|a game by||Rainbow Studios, Inc.|
|Platforms:||XBox, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||9/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||5.7/10 - 7 votes|
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|See also:||Bike Games, Motocross Games, MX vs ATV Series|
Off road racing games are a difficult genre to master. Trying to balance the realistic specifics of the BMX scene while also crafting a fun game is no simple task, yet MX Unleashed seems to have struck a fine balance without sacrificing too much in the name of fun. This doesn’t mean that it was absolutely flawless, nor is it my favorite off-road racer around - that title belongs to Mad Skills Motocross 2, which is quite different from this game in core mechanics but still in the same genre - but it was a fun experience overall. Closing out the MX trilogy for THQ before they began on the MX vs. ATV series, this title had a lot to offer in terms of free play and challenges, controls, and fantastic stunts system.
Career Mode and More
What makes MX Unleashed stand out among other competing titles is that it isn’t a time consuming game in a bad way.
I’m not saying you can’t drain hours into this game each day, I’m saying that it’ll feel worth it the whole way through and doesn’t feel like a chore to complete any part of the game. Career mode has two major aspects, Racing and Freestyle. Finishing these will unlock more courses to have fun in and challenge yourself as the game progresses, though its not absolutely necessary to play ALL of these courses in order to move on. In reality, if you’re more into chaining combos together and trying to finish the various Run, Hit, and Machine challenges on each course, then freestyle and nationals races might be more your speed. You can also participate in Supercross tracks that are all indoor and relatively similar tracks.
On top of this, you’re able to unlock most things in the game through multiple routes – you’re not limited to certain unlocks playing all of Nationals, Supercross, and Freestyle. The points that you gather from each path are universal and can be put towards any unlockable you’d like. It was really a great way to keep things from getting too stale while playing – you won’t be required to grind parts of the game you’re not into for unlocks.
Controls and Gameplay
These are important for off-road games. An MX title without proper physics and controls is bound to fall apart since, well, that’s what makes the game good or bad. MX Unleashed has nearly perfected the controls of this game and the gameplay mechanics complement this effectively. Since you’ll be trying to make hairpin turns throughout the whole game, it means a lot that the controls are both responsive and easy to pick up. Its not a true challenge to get used to the weight of your bike thanks to how the system has been built.
Its incredibly intuitive for the time and has the perfect amount of polish – you’ll never feel like you’re being cheated on any course or because of the way a bike designed. Everything runs how you’d expect, and it shines here.
This is the perfect example of an off-roading game that has developers who know what they’re working with. Its not without its flaws, but its definitely worth playing in the long run.
- Great controls
- Good variety of tracks
- Game modes speak reality
- Unlocking new tracks can be confusing
- Goals aren’t tracked in Freestyle