Rainbow Studios' off-road motocross titles have done an admirable job over the years. But as is the way with a successful series, there's always the need to squeeze out the last few dollars and improve the formula in the process.
In some respects, MX vs ATV Reﬂex does exactly that. The deformable track surfaces add unpredictability to some of the more conﬁned courses. The rider reﬂex ability (a quick-reaction controller movement that can prevent you from tumbling from your bike) keeps racing fast and ﬂowing. Plus, the free-roam Waypoint races, Motorstorm-esque Omnicross events offer frantic, satisfying racing.
But the need to diversify hasn't been totally successful; most of the four-wheeled vehicles on offer feel limp and dull and act as padding more than a genuine addition. Reﬂex is another competent Motocross and Quad racer but misses out being the comprehensive off-road title it wants to be.