Metascore
63

Mixed or average reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 43
  2. Negative: 5 out of 43
  1. Jun 30, 2011
    83
    MX vs. ATV Alive is one of the best racing games I've played in a while, and is actually a racing game I'm somewhat decent at. The Rider Reflex System didn't take that long to get used to and if you have issues controlling the vehicle, you can always go into a free roam area to practice (and get some small XP). The only thing that makes me rate this game the way I did was the unlock system. If it was based on race performance and not ludicrous amounts of XP, I'd definitely rate the game higher.
  2. Jun 23, 2011
    80
    MX vs. ATV Alive is a blast to play. The controls are perfect, the gameplay is engaging thanks to the collision system, and the vehicles, riders, and tracks all look great – not to mention one of the best online racing experiences this year. It's a shame that these elements are packaged into such a bare-bones game. For $40, I can definitely recommend it to fans of the series. In the future, however, here's to hoping that THQ will take these same gameplay mechanics and build around them a full-fledged racing career experience.
  3. May 16, 2011
    80
    MX vs. ATV Alive is a pretty good experience. Well many people out there may slam THQ for trying to offer a somewhat stripped down experience for a cheaper price in an effort to sell more DLC, I have to applaud them as they have indeed tried to make this a very customizable experience.
  4. May 15, 2011
    80
    True to the game's title, MX vs. ATV Alive is a game competing against itself. On one hand, you've got an amazing experience that any racing fan should check out -- it's truly the realization of a series that has been refined to near-perfection over the last half-dozen years. On the other hand, the game's pricing strategy has created a bit of an uneven value in which the available content is too lean for beginners to keep racing, especially if they're unable to go online. Fortunately, the game's positives are currently outpacing the negatives, and THQ's ability to create constant, quality DLC at a fair price can only widen the gap even further.
  5. May 14, 2011
    80
    This review might feel like a complaint towards THQ. It is but not entirely. Truth is: MX vs ATV Alive isn't only fun but also addictive and well-worth the $40 price of entrance. However, those who have been enjoying the heck out of Reflex will feel like someone punch them in the gut.
  6. May 13, 2011
    77
    MX Vs. ATV Alive doesn't raise the bar when it comes to racing action, as its over comprehensive controls and familiar presentation won't wow everyone. But for fans of motocross and previous examples of Rainbow Studios' work, it's definitely worth taking a ride with.
  7. May 24, 2011
    76
    In conclusion, this game is a double edge sword. If you are buying MVA at forty dollars and not really expecting much out of it, then fine. I've so far gotten myself to level 17 and I need to get to level 25 to unlock everything. Do I have a desire to keep going? Sadly, no.
  8. May 23, 2011
    76
    On the positive side, the game features a strong racing engine, good graphics, and competent AI racers, and the multiplayer races are exciting. On the negative, the presentation is pretty basic, the event selection is limited, severely so for a while into the game, and the DLC available at the time of this writing is a bit on the sparse side. With more content it would be a stellar game, but for now it's more for fans of the sport than anyone else.
  9. May 21, 2011
    75
    A noteworthy MX simulator which will entertain those who are not even fans of motorcycles, thanks to its thrilling and challenging races, although a bit short in content.
  10. A bit hamstrung by its need to tease. [Aug 2011, p.101]
  11. Jun 20, 2011
    70
    As a racing game, MX vs. ATV Alive is fantastic. The controls are near perfect, the action is always intense, and it's just a fun game to play. Unfortunately, a bad system for unlocking new stuff and a severe lack of content really hold Alive back from reaching its full potential. Hopefully THQ delivers some quality downloadable content in the coming months, because if any game deserves it, it's MX vs. ATV Alive.
  12. Jun 2, 2011
    70
    With nothing really new to add, Rainbow Studios published a game that is fun, but can't really deliver anything memorable. It's ideal mostly for newcomers to the franchise.
  13. May 31, 2011
    70
    Sporting loads of depth at some levels, yet lacking greatly at others, MX vs ATV Alive will likely have a narrow appeal.
  14. May 30, 2011
    70
    The quality and low price and make this game worthy of at least a rental, if not a purchase, but if you're expecting more from your off-road racing title, go with MX vs. ATV Reflex for now and wait to see if there's enough content for this game to warrant a look.
  15. May 29, 2011
    70
    MX vs. ATV Alive is a decent racing game that has excellent controls and a ton of customizable options. It's too bad that there just aren't that many circuits and the lack of a tutorial might put off people that are new to the franchise.
  16. May 24, 2011
    70
    For all that's good about this game, the way the content is locked down and cut down (from the previous version) hurts the end product, and the unique pricing structure makes it all too easy to be cynical about it all. That said, if you want to enjoy good motocross racing (and especially if you're a fan of the sport) this is probably your best bet. At the least, it's a relatively cheap option.
  17. May 16, 2011
    70
    If you're a fan of the mud-flinging franchise, you'll probably want to take Alive for a spin. Its fresh gameplay tweaks generally outshine its shortcomings, and plenty of throttle-twisting thrills await those willing to master the controls and progress their character. Just be prepared to re-up your entry fee once you reach the finish line.
  18. May 16, 2011
    70
    MX vs. ATV Alive is a pretty good experience. It's fun and addictive and well-worth the low price of entrance.
  19. May 12, 2011
    70
    The whole game screams rough diamond. The racing is fast frantic and surprisingly deep, but everything that surrounds it feels like it has potential, but never quite lives up to what it promises. It is a solid base to build on though and if the risk they have taken to deliver mainly though digital distribution in-game works out, then there is a bright future ahead. At the low price point it has been released at and for just how well done the actual racing is, then this is a game well worth your time.
