The Best Dirt Bike Games
By Kevin Irons
Updated September 22, 2017
Dirt bike games have been a fixture in home entertainment and video games since the release of "Excitebike" on the original Nintendo NES in 1984, and still remain popular today. The video game industry has come a long way since "Excitebike," and dirt bike games have benefited greatly from all the new advancements in technology, design and imagination.
"Excitebike 64," released in 2000 on the Nintendo 64, is one of the greatest dirt bike games ever made. The sequel to the original "Excitebike" on the NES, "Excitebike 64" revolutionized the approach that game developers take when creating a dirt bike video game. "Excitebike 64" did not try to be a true-to-life dirt bike simulator; it instead focused on fun courses with huge jumps and simplistic gameplay, making it easy to pick up and play. It also featured 3D graphics, which, at the time, was a first for the Excite series.
"Excitebike 64" also had a track editor, which allowed the player to design his own tracks to his liking and save them in the game, which was also a first for dirt bike games. It also featured an unlockable version of the original NES game, along with an extensive multiplayer mode. "Excitebike 64's" creativity, focus on fun, and popularity made it one of the most best titles on the Nintendo 64 and one of the best dirt bike games ever made.
'MX vs. ATV Untamed'
Another fantastic dirt bike game is the "MX vs. ATV Untamed," available on the Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. "MX vs. ATV Untamed," developed by Rainbow Studios, allows the players to control either their favorite motocross or ATV rider and engage in head-to-head races. Similar to "Excitebike 64," "MX vs. ATV Untamed" does not try to be a true dirt bike simulator, opting instead to provide the gamer with a truly exhilarating experience with fun track designs and huge jumps.
"MX vs. ATV Untamed" also boasts beautiful graphics along with online capability that allows you to race up to 12 players anytime. "MX vs. ATV Untamed" also features "rhythm racing," which incorporates real world physics to the control of the dirt bike. "MX vs. ATV Untamed" also features an extensive trick set, with over 50 stunts and tricks for the players to perform, either in freestyle or while racing.
"MX vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge"
"MX vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge" is another great dirt bike game available on the PlayStation Portable, or PSP. "MX vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge," developed by Rainbow Studios, offers similar features to that of "MX vs. ATV Untamed," like the "rhythm racing" dirt bike physics control. "MX vs. ATV Unleashed: On the Edge" also offers eight new levels designed exclusively for the PSP. It also has multiplayer, where up to four people can race at the same time with the wireless PSP feature, and other mini games available to enhance the single-player experience.
Kevin Irons graduated in May 2008 from Saint Leo University with a bachelor's degree in creative writing. He's been writing professionally since 2008 and is pursuing his Master of Fine Arts in creative writing. He has expertise in surfing, playing music and sports.