MX vs. ATV Alive Xbox 360

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. A bit hamstrung by its need to tease. [Aug 2011, p.101]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. Jul 8, 2011
    62
    Shame a game called "Alive" has such a lifeless career mode. [Aug 2011, p.95]
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 50
    Not very appealing to look at or to listen to. Or to play, even.
  26. Jun 2, 2011
    50
    Despite the interesting driving model, the lack of content and the creepy visuals make Alive a terrible game.
  27. 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.
  28. 50
    Sadly, significant omissions derail this misguided offering, making it fairly unfulfilling. [July 2011, p.78]
  29. 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.
User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. May 14, 2011
    2
    cant believe i waited for this game it has kick ass graphics bike controls are sweet but the tracks blow stewarts compond is the only trackcant believe i waited for this game it has kick ass graphics bike controls are sweet but the tracks blow stewarts compond is the only track worth riding jumping is lame you seem to guy 90ft up but 2 ft across then other times its the other way around reflex was way better no supercross tracks outdoor tracks are retarded shorts tracks dont even waste or time playing them why cant they just make a game were they have a supercross season an outdoor season make the tracks like real tracks like they race on today ... but on the other hand bikes sound just like the real thing ride wheelies for days ill pay the 60 if thats wht it takes to make a kick ass game Full Review »
  2. 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 theThis 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 »
  3. 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 onGot 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 »