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Untamed: The Race Is On

The racing in MX vs. ATV: Untamed varies depending on the platform, and every version has online gameplay.
The racing in MX vs. ATV: Untamed varies depending on the platform, and every version has online gameplay. (Thq/ign.com)

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Friday, January 11, 2008

MX vs. ATV: Untamed, the seventh off-road racing game from Rainbow Studios (which has been getting gamers virtually dirty for a decade with its racing games), offers different experiences depending on the game platform.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions boast almost photo-realistic visuals, excellent online play and a new indoor obstacle course called Endurocross. The versions also include great mini-games, including Snake, which takes the concept of 3D light cycles from the Tron games and adds the ability to jump over the trails that other bikes leave. Players can fine-tune their vehicles and race in custom arenas during the loading screens for seamless play.

The Wii and PlayStation 2 games pack a lot of punch into the smaller systems. The Wii makes good use of the motion-sensor controllers and adds exclusive bonus mini-games such as a ski jump with endless hang time for lots of cool tricks.

The PSP and Nintendo DS games scale down the depth of play, but the DS version makes great use of the console's touch pad for racing, and the PSP game features an exclusive snowmobile level.

The X-Cross Tournament remains a staple in all versions and allows players to dive into every gameplay mode, including indoor and outdoor races, Supercross and Opencross. Although PS3's MotorStorm game is a fun off-road title, Untamed is good for players looking for serious replay value. All variations have online gameplay across different race styles, and the single-player experience is unmatched in depth. It has never been so much fun to get dirty.

-- John Gaudiosi

MX vs. ATV: Untamed Everyone; Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 ($60); Wii ($50); PlayStation 2, PSP ($40); Nintendo DS ($30) THQ/Rainbow Studios MX vs. ATV: Untamed Everyone; Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 ($60); Wii ($50); PlayStation 2, PSP ($40); Nintendo DS ($30) THQ/Rainbow Studios


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