Rainbow Studios MX Vs ATV Reflex

Last updated date: May 16, 2019

DWYM Score
8.0

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We looked at the top 1 Bike Games and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including GameSpot, Video Gamer, Games Radar, Game Informer, The Guardian, Impulse Gamer, Totally Gaming, Gaming Excellence and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Bike Game you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 32 expert reviews, the Rainbow Studios Rainbow Studios MX Vs ATV Reflex placed 2nd when we looked at the top 3 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
7.7
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
195 user reviews
Our Favorite Video 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

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.

Overall Product Rankings

1. ‎Black Rock Studio Pure
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 5
2. Rainbow Studios MX Vs ATV Reflex
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Milestone S.r.l. MXGP2
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 9

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