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Mixed or average reviews - based on 44 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 44
  2. Negative: 1 out of 44
  1. It’s finally here. Big-time motocross and off-road racing with REAL dirt and separate bike and rider control... Rainbow Studios deliver a pot of pure gold.
  2. THQ and Rainbow Studios have really hit their stride with the MX vs. ATV franchise. Not only have they managed to address every minor issue that plagued previous incarnations of the series, the addition of persistent terrain deformation and Reflex rider control absolutely take this game to the next level.
  3. The game has been built to please both the newcomers and the hardcore MX vs ATV crowd and that’s a very tough balance to strike. Rainbow and THQ can be proud of their most recent offering and there’s no way anyone could complain.
  4. Minor gripes aside, though, Reflex is the most fun you'll have being caked in mud.
  5. Rainbow Studios has done an impressive job of creating an immersive and enjoyable off-road racing experience. If you have any interest at all in racing games, then MX vs. ATV Reflex is definitely worth checking out.
  6. If you’re looking for a game to curb that racing fix you so desperately crave, or just looking for something new to give you a break from the endless array of shooters on shelves, MX vs. ATV Reflex will more than answer the call.
  7. Reflex is the best game in the MX vs. ATV series to date, and is an all around great racer.
  8. Presents some minor defects at the level of graphics and gameplay, but nothing to make you lose your head.
  9. MX vs ATV is a nice offroad game. The dynamic ground morphing system works really well, and is an important factor to study during every race. The weight management really gives the sensation of being in control of the motorbike. Thumbs down for the PS3 version, worse than the 360 one due to some graphic problems (pop-up e slow loading textures).
  10. A wonderful foundation has been set and it’s now time for Rainbow Studios to expand on what they have set up with their next iterations. The future is bright and fans should be rejoicing.
  11. MX vs. ATV Reflex is a nice switch up from the more serious racers, and its fast and extremely fun off-road racing is steps above what we have previously seen.
  12. 80
    The new Reflex controls are great once you get used to them, but they also alienate the casual audience by making the game a bit more demanding than some gamers are willing to put up with. Still if you have enjoyed the series you know what to expect here.
  13. 80
    While it hasn’t lit my world on fire, Reflex is solid fun.
  14. 78
    The controls are still great, the track design is at the top of its class and there are enough events here to keep you coming back for ages, not to mention a very solid and capable online component. If you're a fan of offroad racing, this is definitely worth a serious look, though don't go in expecting a completely different racing experience.
  15. There is no doubt that MX vs. ATV: Reflex is the best MX vs. ATV game I've played yet. The new controls, track damage and add-ons to the existing formula make it the only MX vs. ATV game you'll ever need – at least until the next one comes out.
  16. Career mode is a bit on the short side, and there isn't much in the way of new challenges or modes. Still, there is a lot to do, and the new control keeps things from getting stale.
  17. MX vs. ATV is a good offroad racer with tons of stuff to do, at least that’s the case if you drive the motorbikes and ATVs. Too bad the other vehicles are less interesting and that the game isn’t as spectacular as other offroad racers
  18. Maybe this is not the best motocross and off-road racing game, but with its good separate bike and rider control scheme and its dynamic ground morphing system, MX vs. ATV Reflex is one of the best product of this genre.
  19. 77
    MX vs. ATV: Reflex is a better part than the previous ones. It’s got nice gameplay with thanks to the new Reflex system that makes it possible to control the character and the bike to give the player a better feeling of realistic driving. The soundtrack is a bit poor and graphically it isn’t the best game. But if you like to race outdoor in the mud, then MX vs. ATV: Reflex is a nice game.
  20. Longtime fans will probably enjoy this enough to buy it, but casual fans should probably stick with a rental.
  21. MX vs. ATV: Reflex features some great racing moments, but the game's technical ambitions sometimes get in its way. The possibilities of reflex racing with the right analog are clearly there, they just haven't been mastered yet.
