By: Tim Donaldson
Video of MX vs. ATV Untamed
Video Game Review – MX vs. ATV Untamed
For those of us who are powersports
enthusiasts, not too much tops a day out on the
track, open trail, or nailin’ some gnarly stunts
on our machines. Some of us may let it totally
consume our lives–making repairs and rebuilds,
practicing, or just simply doing what it takes
to get out there to race or ride, even taking
that second job to pay for those after-market
upgrades! With the new video game release
of “MX vs. ATV Untamed,” motorsports fanatics
can raise the level of their indulgences without
the sting of purchasing a new vehicle.
This Christmas my fix came with the financial
shock of purchasing an Xbox 360 for the kids. Er,
I mean Santa Claus brought them one--just in
case they’re reading this! Nonetheless, it
may have been cheaper to buy that new trophy
truck. Just kidding! So, to my great
delight, I was thrilled by the opportunity to
test MX vs. ATV Untamed. With this game,
enthusiasts can take their race winnings and
upgrade the performance of their racing
equipment, without worrying about getting a
First of all, being new to the Xbox 360, I am
completely stunned by the level of graphic
detail produced by the system. With racing
venues ranging from the desert and wilderness to
indoor and outdoor arenas, the game does not
fall short on providing plenty of eye candy.
Developers even took the extra effort in
distinguishing the small features that
differentiate the makes and models of the quads!
Also, the game offers top-notch sound effects,
adding a feel of true realism. I can’t get
enough of the 4-stroke sound produced by the MX
bikes and ATV’s. Those racing the MX Lites are
treated to the, quickly fading from the scene,
sounds of the two-stroke. Riders can also
ramp-up their pit bikes and select the MX Minis
for the race. Other optional race vehicles,
offered in MX vs. ATV Untamed, include the sand
rail, off-road buggy, trophy truck, ORV sport,
and monster truck.
For those of you thinking John Natalie Jr.
and Joe Byrd get carried away with the whining
and crying about who is bumping into whom, see
how you feel when a monster truck runs your ATV
out of first place during the Open Cross event!
With MX vs. ATV Untamed’s customizable rider
features, you can recreate the racing action of
the pros by selecting your favorite pro racers
from the ATVA circuit. Each of the racing series
on MX vs. ATV Untamed has racers which represent
their respective pro circuit.
During game pre-load, an interesting
disclaimer flashes on the screen stating that
you should not imitate the riding performed in
the game. Good thing, because I stink! My
5 year-old daughter made short work of showing
me how to perform a few of the 50 available
stunts during the freestyle exhibit. It actually
pains me to compare our lap times on the
Supercross and cross-country journeys of the
Waypoint events, so I will leave out further
discussion on the split-screen, head-to-head
Adding a heightened sense of feel to the
game, players can pre-load the suspension of
their machine by giving a quick reverse-forward
motion to the left stick, turning easy doubles
into manageable triples and easing the journey
through the rhythm sections. With a practice
session before each racing event, racers can
save the excuses from their poor performances
out on the circuit.
Although, at first, gamers may recognize a
similar feel to other comparable racing
platforms, MX vs. ATV Untamed unites all into a
single, comprehensive racing frenzy, giving the
game its own unique feel. Career mode combines a
variety of off-road venues and leads to the
pinnacle championship. With the graphics and
sound capabilities of the Xbox 360, the game
delivers awesome realism that is hard to beat.
Game features include: X-cross Tournament,
Off-road Championship, Opencross, Supercross,
Nationals, Freeride, Edurocross, Freestyle,
Vehicle Customization, and Multiplayer
mode–including on-line competition.
So the question everyone wants answered is:
MX or ATV? Well, in our household, that’s
depends on who’s driving. Don’t tell my
daughter; I think I can beat her!
Otherwise, get out there and get your copy of MX
vs. ATV Untamed to find out for yourself!
You won’t be disappointed!