'MUD: FIM Motocross World Championship'
Sony PlayStation 3 (Xbox 360, PC)
ESRB rating: Teen
Review rating: 2.5 stars
Extreme sports are on the decline in both the real world and in cyberspace. The X-Games has turned into little more a showcase for notorious athletes and commercials, and extreme sports games are now few and far between. Is the off-road racing game, "MUD -- FIM Motocross World Championship," worthy of purchase? Read on to get the dirt on "MUD."
With 84 real-world riders, 32 teams, eight motorcycle manufacturers, more than a dozen courses, and officially licensed MX1 and MX2 competitions, what can go wrong? Well, all of these cool features aren't worth a pile of dirt if the game play isn't fun. Guess what? It isn't!
Similar to other off-road racing franchises such as "MX vs. ATV," this game attempts to ride the thin line between arcade fun and realistic simulation. Unlike the aforementioned title, the result is a mishmash of poor decisions that result in more frustration than enjoyment. It doesn't help that the game looks uninspiring and features sparse backgrounds.
Guiding each bike around the dirt-laden tracks is very challenging because ruts become deeper with each lap and players are forced to constantly adjust their steering. It's also necessary to apply monitor use of the throttle because gunning it makes the tire spin out and slamming on the brake before a corner will make the bike slide sideways.
So why is there a turbo feature that utilizes energy drinks other than for blatant advertisement? Why can players blast off of the starting line when they press the throttle at the correct moment? Why does it feel like I'm sliding around courses rather than bouncing through ruts and skillfully negotiating the terrain?
There's a reason why "MUD -- FIM Motocross World Championship" costs $20 less than most new releases, and it has nothing to do with the economy.