E3: ATV Offroad Fury 3 Impressions
In a word, wow. With a new focus on multiplayer and community, ATV Offroad Fury 3 is shaping up to be a very strong title this November. Just a few of the things that Climax have in the works for the multiplayer experience include voice chat in-game and in the lobby, comprehensive scoreboards for all multiplayer modes, downloadable content, and rewards such as exclusive ATVs for being good enough at online play (say, being in the top 10%). The online play has been bumped up to 6 players as well.
Their big focus is on community, so the team hopes to support the game's release with message boards, as well as allowing ATVs to be completely customizable. Nearly every single atv part on the vehicle can be modified, as well as the color scheme. Gamers will even be able to create their own logos and place them on their ATVs, to help support clans. In theory, no two ATVs online should be identical. For those of you who are gearheads out there, you'll also be able to edit things like gear ratios and suspension.
Another new feature that Climax was showing off today was the extreme weather conditions. Rather than have your normal rain or fog, ATV Offroad Fury 3's weather is going to be dynamic, and will be able to progress to the point and it significantly changes the gameplay experience. The tracks can also be raced on during any time day or night.
The title features an impressive 60+ tracks, spread out over multiple major environments. For the stadium courses Climax opted to set them in more realistic locales such as an airplane hanger, a construction yard, etc. The short tracks from the original ATV are back, as well.
If all the previously mentioned additions weren't enough, there's also all the returning minigames, plus three new ones (including and soccer, basketball). The trick system has been tweaked with the addition of linkers which can set up combos as well. In theory someone could run an entire 3 lap race with a combo running the entire time. Climax really seems to be going with the "everything but the kitchen sink" mentality, and appear to be pulling it off quite well.