Reviewed by Downtown Jimmy
March 17th 2004
Introduction:If you want the big jumps, and some intense supercross action you have to the right place. From the developers of Excitebike 64 comes the next evolution in motocross gaming with MTX Mototrax.
The Game:Motocross is one of those extreme sports which have recently become more popular. It's great that is getting more exposure, and it looks like an amazing rush. Since my skills on a motorcycle are limited, I have to settle for a game. and it's not all bad. I wasn't sure how I was going to take to MTX Mototrax, but surprising I loved it a lot more than I thought.
One of the best aspects of MTX is the sense of speed. In supercross competitions the adrenaline can really get pumping as your speed gathers and you soaring through the air. The turns feel fast, as well as all the jumps and bumps. You can feel the speed within 8 series of different races to go through which should take some time in the supercross/motocross section, other wise there is the freestyle section and the training camp. The training camp is great and the design in great. At the camp you have your team mates to help teach and test new skills to make you a better biker, sometimes it's great just to kick back a hit a few ramps.
The bikes physics is realistic and they did a great job recreating the suspension of the bike and how the rider uses it to get control over the air you get on the jumps. You can also change your position on the bike to get more control. You can also use the clutch (defaulted as the left trigger) to get a boost of speed. They teach you this trick in the begging of the game to get the jump on the competition at the start of the race.
My only complaint in MTX Mototrax is the trick system doesn't seem as natural as it could be. There are basically two buttons and a direction to press to perform a trick. This is fine, but I would like to see the use of the other analog stick in play with the tricks to provide more options or an alternative to the old standard. One the other hand, they did pack a huge number of different tricks claiming over 100 tricks.
The AI is great too, you notice that the lower ranked riders will make mistakes on jumps and turns giving you a chance to catch to step ahead. Everyone doesn't race perfect which is a big bonus. The game is challenging enough, but not too hard. Overall the gameplay is smooth and it captures the feeling of being on a motocross competitor.
Graphics & Sound:The graphics are rad man *snicker* in MTX Mototrax. The game high frame rate is impressive considersidering all they are throwing on the screen at once. The environments are realistic and have a great feeling to them. Even the character models and bikes are done well, which makes this game even easier to play.
What can I say, the sound is great. The bikes engines are straight on, and have covered all the levels of whinny screechy. The soundtrack is also an assortment of old and punk/rock tracks. One of my old school favorites Faith No More even has a song with "Digging a Grave", nice. Overall the sound a graphics are excellent in MTX Mototrax.
Mojo:What does MTX do right? Well. Everything. I wouldn't expect more out of a motocross game then Left Field and Activison provided. The sense of speed and height is out of sight which make motocross what it is, an intense ride filled with wild racing and jumps. Straight up awesome on the mojo.
Lowdown:MTX Mototrax is a motocross game that will appeal to both fans of the sport and inquiring minds. Since the game is so well developed, everyone should enjoy this title and all racing fans should give this a go. MTX Mototrax is a great ride and addition to Xbox racing catalog.
Gameplay: 8, Graphics/Sound: 8, Innovation: 7, Mojo: 9. Final: 8