Rainbow Studios MX Vs ATV Reflex

Last updated date: August 5, 2019

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8.3

Rainbow Studios MX Vs ATV Reflex

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We looked at the top Bike Games and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bike Game you should buy.

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Overall Take

Motocross bikes and ATVs go head-to-head in this racing game. The Rider Reflex control scheme uses dual-stick controls for greater precision and tighter turns. A few more customization options would be nice, but this game is still a winner.


In our analysis of 111 expert reviews, the XBOX 360 MX vs ATV Reflex placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Grip tight and hang on! Lean your rider to take tighter turns and higher jumps as you power your bike independently. Dual controls let you tear it up with death-defying tricks and highflying freestyle action. Fight for traction while you dig up the track to force the competition to carve new race lines. Grip tight and hang on, you're in control! MX vs. ATV: Reflex marks the highly anticipated return of the best-selling off-road racing franchise. Merging familiar features like the franchises trademark over-the-top, multiple vehicle type off-road racing and trick gameplay, with new features like 12-player race support, the all-new Rhythm Racing 2.0 physics engine, the revolutionary Rider Reflex control system and real-time terrain deformation, Reflex is positioned to take the lead in 2009 in off-road racers on your Xbox 360. Similar to earlier games in the MX vs. ATV series, gameplay in Reflex revolves around multiplayer racing (12-player), across a wide variety of off-road race event types. These events encompass everything from motocross, supercross, omnicross and others and also feature a high level of trick completion, judged with several parameters in mind. Vehicles used in the races run the gamut from specific MX bikes, and ATVS, to super buggies and trucks. Gameplay in the dirt-covered environments faced require skill and guts to master. Along with the new Rhythm Racing 2.0 physics engine, MX vs. ATV: Reflex helps players achieve in these areas with a new control scheme, Rider Reflex.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

7.7
9 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.6
195 user reviews

What experts liked

The terrain deformation is great and the draw distance is good. It also runs very well. It's not a visual masterpiece, but it's definitely solid.
- IGN
December 2, 2009 | Full review
Tons of races and events on smartly designed courses.
- GameSpot
December 7, 2009 | Full review
Reflex controls are a good addition.
- Video Gamer
February 16, 2010 | Full review
While other games have made wet dirt beautiful with their terrain-changing technology, Reflex has evolved the tech so it also has a real impact on gameplay.
- Games Radar
December 9, 2009 | Full review
Shake up the traditional Rainbow Studios motocross formula with new rider controls on the right analog stick.
- Game Informer
December 1, 2009 | Full review
The graphics are very pretty, despite the fact – by necessity for dirt bike and ATV racing – the engine is used mostly to render earth in various muddy shades. Tricks are quite intuitive once you are used to the controls, and the feeling of having to balance your rider as well as steer is great for immersion.
- The Guardian
February 3, 2010 | Full review
Apart from the impressive terrain deformation technology that is employed by this title, the first thing that we noticed about the game was the control system that is easily one of the most sturdy that we have seen on the 360.
- Impulse Gamer
Fortunately, the controls for this game are really well done. When you are racing you can control both the vehicle and the racer independently giving you much more control over what happens during the race. You steer the vehicle with the left analog stick and you control the position of your racer with the right. You can control whether they lean forward or backwards or whether they lean left or right.
- Totally Gaming
December 15, 2009 | Full review
Reflex is the best game in the MX vs. ATV series to date, and is an all around great racer. The physics and gameplay enhancements really improve this release over past iterations, and the introduction of deformable terrain is a nice touch.
- Gaming Excellence

What experts didn't like

My only complaint here is that most of the vehicles could feel more substantial with a little more weight to them. Some of the trucks and bigger vehicles can fly when you hit a bump so they can feel a little too feathery, especially on uneven courses.
- IGN
December 2, 2009 | Full review
Disappointing visuals, especially on the PlayStation 3.
- GameSpot
December 7, 2009 | Full review
There's a decent draw distance on offer, but the environments lack the level of detail we've come to expect from modern racers. The frame rate also struggles on PS3 - something that the Xbox 360 version has next to no trouble with.
- Video Gamer
February 16, 2010 | Full review
Character and vehicle customization could be better.
- Games Radar
December 9, 2009 | Full review
MX vs. ATV: Reflex's new controls point to a new direction in the series, but this game doesn't fully deliver.
- Game Informer
December 1, 2009 | Full review
The training section is slow and frustrating, even without the disembodied voice of Captain Kirk criticising your every failure.
- The Guardian
February 3, 2010 | Full review
Our only issue with the game is the who definitely sounds forced and at times quite annoying. Double Bummer.
- Impulse Gamer
You can stay and practice as long as you want and then once it is loaded simply hit the start button to begin the event. At times the loading can be a bit slow, however, you really won’t notice all that much because you will be practicing your new tricks.
- Totally Gaming
December 15, 2009 | Full review
In Reflex, while this is often the case, there's a bit of random luck involved. As well, coming into contact with soft bails at the side of each track seem to cause a strange interaction with the bikes and ATVs, you'll usually go flying with even a minor collision at low speed. It's even worse with the larger vehicles and walls, simply brush up against a wall or another buggy and you'll often flip uncontrollably.
- Gaming Excellence

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An Overview On Bike Games

If you’re craving a high-speed trail trip over hills and through the mud, but you don’t want to shell out thousands for a sportbike or ATV, you’re in luck. There are plenty of video games that will give you the same thrills, chills and spills from the comfort of your own couch. 

