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If you have three friends with a hankering for off-road racing, you'll enjoy your time with them and have more fun than racing against the CPU opponents. The variety of modes is decent in both multiplayer and single-player action, but multiplayer takes the edge since you'll feel like you have a more realistic slate of competitors. In the final analysis, there aren't that many places to get new dirt on your virtual MX or ATV, so we'll be glad to race around the tracks in MX vs. ATV Untamed until something better comes along. Knowing Rainbow Studios' release record, we won't have to wait for long. MX vs. ATV Untamed vs. AVP, anyone? Now that would be something!!
If you happen to be new to the off-road racing experience then MX vs. ATV Untamed is a perfect starting point. You can jump online for some quick multiplayer fun, or stay offline and race through a number of tracks on all sorts of off-road vehicles. The controls and racing is accessible and fun for all gamer types which makes MX vs. ATV Untamed a perfect game for pick up and play gaming. Even if you’re not a huge racing fan you might just like off beat path MX vs. ATV takes. Untamed isn’t the best title in series or in the genre because Rainbow has played it too safe, but who cares? It’s been tool long since I’ve taken my virtual MX out for a spin.
MX vs. ATV Untamed on the PSP is a solid racing title, though it has plenty of flaws. The control mechanics are great, but there are issues with landing a trick cleanly, item placement for some of the goals and sometimes frustrating computer assist. If you're into offroad racing then it's certainly worth a look, but don't expect perfection.
Even with its issues though, MX vs ATV: Untamed is a rollicking good time, incredibly well-suited for a portable platform. Its basic features are simple enough that anyone can pick up and play, but there's enough depth to the controls and length to the campaign that serious gearheads and casual riders alike are welcome to the party. It'll also remind you why most of us aren't crazy enough to actually do any of this in real life – and why seat belts are such a wonderful invention.
Then again, you can never have too many racing games in your collection, especially on a portable system, and MX vs. ATV Untamed offers some unique and clever challenges as well as a solid racing experience with only a few minor issues that most gamers can overlook with ease. It’s definitely worth taking for a spin.
If you are looking for a no-brainer racer that gives you fast action and even faster crashes you have come to the right place. If you are looking for a technical racer and tricks then you might find some of that here, but probably not in the form you are going to enjoy.
Between the lengthy X-Cross Tour and ad-hoc multiplayer, there's a good deal of game though. Omitting online play is without a doubt the game's greatest flaw, joined by a few minor quibbles with event difficulty in the single player mode. How hungry you are for a mud pie will determine your toleration of its shortcomings. So for what it's worth Untamed isn't a bad game, but there's a good chance you can get your dirty fix from a better, prettier game.
Still, if you're looking for a decent rally/offroading game on the go, you could do worse. I can't quite bring myself to say the game is bad. Just that it's not fantastic.
While playing Untamed I found myself being frustrated at least as often if not more so than I found myself having fun. If it weren't for the fact that I had to keep playing to review the game, I probably would have given up on it a lot sooner. The game gives you a lot of goals to shoot for over the course of play, but when the game itself is not that exciting or compelling it's hard to stay motivated to play the game long enough to collect these rewards.
Untamed isn’t a game worthy of adding to your collection unless you are a die-hard MX or ATV fan. It’s possible to pass the time with a game like this but the repetitive nature of the game will leave PSP fans wanting more.
Though the controls in Untamed for the PSP actually feel a bit more responsive than those in its console big brothers, there isn't a whole lot to keep you busy for long. If the racing were a bit tighter and if landing tricks felt a bit more consistent, Untamed would be a taut and exciting little off-road racer. As it ended up, the game feels far tamer on the PSP than its name would lead you to believe.
There are dozens of other problems that could be mentioned – the graphics, frame rate, environments, opponent AI, etc. – likely enough to fill a whole other review. But there's no need to go on. If there are any players still interested in proceeding, they must have had their hearts set on buying this game from the day it was released.
If you're looking for a decent rally/off-road game on the go then you could do worse than MX vs. ATV Untamed; it's just too bad that the only other offerings on the system for off-road racing games are in the same series and are just as decent if not worse - and any game where when I try to do a backflip on an MX bike and fall off, I don't want to be a part of it. I can't quite bring myself to say that this game is bad, but it's not fantastic either and if you're not already a fan of the series or the sport then it's not really one to go off the beaten track to take a look at.
There are a lot of good ideas in MX vs. ATV Untamed, but the execution just isn’t there. The combination of a combo system for stunts, plenty of game modes, a good deal of locations, and unlockables is dynamite, so it’s unfortunate that it was all squandered. In most racers, I feel a sense of progress, not in the sense of opening new courses but in that of I am getting better and the practice is paying off, but that wasn’t so here; instead, I just felt like I was finding new ways to wreck into stuff. There are brief moments when an involved trick is landed just so or a large structure is jumped and the experience turns out to be a good one, but then those moments are immediately followed by jumping an inappropriately placed ramp into the side of a building. Maybe next time.
One of the lone bright spots includes a milestones system that keeps track of total time spent airborne, stunt points accrued, and a bevy of other statistics. Additionally there's a decent amount of unlockable content, including paint jobs, driver costumes, and whacky vehicles such as the monster truck. In the end these features do little to salvage an otherwise dismal game. It probably would have been best if the PSP version of Untamed were kept in its cage.