Let”s face it, the games on Playstation 2 in its first few months have been rather disappointing. Other than some outstanding efforts from EA, there have only been a handful of must-have titles, such as “Rayman 2,” “Timesplitters” and “Smuggler”s Run.” Even more disappointing is the fact that Sony, the makers of the promising PS2, has done nothing but release milk-toast games like “Fantavision” and the grotesquely bad games put out by 989 Sports. Fortunately, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for Sony, as they have succeeded in creating a winner with their new extreme game, “ATV Offroad Fury.”

Paul Wong
Slick graphics and great control make “Offroad Fury” a winner for the Playstation 2 and its maker, Sony.<br><br>Sony Entertainment America

In “ATV,” up to four players can take part in high speed, mud-tearing fun. Gamers will be up to their knees in options with over 20 tracks to race on, which take place in the desert, snow and even at stadiums. At these courses, gamers can either choose to partake in a race mode similar to other classic racing titles, such as “Mario Kart 64” and “Wave Race” or try their best to perform jaw-dropping tricks.

Sounds good so far? The good news is that the options are just the tip of the iceberg. With the help of Rainbow Studios, the makers of the top-notch “Microsoft Motorcross Madness” series for the PC, Sony has gotten themselves a title with outstanding game control and physics. From making turns to getting mad hang-time off jumps, gamers have complete control over their all-terrain vehicle. In addition to playing well, the “Offroad Fury” is quite realistic in that little mistakes will lead to big wipeouts. Speaking of wipeouts, “Offroad Fury” has some of the nastiest spills ever in a game. As gamers yell “Whoa” with every crash, they will also fear riding an ATV for the rest of their life.

Outside of incredible gameplay, “Offroad Fury” is also a great title to showcase your PS2. The graphics in this must-have for extreme game fans are some of the best yet on the system. “ATV”s” background environments and riders are silky smooth and run at a very good frame-rate. Even better is the fact that “ATV Offroad Fury” has an adrenaline-pumping soundtrack, featuring classics from Anthrax, Alice in Chains and even “Spoonman” by Soundgarden. Rock on, Sony!

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