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  • Summary: MX vs ATV kicks it up a notch and shifts into high gear as the best selling offroad franchise makes its debut on the Nintendo DS. MX vs ATV’s legendary Rhythm Racing lets players pre-load into massive jumps and clutch through hairpin turns at full speed all while retaining the smooth and authentic feel not found in any other game. Attempt to own the offroad by dominating Race and Stunt Challenge events. Ten DS-exclusive Supercross tracks provide the perfect proving ground for the MX vs ATV rivalry. With two different MX and ATV vehicles to take control of, the competition is fierce in 3 massive Supercross stadiums. Up the ante by completing the MX vs ATV Championship, unlocking playable Sand Rail and Golf Buggy vehicles. Players can showcase their freestyle skills with combo extenders and over 25 airborne and ground stunts. Make sure to stick the landing, though; riders who bail will find the judges can be harsh on bad landings. [THQ] Collapse
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  1. Obviously, MX vs. ATV is not a perfect game, but it does perfectly fill the holes left since Mario Kart’s release all those years ago.
  2. There aren’t a lot of unlockables or extras, but you’ll be getting solid, challenging rhythm racing in a portable size. Casual players unfamiliar with the series might find the difficulty a little steep and hard to get into.
  3. While Untamed is thin in terms of depth, the gameplay is solid.
  4. Graded on the "it's only a DS game" scale, it's not a bad effort. But where is the track editor? Where is the online play? Why is the main single-player game so repetitive and soulless?
  5. There’s not much else on the DS to challenge MX, so if you’ve got to fill your mud-spraying fix, it’s a decent enough choice, but don’t expect a whole lot of variety in the experience.
  6. In single-player events, the AI-controlled racers stay in such a tight pack (all three finishing within a second of each other at times) that you'll likely end up either in first place or dead last. [Jan 2008, p.89]
  7. 30
    A watered down racing title that won't do much for even the most dedicated dirt bike or ATV enthusiast.

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