|System: X360, PS3, Wii, PS2, PSP, DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Tantalus||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: THQ||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Dec. 15, 2007||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
There's not a lot to get excited about with the audio. There is some music, but it's little more than generic rock that sounds like a porno soundtrack for robots. The vehicles' sounds are decent, if a little weak, but that can be intensified with headphones. The sound effects are just above better-than-nothing with predictable crowd responses that sound more like white noise than actual cheering.
You can basically calculate the amount of fun you'll have with MX vs ATV: Untamed into hours. On average, I would say that if you purchased this game, you would be looking at a fun-factor cost of approximately $12 an hour. If you really enjoy the gameplay, you might be able to squeeze more time out of it with the multiplayer mode. It will accommodate only four players, which is more than enough, but each player will require his or her own copy of the game. Good luck with that. I played against one other person, and it was definitely fun but short-lived. You can play virtually every mode, race, heat, track, and vehicle that was available in the single-player mode. But the novelty of playing against another person is ultimately diminished by the been-there-done-that aspect of the no-frills racing modes.
MX vs ATV: Untamed is an arcade-style racing game. It's like eating candy floss when what you really want is a steak. It doesn't exactly starve you for entertainment, but it leaves you hungry for more.
CCC Senior Writer