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  • Summary: In MX vs. ATV Unleashed, players power through all-new environments and event types, choosing from a variety of new vehicles. A redesigned monster truck, powerful sand-rail and raised 4x4 golf karts meet ATVs, dirt bikes and bi-planes to compete in massive free-world environments featuring hill climbs, machine challenges and short track races. The game's career mode allows gamers to choose from the top professional ATV and Motocross riders. [THQ] Expand
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  1. Positive: 25 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 93
    A truly fantastic title. It's extremely well done and offers the best MX and ATV racing combination in town.
  2. Essentially, with MX vs. ATV Unleashed, Rainbow has perfected everything they introduced as the pioneers of next generation off-road racing. [Apr 2005, p.74]
  3. 85
    Unfortunately, the soundtrack is flatter than a bottle of Mountain Dew past its "Best By" date, but the polished gameplay makes the racing action a total gas.
  4. 80
    A ton of different play modes await too, assuring you won’t tire of the disc anytime soon.
  5. Taking equal parts of their two past franchises, they have come up with one great motocross game.
  6. Because the air races found in MX vs. ATV Unleashed are so frustrating, one wonders why they even made it into the game in the first place, especially when you consider how fun the game is with two (or more) wheels on the ground.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Bigpimpenshiznit
    Mar 30, 2005
    The game was off the chang. All the deatalies were the best part of the new fetures.
  2. ChaseD.
    Dec 7, 2004
    It looks amazing given the power of MX Unleashed mixed with THQ's ATV Offroad Fury 1,2, and 3 this game looks to be the best up coming game of 2005!! Collapse
  3. Kyle
    Mar 28, 2005
    It's an awesome game but i wish that the outdoor tracks were more like it in real life.
  4. Wahyu
    Apr 2, 2005
    I agree with gamespot, the air race is so frustrating!!
  5. Rod
    May 4, 2005
    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. Expand
  6. Feb 26, 2011
    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 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. Expand
  7. NIckT.
    Mar 20, 2005
    Got to say I've been really disappointed with this game. There's nothing new here, and what was there before has been diluted with irritating 'bonus vehicles'. Pretty landscapes to race around but they all feel the same, whether the ice of 'Valhalla' or the dry sand of the beach. What's the point of an all terrain vehicle if all the terrain is the same?! Where's the challenge?!! Expand