MX vs. ATV Untamed Review

Once there was a little game that came out for the Nintendo Entertainment System that let gamers experience the world of motocross.  While it was a bit primitive, Excitebike was the first foray for many gamers into motocross racing.  Knowing the angle in which to land on the hills was crucial to keep your speed up and not crashing.  Since then consoles have gotten more advanced, but motorized racing has continued to be a staple on the consoles.  While some racers have tried to differentiate themselves through street racing or vehicle options, others use vehicle selection to stand out of the pack.  This is definitely the case with MX vs. ATV Untamed.

As you might guess with MX vs. ATV Untamed, it features MX motocross dirt bikes and ATVs, but monster trucks and ORV Sport vehicles are brought into the mix.  These new vehicles add more variety to the mix, but is that enough to make Untamed stand out?

The presentation of Untamed is top notch.  The transitions between the menu and the game is very slick looking, with bars slowly covering up the action before transitioning to the next menu.  It almost reminds you of something you might see in a sports broadcast.

Playing on dirt tracks means that your vehicles start clean but get dirty quickly.  Untamed does a good job in showing how much dirt and dust gets blown around throughout the race.  You

There is one thing that all of the vehicles have in common with each other, they are all loud.  You can definitely hear the engines of the vehicles, and the closer you are to other vehicles the louder it gets.  The vehicle types have their own unique sound.  Dirt bikes have a bit higher pitched sound than ATVs.  ORV Sport Vehicles sound different from the low-pitched monster trucks.  You can also hear how different each vehicle is when it revs up.

The soundtrack is a good mix of current modern rock.  The music feels appropriate for the racing but it doesn

Controlling your racer in Untamed isn

Several single-player modes are available when you fire up Untamed.  The quick event lets the computer set up an event type, vehicle class, vehicle type, and duration randomly.  Custom events allow you to set up these features, but they include more than just races.  Free Ride has you hunt down sprockets in hidden areas at your leisure.  National has you riding across great vistas while trying to get the biggest jump at the highest speeds.  Supercross races are set in big stadiums with technical tracks.  Freestyle is more about pulling off tricks and not speed.  Opencross races are set in outdoor environments that will challenge your driving skill.  Supermoto are dirt and paved courses with lots of twists and turns.  Endurocross are like an obstacle course set up in arenas specifically for MX bikes.  Waypoint races allow you to get from checkpoint to checkpoint whatever way you want to.  Finally, Minimoto lets you ride on MX Mini bikes in an indoor arena.

The X-cross Tournament takes all of the custom events and puts them into a single tournament format.  As you successfully complete a race, more events will open up for you to race against.  Here is the area where you

The single-player career mode is long.  It takes a while to go through all of the courses in the career.  You can easily go for a month to try to get everything completed during the career.

Untamed does have a few multiplayer options.  In a time when most of the multiplayer is moving over to an online only approach, Untamed includes two-player splitscreen play.  While it would have been nice for a four-player splitscreen, something is better than nothing in this case.  There is also the ability to play eight-player multiplayer through the PSN.

While the race options are available in the multiplayer, there are five mini-games included.  Section races have the player with the fastest time in each section

Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming. Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter. Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 21 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).
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