Originally releasing on the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2014, MX vs. ATV Supercross was an attempt to revive the critically acclaimed dirt bike racer from the grave. After Rainbow Studios destroyed the franchise with unnecessary micro-transactions and a base pricing model intended to print money like most free-to-play titles, Nordic Games were given the reigns, taking the series indoors and attempting to undo the damage caused by 2011’s MX vs. ATV Alive.
Unfortunately, the game was regarded as a failure, with an average critic rating of only 55, and several DLC track packs pushed on the small userbase to artificially prolong the lifespan of the game. To make matters worse, the game is due to release in a few days for next generation consoles (as well as the PC), and now suffers from a whole bunch of new issues judging by those lucky enough to obtain the title ahead of time.
Less than an hour ago, YouTube user That White Guy posted a ten minute review of Supercross Encore for the PC. Much like EmptyBox mixes reviews and commentary with raw gameplay footage for lengthy and informative YouTube videos, That White Guy is one of several prominent personalities within the world of motorcycle video games. Throughout his review of the brand new dirt bike title, the game’s framerate drops below playable levels on several occasions, the riding physics are trashed numerous times for being unable to execute a simple whip, the AI continuously crashes into each other, and even during solo laps the framerate appears to be wildly inconsistent. In short, this is a game that should be three months from release, not three days.
That White Guy also criticizes Steam’s Early Access program, which was used to help gather feedback for Supercross Encore. Citing the poor quality of a game that will launch at full price in only three days, he believes Nordic completely ignored any community feedback throughout the Early Access program, only using Steam’s highly controversial feature to generate revenue without being obligated to ship a quality product.
Less than 24 hours ago, we ran an article describing the sad state of affairs with racing games, and displayed the shocking trend of how nearly every modern racing game is in a perpetual state of development. This inadvertently causes people to grow tired of playing the games they’ve paid full price for, and instead many customers opt to spend their time bickering with each other on various message boards.
The very next day, as developers swear that it’s a great time to be a fan of driving games, we instead add another new game to a list of buggy, unfinished products that you should avoid: MX vs. ATV Supercross Encore.