AT V Offroad Fury 4

PUBLISHED: 17:09 11 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:11 05 October 2010

Sony Price: £29.99
Format: PS2 (also on PSP)Age rating: 3+
The PlayStation 2 may might be coming to the end of its lifespan but that doesn t mean it s going t

Sony Price: £29.99
Format: PS2 (also on PSP)Age rating: 3+

The PlayStation 2 may might be coming to the end of its lifespan but that doesn't mean it's going to go quietly. With a packed release schedule between now and the end of the Easter holidays, we're about to witness the last great hurrah of Sony's venerable multi-million-selling console. With plenty of new titles to choose from, Fury 4 is probably the aging platform's jewel in the crown - with its simple control system, brilliant track design and perfectly slick graphics it's easily one of the best off-road racers to ever grace the console.

The ATV Offroad Fury series has long been known for its fast, mud-splattered races and point-to-point contests and this fourth installment certainly doesn't disappoint with a huge number of new courses on offer. It also sees the introduction of MX bikes, trophy trucks and dune buggies to race alongside the usual selection of ATV quad bikes. Each vehicle has its own racing characteristics so MX bikes are great in the air, ATVs are better at cornering and churning through the mud while the buggies and trucks handle more like rally cars.

Early races aren't too taxing and novice players can accelerate into turns with little regard for braking. The game isn't about punishing you heavily and you won't burst into a ball of flames should you strike a tree or spin off the course due to a painfully realistic physics model. You're just left to the job at hand - overtaking the opposition while attempting to perform a series of tricks as you bound over bumps and barge past the opposition.

Your rider's weight can be shifted in the saddle using an analogue stick, so you can pull back and perform a wheelie or push forward to place weight to your front wheels. By pulling back and preloading your rear suspension then pushing forward you can gain an extra boost for jumps - and you'll need as much time in the air as possible if you want to be able to perform time consuming tricks and stunts for valuable extra points. Getting round a track may be easy, but doing it in first

place while showing off takes rare skill and ability.

With a massive 72 tracks to race around, ranging from standard circuits to gruelling point-to-point encounters, there's also a fully functioning track editor and an entirely daft story mode. You won't find a more complete and quirky racing game for the PS2 and Fury 4 can even hold its own against the latest PS3 and Xbox 360 racers too.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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