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Game Vortex (Jan 18, 2008)
MX vs. ATV Untamed isn't an amazing game by any means, though it is still an incredibly fun game. If you aren't into racing games this isn't the one to convince you to give them a try, though racing fans who have grown tired of similar games, like Motorstorm, should definitely give it a shot.
I will say that, in comparison to the recent MotorStorm, some of the track designs feel a bit drab, but chalk that up to its more realistic approach to the sport.
TotalPlayStation (Jan 18, 2008)
It's a sad thing to have to default to the "if you liked the previous games, you'll no doubt like this one" defense of something from Rainbow Studios. The core parts of their games are here; rhythm racing, killer physics, and a ton of stuff to do, but in all honesty, you've probably already done this stuff before -- especially if "you liked the previous games." I'm not saying the formula has completely run out of steam -- yet -- but there needs to be a drastic change to things going into the next game, because as it stands now, there are not only better off-road racing games on the PlayStation 3, but it's far easier to recommend one of the previous MX vs. ATV games over this one.
GameZone (Jan 03, 2008)
Five paragraphs – that’s a lot of issues. But the best thing about them is that they’re all forgivable things we can live with. MX Vs. ATV isn’t everything it could have been. But it is, in many ways, everything a racer should be: pure exhilarating fun. Strap in, hang on, and hope you don’t get motion sickness.
GameSpy (Dec 20, 2007)
Bottom line, though, MX vs. ATV Untamed isn't the greatest motocross game ever, but it's so much damn fun that you probably won't care. Note to Rainbow, though: fire that janky, poorly rendered blonde you have carrying the sign before races and insert some live-action shots of two beauties in your commercial. You'll sell way more games.
Cheat Code Central (Dec 20, 2007)
As you've probably noticed, I liked MX vs. ATV: Untamed. However I was not amazingly impressed by it. While all the modes are good when taken on just their own merits, I can't overlook the fact that this MX vs. ATV release essentially plays like the previous one, which has the curiously similar title of MX vs. ATV: Unleashed. I would definitely recommend this title to those who haven't had any experience with the series, as it is a great standalone title. But for those with a passion for x-cross who have already experienced MX vs. ATV, this title may not be as unique of an experience as they might want.
With such a strong racing foundation at its core, I expect the next Rainbow MX vs. ATV title to even further utilize what it already had in front of it. Untamed is good racing, but it needs to dig deeper within itself to deliver up to its potential.
GameTrailers (Jan 22, 2008)
Even though it doesn’t have the jaw-dropping visuals of a game like Motorstorm, MX vs. ATV: Untamed delivers tight controls, great tracks, and a lot of options. There’s plenty to do, so you won’t get bored of playing in the dirt anytime soon.
ZTGameDomain (Jan 10, 2008)
MX Vs. ATV Untamed is a safe sequel that does more to refine the franchise than re-invent it. If you are a fan then there may be enough here to satisfy your need for speed, but if the last outing left you craving something new than this is not your game. Still being a long-time fan of the series Untamed brings back memories of ripping dirt with my buddies online and trying to find ways to perform outrageous stunts together and for that it succeeds. There is plenty to see and do here, but if you have been playing since the beginning it may all feel a bit too familiar to warrant another fifty of your hard earned dollars.
74 (Jul 07, 2008)
MX Vs ATV: Untamed is a decent game. I don't want to argue against that point. There's a lot to do and for the most part it's quite enjoyable. It will satisfy fans of the series that have been eagerly awaiting the next instalment and will keep newcomers amused at least briefly. But make no mistake, this is by no means the next gen version of off-road racing we've been promised. If you want that, I'd say wait for Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, as you won't find it here.
IGN (Dec 17, 2007)
MX vs. ATV Untamed is a solid game, but one that will eventually lose its hold on you. If you haven't played an offroad racer in a while, this is the one to get, but don't hold your breath for something that will entertain you for hours and hours on end.
Extreme Gamer (Jan 04, 2008)
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.
71 (Mar 31, 2008)
MX vs. ATV Untamed hinterlässt einen durchwachsenen Eindruck. Die Grafik ist fast schon peinlich, die Strecken sind schnell langweilig und wenn ich die Piste verlasse, werde ich zurückgesetzt. Und trotzdem macht das Spiel Spaß! Das Fahrgefühl geht in Ordnung, die Steuerung ist recht zugänglich und hat man es einmal mit der Landung heraus, machen auch die Sprünge und Stunts Spaß. Für Offroad-Fans eine klare Kaufempfehlung, alle anderen sollten dagegen zunächst mal Probefahren.
