ATV Offroad Fury 3 PlayStation 2

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

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. A solid racing title with great environments, ATV Offroad Fury 3 features options galore and challenge.
  4. Game Informer
    Where's the fury? I just don't feel the passion. [Jan 2005, p.122]
  5. Cheat Code Central
    A game that is undoubtedly the best of the bunch although it's not very different than the last one. I would rename this game, "ATV Offroad Fury Two-and-a-Half."
  6. But when ATV Offroad Fury 2 is every bit as good – even graphically, and extremely inexpensive because of its age, there's very little reason to get this version.
  7. 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.
  8. If you're looking for an ATV game that offers solid arcade-style gameplay, a wide range of events and decent offline multiplayer options, Offroad Fury 3 does the job.
  9. 60
    ATV Offroad Fury 3 has one of the most complete set of online options seen a PS2 racing game. Excellent features like ranking, messaging and downloadable ghosts provide all the community extras to go with the main events that support up to six-players.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. AceGamez
    While ATV Offroad Fury 3 has limited, basic modes, it really does shine when it comes down to the raw gameplay.
  13. Pelit (Finland)
    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]
  14. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    Diehards may call foul, but the looser grip on reality really ups the fun quotient. [Jan 2005, p.134]
  15. 70
    Though the offline game will only satisfy the most hardcore four-wheeling fan, the online racing makes up for most faults.
  16. 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.
  17. As far as audio goes, the game is a mixed bag of licensed music.
  18. Really combines all of the necessary ingredients to make a solid online mode.
  19. There’s isn’t much realism, most of the graphics and attention to detail are poor and you won’t be feeling the wind rush through your hair anytime soon, but for sheer multiplayer fun you could do a lot worse than give this a go.
  20. Sure, the offline mode can get old fast, but arcade racing fans with an internet-ready PS2 will find that the title's playability grows almost exponentially when experienced with a group of other human beings.
  21. 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.
  22. PSM Magazine
    In addition to virtually lag free racing (broadband), there's full support for player rankings, chat, voice, and even clans. [Jan 2005, p.74]
  23. Once again delivers solid gameplay mechanics mixed in with numerous unlockable features and plenty of racing potential.
  24. 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.
  25. There's no standout reason to upgrade from previous editions. But if you're new to backside-blistering fun on four wheels, Fury 3 is worth a blast. [PSW]
  26. While the single-player modes are merely OK is in its multiplayer and online modes that this third Offroad Fury game earns its worth.
  27. It's not the most original game in the world, and some of the game's unbalanced difficulty will leave you kicking up more than dirt, but in general, it's still a focused, entertaining ride, offline and on.
  28. 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.
  29. 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]
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. Amusing multiplayer mini-games such as basketball, soccer and ice hockey are enjoyable diversions.
  33. I will repeat this game is fun for all ages. I truly recommend it.
  34. 70
    The developers have managed to squeeze some extra mileage out of the tired "extreme sports" format with a solid racing engine and a trick/combo that will have you linking more tricks together than a prostitute at Charlie Sheen's Playa's Ball.
  35. 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.
  36. 81
    Collision detection between ATVs can be a little strange at times especially in the mini-games.
  37. Plenty of variety and a wild sense of speed combined with tight control equals fun for the whole family.

Awards & Rankings

#70 Most Shared PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

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
    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
    Awesome game,. great job.
  3. Spooky
    Jan 13, 2005
    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 »