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Though it was missing the Baja style ATV's that its big brothers had, the vehicles here were interesting to drive. I can't say it enough that the simplicity makes it a decent game. It is a good time filler, because you can get into a race quick and be done in a minute or two. It won't win any awards for innovation. It may not hold the attention of a younger player for long, but I see it as a title that can be popped in and played at anytime.
Obviously, MX vs. ATV is not a perfect game, but it does perfectly fill the holes left since Mario Kart’s release all those years ago. While we could nitpick over the lack of modes, tracks and options – I would rather focus on the good aspects, like the kick-ass racing experience that us packed in this one very small cartridge.
While Untamed is thin in terms of depth, the gameplay is solid. I cannot wait for next year’s edition to see if they can expand on what they have set before themselves. MX vs. ATV Untamed is a quality racer that you’ll become tired of rather fast.
There’s a lot to live up to when it comes to the MX vs. ATV name. The series has been around for years, each time evolving and adding more and more content to justify the next wave of titles. For Untamed, however, DS is getting a first run at portable MX vs. ATV action, so the package feels justifiably slim in comparison other platforms. The core gameplay is impressive though, embracing the more technical side of MX vs. ATV with rhythm racing and pure race/stunt competitions. If you’re looking for over-the-top races, open world competitions, and tons of playable vehicles, you’re going to need to look elsewhere. If you find simple pleasure in popping off huge 40’ kickers, soaring over tabletop landing pads, and setting yourself up for a hairpin turn while over 100 feet in the air, however, MX vs. ATV is fun while it lasts. The core experience is there; now it’s time to crank up the intensity a few notches for next year.
Gamers' Temple, The
The racing is enjoyable enough to keep you coming back on occasion if you treat Untamed as a portable racing option and play it in short bursts while you're on the road. The overall experience is too thin to keep you interested if you intend to get a lot of play out of it or to play it for extended periods of time. It's perfect to keep you occupied on a flight from LA to San Francisco, but you'll find yourself reaching for the in-flight magazine if you're flying from LA to Denver.
Cheat Code Central
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.
In conclusion, MX vs. ATV Untamed is worthy of checking out if you enjoy a niche racing game. While it offers a good challenge initially, it lacks a true replay ability and ‘casual’ factor that other more accessible racers retain. Untamed is entertaining for a couple of hours, and as such it is probably only worth renting or waiting until it shows up in a discount bin. Rhythmically challenged gamers will probably want to stay clear from this title. Plus, who really wants to get their sleek shiny Nintendo DS covered in road grime anyways?
While it is impressive how much of the gameplay nuances of the home versions have made it into this handheld cartridge, there simply isn’t enough gameplay to keep you interested for very long. You can blow through everything the game has to offer in two hours, and the ability to create custom events doesn’t add enough to a meagre package. A solid first effort, but discriminating gamers beware.
Except for the A.I.’s occasional, tank-like ability to stay on the ground, nothing is necessarily broken in Untamed. Even my complaint about the physics can be chalked up to a matter of personal preference. Untamed failed to impress because rote memorization is not my idea of fun, even if it is 90% of the game. When I overcome a challenge in a game, I like to feel rewarded, not relieved.
Entertainment Depot, The
There are a lot of good ideas in MX vs. ATV Untamed, but the execution just isn’t there. The tracks are a different problem here than the PSP version, with the lack of variety actually being a detriment here, but at least now it wasn’t a hassle just going in the right direction. Despite being inferior production-wise, the better controls and straightforward approach give this version the upper hand between the two portable releases.
This is a fairly short review…but it’s for a lamentably simple game that doesn’t really have much worth commenting on further. Gameplay? Painfully simple and boring. Story? None. Quality compared to console version? Bad. Graphics? Badly implemented. Sound? Nothing more than you’d expect from a low-budget DS game. Music? Nothing you’ll have to worry (or care) about. Multiplayer? Doesn’t really matter, because nobody’s buying this game. Should you buy this game? No. Should you look for your racing fix on the PS3 version of the game? Yes.
MX vs. ATV Untamed is an accomplishment on the DS, simply due to its spot-on recreation of the series in portable form. It nails the signature gameplay and offers a decent handful of courses and options. On the other hand, it lacks the wealth of extra goodies and the massive selection of courses and riders you’ll find in Mario Kart, or even the console versions of Untamed. You’re getting a slimmed down, fine-tuned version of the game with perfected essentials and not a whole lot else. More casual players might be turned off by this, but hardcore fans can expect the essence of what they love about the series, in a size they can carry in their pockets.
There is some fun to be had with Untamed. For a DS game it's rendered capably and runs at a steady frame rate. The controls handle well and anyone familiar with the jumping mechanics will have some fun learning the game's 10 tracks. Newcomers to this type of racer, however, will be confounded by the absence of any type of tutorial or in-game controls reference. And hardcore fans of the genre will find MX vs. ATV Untamed's lack of content and bare bones presentation unacceptable.
There are better racers available for the DS (Mario Kart DS), and unless you desperately want to compete in Motocross and Endurocross events, I can't recommend MX vs ATV Untamed; it's just too inconsistent to be fun as more than a rental.