Review: MX Vs ATV
Rip, jump and scrub your way around 17 tracks and try to cross the finishing line first against more than 40 official riders and harvest all that motocross glory. Choose between bikes or ATVs.
- Nice graphics with a huge emphasis on realism. the tracks,bikes,ATV all look really good. the stadiums are full of people and it all looks very nice indeed for a PS3 game.
- Customize your rider. you can change just about everything like: Jersey,Goggles,Neck brace,boots,Jersey number and name on the shirt.
- Customize your vehicle with options like: engine,colour,tyres,brakes etc. You dont have as much to play with at the begininng as you have to unlock all the parts.
- Game modes: Single race on any unlocked track/location, Career which is where you will spend most of your time and online match.
- Eleven career events to take part in and unlock: 250 west, ATV west, MX vs ATV west, 250 east, 450 championship , ATV east, ATV championship, MX vs ATV east, MX vs ATV championship, 125 championship and 50 championship.
- Four difficulty options: Rookie, Amateur, pro and all time.
- You can set the lap amount in nearly every event across all modes.
- Qucik vehicle selection available on the race/championship setup screen.
- Online mp but also local split screen racing is available.
- Split screen races have a race option but also a free ride option where you can just learn the track. In free ride it keeps a seperate score for each player showing your best air time, jump height and combo.
- Seventeen locations to visit from Miami to Atlanta to Las Vegas.
- Controls take a sim approach with many buttons like clutch control and different brake buttons for front and rear. Another cool feature is the rider reflex stick. hereYou you use the right analogue stick to do more accurate turns, start a drift and control jumps and pull off stunts mixed with the combo modifie button. You have a selection of preset button layouts.
- reset to track is different in that you can set a reset point at any time in a race and pressing reset will put you back there. A neat little trick especially if your still learning the course.
- Full online leaderboard support with filtering options like friends only.
- Gameplay is very challenging but actually very rewarding. Especially when you master the combos and stunts.
- The game overall is a mix between sim and arcade fun. the gameplay is more arcade with the controls taking a stronger sim approach. both come together really well.
- Official riders,locations and events. Taking current day teams and riders, the game also throws in a load of legendary teams and players.
- On quick vehicle selection and especially in split screen, you cannot see a preview of the vehicles so for novices of the sport this is a bit off putting.
- There is a quite a steep learning curve as you try and take in the reflex stick, clutch control and braking. It al sounds easy at first but in practice is very hard to get into.
- No proper opening tutorial with the only tips you recieve coming from the many loading screens.
- A lot of loading times and a lot of long ones at the most random of times.
In Summary, The game is a great game but you can tell that it is more aimed at the fans than trying to usher in new players. I have no real connection with the sport so all the official teams and riders meant nothing to me and i would of liked the option to create my own individual. That said if you enjoy a challenge then this is a great example. The reflex stick is a very cool feature and one I made my mission to learn, Once you nail that then you can slowly but surely start climbing the ranks and improving those scores. the game didnt have any major problems like slowdown or tearing and for the most art ran really well at a decent speed. I would say though at the end of the day this is a game for the fans and new players should try it before buying.