DS #5536: ATV Quad Kings (Europe)

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by Chanser, Apr 30, 2011.

  1. Chanser

    Chanser :o

    Jun 27, 2006
  2. Snailface

    Snailface My frothing demand for 3ds homebrew is increasing

    Sep 20, 2010
    Engine Room with Cyan, watching him learn.
    The box art is gross. Has anybody played this? Any good?
    (16MBs is a red-flag for s-ware)
  3. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

    Former Staff
    Oct 12, 2004
    Dammit was hoping it was the Renegade Kid game ATV Wild Ride when I saw this.
  4. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

    Former Staff
    Jan 14, 2007
    United States
    Hmm...doesn't seem too bad. The graphics are pretty decent for a DS game and it runs smooth. I even noticed some light animation in the billboards around the track. It takes at least 1 lap to get used to the controls....it turns slow at first, then fast, which can be a bit disconcerting initially. Like I said though, within 1 lap I had the control down pat. Seems to move a little slow, but I only ran 2 quicky arcade mode races beyond my initial "getting used to the controls" race. I'm sure later ATV's will be faster. So far, I've only seen two types of pickups as you ride; a money pickup and boost pickups. You must be pretty dead-on hitting the pickups to collect them. I think some of the other buttons are used for stunts or something during jumps, but I hate doing stunts in a racing game, so I didn't try it. I don't think they are absolutely necessary from what I could tell, but maybe they become necessary during the World Tour, I don't know.

    There are 3 modes of play; World Tour, Arcade and Time Trial. I have no idea how many tracks the games has.

    A to accelerate, I assume B is to brake, though I tend to never use brakes if I can avoid it, so I'm not 100% sure on that. [​IMG] If you push down on the d-pad, the rider will stand up on the ATV, plus it will tilt the ATV back in a jump. Pushing up will tilt the ATV forward during a jump. Hit the L button for speed boost (after collecting them). If there are any other controls for the other buttons, I didn't notice them.....probably for stunts, if there are any. There are no options to set the controls, they just are what they are.

    Sound is at least competent with appropriate sounding noises for water and bumps and stuff. Music is generic guitar rock fare.

    You can select the color of the rider and ATV from a pre-set amount of colors. In arcade mode, you can select from 3 to 5 laps per race, various tracks. Race types are; Sprint, Endurance and Race Meet A and B. I'm not sure about what the differences between race types are at this point though. In World Tour, laps and race types are all preset. I assume as you progress through World Tour mode that you will also be able to unlock other ATV's because there is a selector for the ATV, though I only have the one to choose from right now. I'll also assume that the money is used for buying/unlocking stuff. Why else would you care about the money pickups otherwise, you know?

    I played on the default medium level and I won easily, so I hope the hard difficulty will make it more challenging. 3 difficulties; easy, medium and hard. It didn't seem like the AI was excessively rubber band either as I left them in the dust. But during my "learning the controls" lap, they dusted me and I couldn't quite catch them by the end of the race. The 2 tracks I played had very different graphics, so it doesn't all just look the same every race.

    I'll refrain from giving any kind of rating at this point since I haven't played enough of it to tell if it gets faster or more challenging yet, but at least I didn't feel like deleting it instantly like all the previous ATV games I've played on the DS.

    Load times seem longer than they should be for such a small game, but nothing too drastic. I think it's tolerable.

    If you remember, Sideswiped was a pretty small game too, and that rocked, so don't judge it by the file size. It's certainly the best ATV racer I've played on the DS thus far. If ATV Wild Ride is better than this, then that will be really something.

    I'd say this is at least worth a look for DS racing game fans.

    And finally, here's a gameplay vid I found on Youtube where the dude is running the first World Tour race, so you can judge for yourself if it's worth your time or not:

    [youtube]AC7lSvdvmIg[/youtube] ​
  5. basher11

    basher11 GBAtemp's Official Vocaloid Lover

    Jun 29, 2009
    United States

    and the controls are clunky.
  6. shakirmoledina

    shakirmoledina Legend

    Oct 23, 2004
    Dar es Salaam
    looks like a nice game and similar to the previous atv games. Im pretty sure the vehicle u buy/use (like dirt) would make a great impact just as the cpu that beat u due to pure speed. The best balance i have seen is for real racing 2 on ipod.
  7. Shockwind

    Shockwind DIEEE!!!

    Dec 10, 2010
    I agree...
  8. Rayder

    Rayder Mostly lurking lately....

    Former Staff
    Jan 14, 2007
    United States
    Game is too easy....I played all through the first and second set of races in World Tour and never lost. So while the game looks pretty, it gets boring quick without any challenge.
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