A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The focus of the game is racing, which promotes positive traits such as good sporting behavior and friendly competition. Career Mode lets players make specific choices regarding their careers, and shows how different choices can result in various outcomes and opportunities.
Positive Role Models
Players are given control of their own careers and are responsible for their own choices.
Players can only choose between a single male or female body type and can only otherwise customize their character by their gear. While players do interact with other characters throughout their career, these are very basic lines meant mainly to set up new tasks.
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Ease of Play
The game's controls feel unnecessarily complex and are not always responsive. While the game tries to mimic more real world physics, nothing ever feels quite natural when driving.
Violence & Scariness
Outside of some bumping of vehicles between opponents during competitions, there's no real violence to speak of.
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Minor profanity occasionally appears in some of the lyrics of the licensed songs playing in the background.
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Products & Purchases
Real world companies and their products are shown off in the game via gear and other promotional materials that show up in races and competitions.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking alcohol is occasionally in some of the lyrics of the game's soundtrack.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MX vs ATV Legends is a racing/sports game available on the Xbox Series, Xbox One, PlayStation 5 PlayStation 4, and Windows based PCs. Players take on the role of an up and coming off-road driver as they make their way through the professional circuit, building their career and reputation along the way. The game promotes competition and good sporting behavior, particularly when racing against others in either local or online play. The game's filled with product placement, as real world off-road companies are represented as sponsors for events and gear.
Is It Any Good?
For over a decade and a half, the MX vs. ATV franchise brought the two-wheeled acrobatics of motocross bikes and four-wheeled fun of all-terrain vehicles together firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, MX vs. ATV Legends has come rolling in to the series with flat tires and an empty tank of gas. On the upside, the game's playable and there's some fun to be had when racing against friends in online or split-screen matchups. On the downside, just about everything else never even gets off the starting line.
Visually, the game's a mixed bag. While the tracks and environments have some good detail, the same can't be said about the people and vehicles. Worse still, the visuals stutter and break apart when doing something as simple as changing your look at the Locker. From an audio standpoint, the game's licensed soundtrack is wasted since you can barely hear it over the engine and other vehicle sounds. What you're left with instead is an endless stream of white noise. Basic controls like throttle, braking, and steering are easy enough, but using any of the other more advanced moves is a frustrating mess. This is made even worse if you decide to enable the custom camera, which inexplicably uses some of the same buttons as operating your vehicle. As it stands, MX vs. ATV Legends is a mess of a game that either needs more tune-up time in the garage or a trip to the virtual junkyard.
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