ATV Offroad Fury 3 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 2, 2004
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
Buy On
  1. Once again delivers solid gameplay mechanics mixed in with numerous unlockable features and plenty of racing potential.
  2. 92
    Easily the best ATV racer in existence and it also represents a sizeable, appreciated step forward for the franchise and online console gaming in general.
  3. PSM Magazine
    90
    In addition to virtually lag free racing (broadband), there's full support for player rankings, chat, voice, and even clans. [Jan 2005, p.74]
  4. Really combines all of the necessary ingredients to make a solid online mode.
  5. AceGamez
    90
    While ATV Offroad Fury 3 has limited, basic modes, it really does shine when it comes down to the raw gameplay.
  6. By far the best of the series, and it never seems to get old. It is one of those games that you can load up and just have a damn good fun time with.
  7. A solid racing title with great environments, ATV Offroad Fury 3 features options galore and challenge.
  8. The massive environments and familiar textures are all along for the ride, and there are some nifty environmental effects like snow, rain, dust, and mud to contend with.
  9. Plenty of variety and a wild sense of speed combined with tight control equals fun for the whole family.
  10. Enough like its predecessors that if ATV or ATV 2 didn't appeal to you, then ATV 3 isn't likely to change your mind. However, ATV fans will be quite happy with the latest game in the series.
  11. A fine ATV racing title with enough modes to please gamers for many hours, excellent online with little lag, a respectable graphics engine and decent soundtrack.
  12. As far as audio goes, the game is a mixed bag of licensed music.
  13. 81
    Collision detection between ATVs can be a little strange at times especially in the mini-games.
  14. Pelit (Finland)
    81
    Has its moments, but in the end it is just another driving game. Jumping around the tracks is fun for a while, but there is little incentive to keep on playing. [Apr 2006]
  15. 80
    A more robust career mode with sponsorships, cash prizes, and a tournament-style atmosphere with rivalries would be nice as well, but those in the mood for a challenging, fast-paced racer -- online or off -- won't be disappointed.
  16. While the single-player modes are merely OK is in its multiplayer and online modes that this third Offroad Fury game earns its worth.
  17. 80
    The online experience was definitely the most fun aspect of game as a whole. Over a broadband connection lag was practically non-existent, but the biggest hook is racing against other non-CPU riders.
  18. Fast and frenetic, ATVOF3 is a great title, so much so that we can forgive the occasional restart from behind an unmovable obstacle. [Jan 2005, p.87]
  19. Taking an obvious cue from Xbox Live, the online mode is seriously user-friendly, providing tons of community-building tools—the polar opposite of Offroad Fury 2's laughable online attempt.
  20. The framerate is pretty good, but occasionally it really gets hiccupy when there’s too much going on, and it can get frustrating, especially if it happens mid-jump or while you’re preloading, which can really screw up your timing.
  21. It’s a good game but it doesn’t try to do anything to make the series better, everything is simply re-treading old ground.
  22. I will repeat this game is fun for all ages. I truly recommend it.
  23. A more well-rounded game than either of its predecessors, and though it's unlikely to convert those who weren't impressed with past installments, fans of the first two games should find plenty to like here.
  24. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    75
    Diehards may call foul, but the looser grip on reality really ups the fun quotient. [Jan 2005, p.134]
  25. One gripe: If you're in last and have no desire to finish the race, there isn't an option for a quick restart. You either have to finish or go to one of the opening menus. Yuck.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jul 3, 2014
    7
    Still a very solid offroad racer almost a decade later. Looks and plays well despite the age and now makes for some good budget fun as long asStill a very solid offroad racer almost a decade later. Looks and plays well despite the age and now makes for some good budget fun as long as you're not a graphic snob Full Review »
  2. DanT.
    Sep 24, 2005
    10
    Awesome game,. great job.
  3. Spooky
    Jan 13, 2005
    10
    Variety, handling, Online options, punked up music (Bootsy Collins!!) ATV3 has it all. Having played the preceding games to death this is the Variety, handling, Online options, punked up music (Bootsy Collins!!) ATV3 has it all. Having played the preceding games to death this is the one I think I'll always return to. I read the message boards and have been disappointed to see many comments that I believe to be quite simply wrong. I don't know whether this is down to Rainbow initiated sour grapes or if I'm just not seeing this game from these reveiwers' perspective. Anyway, they've motivated me to speak out in support of the excellent job that Climax did. So there you go! Full Review »