previews\ May 1, 2006 at 8:00 pm

ATV Offroad Fury 4 - PS2 - Preview

E3 2006 Hands On Preview

When a racing title has several iterations you know that it is a solid franchise. When it hits its fourth release in the series, and has at least one platform offshoot, you know it is a hit franchise.

ATV Offroad Fury 4 is back with the same great racing action but several new features to lure in fans of offroad-racing action.

SCEA showed off the title at a recent pre-E3 event in Los Angeles, affording journalists a chance to wrap hands around a controller and hit the trails with a vengeance. The verdict? Much fun. While the game was only in an alpha state, the single-player and multiplayer were shaping up very nicely. 

ATV Offroad Fury 4 PS2 screenshots

The game features 74 tracks, four different vehicle types for 30 total drivable vehicles. There are several new modes of play, but some must be unlocked through playing in the story mode. The new modes are point-to-point, head-to-head, rally cross, circuit, hill climb and a new hybrid version of national. Of course, freestyle and super cross will still be available.

The game with allow up to eight players online and will also come with a track editor. The game will also allow players to cross-platform with PSP players.

The UI sports easily accessible information and the controls are very intuitive. The sound is well done and graphically the game has a very good look. The physics are also on track making this game a lot of fun to play. The alpha build had some load times, but expect that to clean up as the game heads toward release.

ATV Offroad Fury 4 is entertaining and has a wide range of racing modes and other options that should appeal to a wide range of racing fans.


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