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XboxAddict (Dec 14, 2007)
Overall, MX vs. ATV Untamed is an incredible improvement over its brothers and sisters that got released in the past. Any true motocross or off-road fan will gladly welcome this "next-gen" experience. With great new multiplayer modes and all the technical improvements to this game. THQ/Rainbow Studios has listened to the community, and delivered. Well done!
85
GamingEvolution (Dec 18, 2007)
MX vs. ATV: Untamed is one of the best racing experiences to be release for a next generation platform. Several of the elements found within MotorStorm are also present within this title, while at the same time, new features have been added to enhance the racing experience. Overall, whether you own a PS3 or an Xbox 360, this title is definitely worth picking up.
85
Game Vortex (Jan 20, 2008)
MX vs. ATV Untamed is exactly what the title implies, a wild mix of off-road racing types that comes together in an uncanny way. With so many different racing types, racing events, and racing vehicles at your disposal, Untamed offers racing fans a lot of variety for their buck. The overall look and feel of its arcade style also has a tendency to add thrills, especially to your spills. MX vs. ATV Untamed is definitely worth a look because the variety and numerous difficulty levels, along with the multiplayer aspect, will have this game pleasing fans for many, many hours.
83
Gaming Nexus (Dec 14, 2007)
With these measurements in mind, I rate MXvATV as a very good game. I enjoyed my time playing it, and it is going to be hard to return the loaner Xbox 360 to its owner. The racing is fun, the jumps are extreme, and the vicarious thrill of a closely contested moto delivers on the promise of an “Untamed World.”
82
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.
81
Game Chronicles (Jan 12, 2008)
If you are looking for a down and dirty racer your options are still rather limited on the 360. I hate to recommend any game simply because it’s your only option, but at least in the case of MX vs. ATV Untamed, your only option is still a fun and challenging game, both online and off. It might wear you down before you finish, but you’ll be back sooner or later.
80
Worth Playing (Dec 15, 2008)
MX vs. ATV: Untamed isn't a perfect game, but it's certainly a lot of fun. The immense variety in different game modes really helps to keep the game fresh, and the excellent arcade controls mean that when you end up falling behind the pack, smashing into a wall or screwing up a trick, you rarely feel like it is the game's fault, but your own for not hitting the clutch at the right moment, or for holding the stunt too long. The online mode is just excellent, and the mini-games like Snake really ensure that even gamers who don't usually enjoy off-road adventures will find something to have fun with. The graphics may be a bit on the average side, but don't let that dissuade you: MX vs. ATV: Untamed has the gameplay to make up for it, and that's what is really important.
80
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.
80
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.
80
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.
78
Atomic Gamer (Jan 06, 2008)
MX vs. ATV Untamed is not a bad choice on the 360, but it's not a terribly great one either. If you've got your choice of consoles, ExciteTruck for local multiplayer action and MotorStorm for online racing are often both better suited, while the 360 does have plenty of better racing titles around. Still, if you're in the narrow field of 360 owners who need a little more mud in your game, then Untamed might just do the job for you.
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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.
76
Gamer Within (Jan 12, 2008)
So while it’s by no means perfect, MX vs. ATV: Untamed makes a respectable jump to next-gen consoles while maintaining the tight gameplay mechanics that has made the series so great in the first place. Anyone looking to break from the urban street racing games that have cluttered up store shelves would be hard pressed not to pass this one up, if at least for a rental.
75
DreamStation.cc (Apr 01, 2008)
Overall, MX vs. ATV Untamed is a solid game, but nothing to wait in line to play. With other games in the market with similar themes, MX vs. ATV Untamed delivers a solid, but forgettable play experience. The graphics are above average and the game play is serviceable. MX vs. ATV Untamed does shine with its varied options, and online play.
75
Game Revolution (Dec 19, 2008)
So did THQ’s latest installment satisfy my need to be a dirty boy? MX vs. ATV Untamed is fun if you dig on arcade-style off-road racers, but there's still room for improvement in some departments, especially the graphics. If you’re more intro realistic racing, you may want to pass on this one for something more like Forza Motorsport. All these things considered, you still might need a shower after rolling around in the virtual dirt for a while.
75
XBox Front (Mar 19, 2008)
„MX vs ATV Untamed“ ist ein extrem rasantes Rennspiel, das allerdings hinter dem PlayStation 3-Knüller „Motorstorm“ weit abgeschlagen zurückbleibt. Die Präsentation und das Fahrgefühl können sich zwar sehen lassen, einige spielerische sowie technische Schnitzer verwehren dem Spiel jedoch den Einstieg in höhere Wertungsbereiche. Allem voran die nervigen Pop-Ups und das starke Kantenflimmern. Dass es kein Schadensmodell gibt, wird in der Community ebenfalls keine Luftsprünge verursachen. Für eine schnelle Runde zwischendurch ist der Offroad-Racer aber dennoch bestens geeignet.
75
ZTGameDomain (Jan 09, 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
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.
74
GameZone (Jan 04, 2008)
MX vs ATV Untamed is a good game that really lacks inspiration. As stated earlier this game is very similar to many of the previous games in this series. It is like the developers ran out of ideas, and to make matters worse the graphics are not even up to par. Hopefully next year the development team at Rainbow Studios will revamp their game so they can once again be king of the Motocross hill. While decent, their current product doesn’t quite stand up to the competition.
