First Look: ATV Offroad Fury
Will Glu's mobile edition live up to the high standards of Sony's classic PS2 franchise?
Mobile game development moves quickly. Glu Mobile just announced at E3 a few short months ago that they had acquired the mobile rights to SCEA's popular ATV Offroad Fury franchise. We got an early hands-on first look at the title recently at Glu's offices, and the game is already taking shape as a fun and fast Excitebike-esque racer.
The game is made up of 30 unique events, with a variety of main objectives and bonus objectives available in each. The only main objective we've seen so far has been to finish the race in first or second place, but the bonus objectives have had a lot more variety to them. Perform a specific list of tricks, knock down at least two opponents, and score above a certain number of points are some of the bonus objectives we've seen so far.
Completing the main objective opens up the next track, while the bonuses open up points that can be used to upgrade your ATV's max speed, acceleration, stability, or tires.
The game itself is presented in a 2D viewpoint that reminds me a lot of the original Excitebike on the NES, albeit with significantly more modern graphics. The principal is the same, however. There are distinct racing "lanes" that can be moved between using the up and down buttons when your ATV is grounded. Forward accelerates, and back brakes. Rounding out the controls are six trick hotkeys (mapped to 1-6 on the keypad). The system works well and allows the game to be played with one hand, as long as you aren't trying to chain tricks for a high score.
ATV had a good sense of speed about it, and a focus on "preloading" (hitting the jump button at the proper moment before a jump) kept me on my toes and forced me to try and actually learn the courses, instead of just burning through them as fast as possible.
Right now Offroad Fury is tentatively scheduled to hit mobile phones alongside the release of ATV Offroad Fury 4 on the PS2 in late September, but a firm date has not yet been announced. Modojo will bring you a full review and more later this fall when the game goes live.