It's quite the task coming up with the best dirt bikes games. There are many and opinions differ. Subtract 10 years and you can probably get a decent consensus but with more platforms, more technology and Motocross' rise in popularity many games exist today and whatever system you use probably directly influences the dirt bike games on your Top 10 list.
For the following Top 10 Greatest Dirt Bike Games Ever Made we looked at all the decades. Clearly Excitebike can't compare to the graphics offered in today's games, but for its time and the foundation it created, that 30 year old game simply had to make the list. Besides, for a lot of us at MotoSport, nostalgia played a factor as it probably does with you too.
MX Vs ATV: Reflex
Released in 2009, MX vs. ATV Reflex allows players to race motocross and supercross on motocross bikes or ATVs. Reflex is part of the very popular MX vs. ATV series but was built with designers starting over from scratch rather than building on previous MX vs ATV releases. It featured a new control scheme utilizing both analog sticks.
GameSpot Review: 7
GameSpot Average Score: 7.5
MX Vs ATV: Alive
MX vs. ATV Alive brought the fourth and most recent release in the popular MX vs. ATV series and followed Reflex. Alive was released in May 2011.
GameSpot Review: 6.5
GameSpot Average Score: 7
One of the earliest Motcross racing games released in 1984 in Japan and then in 1985 for the Nintendo Entertainment System it spawned a very successful franchise including Excite Truck and Excitebike64. Players raced against time and had options to race solo or against the computer.
GameSpot Review: 6.2
GameSpot Average Score: 8.1
Jeremy McGrath's Supercross 2000
Jeremy McGrath rode his success and subsequent fame into the gaming system in 1998 with Jeremy McGrath Supercross 98 and followed that up with the successful Jeremy McGrath's Supercross 2000 by Acclaim. Nintendo 64, Dreamcast, Playstation and Game Boy Color provided the platform.
GameSpot Review: 5.5
GameSpot Average Score: 5.6
Motocross Madness was released in 1998 for the Microsoft Windows platform. Motocross Madness offered gamers another option for simulator type games. The sequel Motocross Madness 2 was released in 2000.
GameSpot review: 7.5
GameSpot Average Score: 8.1
Supercross Circuit found immediate fans when it was released in 1999 thanks to its realistic graphics and variety of fun and challenging tracks. For its day, Supercross Circuit provided the best real life motocross action gamers could buy.
GameSpot review: 7.7
GameSpot Average Score: 7.8
ATV Offroad Fury
ATV Offroad Fury was released in 2001 for PlayStation 2 and gave players 12 different ATVs and 20 different tracks in a number of different modes. ATV Offroad Fury 2 was released in 2002 and expanded game play on from the original.
GameSpot Review: 6.7
GameSpot Average Score: 7.4
Considered by many to be the best side-scrolling motocross game, Mad Skills gave anyone with a photo or tablet hours of fun using only their thumbs to "ride" through 52 tracks. The 2012 downloadable game found its way into the hands of more than five million would-be racers. Mad Skills 2 was released last month.
GameSpot Average Score: 8
Some considered MX Simulator just as heard to learn as riding a dirt bike but like the real life dirt bike, once the player figured out the right control and bike settings it offered hours of fun. Like other simulator games, MX Simulator provided awesome graphics and real life applications to riding a dirt bike.
MUD the Game
Released in 2012, MUD brought the official FIM Motocross World Championship to the PC, Playstation 3 and XBOX 360. It featured 12 tracks, 14 bike models and 84 bikers. Up to 12 players could participate including online.
Where do these titles rank on your list of the best dirt bike games? What games would you include?
Written By: AndrewT