PSP game review: "ATV Offroad Fury Pro" (2008)
The gist: Gun it off the starting line, weave through your opponents, pop wheelies to build speed for a jump, nail a points-earning aerial stunt, straighten up before landing, fling yourself round a berm, bump a rival into a tyre wall, avoid getting bogged in a mud puddle, bounce over logs, check behind for potential passers, and keep doing that stuff – especially the tricks – until you take the chequered flag.
Selling points: Works equally well as a pick-up-and-play game during the ad breaks in "The F Word" or a hard-core sim where you compete in a series of events, earn sponsorship and upgrade/tune every aspect of your vehicle. Besides ATVs, you can race dune buggies, trucks, motocross bikes and snowmobiles – all of which handle differently. The look of your rider and the intelligence of the computer dudes are also modifiable. Not impressed? How about 64 courses, a 25-song soundtrack, a track editor and wireless multiplayer?
It's kinda like: Most modern racers in the sense that the controls are initially frustrating, but persevere and they'll become second nature. As with games of every type these days, a certain amount of content needs to be "unlocked" through successful play, but "O/F/P" allows you to access plenty from the get-go.
Final word: Consider your PSP hooning needs satisfied.
[Australian release date: out now]