Metascore
64

Mixed or average reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. May 29, 2012
    90
    Mad Riders has a few faults, but none of them are major. The core racing game is outstanding, and one of the best off-road racers on the market. It's worlds better than the MX vs. ATV games, and about as good as Pure. It's one of the few XBLA releases that is easily worth its full asking price, and is an easy recommendation as long as you liked Pure. If you did, then you'll adore this, if you didn't, then give the trial game a shot and see if it wins you over.
  2. 85
    It will inevitably leave you itching for your next race.
  3. Jun 8, 2012
    80
    Ubisoft has a lot going for Mad Riders, and thankfully it's going in the right direction. After all is said and done, and our vehicles are finally out of gas, we stop to think, "Is Mad Riders a game that will conquer the Xbox Live Arcade and take over the top spot?" Probably not. While the execution is solid, there are a few blemishes that separate it from the leaders of the pack. With that being said, is Mad Riders worth a purchase? If you enjoy racing off road through extreme courses on ATV's or a buggy, then absolutely.
  4. May 31, 2012
    78
    Although Mad Riders might not feature anything in the way of innovation in either its core gameplay or race modes, I appreciate how developer Techland has honed its racing craft and made it so I never have to let up on the throttle.
  5. Jun 21, 2012
    75
    A light, casual and funny game at a low price; if you're into arcade and frantic racers, it's worth your Microsoft Points.
  6. Jun 19, 2012
    75
    Mad Riders is a good arcade title starring the long time inflated quads. The game, however, is ideal for anyone looking for a fast-paced game, easy to understand.
  7. May 30, 2012
    74
    Mad Riders is all about adrenaline, lightning fast quads and huge huge jumps. The vehicles are not as difficult to control as in nail'd and the stunt system has improved. But still AI and visuals are not up to standards.
  8. Jun 3, 2012
    72
    The title's lack of track variety or anything really unique, takes away from what had the potential to be a great off-road racing experience.
  9. Jul 12, 2012
    70
    Overall, Mad Riders is a good - but not great - racing title, and those looking for a new racing experience will feel that this is $10 well spent, despite the omissions and issues.
  10. Jun 15, 2012
    70
    A good Off-Road racing videogame with a great arcade style, astonishing environments and accessible driving.
  11. 70
    A good sense of speed but way to easy.
  12. 70
    Speed, great music and tons of content. It's impressive how much Techland is willing to give you for just 800 Microsoft Points. Many other developers wouldn't think twice about releasing this as a full price title.
  13. May 30, 2012
    70
    Although the game copies-and-pastes track sections into one another to make-up its large track roster, it's still 45 original tracks at the end of the day which will keep you guessing upcoming turns instead of memorizing them.
  14. May 30, 2012
    70
    Why did they put four wheels vehicles in this Wipeout clone? Who copied the Excite Truck feeling so well? We don't have an answer but Mad Riders is a well conceived racing game, despite the lack of variety in the gameplay and game modes.
  15. May 30, 2012
    70
    Mad Riders has the feel of something whipped up between bigger projects to keep the teams at Techland energised. That's not meant to be an insult, mind, as it feels like the sort of game that would have been fun to work on and design, which carries over into the experience of playing it.
  16. 70
    Sadly, the floaty handling returns, which limits the feeling of tactile connection to the game. Similarly, while the simplistic trick system is adequate for boost hoarding in races, the stunt events are a fiddly chore. Techland still hasn't entirely 'nailed' it then, but you definitely won't feel robbed for the price.
  17. Jun 9, 2012
    65
    Mad Riders features some thrills and excitement but nothing that really demands the attention of gamers.
  18. Jun 1, 2012
    65
    It's an uninspiring distraction from games like Pure and Nail'd. The lack of congruency between the level design and control scheme definitely doesn't help.
  19. May 29, 2012
    65
    Mad Riders borrows a little too liberally from other titles to truly have its own identity. What is there, however, is an enjoyable enough arcade racer.
