First Impression – MX vs. ATV Reflex

Video trailer and Overview below

The much-anticipated next installment of the MX vs. ATV series is dropping this holiday season and we are pretty geeked out for it. So much, in fact, that we jumped at the opportunity to visit the THQ headquarters in Agoura Hills, CA and preview the all-new MX vs. ATV Reflex.

Alongside the developers, marketers, and managers close to the game, we pulled up chairs in front of a flat panel and went to work with some wireless controllers for the XBOX 360 console. Right out of the gate, we loved the improved graphics. The environments and terrain are spot-on, and they seemed boundless. But, our favorite attribute had to be track and terrain themselves. You see, unlike other games’ track memory that shows visually where your tires have gone, Reflex actually develops physically deformities and ruts that your bike will react to. Put simply, ruts develop lap after lap, and the more you hit them, the deeper and stronger they get. Even your heel drag with create deformities that your tires and suspension will react to. You want to take the inside line, it may be a bit slow the first lap or two, but if you develop the rut, you can wax the other guys taking new lines each lap. But this is just a part of the whole Reflex platform. Since these tracks change, you must react; and that is where the play-control comes in. For the first time, MX vs. ATV allows you to control both the handlebar and your rider’s body. On the 360 console we previewed, one toggle controls your arms and handlebar, while the other moves your body. In short, you get crossed rutted, you can use your body to readjust in the air and attempt to save it.
Sounds complicated, but it’s not. There were some criticism of previous versions claiming the play control was too difficult for the recreational user. THQ has definitely addressed this. Everyone on our staff, gamer or not, had a blast and quickly picked up the play control. But, for the hardcore gamers out there, practice does make perfect and there is definite mastery to be had.

There are a ton of features, updates, tracks, bikes, trucks, UTVs, etc that we won’t bore you with. But if you do want to know more (and we are sure you do), check out their website or post a question in the comment section and I’m sure one of the THQ guys will respond (they are moto guys and check our site).

Game Overview:
Platforms:     Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION 3, PSP and Nintendo DS
Genre:        Racing
# Players: 1-12 (online)
Developer:    Rainbow Studios
ESRB:        E for Everyone (Expected)
Release date:    Holiday 2009

MX vs. ATV Reflex marks the highly anticipated return of the best-selling off-road racing franchise and features the all-new Rhythm Racing 2.0 physics engine, Rider Reflex control system and real-time terrain deformation.  The dual-stick Rider Reflex control system allows you to control your rider and steer your bike independently for the first time ever.  Unprecedented terrain deformation creates ever-changing courses as off-road vehicles carve lines and deep ruts that have a real-time impact on gameplay and remain persistent through the full length of each race.

Game Features
Rider Reflex
•    Dual analog stick controls allow you to control your rider as you steer your vehicle independently
•    Lean in to take tighter turns and sit back to catch more air off jumps
•    Think fast and wrestle your ride back from the verge of catastrophe
Terrain
•    Real-time deformation continuously changes the track beneath you with every lap
•    Ruts remain persistent throughout each race as you fight to find the fastest race lines
•    New terrain engine provides unprecedented driving surface detail never achieved in any other racing game

Tricks
•    Dual controls let you tear it up with death-defying tricks and high-flying freestyle action
•    Intuitive gestures in the Reflex Trick System let you pull off the most extreme stunts ever

Vehicles
•    Customize and tune the fiercest MX bikes and ATVs
•    Choose from a variety of vehicles including Sport Buggies, Sport Trucks and UTV’s
•    Flaunt your latest battle scars as truck body panels shatter and break away

Multiplayer
•    Online play for up to 12 racers
•    Streamlined multiplayer interface lets you challenge your friends and brings players of all skill levels together

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