a midget Cage Match at a local tractor pull, ATV Offroad
Fury: Blazin' Trails really packs 'em in. I'm talking
about features - not rednecks.
Trails includes tons of tracks, unlockables, on and
offline modes, mini-games and customizing options
in addition to an auto save and waypoint editor. Don't
forget about the racing and the large amount of tricks
that you can pull off in the air.
going to take a little bit more practice to get the
hang of this ATV game than any of the PS2 titles.
The controls are not totally smooth which will hinder
some of the deft moves you may have cultivated on
those other ATV games. Even when you do get used to
it you will always be aware of the compromise.
sense of freedom or openness that you experience is
quickly quashed by the unforgiving physics and framerate
drop. When you think about how much this game does
offer on this new handheld system it's quite amazing,
but the problem I see that we're always going to run
into is that it's so close to the PS2 that it will
always be compared to the PS2. That's something the
developers are going to have to live with if they're
going to release games that have already become entrenched
in the PS2's roster.
bumps too quickly can cause you to lose control of
your ATV. Likewise, taking corners tightly can flip
you over or throw you off the track. There seems to
be a slight delay in the controls when you execute
a sharp turn. Getting unstuck or right-side-up can
take a bit of time and greatly decrease any lead you
may have gained on your opponents. Unlike the PS2
version these ATVs don't have any real sense of weight.
They seem unable to really grab hold of the dirt for
play is restricted to four players as opposed to six.
That's fine with me because even with four there is
some serious slowdown. I'd hate to see what six would
look like. Graphically the game also suffers. The
models are blocky and some of the textures are fuzzy,
especially the ground textures which make it hard
to see ruts and small bumps.
can choose your online opponents, at least in terms
of skill, by determining to play only those within
your ranking. You can set up a buddy list for those
that you know are within your skill level and send
those you know to be inferior and superior to an ignore
list. Tons of stats are available online including
the ghost data of the top ten players so that you
can follow their every move for training purposes.
Customs paint jobs are also available for those with
superior rankings which will instantly let everyone
know you're a contender - at least until the cheat
codes come out.
Trails may suffer from some control and graphics problems
but it may not be fair to compare it to a PS2 version.
It's loaded with modes and is a relatively deep game
for a racer. You can still do a lot of tricks with
it but overall the racing experience is hampered by
its mechanical shortcomings.
Studios started it all with their wildly entertaining
ATV Offroad Fury, which I remember writing was the
first PS2 game actually worth buying. Unfortunately
for PS2 owners the game was released months after
the launch of the PS2.... Climax takes over the development
reigns with a continuation of the series which just
happens to feature wireless play. Nice.
the ATV Offroad games on the PS2 have fallen into
repetition, we're hoping the handheld version will
breath some new life into a once cool series. With
the sheer amount of gameplay options and modes included,
it looks like that wish just might come true. Look
for this one at launch time!
free-roaming, off-road racing takes on a whole new
meaning as gamers will be able to blaze their own
trail, anytime, anywhere with ATV Offroad Fury Blazin
Trails for the PSP handheld entertainment system.
Supporting multiple players via wireless multiplayer
connectivity, riders will be able to choose from more
than 24 highly detailed ATVs as they tear it up on
more than 30 unique environments with six distinct
terrain types including snow, dirt, mud, ice, water
and grass. During both single and multi-player gameplay,
gamers will be able to see from both first and third-person
perspectives as they cruise through visually stunning
backgrounds featuring water and mud effects along
with fully interactive objects and instances such
as ramps, tires, cones and trees.
Offroad Fury Blazin Trails for the PSP provides
gamers several gameplay options including a training
course, and competitions in several race modes such
as race, freestyle, career or any of the various mini-games.
Gameplay Gamers can compete locally against
friends or other race fans from around the country
in head-to-head play via Wireless Multiplayer Connectivity.
race modes including: Practice, Lap Attack, Single
Race, Championships, Freeride and multiple Multiplayer
Players may ride any available course for
an unlimited duration. The game will also include
a training course and waypoint editor.
Attack Players turn in their best time and
race against the clock to better it while mastering
the track before race time.
Race Players compete against each other or
the artificial intelligence on any available course.
Players compete in a variety of championships
to earn a gold, silver or bronze trophy and unlock
new ATVs, tracks and other goodies. Mode includes
a new short track and One-day events.
Players drive anywhere, as long as they want,
on any available environment without lap count or
10 mini-games including: King off the Hill,
Treasure Hunt, Tag, Hockey, Soccer, Basketball,
Rings of Fire, Ghost Chasers, Bomb Dodge, Graffiti.
highly detailed ATVs
tuning system allowing players to change tire type
and gear ratios.
to 20 customizable component parts for both your
bike and rider along with color designs and logos
to place on panels and rider liveries - showing
rider experience in events.
Trading Card System With an all-new Trading
Card System, users will be able to win, trade, or
share new ATVs, Riders, Rider Gear and more.
mode stores a players complete progression
and unlocked data, including vehicles, component
parts and rider liveries.
Gamers can pull off 34 freestyle tricks including
combos and linkers.
stunning backgrounds with water and mud effects
and fully interactive objects and instances such
as ramps, tires, cones and trees.
distinct terrain types Snow, Dirt, Mud, Ice,
Water and Grass each with distinct handling