MX Nitro: Unleashed is a Physics-Based Motocross Game for Nintendo Switch | Review

MX Nitro: Unleashed

MX Nitro: Unleashed is the definitive edition of the arcade sport motocross game for the Nintendo Switch. This version of the game includes everything the original game had on other platforms, along with brand new tracks, bosses, outfits, and more. MX Nitro: Unleashed features fast-paced, physics-based motocross racing along with head-to-head boss battles. There’s even a solo mode which has over 40 hours worth of story content to play through.

I’ll start this off by saying that MX Nitro: Unleashed will often compared to the Trials series. This is another highly popular motocross game, but that game is more about obstacle type races whereas MX Nitro seems a bit more fast paced. MX Nitro: Unleashed also seems like it has more showbiz flare to it. By that I mean the game is louder, larger, and more exciting.

MX Nitro: Unleashed

Part of that has to do with nonstop rocking soundtrack. The soundtrack totally fits the extreme theme of the game, not to mention the announcer that helps keep you hyped and motivated.

The other part is the graphics. MX Nitro: Unleashed is a great looking game. It’s pretty realistic looking thanks to its accurate character models and motorcycle models. Not only that, the environments you race on are very good ranging from open, natural tracks to more extreme indoor tracks. There’s just something about the look of the game combined with the soundtrack that makes MX Nitro: Unleashed seem so exciting.

In terms of gameplay, most of what you’re doing is racing motor bikes. Whether it’s racing head-to-head against other riders to see who makes it to the finish line first or a race based on who has the highest trick score, it’s all very heart pounding. What I like is that they gradually ease you into it as you play through the solo missions. You gradually learn how to ride, how to do certain tricks, how to gain nitro, etc. You also start unlocking new tricks, new bikes, new cosmetic items. There’s always some reason to get you to play.

The NPCs in the game are no slouches either. They really give you a run for your money and often times, you’ll need to run some races over and over again because of how good they can be. That’s not a bad thing at all because it just means you have to get better and you can’t really get better if all you’re doing is winning. If you want to race against real people, you can only race online and not locally. Online races however unlock as you complete certain race tracks. It also seems like you don’t need Nintendo Online to play online.

MX Nitro: Unleashed

While MX Nitro: Unleashed seems pretty solid, there is one issue with the game and that mainly has to do with the Nintendo Switch itself. The lack of analog triggers means you can’t vary your speeds while you race. You’re only allowed to only apple full throttle or no throttle at all. It makes the game a bit less precise, but again that has to do with the Switch and less with the game. All racing type games suffer from this on the Switch.

All-in-all, MX Nitro: Unleashed is one heck of a fun game to play, even though most of it is solo play. Like I said above, it’s a pretty exciting game that really gets your heart pounding and your adrenaline going. There is tons of content to play and unlock and I love the fact that you can customize the way your rider and bile looks, even though none of that really affects actual gamepley. It’s just a nice touch to have. I love the variety of tracks MX Nitro: Unleashed offers along with all the possible tricks you can pull off and learn. If you’re a fan of motocross, this is definitely a game you should consider picking up.


Received game from developer and/or publisher for coverage purposes.

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