Developer: Climax Group |
Publisher: SCEA
Players: 1+ Player Game |
Genre: Driving

Release Date: 10/31/06

atv4_1.jpgRacing games have always been a staple in video game lore and have proved to be hugely popular with players. However, if the glitz and glamour of games like Project Gotham Racing and Gran Turismo aren’t really your thing, perhaps you’re looking for an experience that is more raw and untamed. You want offroad action and games like Offroad and Super Offroad, while classics, don’t really satisfy your muddy desires. Enter ATV Offroad Fury 4 for the PS2. This game’s got all the mud, dirt and grime you could possibly want and plenty of new features that set it apart from past iterations in the series.

The newest title in the series is currently in development and promises to bring a lot to the table. One of the biggest additions to the game is the all new story mode. Like other games with a career mode, you’ll take your rider from being a nobody to circuit champ by participating in a wide variety of races. Offroad Fury 4 also introduces buggies and large trucks to the scene in stark contrast to the smaller ATV’s and motorbikes. If you want to make it to the top, you’ll have to earn your license for all the vehicles and prove your skills on the tracks. The addition of the new vehicles to the game makes things interesting as each type controls differently and handles varying terrain uniquely. This means you’ll have to choose your paths wisely and make sure you don’t get stuck on a straightaway with your little ATV in a flat out race against a stacked muscle truck.


The game will also feature your standard gameplay modes such as head-to-head matches, circuit races and online play will make a return as well. The online play has been amped up a bit to accommodate more racers at the same time. Also, the game will support all kinds of extras such as voice chat and emails. Reportedly, players of ATV Fury Pro on the PSP will be able to communicate with PS2 users playing ATV Offroad Fury 4. To what extent this communication will be taken is unknown at this time, but it should be great for gamers on the go or the stay at home type.

Another great new feature to Offroad Fury 4 is the built in track editor. You can design your own custom tracks and even share them online and let other players try them out. This opens a world of possibilities for challenges and tournaments and ensures that you won’t get bored of racing the same tracks over and over again. Then again, with over seventy new tracks in the game, that probably wasn’t going to be a problem to begin with.


ATV Offroad Fury 4 isn’t due out until this September, so there’s still time for even more content to be added to the game. However, even if the game were to ship next month (which it won’t) we’re certain that fans of the series would be amazed at all the new goodies. It’s time to clean your mud flaps and get ready for some series offroad thrills. Keep an eye out for more on this title in the future.

By Ryan Schaefer – 04/29/06
ESRB Details: Mild Lyrics, Mild Violence

Screenshots for ATV Offroad Fury 4 (Pre-E3 2006)