Wirklich erfolgreich war der Sprung in die nächste Generation für die MX vs. ATV-Serie leider nicht. Gescheitert ist das Unterfangen nicht zuletzt an der äusserst dürftigen Grafik, welche auf beiden Plattformen schlicht nicht Next-Gen-würdig ist. Dabei muss man allerdings erwähnen, dass die PS3-Version dem Xbox 360-Pendant in Sachen Optik noch einmal deutlich unterlegen ist. Weniger gravierend sind die Unterschiede zwischen den beiden Fassungen hingegen beim Multiplayer-Modus, der sowohl auf der Xbox 360, als auch auf der PS3 sehr spassig ausgefallen ist und für ausreichend Langzeitmotivation sorgt. Das ist auch dringend nötig. Denn mit dem wenig abwechslungsreichen Singleplayer-Modus werden sich vor allem Kenner des Vorgängers wohl nicht allzu lange beschäftigen. Dafür fehlt es diesem in erster Linie an innovativen Ideen. Zwei neue Rennserien sind einfach zu wenig, um Fans erneut vor den Bildschirm zu locken. Vor allem Solisten sollten sich den Kauf daher besser zweimal überlegen.
Game Captain (Mar 17, 2008)
Wer auf den OldGen-Konsolen bereits einen der Vorgänger gespielt hat, wird sich sofort in MX vs. ATV Untamed zurechtfinden. Das liegt zum einen daran, dass es kaum Neuerungen im Gameplay gibt. Dies ist aber auch wiederum nicht so tragisch, deckt man doch mit den acht verschiedenen Rennserien, den vielen gut gestylten Strecken und den großen Fahrzeugpark so ziemlich alles ab, was Cross-Fans lieben. Für den einen oder anderen Offroad-Racer wird die Steuerung allerdings etwas zu arcadelastig sein, zumal hier leider auch Einstellungsmöglichkeiten fehlen. Vorbildlich hingegen auf beiden Konsolen der Multiplayer, sowohl Offline, als auch Online. Zum anderen wird man allerdings in Sachen Grafik ebenfalls an die „ollen“ Konsolen von Sony und Microsoft erinnert. HD-Grafik sieht anders aus und besonders die PS3-Version muss hier gegenüber der Xbox 360 mit zusätzlichen Punktabzug leben. Alles in allem aber ein brauchbares Spiel mit sehr viel Luft nach oben
Game Tap (Dec 20, 2007)
In the end, Untamed is a solid package, stuffed with content. Gameplay is fun, if flawed, and catching big air remains just as thrilling as it always has. The learning curve is a bit steep for a racing game--it will take a while before you can really breeze through a Supercross course, a very long while. Offroad fans will be pleased, but it's time for Rainbow Studious to rethink the direction of its franchise and infuse it with some much-needed personality.
Daily Game (Jan 18, 2008)
In the next-gen gaming race, comparisons such as this to similar games are inevitable, particularly where graphics are concerned. THQ's game is still entertaining on its own, but videogames don't exist in a vacuum, and gamers need to allocate their next-gen budgets wisely. Unfortunately, with its graphical and gameplay oversights, MX vs. ATV Untamed just doesn't have what it takes to keep up with the pack.
69 (Jan 10, 2008)
Untamed is a nice entry into the legacy that Rainbow Studios has carved out for itself. However, Untamed hasn't made the jump all that well onto the next-gen consoles after the impressive showing with MX vs. ATV: Unleashed. The best part of Untamed is all the modes and vehicles that are thrown at you to have fun with. There is quite a deal of presentation that comes with the package but the gameplay isn't up to snuff as past Rainbow Studio efforts. All that said, it doesn't get much better than logging on for an online game where you and 7 other people making your own fun with the Free Ride mode.
