There seems to be a number of dirt bike and motocross games around at the moment such as Trials Evolution and Mad Riders. The latest game is Mud FIM Motorcross World Championship, developed by Milestone and released by Black Bean. This is one of those kind of games that is okay but not going to blow your skirt up.
With 5 different modes there is plenty of choice along with a couple of online modes and a 12 player Xbox live ® multi player.
The problem is that the game play itself is pretty dull and uninspiring with 12 locations, 84 bikers ,14 different bikes and a host of other features ,this game is crammed with interesting things. It’s just the actual game itself that’s lacking.
The career mode (Mud World Tour) is just a series of events which are basically the same. You have a race, a time trial, a one on one and then a stunt section. You gain points for each section completed which allows you to buy either more race levels, upgrade your rider or purchase a better one, plus plenty of other upgrades available to buy as well.
The controls are simple left stick for balance/steering, right trigger for acceleration and left trigger for braking so you can get stuck in straight away.
You will notice that there is an option called scrub which is accessible with the (A) button, this works when you approach a hill. You hold the button down just before take-off this makes your bike flip sideways and if you release at the right time and land without crashing you get a temporary speed boost.
Motocross of Nations is another mode which is again a combination of MX1 and MX2 class bikes on 12 different tracks, with the official championship mode bringing together two different classes of bikes the MX1 and MX2 so you can race on a number of different tracks all over the world in both classes.
Now you would think with all that content would mean a really interesting and fulfilling game but unfortunately it just isn’t the case. I found myself tiring of the experience fairly quickly, it just doesn’t have that buzz that other simulation games have. Maybe it’s because it doesn’t quite know whether it is an arcade or simulation game, I get the feeling that its stuck between the two and not sure which way to go.
Mud FIM Motorcross World Championship isn’t half bad, with plenty of content and a good online play element. It just feels lacking and a bit dull, the graphics are good I just didn’t feel like I was interacting with the game. If you are a big Mud FIM Motorcross World Championship fan then you will appreciate this game because all the big stars and teams are represented, but if you are looking for an experience like DIRT then this isn’t the game for you.
I give Mud FIM Motorcross World Championship 7 out of 10
MUD FIM Motocross World Championship
Publisher: Black Bean
Release date: 4th May 2012