For people who have decided to try out the ATV but is apprehensive about a lot of stuff, there are a number of ATV simulator games that one can try out before getting on the real thing. This way, they can build their confidence on the ATV in the virtual world and get a feel of the vehicle beforehand.
However, as far as popularity among gaming fans go, it's difficult to find a game that is centered completely around ATVs alone, without the addition of other types of vehicles to play with. For plenty of players, this is not really a huge issue to deal with, since many gamers are either used to sharing the limelight with cars that they are not entirely fans of and since racing game players also tend to prefer a variety of opponents to face up against. Here are some of the games that can be played on the PC or the console.
Pure is probably one of the most well known and popular ATV simulator themed video games. The game comes on all of the most popular gaming consoles, which include Playstation 3, Xbox 360, and even the PC. The game allows its players to experience a truly immersing off road experience using top notch graphics. This doesn't take away from gaming features, such as the ability to perform wicked tricks out of three trick types (basic, advanced, and professional), the ability to tweak and outright modify the acrobatics and other capabilities of the machines, and more. Multiple character choices are also available.
The MX V.S. ATV franchise is another well known ATV simulator title among ATV fans. There are a number of releases, which include MX V.S. ATV Alive, Unleashed, Untamed, and Reflex. Fans of the series differ on their opinion of which title could be declared "best" but many of those who have played each one will at least have a favorite among the bunch. Each release also has a variety of different aspects, which makes them great. These include, but are not limited to, the ability to choose between many characters, customization options, realistic physics and overall game play, extremely likable soundtracks, etc.
MotorStorm is yet another gaming franchise that has its place in the hearts of many ATV fans. Since the game's initial release in 2006, there have been two successful titles to follow it. These include MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and MotorStorm: Apocalypse. One of the reasons this franchise is liked, not only by the most hardcore ATV fan but also by racing gamers in general, is mainly due to the intensity of play. They hold a lot of appeal to people who enjoy such series as the Twisted Metal series or Dirt.
Fuel is available for PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. This is one of those games that include, not only ATVs, but also a large number of other cars and types of transportation to choose from. The greatest difference between this game and many other ATV simulator games, or even racing games for that matter, is that this game is completely open world. This means that, no matter what type of vehicle you choose, there is no set track to drive on unless you choose for it to be. This can mean wonderful things for those ATV fans who are looking for a truly off road experience.
The ATV Offroad Fury for the PS2 may seem a bit outdated to many people who are more familiar with playing on updated consoles. For those who have actually played the first and second installment of ATV Offroad Fury, there would hardly be a better comparison. Sure, XBox 360 and the Playstation 3 have it on graphics, but as far as gameplay goes, there is no contest.
When it comes to playing online, there exists numerous gaming websites that offer games based purely around ATVs. Although, these games are, more often than not, created by an independent developer or a small group of developers, they are still a fun way to pass the time and get in some gaming experience. As for the more mainstream games which cost infinitely more than free, there are few purely ATV simulator games to choose from that do not include other types of cars. Such games include ATV Destroyer, Extreme Quad, Mountain ATV, and ATV Blitz - just to name a few.
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