Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Does one thing really well: the Zen feeling of hitting a jump just right, catching the curve of the dirt like a stylus in a record groove. [Apr 2005, p.116]
  2. MX vs. ATV Unleashed is hardcore racing action. If you can handle it, you’re a god among insects. If not, say goodbye to any sense of feeling you had in your thumbs.
  3. While this is an arcade racer, skill still plays a big role. Shifting the rider's weight, proper use of the clutch and preloading the suspension are necessary for clearing jumps and effective cornering.
  4. This title is slow with a capital "ssssss," taking nearly a full minute to load tracks or save your game.
  5. It doesn't help that the rubberbanding AI makes every race a formality until the last quarter of the last lap. [June 2005, p.92]
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Feb 26, 2011
    6
    This game overall was pretty good. The graphics were all there and the pain that the riders got when falling off the bikes was pretty coolThis game overall was pretty good. The graphics were all there and the pain that the riders got when falling off the bikes was pretty cool too. I would have liked to see even more vehicles and better controls for the airplanes. Those things are probably the worst controlling things ever conceived in that game. Despite this, the game was well made and it was cool that you could do a free roam on all the maps. Full Review »
  2. Rod
    May 4, 2005
    7
    This is pretty good game. It is challenging, and the variety of vehicles is a plus. AI seems a bit agressive even on the standard setting. This is pretty good game. It is challenging, and the variety of vehicles is a plus. AI seems a bit agressive even on the standard setting. Guess that is what makes the game such a challenge. Only complaint I have is with what seem to be random vehicle crashes. You can make a jump twice and the third time around you will crash for no apparent reason. And there are issues with the hill climb, It will stop the race and say you are not making forward progress, when in fact you are moving. Other than that it is a good game. Frustrating at times, but still fun. Full Review »
  3. Wahyu
    Apr 2, 2005
    7
    I agree with gamespot, the air race is so frustrating!!