Excerpt: THQ offers up their next title in the MX Vs ATV franchise. THQ has taken a brave step with MX Vs ATV Alive. It is one step that may define how games are sold in the future and one that ultimately defines this review. You see, THQ have been battling the pre-owned demons for quite a while now and whilst combatting this with online codes etc have plumped for an ingenious way of delivering a game that sells cheaply enough at retail to tempts first time buyers of the...
Well-made motocross racer has some track violence.
Common Sense Media
17 July 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that MX vs. ATV Alive is a professional motocross simulation set mostly on outdoor championship tracks. Note, though, that this game might be more violent than past games as it now supports "bar to bar" full-contact action, meaning players can shove nearby riders. Also, players will see scantily-clad "card girls" and hear mild language in a couple of songs.
Excerpt: Don’t you hate walking in on a conversation which falls silent as you disturb the flow, never to restart even though the topic seemed engaging? MX vs. ATV Alive is the racing equivalent, seemingly bent heavily towards those who had previously engaged in the series whilst not really caring, or being interested, in anyone else joining the fray and it is this simple lack of support that lets the game down so terribly.
Excerpt: The MX vs. ATV series is taking a departure from the norm with MX vs. ATV Alive. Its price point is set somewhere between a budget title and a full priced game, and is designed to let you expand the game as much as you’d like, or not at all, through a large catalog of DLC that ranges from gear for your racer to new vehicles and tracks. The game is certainly fully playable without ever downloading a single thing, but there’s an “impatience tax” built into the game.
Excerpt: For fans of motocross, MX vs. ATV has long been the definitive series for dirt-slinging action. With Alive , however, we have a package that is a bit out of the ordinary for the franchise. This iteration will only set you back $40 instead of a fully priced $60 game. This is nice, but the fact is that you’ll only get $40 worth of video game… maybe.
Summary: Unless you’re a die-hard off-road racing fan, then " MX vs. ATV Alive " probably isn’t the title for you. What’s on offer is decent enough, but there’s so little of it. And it’s so horribly throttled that you’ll likely not have the endurance to even access some of it. A disappointment that could have done with a few more months in development.
Excerpt: MX vs. ATV Alive is an incredibly unusual beast. While most modern video games not only introduce you to the titles mechanics in a slow and methodical fashion, it also includes some form of ‘story’ to enjoy and complete. Alive , much to its detriment, negates practically any form of introduction, or basic sense of progression. Initially there’s very little to do.