65 (Mar 14, 2008)
MX vs ATV Untamed ist wieder einer der Kandidaten, bei denen der Funke nicht so richtig überspringen will. Klar, der Umfang kann sich mit all den Serien sehen lassen und die Steuerung geht gut von der Hand, auch wenn das Streckendesign oft zu sehr auf Non-stop-Vollgas ausgelegt ist. Aber wenn ich immer wieder über Pisten rasen muss, die irgendwie alle gleich aussehen, macht sich bei mir irgendwann das große Gähnen breit. Und das kam bei THQs neuestem Offroad-Titel früher als erwartet. Überhaupt kann ich nicht verstehen, warum die PS3 mal wieder mit einer deutlich schlechteren Version abgespeist wird: Niedrigere Auflösung, reduzierte Grafikeffekte, weniger Onlinespieler. Was soll das? Wer über die technischen Mankos und die abwechslungsarmen Kulissen hinwegsehen kann, bekommt hier allerdings mit vielen Vehikeln und Serien ein ähnlich rundes Gesamtpaket wie mit Sonys ATV Offroad Fury.
GameSpot (Jan 18, 2008)
With Untamed, the formula for the MX vs. ATV series hasn't changed much, and the game is at its best when focused on freewheeling, pedal-to-the-metal speed. There are moments of abject frustration--think of the most tedious of the supercross events and practically any freestyle contest--but that frustration is mitigated somewhat by the fact that there's always something else to do in the game. Sure, it's more of the same with MX vs. ATV Untamed, but at least it's a lot more.
Gamers' Temple, The (Dec 24, 2007)
MX vs. ATV is a pretty good game. It has high points and low points, but sadly, being average doesn't really cut the mustard in the industry today. With every passing year, video games get more involved, better produced and increasingly awesome. In a year that saw such games Bioshock, Super Mario Galaxy, Call of Duty 4, Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, Metroid Prime 3: Corruption and The Orange Box, just to name a few, being average doesn't command the attention it once did. If you just gotta play in the mud, save yourself the sixty bucks: get the hose and soak your backyard. Or, you could always give Motorstorm a try…
Game Over Online (Feb 07, 2008)
Untamed ends up being plagued by far too many seemingly small problems that, on their own, wouldn’t be game-killers, but here, because there are so many and they’re so frequent, end up sucking the fun out of the game. This could’ve been an acceptable low-price buy for fans of the genre, but the end result here is one that I can only recommend for a rental at most. For many, just playing the demo will likely give them all the thrills they seek from the game, and if you’re just a casual fan of the genre, it will certainly suffice.
GamingExcellence (Feb 22, 2008)
MvA doesn’t do anything wrong per se, it’s just not the game that’s going to bring new fans over to the sport of motocross. It makes it hard to recommend the game when there are much more spectacular off road offerings like MotorStorm and DiRT. By all means, if you’re a huge motocross fan, check it out. All others should consider no more than a rental.
GamingTrend (May 26, 2008)
The MX vs. ATV series has gone through several iterations, so it definitely has a loyal base. Still, it’s hard to recommend MX vs. ATV Untamed to those who have a previous version of the game unless they are just itching to play it on their next generation console. If you are waiting for some innovation, then you are probably better off in waiting a year.
Maxim Magazine (Dec 18, 2007)
Played the previous MX vs. ATV games? Then you could probably play through Untamed with a blindfold on. Playing this game—which is either the seventh or eighth version (we've lost count)—is akin to getting back with an ex-girlfriend. It seems like a good idea at the time, but once you wake up in her apartment in the predawn light and see her creepy stuffed animal bears peering at you in the darkness, you'll know that you made a terrible, terrible mistake. THQ has thrown a pair of new events into the mix—Endurocross and Opencross—but neither will hold your attention for too long. Ignore those ubiquitous commercials that have been running on the TV over the past two weeks, and play through last year's version again.
60 (Feb 08, 2008)
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.
60 (Mar 11, 2008)
With more polished and exhilarating off-road racers on the market for next-gen consoles MX Vs. ATV Untamed will struggle to find much success outside of its existing fan base. It ticks all the boxes for those fans though, with only the slightly underwhelming visuals likely to disappoint. With the competition getting stronger and stronger it might be time for THQ to shake things up a little.
60 (Feb 02, 2008)
While Untamed may be the first step into the next generation territory for this franchise it feels like it showed up about a year too late to be acceptable. While the game can be completely enjoyable with several friends over all enjoying adult beverages, the single player experience does not hold any of the same enjoyment. With dated graphics and not wonderful gameplay this is probably best passed over until the next sequel hits.
