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Gameplay 8.7
Graphics 8.8
Sound 8.9
Value 8.8
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
M15+
Review Date:
March 2008
Reviewer:
Gabriel Brown

8.8


MX vs ATV Untamed

Rainbow Studio's latest off-road epic screeches its way on the XBox 360 that combines a variety of off-road vehicles such as dirt bikes and ATV's (all terrain vehicles) in some of the most entertaining racing to have graced the high end consoles in a long time. Sure the PlayStation 3 has had MotorStorm but the XBox 360 has been missing the extreme sports racing genre and Rainbow Studios are hoping that this current hybrid incarnation of their series will fill the gap.


Features:

  • X-Cross: 8 unique series are crossed into one ultimate offroad championship
  • Championship: Earn trophies in 8 individual event championship series
  • Own the Offroad: The 8 baddest all-terrain machines battle it out to determine which vehicle owns the outdoors
  • MX vs ATV Rivalry: Go bar to bar against the top MX and ATV professional riders
  • Massive Outdoor Environments: Rip through swampy everglades, blitz through rough rivers, and blaze through desert dunes
  • Freestyle Challenges: Natural environments provide launching pads that can’t be created elsewhere to throw down more than 40 tricks
  • Rhythm Racing: Rainbow Studios’ revolutionary real world physics has evolved to handle all new power slides, whips, and scrubs
  • Customization: Amp up your vehicle’s power, handling, and acceleration with more than 100 sponsor parts and accessories
  • Multiplayer: Fire out of the gates in 12 player online competition or in 2 player split screen

In its essence, MX vs ATV Untamed is your classic off-road arcade racing game that is extremely over the top and quite enjoyable as the dirt flies from your vehicles as you attempt to race at ridiculously high speeds, all trying to maintain control and hopefully win the race. A nifty little feature of the title is that while you wait for the game to load, the player has the option of racing around a stadium in order to perform a variety of stunts and when its loaded, the player is then ready to challenge the main gameplay of the title, the X-Cross tournament.

The X-Cross tournament is basically your traditional racing aspect of the title where the player must complete a variety of races in order to "unlock" new tracks and vehicles. The title also offers a variety of other options with some great online options such as "Graffiti" where you must get the highest score on each ramp via one of the tricks available in the game. Tony Hawk anyone?

The control system of MX vs ATV Untamed is perfect on the XBox 360 controller which will take most gamers only a few minutes to figure out. Best of all, each vehicle, whether a dirt bike or ATV, all handles differently with both controls and in-game racing. With that said, fans of rumble will be pleased to know that the game supports this much missed feature on the PlayStation 3.

Graphically, MX vs ATV Untamed is mixed bag on the XBox 360 with some levels looking a little bland in certain places. The vehicles are quite detailed and the attention to detail on the small things such as the tire marks on the dirt is quite impressive. Match that with a truly wonderful modern soundtrack featuring a variety of bands plus exaggerated vehicle sounds and you have everything you would expect to hear at a Crusty Demons exhibition.

In conclusion, although MX vs ATV Untamed doesn't offer the racing genre anything new, however this classic off-road racing gameplay has been sorely missed and the 21st century graphics, kickass soundtrack and sound effects is enough to easily push this game over the finish line with a rather decent victory. One for the extreme sports speed freaks!






 
 



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