To be honest I don’t know much about motocross and off road racing other than how much I am in awe of those who risk ending up in a full body cast participating in the sport. That being said I had a good time playing MX vs. ATV: Untamed. I had a good time racing as well as good time watching the slow motion breaking of a human body when I wiped out.
I found the game to have very forgiving controls and physics. Thank goodness for that, otherwise the experience would have been frustrating. Performing jumps, sharp turns, and stunts became fairly easy to perform. Speaking of jumps, they will defy gravity as if your MX bike or ATV were gliding through the air. Are these vehicles made of aluminum? I also found throughout the game that I never really had to use the brakes; I would occasionally use the clutch to ease into turns. This puts the game closer to the arcade end of the spectrum, which will turn off sim fans but is just fine by me.
The best thing about this game in single player is the sheer variety of events to choose from. They will fit whatever you are in the mood for and they each are divided into various well designed tracks. The events that I kept going back to were National and Waypoint, which both take place outdoors. The National is a multi lap race that focuses on top speed and the ridiculous jumps. Waypoint has you racing in almost a straight line through gates, following the wherever the directional arrow tells you go. This one is just all speed, simple but thrilling.
MX vs. ATV: Untamed is an enjoyable off road racer, but it just doesn’t stand out in the crowd. Although the physics can be little off, understand that this is not a simulation and adjust your expectations accordingly. The game is easy to pick up and play and has forgiving controls. Long load times will irk the impatient, though. Overall, the variety of activities throughout, online play, and the amount of unlockables will keep fans of arcade style racing like myself busy.
Pros: Waypoint races, forgiving controls
Cons: Load times, repetitive soundtrack
Final Verdict: Praise It