After getting to test out Bomb Monkey at E3, Jools Watsham of Renegade Kid also let me play the latest build of ATV Wild Ride 3D. The title is a realistic looking ATV racer for the 3DS eShop, serving as a sequel to the DS title ATV Wild Ride.
ATV Wild Ride 3D’s realistic graphics may trick some into thinking that this is a straight forward racer, but don’t be fooled. Yes the objective is to win races, but the tracks I played had a few bumps/jumps placed on them. Hitting one of these jumps makes it possible to pull off a stunt. Successfully nailing a trick rewards the player with the ability to use a speed boost, and multiple bursts can be stored at a time.
The game will feature a World Tour mode that has the player race through four tracks. Each track is based of a different geographic region of the world. There will be six different World Tours to complete, and each one increases in difficulty.
Watsham also mentioned that in the World Tour mode there will be some special event races that can earn the player points towards their overall standing as well. The first event, known as Freestyle, will give the player that can catch the most air and earn the most points from tricks the victory, so coming in first place isn’t the primary objective. The second event, Elimination, removes the last place racer after each lap until there is only one left. These special event races sound like the most interesting aspect of the title, but unfortunately I didn’t have the chance to try them for myself.
ATV Wild Ride 3D will also offer an online multiplayer mode. Needless to say, this was not an option that I had the opportunity to test.
At first glance this game may appear to be a bit too standard for my own personal tastes. Luckily, the trick system and the occasional special event races may be enough to satisfy my craving for some wackiness in an otherwise realistic looking racing title, but I need more time with the game to know for sure. With that said, players that want a more authentic off-road title, with a few twists, may want to watch out for ATV Wild Ride 3D since it’s going to be a full fledged racing game at a fraction of the cost of a retail release.
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