Jamie Little is a triple threat in MX World Tour: cover model, voice-over commentator, and motocross challenger.
As stated earlier, the challenge found in MX is dealing with the touchy controls in the game, not necessarily the opponent AI. Sure, you'll need to run a clean race and hit most of your jumps to stay ahead of the pack, and the tightly bunched first corners can be sort of thrilling, but once you've managed to get ahead, it's not that difficult to stay ahead. You can't change the difficulty level of the game's career mode races, though curiously, you can ramp up the difficulty in exhibition races. The game has split-screen multiplayer capability on both the Xbox and PS2 and is Xbox Live aware, though you can't run races online.
The best-looking thing about MX World Tour is Jamie Little, though in all honesty, that isn't much of a compliment. The rider models look grainy and stiff to begin with, and when you toss in their stilted animations when turning corners or when pulling off tricks from the game's limited stunt palette, you've got the makings for a less-than-inspiring graphical package. The crash animations are crudely executed, there's noticeable slowdown when bikes pile up in a corner, and clipping problems abound in the game.
Things get interesting when the bikes pile up in the corners.
Jamie Little does more than appear during load screens and on the cover of the game, however. She's also a playable rider in the game and lends her voice to the track intros and race commentary. While her commentary sounds fine, there's so little of it that it barely warrants mention. Typically you'll hear from Little only when you win the holeshot (when you're first to cross the holeshot line at the beginning of a race), when you take a spill, or when you cross the finish line. If you're dicing with an opponent, she'll chime in occasionally but rarely more than once or twice a race. On the plus side, if the engine sounds aren't exactly diverse, they do have an appropriately throaty roar to them. MX World Tour's soundtrack features a handful of metal tracks presumably included to get you pumped up to hit the dirt. We found the incessant screeching of most of the songs pretty grating after a while, however, and quickly found our way to the options menu to turn down the soundtrack. If you like the hardcore screamer set, however, perhaps MX's tunes will do it for you.
MX World Tour is a game that makes no bones about being a budget title. If you love motocross games, the good news is you've got plenty of better options than this one to spend your money on. If you've played all the rest, have an extra 20 burning a hole in your pocket, and are looking for something new, MX World Tour is out there, just don't expect to get a lot for your Andrew Jackson.