73
Lawrence (Jan 30, 2008)
This is one of those titles that already knows its audience. Fans of motocross and ATV racing that have stuck through the last several titles in this series will find more to enjoy with Untamed. The game is absolutely loaded with courses, tournaments, and enough vehicles to satisfy even the most hardcore fans of the series. I'm not a huge fan of this type of game, but I still found myself having fun with some of the outdoor courses. And of course, the physics engine can cause some pretty entertaining crashes. Some of the events are fairly tedious, but there's usually a fun outdoor event right around the corner. Worth a purchase for fans of MX/ATV racing, possibly worth a rental for casual racing fans.
72
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.
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Gamesmania.de (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.
71
Fragland.net (Feb 27, 2008)
MX vs. ATV Untamed offers what you expect from an arcade, off-road racer. Accessible controls, lots of stunts and crashes, and decent graphics. The best part in this episode is that there are a huge amount of vehicles, events and races present, added with a good multiplayer. In the end more than decent, but nothing that makes our gamerheart truly beat faster.
70
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.
70
TeamXbox (Dec 17, 2007)
Much like actually an actual off-roading experience, MX vs. ATV Untamed is a good time that occasionally gets bogged down in a muddy mess. The high learning curve and occasional visual letdown can throw a layer of muck over an otherwise prime racing experience. Still, if you’ve been following the franchise and are itching for a mud slinging, log jumping, tire spinning, air grabbing, next-gen good time, odds are you’ll want to check out MX vs. ATV Untamed.
70
Ultimately, MX vs. ATV Untamed is a difficult game to critique. It has enough content to help anyone find their niche and enjoy it, but not enough of the content is of a reasonable quality. Is a game as good as its worst moment, or its best? Untamed presents an uncomfortable mix of arcade thrills and simulation know-how, with varying degrees of success. Essentially, however, Untamed is a game that won’t hold your attention for long, but may well hold it long enough for you to enjoy yourself.
70
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.
70
Gamers' Temple, The (Jan 26, 2008)
The racing in Untamed is enjoyable enough and the implementation of the trick system is pretty cool, but the inconsistent landings really take a bite out of the game's fun factor. The game is loosey goosey with physics when it comes to turning corners, catching air, and pulling off stunts in midair, but unforgiving in some strange and mysterious way when it comes to collisions, whether those collisions are from your vehicle touching down for a landing or from bumping another vehicle or obstacle. Even though there is a lot of racing packed into this game, these inconsistencies will eventually wear you down - the good but not great racing action isn't enough to overcome this issue. If you're interested in the game, I'd recommend renting it for a bit. If you're still just as interested in the game when it comes time to return it as you were when you first started playing it, then it will be safe for you to go out and buy it.
70
GameDaily (Dec 20, 2007)
MX Vs. ATV Untamed isn't a complete waste of time. In fact, for motocross fans and those familiar with the series, it's a pretty good racing effort. However, its lack of overall improvement in graphics, song selection and gameplay make it feel just a little tame, contradicting its title. It'll do for now, but for the next iteration, Rainbow Studios needs to wander off the beaten trail.
70
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.
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Kombo.com (Jan 26, 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.
68
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.
67
4Players.de (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. Dazu mag auch die unterdurchschnittliche Präsentation beigetragen haben, bei der ich mir vor allem auf der PS3 schon beim ersten Rennen gedacht habe: "Mein Gott, ist in den Rainbow Studios die Zeit stehen geblieben?". 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.
67
Gaming Age (Jan 16, 2008)
So while MX vs. ATV Untamed is a solid Offroad racer, it hardly offers up anything new for the franchise. Long time fans will most likely already be on board, but first time players shouldn't expect to be entranced for long with core gameplay. Online modes breath a bit more life into things, but a stability issues will most likely throw some users off of the whole experience. Worth checking out if you're a fan, but I'd at least demo it before you buy.
65
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.
64
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.
60
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
videogamer.com (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
And you know what? That’s a good descriptor for the game as a whole. I think fans of the series will find just what they’re looking for here, with a few shortcomings – but then again I don’t think Untamed’s offerings will draw in any new followers. The game failed to garner any strong feelings from me, so it’s not really good, but hey, it’s good enough.
60
Gaming Target (Apr 01, 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.
60
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.
60
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Mar 19, 2008)
You might not convulse with pleasure at the sight of labels like MX (motocross) and ATV (quad bikes) but when brought together with buggies, 4x4s and monster trucks and vast tracks full of huge jumps, as they are in Rainbow Studios' MX vs. ATV Untamed, the result should be closer to something like Motorstorm. And you know how we love Motorstorm.
60
AceGamez (Feb 01, 2008)
And that's a good description for MX vs ATV Untamed as a whole - it gets the job done. I think fans of the series will find just what they're looking for here, with a few shortcomings, but this means that Untamed doesn't offer much that will draw in any new followers. The game failed to garner any strong feelings from me; it's not really good, but it's not really bad either - it's good enough and so if it's motocross and ATV racing you're after then you could do a lot worse.
58
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.
50
Maybe if the developers had taken the time to make the game look like an Xbox 360 game instead of a PS2 game, it would have made a difference. Or if they would have improved and expanded the trick system, or made the physics not laughably bad when you so much as nick an opponent and go flying 60 feet. Instead it feels like they took the same game they've been making for years and just ported it to the 360. Our advice: just save your money and pop in your old copy of Unleashed.
40
Snackbar-Games.com (Feb 08, 2008)
There are better simulation racers (Forza 2, Test Drive Unlimited) and better arcade racers (Burnout Revenge / Paradise) available for the 360, 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.