Offroad Fury was developed by Rainbow, who are also
responsible for the excellent Motocross Madness games
available for the PC. If you've ever laid your hands
on MM1 or MM2, you know that this development team
knows their shit. And although they've traded the
dirtbikes in for Quads, the feeling of the Motocross
Madness games is still there, which in short, means
that this game is a quality title. And even more so
than that, this means that it's a
quality title for the PS2!
game consists of 4 modes: The MAXXIS Nationals (which
we think is just a small disguised tribute to us...),
Stadium mode, Enduro and Freestyle. The MAXXIS Nationals
provides perhaps the most diverse tracks as it offers
races on courses all over the world. You'll compete
on grass, sand, snow, mud etc, however the tracks
will be well defined. Enduro & Freestyle Mode
take place in true offroad unchartered racing territory.
The emphasis is on tricks and points in Freestyle
while Enduro is more true racing with checkpoints
and laps (although you can make your own path).
far as racing titles go, ATV Offroad Fury is
a great offering, even if you don't particularly
care for quads."
control is definitely tuned more for arcade play than
a true physics simulation of the sport. Where real
Quads tend to be sluggish and heavy, these virtual
machines handle relatively well and even get some
great air. In fact, you might say they get a bit too
much air to be realistic, but what the hell, it's
a game right? I mean, you really don't believe you
are actually doing any of this stuff do you? The fact
that you have a bag of doritos in your lap and your
feet on an ottoman must be hindering the fantasy a
little bit right? The tricks are pretty easy to pull
off for the most part, and actually seem kind of tacked
on. I didn't really get into the stunt aspect of the
game so much. But I almost never do unless it's a
trick based game like Tony Hawk. When I race, I want
the game is really nice. Excellent terrain and large
expansive levels, with well animated vehicles and
riders. The frame rate is really solid, until you
get into the two player mode; then the pop up and
the frame rate hits start showing up, which is really
disappointing on the PS2. I thought we'd have seen
the end of this by now.
the game flip flops between techno-beat, alternative
and punk, which I guess is trying to appease all worlds.
It didn't bother me either way, but I could see the
punkers bawking at the techno stuff and the rockers
hating the punk stuff etc. But if you are one of those
who tends to love SoundGarden, Apollo Four Forty,
Seven Dust, CIRRUS and Alice in Chains...then you
just wound up with a cool new soundtrack. Uh, right.
biggest problem with the game is the unholy AI at
which your opponents operate. These guys are the Professors
to your Gilligan so to speak. Expect to lose a lot
to these unrelenting bastards who obviously practice
their asses off every spare moment when the game isn't
in the PS2. I fucking hate when the little people
in the game do that!! It's so unfair! So, you might
tend to get a little discouraged at first, but the
first time Gilligan makes it across the finish line,
you'll be ecstatic!
far as racing titles go, ATV Offroad Fury is a great
offering, even if you don't particularly care for
quads. The racing is great, the control and graphics
are tight and what the hell, it's another good title
for the PS2. Nothing wrong with that. Buy it.