Motocross games don't come across that very often, so when one does, you cannot help but be intrigued. Apart from the MX series, there isn't much to compete with it. But developer Blackbean's latest title MUD is a good contender. It stands out from other Motocross titles in different ways. For starters, it's an official licence game, offering authentic bikes, gear, events, etc. It's also the first Motocross game to feature the MX1 and MX2 championship, aswell as the Monster Energy Motocross of Nations.
World Tour mode is where to go if you looking for something less official. Here you will unlock and play as fictional characters. Each character can have their stats and gear upgraded with money you earn across the 15 different levels. Levels can be from checkpoint races, Elimination cups, Trick battles, head to head races, and more.
Motocross enthusiasts are sure to be interested in MUD, but anyone looking for a polished and thrilling Motocross game, look away. The biggest issue the game has is it's physics, there extremely weak. Whilst the game is going for a more arcade feel, each bike feel too light. As you race and turn around corners, you feel more like your floating on thin air than across muddy ground.
The main gameplay element to MUD that stands out is it's scrub mechanic. When you perform a high jump, you are prompted to hold the A button. This sends your bike leaning on an angle. Pulling off the trick flawlessly will earn a speed boot. You can perform this time and time again. Although it isn't very fun. It gets tiresome very quickly, and it doesn't look good either. Another way to earn boost is by using Energy drinks. It's a great way of keeping the races fast paced, but it also takes away any sense of simulation.
Overall, MUD had potential, but it was let down by it's weak physics and poor presentation.
Review by Gareth Smith