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OK, I admit it. I’m a huge fan of THQ’s MX series featuring Ricky Carmichael. I played it in 2002 and I played the funked up Superfly version in 2003 and just like clockwork, one year later, THQ brings us MX Unleashed. This time race veterans, Rainbow Studios has taken over the helm, and while I certainly didn’t have a problem with the previous efforts of PCPL, it’s easy to see why Rainbow is considered the masters of racing games.
Back in late 2001, THQ announced that it had acquired Rainbow Studios, creators of some of the best extreme racing games this side of MXC's opening spurt. You may recognize such franchises as ATV Offroad Fury, Splashdown or Motocross Madness. While THQ was having decent success with its MX Supercross games, it was looking for a fresh start to its motocross lineup with Rainbow Studios.
The Xbox has seen no shortage of dirt biking games throughout its lifetime thus far, and it doesn’t look like the supply is really going to dwindle anytime soon. Having said that, it’s always nice when one game in a genre stands out from the rest, and MX Unleashed does just that.
Game Informer Magazine
You can't help but applaud the little things as well such as the ease of play from the first-person helmet cam. Even without online play, MX Unleashed soars high above the competition and is just as fun as Rainbow's previous works.
MX Unleashed kommt dem echten Motocross so nahe, wie man es auf einer Konsole nur kommen kann: Die großartige Steuerung in Verbindung mit dem gelungenen Freestyle-Modus gibt mir als Nicht-Biker ein saucooles Gefühl - abheben ohne die Gefahr multipler Knochenbrüche! Grafik top, Spielbarkeit top, lediglich der schwache Soundtrack ist eine Art Stilbruch. Und der Karriere-Modus ist zwar motivierend, aber am Ende dreht man in dem auch nur seine Runden wie in jedem anderen Rennspiel auch. Dennoch: Wenn ihr Spaß an der Materie habt, führt momentan kein Weg an MX Unleashed vorbei. Nicht perfekt, aber dennoch sehr spaßig.
Cu precizarea că să nu vă prind că faceți așa ceva acasă, că vă rup și restul oaselor, vă recomand jocul de față dacă aveți ceva răbdare să vă obișnuiți cu el.
Kort en bondig is MX Unleashed een steengoede game te noemen. Rainbow Studios overtrof zichzelf weer en zorgde andermaal voor een zeer mooie telg in de MX serie. Dit door een leuke, innovatieve gameplay, een goede AI en een grote dosis fun. Het enige wat we moeten missen is een Live-functie, iets wat erg jammer is door de komst van MTX Mototrax. Dit is echter niet iets om bij stil te staan, want deze singleplayer game zal iedere gamer uren kunnen bekoren. Ik wil nog één vraag richten naar alle motorcross en off-road fans die hem nog niet hebben, waar wachten jullie nog op?!
Game Informer Magazine
Motocross has had an inglorious history of false starts, lots of franchises without enough distinction between them, and just mediocrity. This newest partnership is a good one, with the only problem being that it wasn't seized upon sooner. more straight-up innovation is needed next time, but until then, we've got a good solid game on our hands.
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Even without online support, "MX Unleashed" rips around the motocross videogame track with a vengeance. This genre has been mired down in mediocrity for years, so finally seeing a game that executes is a relief. Nonbelievers might have a hard time getting into it, but fans of the sport and racing addicts will love it. It gives you what every motocross game should: the feeling of gripping the handlebars while constantly wondering what's around the next bend.
As a whole, I couldn't ask for much more with MX Unleashed. A few more challenges in freestyle would be nice, but this really is the total package for race games -- which is no surprise, coming from Rainbow. You even have little extras like a store to buy unlockables (seen in Splashdown: Rides Gone Wild), and stats that tell you how many miles you've driven and how long you've spent in the air. MX Unleashed is easily the best motocross game I've ever played, and it's the first one I'd recommend to people who aren't the least bit fans of the sport. Thanks to MX Unleashed, motocross isn't just for mullets anymore.
MX Unleashed adds even more to the mix while keeping all of the stuff that made the previous games cool. THQ's MX series has always been a good, solid motocross game. With good graphics, but better gameplay, MX 2002 and MX Superfly were fun motocross games that could appeal both to motocross freaks and non-fans alike. The latest installment in the series, MX Unleashed, adds even more to the mix while keeping all of the stuff that made the previous games cool.
Rainbow Studios. You know and love 'em from their stellar racing series: Splashdown and ATV Offroad Fury. Near-perfect controls, excellent level design, good music, and pretty graphics are just a few of the wonderful things you can say about those games.
Im direkten Vergleich zu MTX Mototrax ist MX Unleashed leider nur zweite Wahl. Technische Schwächen, ein unspektakulärer Soundtrack und der fehlende Online-Modus machen den nicht unerheblichen Unterschied aus. Dennoch sollten Fans des Genres durchaus über die Anschaffung des Titels nachdenken, denn in punkto Gameplay weiß auch THQs Motocross Game zu gefallen.
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MX Unleashed is the latest in a long line of motocross games from THQ. The publisher understands the genre well having used the Ricky Carmichael name on a few games. With the acquisition of Rainbow Studios, it made sense for the publisher to move the MX franchise from Pacific Coast Power & Light since there is now an in-house developer that specializes in off road racing games.
Avec Rainbow Studios aux commandes, je m'attendais à un résultat plus enthousiasmant encore. Le jeu est honnête mais il est possible de trouver plus marrant dans le genre. Je pense notamment à MTX Mototrax qui se veut plus complet sur la discipline.