With the soaring popularity of dirt biking as a sport, the online portals have also come up with Motorcross games that claim to satisfy the adrenaline junkie in you. There are so many, each with unique and exciting features to offer, that it is difficult to pick out the best few. Then again, we have curated a list of the best online dirt biking games of all times for you with the help of multiple online forums dedicated to online gaming.
This list is a result of comprehensive research and experiment which takes into account the graphics, user-friendliness, challenges and interacting offered by the various contenders.
So, here is your guide of top 10 to take a plunge into dirt bike gaming.
Motorcross Madness (1998) and Motorcross Madness 2 (2000)
Whether you are new to Motorcross racing games or a pioneer at them, one game that can leave you wanting for more always is Motorcross Madness developed by Rainbow Studios and published by Microsoft in 1998.
This was the first time a simulator type game was launched for the Microsoft Windows users.
After its success, Motorcross Madness 2 was launched by the tech giant with more advanced specs than its predecessor. At that time, there was no game for PCs that could compete with the extraordinary graphics and simulation offered by the game. The most appealing of which was the track editor which let the users create their own track. Even today, the nerve-wracking bike collapses, the music of the terrain and the dire cliffs in these games are a source of nostalgia for many.
MX Vs. ATV Reflex
Another creation by Rainbow Studios, MX Vs ATV is an off-roading video game. Reflex is the third version of the game published by THQ in 2009. It is compatible with most platforms, including Nintendo, PlayStation, Microsoft Windows, and Xbox 360.
The “Reflex” version of the game was developed with an aim to inculcate physics into gaming with giving both remote-based and analogue-based controls. Now, the gamers could use their reflexes to operate the sticks and ride the bike. Also, the real-time terrain deformation gave the users the thrill of dodging the speed bumps, creating ruts into the earth, and flipping the bike. The proximity of the game with reality was the real game-changer.
Published for PlayStation and Xbox in 2004, it took MTX Motorax 3 more years to capture other platforms such as Windows, Mac OS, and PlayStation Portable. Its popularity rose as it featured the topmost names in the Motorcross racing industry from Travis Pastrana, Nate Adams, Carey Hart, to Tim Ferry and Mike Brown, and an endless list of legends.
You could also sign up for various bike models and manufacturers as you progress in the career mode. Along with that, there is a track editor that allows you to create the track you want to conquer, one feature which the gamers were longing for after Motorcross Madness.
For the individuals eyeing the ultimate motocross gaming physics, then MX Simulator is the game for you. The game is so real that you lean into the screen to turn and throttle, clutch and shift like you are riding a bike. Moreover, you can perform as many wheelies, swaps, slides, and high-sides as you like in real-time as you play the game.
It is a 2008 release and now allows you to play online and race with multiple players at a time. The feature that will astonish you the most is the proximity of the tracks with real tracks and a lot more to play around with. And since the game claims to be a simulator, you can experience the thrill of dirt biking without having to step out.
If you have had enough of the nostalgia and want to experience Motorcross gaming in its latest form, then you must try out MXGP Pro released in 2018. It is compatible with multiple platforms, including Xbox One, PS4, and PC.
Separate from the league of the numbered series, it is genuinely the pro version offered by Milestone. It gets you involved in the game physically as well as mentally as you sweat with every turn and throttle. This is a result of the involvement of professional freestylers such as Tim Gaser, Toni Cairoli and Gautier Paulin into the design of the game.
Here, you are left free to use the racing techniques on the ground and in the air, repair and replace ATV parts, and select from a variety of genuine models to fulfill your motorcrossing dreams.
ATV Offroad Fury (2001)
Developed to impart the off-roading experience on screens, the ATV Offroad Fury was created by Rainbow Studios and published by Sony Computers.
In this game, the players have the liberty of choosing between 12 different ATVs and ride them along 20 different tracks, each with a unique objective to accomplish. It allows one to play with multiple players, all with access to controls to perform stunts and win points. The race mode was another factor which contributed to the popularity of this game and helped it reach platforms like Xbox and GameCube in 2006 too.
Supercross Circuit (1999)
A creation of Idol Minds, Supercross Circuit, was released by 989 studios for Playstation before the end of the 20th century. The reason for its ardent fan following since the beginning was the exciting and realistic graphics it came up within those times. They were the closest to reality available then. It was nothing less than a dream for the action gamers. It also equipped the users with a brush to create a track along with the option to play in Career mode, Stunt Mode, Two-Player mode, and Time Trial mode.
Well, the above list offers the games which we think are timeless in terms of simulation, graphics, and the user experience they provide. However, the numberings are not the ranks of these games since they were released in different decades, having little common ground for comparison.