ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin' Trails PSP

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Apr 19, 2005

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
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  1. 70
    If you're prepared for the steep learning curve and the insane load times, Trails is yet another extremely competent PSP title that's certainly worth checking out.
  2. Jumps are a bit hard to do and some of the more advanced stunts are really a challenge.
  3. The initially daunting learning curve makes the first few tries frustrating even for experts weaned on the other games in the series, but the game is eventually manageable and the multiplayer saves it altogether from becoming a “play it once- trade it in” title.
  4. Okay, the gloves are off. I really dislike this game. The titular fury is so apparent after just one race.
  5. Cheat Code Central
    It's loaded with modes and is a relatively deep game for a racer. You can still do a lot of tricks with it but overall the racing experience is hampered by its mechanical shortcomings.
  6. Overall, 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]
  7. Frustrating controls and just a mediocre performance as a whole.
  8. It's worse than ATV console games, thanks to a poor control system that's seemingly been designed with little thought for how the PSP itself is designed.
  9. It's not flawless in its execution, but I'd have to say there is just enough play in ATV Offroad Fury to keep fans happy.
  10. 60
    Blazin' Trails needs more user-friendly control and a graphical overhaul--we're talking almost original PlayStation visuals here--but at the end of the day it's still a really enjoyable game.
  11. There were times when this game aggravated me so much I wanted to throw down the controller, before I realized I was holding a $250 controller.
  12. Game Informer
    This game controls like junk. [June 2005, p.136]
  13. Although Blazin’ Trails does manage to present an engaging amount of gameplay thanks to the large number of game options, diversionary mini-games and impressive online features, it’s also significantly hampered by a kludgy control system, unforgiving trick system and psychotic AI.
  14. Your competition is dead serious, the hazards are all fatal, and your only resource is the X button. While Blazin’ Trails manages to cover a lot of different terrain, its shoddy gameplay prevents it from handling any of it well.
  15. Hopefully if Climax releases another PSP version, they work the kinks out, because this one needs some polish.
  16. 50
    Because the PSP buttons (including the shoulder buttons) are in such close proximity to each other, your fingers are constantly tumbling over each other to pull off the right stunt.
  17. If you're in love with the grit and grime of dirt racing, and don't mind a challenge, then Blazin' Trails should be right up your alley.
  18. 40
    Its sloppy controls and poor presentation will likely turn off even some of the most diehard fans of the ATV Offroad franchise.
  19. What it doesn’t have is perfect controls. They’re slippery, and oftentimes make it extremely difficult to win without over or under-steering. You really have to master how the game is going to react to each situation and adjust your skills to match.
  20. The game is packed with modes, options and replayability, though it has a few annoying problems which takes away from the potential enjoyability of it all.
  21. Given the much too difficult AI, the pre-load that leaves you anywhere but on track and the ATV being placed in the most annoying locations, gamers that are easily frustrated will definitely want to look elsewhere.
  22. 75
    Packs enough features to rocket it over a dozen lined-up trailer trucks, but the clunky graphics engine and stiff control give it a ramp that's might make you think twice about trying to air over a VW Bug.
  23. 60
    Essentially a collection of the same old stuff we've been playing on the PS2 for the last few years, Blazin' Trails fails to tantalize the senses but rather frays the nerves with a sloppy frame rate and awkward controls.
  24. Another solid PSP game. A little harder than I like to do tricks and steer your ATV, but that's something you can get past with some practice.
  25. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    A huge, solid game that's seriously crippled by an unworkable control scheme. [July 2005, p.78]
  26. 60
    There is plenty of content in the game, but the difficulty level and average controls may mean that most people don't see all that the game has to offer.
  27. Play Magazine
    The shoulder button helps cornering by speeding up the rate at which the background turns, but ultimately these ATVs feel more like semi trucks. [June 2005, p.86]
  28. PSM Magazine
    There's tons of game modes, customizations, addictive mini-games, and dirt - lots of dirt. [July 2005, p.86]
  29. The total package. It's fun, it's involved, and it's portable. Some of you will no doubt have worries that the A.I. may be too challenging or that the career mode may be too time consuming. With regards to those concerns, my only advice is that you cowboy up.
  30. Despite unresponsive controls and average graphics riddled with a jerky frame-rate (elements that would normally kill any racing game’s enjoyment) Blazin’ Trails delivers a surmountable and fun but challenging struggle for first place.
  31. 59
    Unless you are a die-hard ATV fan who can put up with frustrating gameplay mechanics, I cannot recommend ATV Offroad Fury: Blazin’ Trails to you.
  32. 70
    Unfortunately, the control isn't anywhere near at tight as the previous PS2 games, and you'll often find yourself overcompensating and weaving around the track. It doesn't ruin the game, but it makes it harder than it was designed to be.

Awards & Rankings

#43 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
#37 Most Shared PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. JoeR.
    Jun 18, 2005
    Tightest ATV game EVER, ya herd.
  2. BillyF.
    May 15, 2005
    This game owns, online is great!
  3. M.Webb
    May 14, 2005
    The negative reviews from major sites for this game leave me scratching my head. The framerate is great! Yes, it slows to a crawl during a The negative reviews from major sites for this game leave me scratching my head. The framerate is great! Yes, it slows to a crawl during a racing wipeout animation but that only lasts for less than two seconds. Otherwise, the framerate during racing, including cornering, is quite solid. And what the negative reviews do not tell you, is that during Free Run, Hot Laps and Freestyle, when you are the only rider, the framerate goes through the roof and the driving as well as the wipeouts are thirty frames a second or better. The load times are on par with THPS Remix. Overall, Blazin' Trails is challenging to be sure with very realistic physics, but that is what makes it satisfying to play. The depth is astounding. There are tuning and customization options, many tracks, lots of ATV's and gear and a fantastic handlebar cam that looks identical to the one used in ATV Off-Road Fury 2 for the PS2. I have Metal Gear Acid, THPS Remix and Wipeout Pure and this game is superior to all of them. If you like racing games with realism and depth then you won't be dissapointed with Blazin' Trails. Full Review »