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53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 13
  2. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. Call me nostalgic, but even with Untamed's officially licensed music, the racing sponsors and celebrity endorsements, I'd rather play a round of Excitebike any day.
  2. Now that I've had to time to think about it, it seems that the only reason that MX vs. ATV Untamed for the PS2 exists is to force players to purchase the superior version on the superior PS3 system.
  3. This game just doesn't get less frustrating, it gets more. The controls are designed pretty well, but it seems as if the objects on screen are disconnected from those controls. It would have been better suited if it was called MX vs ATV: Low G racing.
  4. Looking very similar, both of these versions certainly don't pack the graphical punch as the next-gen versions, and the sense of speed and some of the racing thrills suffer because of it. [Jan 2008, p.89]
  5. There are some solid modes here but the graphics and gameplay don't support the experience enough for it to matter.
  6. 60
    There's a steeper visual disparity between this and the HD-gen versions than many multiplatform games, partly because Rainbow wasn't behind the development of this version. However, if you're not interested in how modern a game looks or feels and you just want to go big now, you'll probably enjoy Untamed.
  7. The technical departments, the visuals and audio, bring this ship down before it even left the port.
  8. Untamed is a perfect example of a franchise paying heed to a platform almost out of muscle memory more so than anything else.
  9. 49
    A weak choice for a racing game, be it offroad or not. There are numerous problems relating to the controls, track design, presentation and so forth. If you're interested in an MX or ATV title, check out the previous release, MX vs. ATV Unleashed as it's much better.
  10. 71
    While a few annoying quirks threaten to get in the way, overall this is definitely more of the same.
  11. Nothing that raises the pulse or even peaks the interest. [Mar 2008, p.78]
  12. A very poorly done game, that suffers from uninspired gameplay, poor track design, redundancy, and innovation. Furthermore, gamers who enjoy a decent looking title will find that MX vs. ATV Untamed is one of the worst visual offenders out there on the PlayStation 2, as it features an absurd lack of texture detail and a never ending supply of ugly.
  13. Handing off the game from Rainbow to Incinerator Studios was a bad idea. A baaaaaad idea. If you must play the games, stick to the PSP or PS3 versions. No, really.

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