The best bike games run the gamut from motocross racing matchups (like “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Game”) to wild ATV tricks (like “Pure”). Microsoft holds the trophy for top bike games; the Xbox One and Xbox 360 have a slew of fun titles. 

There’s some info you should know if you’re new to the fast-paced world of bike games. First off, you’re not pedaling furiously on a bicycle. These games focus on motorcycle races, off-road motocross matchups and All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) stunts. 

Standard motorcycle races take place on a pavement track or road. Riders race in the same direction on a circular course, much like NASCAR races. The track is tighter than other forms of bike racing; some tracks are as narrow as 14 feet across. 

Traditional motorcycle road racing took place on closed-off public roads. Most of those events have given way to stadium races on dedicated tracks.  There are still some public road circuits in Europe, and you can experience the freedom of outdoor racing on the Xbox One’s “TT Isle of Man: Ride On The Edge.” 

Motocross racing is the rough-and-tumble version of motorcycle racing. Riders only race outdoors on closed-circuit tracks with right and left turns, high jumps and steep declines. The terrain varies throughout the race. Competitors have to navigate between muddy puddles, grass, sand and whatever else the course throws at them. “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Game” is a top choice for motocross racing games. 

These races are designed to test precision skills, with up to 40 riders competing around tight turns with mud flying across their field of vision. Don’t call a motocross race a motorcycle race; motocross riders take pride in their tough outdoor style. 

ATV races happen either off-road or on an indoor dirt track. They push a driver’s skill set and their All-Terrain Vehicle to the limit. The best ATV riders in the world take massive jumps and messy corners at top speed. They also have to deal with “roost,” the dirt and rocks that get kicked up from the back end of their competitions’ bike. 

The Xbox 360’s “Pure” is a realistic ATV simulator that doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to gameplay. If your friends want to put their motocross skills up against your ATV tricks, a game like “MS vs ATV Reflex” on Xbox 360 is a perfect match. 

You’ll have a few more considerations to make once you’ve figured out which kind of racing intrigues you (or excites a lucky giftee). Our Tips & Advice will help you choose a game you’ll love playing. 

The Bike Game Buying Guide

  • Make sure the game you’ve selected runs on your console. Our top four picks run on either the Xbox 360 or the Xbox One. If you’re dying to play a 360 game like “MX vs ATV Reflex,” but you have an Xbox One, you can still play them on your system. Newer Xbox Ones have built-in backward compatibility, and you can use special adapters to pair up older One models.
  • Do you like to ride solo, or are you a multiplayer master? You can challenge up to eight other players in online mode in “TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge.” If you want more multiplayer action, “Pure” can accommodate up to 16 online players. 
  • Most of these graphics-heavy racing games don’t offer split-screen multiplayer. The environments in these bike games are so intricate and the races are so fast that a split-screen option would take massive console memory and major engineering manpower to create. Luckily, you can still race your friends while you sit in the same room — you just have to go online to do it. 
  • Determine which elements of the bike game are the most important to you. Are you looking for a hyper-realistic motorcycle race around a real-world course? Pick up “TT Isle of Man: Ride on the Edge.” On the hunt for an all-ages motocross game with incredible graphics and thoughtful controls? “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Video Game” delivers on every front. 
  • Controllers, command keys and combos vary in each racing game, and each control system is vying to give you the full engine-revving experience. “Pure” is known for using simple commands on the Xbox 360 controller so you can start racing your ATV ASAP. Serious competitors will love the dual controls in “MX vs ATV Reflex.” The game uses both joysticks simultaneously, one to control the rider’s movements and the other to control the bike’s movements. It adds a greater level of realism but might be trickier for younger players to pick up. Do some research on how your bike game interacts with the controller to make sure you’ll get the experience you want. 
  • How much personality do you want to inject into your gameplay? Customization options, like picking different road surfaces or choosing wheel sizes for your motorcycle, make your game a little more personal. They also extend how long you’ll play them since you have plenty of chances to see how different combinations perform on the trail. “MXGP 2: The Official Motocross Video Game” lets you customize almost every aspect of your virtual motocross experience.