ATV Offroad Fury
Review of ATV Offroad Fury
ATV Offroad is a racing game with spirit, challenge and adrenaline pumping action. Set in a wide range of areas, from full free roaming outdoor courses, to tight and tricky stadium challenges, this game will toss you like a fine Italian salad. Add to this the tricks that players can pull off in the freestyle competitions and you have all the ingredients to to keep gamers coming back for more.
This game handles like a dream. Controlling any of the many ATVs that are offered is quite tight. Using either the analog sticks or the D-pad, control is very smooth and comfortable to work with. The right analog stick can also be used to pan the camera around the ATV, for any view one may want. Or, you can use the pre-set views by hitting the select button.
If youre a rookie have no fear, the game offers a useful, if basic, training mode. I recommend going through this at least once just to familiarize the specific features of controlling the ATVs, like the suspension pre-loading system.
When selecting which type of game to play, the player has their choice of tracks, machine and color schemes, as long as they arent locked. By entering and finishing the Pro Circuit players can unlock a bunch of awesome courses and even a kick butt ATV. It wont be too easy though because the AI of the opponents can be relentless at times.
When racing the feel is that of an arcade racer. Theres not a whole lot to worry about other than staying on the course and learning how to make perfect jumps, at the right time... Several times I found myself jumping over a hill like a madman only to find out theres a turn just ahead…time to eat some tree bark.
The AI opponents seem to stick together in a bunch, keep up, or they will literally leave you in their dust. Those who have raced an ATV in real life will appreciate how realistic the racing action is, although there seems to be a automatic catch-up system used for all but the last couple of laps. Fortunately the AI players arent immune to wipeouts and bad landings either; I won a few races by the skin of my teeth and the misfortune of AI crashes. Hey even I get lucky sometimes.
The tricks that can be performed are simple in nature, but timing is everything. Pulling off a trick is as easy as a button plus direction combo while off the ground. When in the air, another stand out feature is available, the Thrill-cam. By hitting the R2 button when airborn, the Thrill cam is activated. This camera does a rotating view of the ATV. Its a good way to look at your stunts as they are being done, but be careful, its easy to get caught up in the spectacular view and forget about landing.
I had a blast playing ATV, and although the AI seems predictable, the varied terrains and courses leave room for plenty of surprises and racing strategies. Often after racing for a bit I finally tear myself away from the game with that adrenaline rush shaking me up. Playing the multi-player is a blast also. The guys here all had a great time, in both the two and four player modes, making one another eat dust and pulling off super jumps causing some off us to careen out of control resulting in mid-air collisions, oh yeah! All this with barely an ounce of perceivable slowdown in the action.
To add even more to the replay value of this title, ATV also comes with a rather primitive track editor. Basically players are presented with some of the games wide-open environments in which you can drop down checkpoint gates wherever you like. So basically, gamers have the latitude to create an endless amount of open-air tracks.
Graphically this game is a work of art. Super smooth models and terrain show off some of the power the PS2 is capable of. The game is anti-aliased and there are no signs of jaggies to speak of. A solid framerate (even in the multi-player modes), only adds to this gem. Animation is very fluid. From the ATVs themselves to the riders, the detail is undeniable. Watching the suspension on the ATV as you jump and turn, or seeing the rider as he flops across the track after a wipeout, is all done with great detail and realistic movement. Definitely one of the better looking titles out so far.
The sound track for the game is one of my favorite points. A list of modern rock/grunge type bands just seems to make the action that much more intense. I like that type of music, so for me its just fine. If you dont care for the soundtrack though, there is an option to disable it.
The sound effects are nice too. The riders also have their own little noises, as I like to call them. Screams and grunts can be heard as the carnage gets laid down on the unforgiving dirt. Very nice.
OUR PLEDGE: We promise that we have fully played 'ATV Offroad Fury' before writing this review. The scores given above are our honest opinion and were not influenced in any way by the manufacturer or distributor of the game.
This review was written by Robert Gibson © Absolute PlayStation
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