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Fans of previous MX vs. ATV games will undoubtedly want to pick up Reflex, and the game is good enough to pull in newcomers to the series. Rainbow Studios did an excellent job at crafting an amazing racer. From the great landscapes to the robust but intuitive controls, there’s a lot to enjoy in Reflex. It’s definitely one of the best racers I’ve played in a long time.
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If you are looking for a game that features authentic MX vs. ATV racing across a number of badass locations Reflex is the title you need to pick up in 2009. It’s always hard for a game to stand out during this overcrowded video game release period but MX vs. ATV Reflex has all the features and options needed to do just that. There is not a better example on store shelves of where this genre is going and what a development team needs to do to create something fun, but still totally playable. MX vs. ATV Reflex may not be perfect on all levels but simply put it's the best off-road racing game on the market.
Reflex is the best game in the MX vs. ATV series to date, and is an all around great racer. The physics and gameplay enhancements really improve this release over past iterations, and the introduction of deformable terrain is a nice touch. A wealth of vehicle classes and gameplay modes, a freestyle tricks system that’s both simplistic and a lot of fun, and graphics that really brings the sport to life. In all, Reflex is a great racer and is a must have for any fan of the Nationals or Supercross circuit.
MX vs. ATV Reflex is another very solid release from Rainbow Studios, though the franchise hasn't changed a ton in the gameplay department despite some pretty hefty on-paper features. The controls are still great, the track design is at the top of its class and there are enough events here to keep you coming back for ages, not to mention a very solid and capable online component. If you're a fan of offroad racing, this is definitely worth a serious look, though don't go in expecting a completely different racing experience.
In one regard, I’m happy to see THQ and Rainbow chugging away on new versions with many improvements. On the other hand, I think that some of these might be from trying to do too much. And still another opinion might be that some of these glitches are obvious enough that they should have been ironed out or at least minimized for the final release. Reflex isn’t quite where it should be, but it’s getting better. Here’s hoping that the next one is a more polished, cherry ride, because fans deserve that—and the franchise will certainly garner a much bigger user base if that can be accomplished.
All in all, MX vs. ATV: Reflex is a solid entry in need of expansion: the bare-boned framework is there for what can be a stellar franchise in its genre. As it is, first on Rainbow's to-do list for the next game should include ditching the unnecessary trucks and buggies in order to focus on cleaning up physics glitches, load times for online matches, a broader soundtrack and a deeper career system with more vehicular customization.
MX vs. ATV Reflex takes the series two steps forward and one step back. The new controls, terrain deformation, and plethora of events make it a fun, often-exciting racer. But the squirrely physics sometimes throw water on the fire, leaving you frustrated and annoyed. If you can put up with the occasional gravity hiccup and poor visuals, though, there's a ton of quality MX and ATV action available here.
Les nouveautés sont de bonnes idées, mais sont handicapées par une réalisation qui commence à dater. C’est d’autant plus regrettable que le jeu propose une bonne grosse dose de fun, et que le plaisir manette en main est bien présent. Il n’a pas manqué grand-chose pour le gain de la quatrième manette : une IA un peu meilleure aurait été suffisante pour ça. Malgré ses carences, MX vs ATV Reflex est un jeu qui va beaucoup plaire aux amateurs des disciplines illustrées : c’est clairement le jeu référence pour cela. Pour les autres joueurs, le fun dégagé peut convaincre, à condition de ne pas s’arrêter à la démo disponible sur le Xbox live. Il ne suffit pas de quelques courses rapides pour pleinement maîtriser le stick droit, et c’est seulement quand on commence à faire ce qu’on veut de sa moto qu’on s’amuse vraiment.
S'il propose des courses aléatoires et dignes d'intérêt, MX vs ATX Reflex n'est au final qu'un correctif de son aîné, apportant un peu de profondeur au gameplay à moto, au détriment de celui à quatre roues. On regrette ainsi qu'une partie du jeu soit délaissée pour quelques idées, certes bonnes mais pas révolutionnaires. Les plus passionnés pourront l'essayer, les autres passeront leur chemin.