  20. May 10, 2011
    70
    It's a shame that the career structure isn't better considering I like the new XP format and the fact that your rider unlocks skills as you go. You can select two skills at any one time, and they include helpful boosts like increased clutch effectiveness or faster crash recovery time. THQ is promising additional DLC through its MotoClub Depot, but enough has been taken out of the game in the first place that I don't think you can gain it all back simply by adding some new gear.
  21. May 21, 2011
    69
    Comparatively there is a lot of reason to buy Alive over its predecessor Reflex in terms of improved gameplay, but what burns on the way down is the way that content is handled. Level locked, pay for instant upgrades, and a DLC-fueled business model left me feeling like players won't get their money's worth without paying 40 for the disc and 20 for the rest of what should have been on it in the first place.
  22. May 12, 2011
    66
    This game has a serious lack of gameplay modes. However, the XP system is a lot of fun for anyone who likes to customize their racer down right down to the tiniest detail.
  23. 65
    MX vs. ATV Alive provides a fun experience, for what there is, but the gamble to keep the content off the disc makes for a shallow racing game that requires you to grind through the same events time and time again just to get access to new areas.
  24. May 27, 2011
    65
    But its hugely let down by this DLC idea of THQ's which, executed in the way it has been, has left the game lacking in any real content to justify laying down the initial $40.
  25. May 24, 2011
    65
    MX vs. ATV Alive is plenty of fun, but not nearly as complete or polished as other racers released during this generation.
  26. May 22, 2011
    65
    When one considers that there are full $15 games and even some free demos available on the Xbox Live Marketplace that provide more content, replay value, structure and enjoyment than Alive does for $40, this is enough to give any gamer pause.
  27. May 19, 2011
    65
    A sad example of a game that has so much going for it, but lacks the content to back it up. The game plays great, is a blast online and contains moments of brilliance, but its lack of any kind of tutorial, career structure and just plain content really drag it down.
  28. May 17, 2011
    65
    The lack of content is definitely the worst aspect of the new itinerance of MX vs ATV. The off-road franchise is more alive than ever before, with the best graphics and playability that we've seen this next-gen, but THQ's way of selling the game isn't the best to conquer the fanbase of this spectacular game.
  29. May 16, 2011
    65
    MX vs. ATV Alive has the potential to be a very good racing game, but right now, it's sorely in need of more content.
  30. Jul 8, 2011
    62
    Shame a game called "Alive" has such a lifeless career mode. [Aug 2011, p.95]
  31. Jun 15, 2011
    60
    MX vs. ATV Alive tries to address gamers in a new way, but succeeds only partially with this mission. The oddly chosen structure with experience points and the lack of a red line to follow, make playing the game feel more like doing chores, while the fun factor's supposed to have the upper hand. When the chores are done though, a decent motocross game shines through and the fun commences. Just don't expect a lot to have changed since its predecessor played the field.
  32. Jun 13, 2011
    58
    MX vs. ATV Alive isn't a stand out racing title, but for a budget priced game it ended up being a whole lot better than I would have suspected.
  33. Jun 19, 2011
    50
    MX vs ATV: Alive fails in bringing on the series solid legacy, mainly due to some technical problems and its contents scarcity. Even for a budget priced game, it contains too few tracks forcing the player to repeating always the same ones or buying others via DLCs. Other games like Nail'd, Pure or the previous title in the series, MX vs ATV Reflex, offer a more entertaining and comprehensive package.
  34. 50
    Not very appealing to look at or to listen to. Or to play, even.
  35. Jun 2, 2011
    50
    Despite the interesting driving model, the lack of content and the creepy visuals make Alive a terrible game.
  36. May 27, 2011
    50
    MX vs ATV Alive doesn't do itself any favours. It races well, and it's great fun alongside other humans, but it seeks too much of a commitment.
  37. 50
    Sadly, significant omissions derail this misguided offering, making it fairly unfulfilling. [July 2011, p.78]
  38. May 20, 2011
    50
    Don't be fooled by this empty box. For some 40 euros you'll get an endless grinding of a few tracks, and not even a quarter of the content that Reflex had. A bad move, better left on the shelves.
  39. 40
    Tracks are boring. [Aug 2011, p.96]
  40. Jun 28, 2011
    40
    A rather depressing waste of money. [Issue#73, p.88]
  41. May 30, 2011
    40
    I'd like to say that MX vs. ATV Alive is a game for motocross purists, but I feel even that is a stretch. It's just not a very good game, even at the budget price.
  42. May 25, 2011
    40
    Quotation forthcoming.
  43. May 24, 2011
    25
    The only thing that can possibly be complimented with Alive would be a few vague ideas with the potential for fun; but grading on those alone is hardly enough. Whatever the game could have been is smothered in the dirt.
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. May 10, 2011
    10
    This game is the **** I have been playing it all day, Stewart rules. This is definitely the best motocross game out there. I dont get what the critics are smoking? Full Review »
  2. May 10, 2011
    10
    Got my gamestop stuff and been rocking the blaze for hors. bar banging add it rock solid. haven't downloaded compound yet, but the stuff on the disk is good as reflex, maybe better Full Review »
  3. Dec 19, 2013
    9
    Gave this game a second shot, once you get the controls down it's pretty good best MX game I've played. Upgrades are cool and lots of gear options. definately woth the Full Review »