Excerpt: Rainbow Studios are definitely in the know when it comes to offroad-based racing, they have years worth of experience in this field. The development team were responsible for Sony’s ATV: Offroad Fury series and then later went on to develop THQ’s very own MX Unleashed. Now Rainbow’s, MX vs. ATV Unleashed is uniting the offroad racing experience, and even offers a few surprises along the way.
Excerpt: I'm not going to beat around the bush. I didn't start playing MX vs. ATV Unleashed with much hope of enjoyment. A combination of two extreme sports, that I hadn't had much interest in on their own, didn't seem like a great way to spend my day. Still, there must be some reason why so many similar games are released. Having not had all that much experience with MX bikes or ATVs, I decided to take a look at the training, hopefully learning how best to ride these vehicles.
Excerpt: MX vs ATV Unleashed ’s graphics suffer from monotony. The tracks and vehicles that ride over them begin to look the same after a short time of playing. Little variation is present in the riders and their vehicles; customizable clothes and gear are available, but different vehicles just look like they have new paint jobs. On the other hand, the textures look good, and the physics system allows for some smooth animations.
Excerpt: If I had to choose one word to describe MX Vs. ATV Unleashed, it'd be "variety." The game takes the courses, events, and vehicles from the sports of motocross and ATV racing and crams them together into a single game, and then, just for overkill, it also adds monster trucks, dune buggies, golf carts, and fantasy courses into the mix.
Conclusion: They say familiarity breeds contempt. I'm not buying that, because, well, I'm still buying THIS, a half-dozen or so games later. The subtle tweaks and improvements come to a head here in an ATV AND MX game that satisfies, but doesn't offer anything new.
Excerpt: MX vs. ATV Unleashed is a game that gives fans of off-road racing practically everything they could want in a two- or four-wheel dirt-racing game...and more. The "more" part of the equation, however, doesn't always ring true to the arcade racing series that has built a reputation for itself with a blend of fast action and responsive control. ATVs and MX bikes are just the start of the dirt-racing fun in the game.
Pros: Responsive controls, Game runs at a quick pace, Outdoor tracks are lots of fun, Lots of modes will keep you busy
Cons: Player usually gets short end of the collision stick, Game tends to lack challenge at all but most difficult level, A max of six competitors per race? Boring..., Airborne races are maddeningly frustrating
Conclusion: It always seems to come down to the same thing with games like this: if you already have a motorcross game, it will probably fulfil your gaming needs, but if you are looking to fill that void, then MX vs. ATV is a cracking good laugh - perfect for kicking back with your mates and giving them a damn good thrashing on a Sunday afternoon.
Summary: The title pretty much gives the game away, don't you think? MX vs ATV Unleashed, unless of course you don't know what MX and ATV mean, well MX means Motocross (Trial Bikes) and ATV means All Terrain Vehicle (Quads and Buggy's). See us lads at BlokesOnly do know what we are talking about, not just pretty faces!!
Conclusion: In the words of the late prophet Swiss Tony: “Playing MX vs. ATV Unleashed is very much like making love to a beautiful woman. When you see her you can’t wait to get stuck in and in the beginning it’s hard work, but gets easier. It requires good rhythm in order to get the most out of her. Sadly after a while you start to get bored of her; the thrills all seem the same, which is when it’s time for you to trade her in for a newer model.
Pros: Great handling., Great tracks and wide open areas., Lots to do.
Cons: Unrewarding., Awful extra modes., Music is a bit naff., No online mode.