MX vs ATV Unleashed
is a racing game at heart with tricks and stunts thrown in for good measure. The core is based around dirt bike and ATV racing (hence the name), but there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the vehicles you can use. Monster trucks, golf carts, dune buggies, and even aircraft can be purchased or unlocked and raced for fun or competition.
Despite all the unlockables, different vehicles, and varied tracks, Unleashed is not a fun game to play. The Championship circuits are long and boring, as each track is more or less like the one before it. Little imagination went into them and they blur together quickly. In order to unlock new things and gain credits to shop with, you have to play through the Championship mode. You’ll be randomly challenged by someone, and if you win, you open up that track and get whatever strange vehicle you used on it.
The Single races do little to break up the flow of the indistinguishable tracks in this game. Mountain climbing and gap jumping are fun the first couple times around, but lose their luster quicker than the regular tracks. Getting to fly around in a plane or helicopter is also a cheap thrill that will be short lived in your memory.
A split-screen Multiplayer mode and online capabilities do little to alleviate the pain. Split-screen does make things slightly more interesting than Single Player, and playing Online with a group of other people is always good for a kick. But with the way that Unleashed plays, you’ll be hard pressed to enjoy it for more than a moment no matter how many friends you are able to hook up with.