve of the new controls is
a little high with the inclusion of dual stick driving, this allows
you to control the vehicle with one stick and the rider with another
which is great for maximising jumps and turns.
This is also works
wonders when you're trying to pull off some tricks, although the
first few times, you'll be landing in the dirt... depending on your
gaming prowess. It does help that the game will prompt you on how you
will land, so do you have a chance of rectifying the problem. Of
course, the variety of vehicles that you control range from bikes to
buggies and just about anything related to off road and once again,
each handles differently which mimics the controls well.
In relation to
terrain deformation, your tyres and the muck that your bikes or
buggies or the like kick up, will slightly change the terrain that
you race on and when you come through a second time, these
disturbances can sometimes cause not only you if your not vigilant
but your competitors to fail. The only issue that we found during
our testing was the AI who seem be fairly indestructible in messing
up which is a shame, especially if you have a crash and you see all
your competitors race by. Bummer!
The game offers a
variety of game modes from single player to multiplayer (12 online)
which allows you to race through Champion Sport Track, Free Ride,
Freestyle, Nationals, Omnicross, Waypoint and Supercross. Of course,
the edition of a career mode is definitely a great way to learn the
ropes of this title.
Lastly, add in some other modes such as
elimination and faceoff for example and this game definitely
delivers in this department. Multiplayer was also quite fun and
definitely adds to the longevity of this title, especially with the
mini-games, snake and tag. Tag is like the traditional game of "chasey",
whereas snake is like the original game of snake or more
specifically, like Tron for those older geeks.
game is pure eye candy that contains impressive backgrounds,
realistic vehicles and driving physics plus terrain deformation
which changes, sometimes considerably as you race. Needless to say,
the terrain deformation looks spectacular. Of course, add in an
almost flawless frame rate and this game definitely gives the
illusion of speed. It should be noted that the various terrains in
the game are great from forests to deserts and even snow.
In terms of sound, any game of this style would need the
appropriate soundtrack and the score for this game is quite heavy
that sometimes drains out the roars of the engines. Our only issue
with the game is the who definitely sounds forced
and at times quite annoying. Double Bummer!
In conclusion, MX vs
ATV Reflex is a fun game that adds a few new twists and turns to the
off road racing genre. The new control system of the game is quite
good and although it may take a little getting use to, once you have
mastered the controls, you'll definitely be in a better place when
you started. Good graphics, realistic game physics, there's little
if any to complain about MX vs ATV Reflex.
Check it out!