It all just goes to show that there are times when a competent design and polished gameplay are all that a game needs. MX vs. ATV Untamed provides those two things to varying degrees... and no more. If you pick it up with your expectations properly adjusted and you aren't anticipating something wild—if, in other words, you're not looking for something untamed—then you'll probably be satisfied with your purchase. Rainbow Studios is surely capable of better and maybe we'll see it next time around, but this will do for now.
Gaming Target (Mar 27, 2008)
As you can probably tell by now, MX Vs. ATV: Untamed’s appeal lies in its gameplay. If you are a graphics junkie who demands that gameplay quality is matched by visual aesthetics, you will hate MX Vs. ATV: Untamed – you won’t even get past its third race. If, however, you are the type of gamer who scrapes the barrel to get the most out of a purchase, then you won’t even need a spatula to enjoy MX Vs. ATV: Untamed’s wealth of game modes. Either way, one can’t deny that if this title had been released for Xbox seven years ago it would have been lauded.
Gamernode (Jan 18, 2008)
In the end, MX vs. ATV Untamed is a game which will be fun for a while, but quickly wear you down as the little things add up. While there are plenty of events, the simple driving also works against the game, as it becomes boring sooner than you'd expect. If you've always appreciated Rainbow Studios' titles, then you'll enjoy this one as well; especially with several fairly entertaining online modes. If you didn't get weened to the genre by Rainbow's previous installments, though, there's little reason to start now with better offerings already available.
G4 TV: X-Play (Jan 30, 2008)
It’s hard to avoid comparing this game to Motorstorm, even though if anything Motorstorm was at least partly inspired by the earlier games in this franchise. However, in just about every way Motorstorm bests this one, particularly in the feeling of intensity. Sure, Motorstorm lives in fantasy-land and doesn’t feature a single licensed car or product, and its online play is more than a little limited by comparison. But, this ain’t exactly a sim either. While MX vs. ATV Untamed is a solid game, when it comes to fun factor and sensation of speed online or off there’s just no comparison.
AceGamez (Jan 31, 2008)
Nothing about MX vs. ATV Untamed really sets it apart from other off-road racers. Sure, it offers a lot of gameplay modes and vehicles, but you can get that in lot of games in the genre. But don't let that keep you from checking it out; the mini-games are a great highlight and it won't feel like you're wasting money with the variety of gameplay modes on offer, even if the visuals simply aren't up to scratch with that the PS3 can handle. Fans of the series and genre alike are sure to enjoy their time with this game, just don't expect it to look like MotorStorm and you'll be fine.
1UP (Dec 18, 2007)
So Untamed is definitely not a total loss. It certainly has its moments, with some excellent course design and a ridiculous amount of different events crammed into the disc. But ultimately, the game's not realistic enough to satisfy sim fans...and it's too realistic to be as fun as Rainbow's previous games. It tries too hard to be a jack-of-all-trades, and masters almost none.
Worth Playing (Jan 30, 2008)
At the heart of things MX vs. ATV: Untamed is an ambitious title whose execution fails to live up to the lofty standard set by previous entries in the series. I really can't recommend this game, not even to fans of the previous titles in the series. If you're looking for an off-road racer, go play Motorstorm. If you've already played Motorstorm, then go back and play it some more. If you've done everything there is to do in Motorstorm, I suppose you can buy this game, but don't say I didn't warn you.
PSX Extreme (Dec 31, 2007)
All in all, MX vs. ATV Untamed is not a product you want to spend $60 on. In fact, it's not even a product you'd want to spend $20 on. The bottom line here is that this is a very poorly done game, that suffers from uninspired gameplay, poor track design, redundancy, and a lacking online component. And to those who are looking to make good use out of their HD products, such as their game console and TV-sets, MX vs. ATV Untamed is just about the worst visual offender out there on the PlayStation 3, as it features an absurd lack of texture detail and a never ending supply of jaggies. To top things off, Untamed features a soundtrack that's every bit as irritating as the game's engine and exhaust noises. Go find a copy of MotorStorm and enjoy a vastly superior product that looks like a next-gen and plays like one.
Gameplayer (Mar 18, 2008)
In particular, next-gen owners would be best off saving their dough for Pure, a quad racer due out in several months that will almost surely speed off from MX vs ATV Untamed and leave it to roll into the abyss of mediocrity.