  22. All in all, MX vs. ATV: Reflex is a solid entry in need of expansion: the bare-boned framework is there for what can be a stellar franchise in its genre.
  23. Reflex feels like everything Untamed was meant to be, albeit with a slight tinge of disappointment.
  24. 75
    While the game has its fair share of annoying problems and suffers from being a bit too straightforward, it offers a solid off-road experience; motocross fans will be hard pressed to find a title better than this one.
  25. There's a lot to like in MX vs ATV Reflex, particularly in the realm of controlling the rider. Still, while there is notable improvement over previous versions in some areas, there's nothing truly revolutionary in Reflex.
  26. Competent. [Mar 2010, p.88]
  27. Reflex is far better than Untamed, and offers some interesting add-ons in terms of control, and is a more polished work.
  28. Dynamic terrain modification and the Reflex control system succeed in delivering something new to the offroad genre. On the other hand, some minor bugs and inaccuracies in physics and collisions make the experience sometimes frustrating. Add not-so-good graphics, invasive soundtrack and a clumsy customization menu and what you get is an unpolished product, suitable just for big fans of the saga and the offroad genre.
  29. 73
    MX vs. ATV Reflex is a solid game that meets expectations. The Reflex system is a nice addition, but besides that this game is just not special in any way.
  30. It's just a shame that ploughing through the rest of the content is essentially gaming busywork. [Mar 2010, p.117]
  31. Building MX vs. ATV Reflex from the ground up has had a positive result in a way. Rider Reflex and terrain deformation make the motocross- and ATV races very challenging. The rest of the vehicles seem to have been neglected by the developer and disturb the balance of the game during the mixed races. Despite the flaws the game will still be very much enjoyed by fans of the sport.
  32. MX vs ATV Reflex is a competent game with an innovative new way of steering your bike and your rider, despite slightly awkward controls. Good graphics and fast, hardcore racing are the real highlights.
  33. It just needs a little more zest and content. [Feb 2010, p.72]
  34. With a bit more work, this could absolutely revitalize the series, but right now only the brave need apply.
  35. Reflex's control scheme provides a fantastic simulation of what we believe off-road driving is actually like. [Jan 2010, p.86]
  36. The sound effects needed to be revamped and brought out more, the new features don’t have quite the impact they could’ve had, the technical aspects can drag, and the trick system – while mostly well done – isn’t perfect. Perhaps it’s best to wait until it’s a bargain bit purchase.
  37. 68
    It doesn't have the physics to match. [Issue#189, p.75]
  38. MX vs. ATV Reflex is a bit of a mess. There are some good tracks to race on, but the control scheme is overcomplicated, the visuals are ugly, and the motorcycles are the only vehicles worth spending any time with. Determined players will find some value in it, but for everyone else there are much better racing options available.
  39. A new dual-stick control system breathes life into what is otherwise a well-worn and sometimes frustrating game.
  40. 65
    Despite the large offer of game types, off-road vehicles and race tracks, MX vs ATV Reflex doesn’t manage to kick up a lot of dust. The new Reflex system looks promising on paper, but in practice is a bit too unstable to guarantee an intuitive control system. Add the faulty graphics and the sometimes annoying sound effects and you’ve got a game that even fans of the genre will find hard to enjoy.
  41. Despite some effort to make Reflex more than just another MX vs ATV game, it's ended up feeling very similar to what's gone before it.
  42. MX vs. ATV: Reflex would benefit greatly from a diet of raw motocross action. Without the added weight of the Rider Reflex controls, the other vehicles, or its half-baked race types, this could be one lean, dirt-shredding machine. As it is, it’s a misshapen lump of flabby features and excess ideas.
  43. It feels like Rainbow Studios has been making the same games for a decade now, and still haven't managed to find the right formula. MX vs ATV Reflex is not a bad game, but feels really low budget and is just mediocre.
  44. A nice try at innovation, that sadly falls flat. Better luck next time.

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