Review: MX Nitro (PS4)

Formats:

  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • PC

Format/Hardware Used:

  • PSN Download
  • PS4 Pro
  • HDTV

Extras:

  • DualShock 4 Required (1)
  • Move None
Title: MX Nitro
Format: PSN (4.0 GB)
Release Date: February 14, 2017
Publisher: Saber Interactive
Developer: Miniclip
Original MSRP: $19.99 (US), €19.99 (EU), £15.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 3
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Gameplay:
MX Nitro is a motocross game with insane tricks and boosts. You have a career mode that ramps up in difficulty almost as much as the vertical climbs you have to ascend. Death defying jumps await you at the summit and with the right timing and some nitrous oxide billowing from the exhaust, you can spend an unhealthy amount of time in the air, pulling off all manner of tricks that you manage to unlock along the way.

You also acquire gear and money by winning races and boss battles so you can buy and upgrade new bikes and cosmetic accessories. The tricks that are unlocked usually consist of one or two button combinations and you can normally pull off several before landing, there are also a couple of wheelies you can sneak in on the straights. This will all fill the boost bar if landed correctly.

Although, I still find the boost has filled up a decent amount even if my seemingly indestructible character face plants the dirt from a forty-foot drop. Depending on the landing, it may take some time before your character and ride both stop tumbling across the ground, costing you valuable seconds.

Some jumps require a burst of nitro to clear the gap and a few rutted areas can be avoided with the right speed and angle of ascent. All this boils down to using a modicum of strategy if you want first place honors.

The game is overly forgiving when it comes to the landing and as long as a wheel touches the ground, you can survive what would be a horrific crash in real life. Good thing this is just an easy-going and fun arcade game.

… Every level is well crafted …
That changes when you race against the bosses. They might look and race like you and me, but they never put a foot wrong and are troublesome, to say the least. Finding the right bike and stuffing it full of upgrades is the only way I could manage to scrape by a win.

A few odd and bizarre comments appear among the helpful hints on the loading screens which do not stick around for long as the levels load quickly. A quick tap of the touch pad lets you instantly restart if things go wrong, which for me, was often.

Visuals:
The action is fast and easy to see with your rider taking up a large portion of the screen. You will clearly make out each and every move, all the bone-crunching fails, and the pretty glow from the nitro boost.

The boost trail emanates not only from the bike but the rider too and looks dangerously exciting. It looks like all the riders ate a few of the carbon rods from the Springfield Power Plant before starting the race.

Aside from the sporadic screen tearing, which even appears in the menu, I cannot fault this fast paced game. The lighting looks great, especially when you see the rainbow of colors in the stadium. Every level is well crafted and I especially like the continuous loop of the stadium and training ground.

… a fun arcade game with a feast of stunts …
Some levels feature puddles, rain, mud, snow, dirt, and anything else you would associate with a game of this type. If your character spends enough time rolling around on the ground they do finish up with a small coating of whatever it is they rolled in. Let’s hope there was no poop on the track.

You might catch a glimpse of some dirt on the screen or columns of fire erupting from stage streamers. From the subtle to the spectacle MX Nitro looks good. More so when you eventually master a four-button trick or land an insanely high scoring trick-filled jump.

Audio:
Each boss character you face-off against has plenty to say, especially if you take a tumble or lose. There are some questionable accents and they did get on my nerves after many failed attempts. Sadly you cannot mute them so it might mean turning the volume down if you struggle to get past them.

Online/Multiplayer:
As you play through the Career Mode, you slowly unlock twelve tracks that you can play online against random people. It works well but seems tacked on as you can still restart the race at any time and there is no way that I can see of inviting friends.

Conclusion:
MX Nitro is a fun arcade game with a feast of stunts and some pretty graphics that should please fans of the genre and maybe a few others too. The career mode lasts a decent amount of time as the difficulty gradually ramps up while the need to hone the plethora of tricks becomes quite important, especially if you want to beat those pesky bosses.

The online mode is dainty but works well enough. I would have liked a lobby and maybe even a tournament system but you can’t have everything and what you get here is okay. It might not beat the best of the genre, but it comes close.

Score:
7.0

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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