  20. Sep 18, 2012
    60
    A slick entry with a few bumps in the road. [Oct 2012, p.62]
  21. Jul 3, 2012
    60
    Hiding behind features taken from many titles such as Pure or Sega Rally, Mad Riders doesn't appear as a strong competitor on the market, lacking an identity. If the main campaign proposes a good challenge, yet not really difficult, the multiplayer mode offers a disastrous experience with its invisible online communty and a split-screen fonction clearly missing. Mad Riders is fun for a few laps but don't expect to play it all night.
  22. Jun 5, 2012
    60
    Mad Riders is not a bad game, just an unfortunate one. Nail'd is now in the bargain bin along with some of the older MX vs. ATV games, and they are much better. This feels like a stripped down version of Nail'd and one that is not nearly as entertaining. The lack of diversity and progression are disappointing, and the stiff controls don't lend themselves well to this type of game. If you want an off-road racer for your console, there are a lot of other, better choices out there.
  23. May 31, 2012
    55
    It's just plain boring.
  24. Jul 24, 2012
    51
    Suffers from horribly blurred environments and rather buggy (ho!) collision detection. [Sept 2012, p.101]
  25. Jul 26, 2012
    50
    Techland has overlooked the fundamentals. A shoddy, albeit lightning-fast, racer. [Issue#87, p.88]
  26. Jul 6, 2012
    50
    As a fan of the genre I hoped for improved nail'd but Mad Riders turned out to be worse in every aspect. [August 2012, p.78]
  27. Jun 12, 2012
    50
    The convincing sense of speed is dulled by a lack of weight to the handling, while collisions betray some erratic physics: you can easily be shunted into a respawn by other racers, yet left relatively unscathed by a head-on smash into trees.
  28. 50
    What'll positively set your teeth on edge, though, is how any sense of breakneck speed comes as the result of a ridiculous eye-torturing wide-angle camera (not shown in screens at right). It's like racing while staring through a hotel-room peephole. Spare yourself the headache.
  29. May 30, 2012
    50
    It's certainly not a waste of time, but Mad Riders just has too many flaws to really justify itself as a proper racing game. Stick with whatever version of MotorStorm you currently own.
  30. May 29, 2012
    50
    Mad Riders is Nail'd with better stunts, disappointing tracks and a fresh set of inconsistencies.
  31. Jun 20, 2012
    40
    Mad Riders is an arcade racing game that is boring to death. Even though the game offers plenty of tracks, modes and vehicles, the actual differences are in their different colours. Quantity dominates quality and most importantly - it dominates the actual entertainment.
User Score
6.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Jun 6, 2012
    7
    Mad Raiders is an ATV racing game, made for XBLA. I can say having played it for real, that he is an Arcade version of Pure, having some elements from Nail'd. It has graphics on cell-shadded, but with realistic base details and fast and constant animations: the races have a lot of speed and action, and follows the classic scheme to earn points and stars to unlock new levels and vehicles, having a total of 45 different tracks which ensures the gameplay lenght. The soundtrack and music that accompanies the game, are good, but nothing unusual. While maintaining a formula known in other games, the game has a nice gameplay, for those who like the style of Pure, with interesting graphics and actually is a well produced and fast ATV arcade racing game - recommend to anyone who likes the genre (which I'm not fan). Full Review »
  2. Jan 20, 2013
    8
    For the price you pay, Mad Riders is a great buy. Fun, fast-paced, and addicting. The arcade style driving is neat and the unlockables keep the game moving and keep you playing. My only issue is it seems to be lacking players because I haven't been able to find a single person to race. Without the Xbox Live capabilities, it's a fun and engaging single player game that you can beat in a few hours. Full Review »
  3. May 30, 2012
    8
    Mad Riders, the new racing game for XBLA, PSN and PC, I need say, wow, funny game, have some mistakes, but the most important is the gameplay and the funny moments that the player have, and this things appear on Mad Riders, funny game. Full Review »