MX vs. ATV: Untamed Review
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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.

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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.

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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.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

Vehicles are well detailed and easy to see on the track. Nice, smooth animation.
Good solid control system. Tight and responsive with good physics.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music is generic rock riffs. Sound effects are decent. Headphones improve the quality and intensity.

Play Value
Solid racing experience, but lack of variety and features reduces replay value.

Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Championship Mode: Establish offroad superiority in full 3D
  • MX vs ATV: 250cc and 500cc MXs, Light and Heavy ATVs
  • Rhythm Racing: Pre-loading, clutching, and power-sliding
  • Stunt Challenges: Throw down more than 25 tricks
  • Stadiums: 10 exclusive tracks in 3 Supercross stadiums
  • Multiplayer: 4 player WiFi competition
  • Vehicles: Motorcycle, ATV, Sand Rail, Golf Kart
  • Series: Race, Championship, Stunt Challenge
  • Combo-extender: Perfect take-off, Perfect landing, Top speed, Apex, Clutch boost, Powersliding

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