Mad Riders is an arcadey-as-hell ATV racer, full of stunts to pull off, boost bars to fill, corners to slide around and opponents to beat. It’s a simple game, one that aims to provide immediate fun rather than long-term depth: the first race is a pleasant surprise, and by the fifth race you’ll be convinced that you’ve made a smart purchase.
But a few hours into Mad Rider, the sense of familiarity that permeates the game starts to suffocate. It’s probably most reminiscent of underrated Wii launch title ‘Excite Truck’, but quite a bit looser and without that game’s more inventive mechanics, but there are elements pulled from all over the place. At one point, a deep longing to go back and replay Hydro Thunder Hurricane set in. But perhaps this isn’t the fairest way to approach Mad Riders, because despite the overwhelming sense that we’ve torn our way around its corners, conquered its jumps and coated our ATVs in its mud before, it’s still a lot of fun.
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