9 Best Dirt Bike Games for Xbox Series X / S

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It is extremely easy for anyone to find racing games on the Xbox Series X and S. Considering their popularity, there are literally tons of racing games that appeal to the general car audience that wants to experience the thrill of driving a Ferrari or customizing a Honda.

As soon as you begin to move out from the typical world of cars, you begin to realize that finding the perfect driving game may not be as simple. For example, a lot of people will have trouble finding the best drifting games for Xbox.

The same is true for dirt bikes. While there are quite a few games available on the Xbox that allow you to ride dirt bikes, many of them are a part of the same franchise. As such, it can be a bit hectic deciding which game to play between them.

Our list of the 9 best dirt bike games for Xbox Series X / S should help make this decision a bit easier. Here, we cover everything from the purest game for the dirt bike enthusiast to someone who just wants to have fun doing stunts on muddy roads.

MXGP 2021

This would be the game that most dirt bike enthusiasts will think of first. In fact, the MXGP series has long carried the banner for the entire genre, making a game each year that somehow always manages to bring incremental improvements over the previous entry.

Unfortunately, MXGP 2021 has had a bit of controversy surrounding it, with many fans claiming that the game improves in certain areas but takes a backward step in others.

For us, the game definitely offers enough content and solid gameplay that it is worth a try over the previous entries. This is primarily because the game is officially licensed and brings with it all the new changes in the 2021 season of MXGP.

There are also three classic tracks that are not currently on the calendar that can be played. This is great for multiplayer, which is where the real fun happens in the game. However, we have to say that MXGP 2021 is a game only enjoyed by a niche audience. As such, finding lobbies can be difficult at certain times of the day.

Monster Energy Supercross 5

The Monster Energy Supercross series is the other big name when it comes to dirt bike games. The only reason we have it after MXGP 2021 is that when it comes to the gameplay, MES5 fails to match up.

In all other aspects, the game is a bit better than its rival. Not only is there more content, but players have a lot of options to change the way they play the game due to the track editor. There is also a compound where players can practice and hone their skills.

The career mode is extremely in-depth, with injuries being something that players need to watch out for. A lot of the race results will depend on whether or not your rider is in the right shape rather than how well you are able to maneuver your dirt bike.

There is a multiplayer mode for up to twelve players. While the developers have done a great job of adding a cohesive e-sport mode, the problem is the same as it was in MXGP 2021: There just aren’t enough players.

GTA V

Although most of us do no realize just how much the world of GTA V has expanded, a brief look at some of our lists will prove just how many genres the game now spans. I mean, the game was on our list for the best golf games on Xbox.

This has been massively helped by GTA online, making sure that there is almost endless replayability in the game. While the modding community on the Xbox is obviously unable to compete with PC, the content provided by Rockstar is enough on its own for the vast majority of players.

Just as you would expect, it is possible to drive all sorts of bikes in the game, including dirt bikes. If you are planning to play online with friends, it is very easy for you to agree upon the rules of a particular race before you start. This way, you can try out all sorts of bikes and terrains in the vast world of the game.

One thing to note here is that GTA V is not a racing simulator. As such, the bikes do not handle in any realistic manner. However, that does mean that you can do some truly amazing stunts like lunging off a ramp and going over a tall building.

Trials Fusion

UBISOFT Entertainment is a studio that is known for creating blockbuster AAA titles to varied success. However, the publisher has also experimented with a lot of indie games. The Trials series is one such endeavor by the company.

At the outset, Trials Fusion seems like a game that would be played on a mobile device. Pretty soon you begin to realize that there is a lot of depth to the game and it would require a lot of mastery before you are able to target some of the harder challenges.

There are elements of platforming here, but the races themselves are quite thrilling. The addition of the eight-player online and four-player local multiplayer is great for playing with friends. However, just remember that online lobbies are a bit hard to find.

The Crew 2

The Crew series has always had a focus on quantity rather than quality. While that doesn’t mean that the racing itself is bad, it is just that there are a lot of games with better gameplay mechanics than The Crew 2.

However, it also means that it is possible for players to play with whatever vehicle they choose. In the second iteration of the game, you can use cars, trucks, SUVs, airplanes, and dirt bikes. In order to conquer the game, you will need to compete in all the disciplines.

If you are a fan of racing and are okay with dirt bikes only being a part of the game, The Crew 2 will whet your appetite. Of course, it is also possible to just race the dirt bikes in the various single player challenges or the eight-player multiplayer mode.

MX vs. ATV Legends

MX and ATV both have their own games on the Xbox, but it is the series that combines them both that has the highest player base. To be honest, all of the games in the series are worth a try, but Legends is generally considered to be the best game in the series.

As you would expect, it is possible to ride both MX and ATV bikes in the game. The main draw of the game is the online play where up to sixteen players can compete. It is easy to find lobbies and some of the players are actually quite good.

The career mode is a bit more hit or miss. You need to slowly upgrade your gear and acquire better sponsorship opportunities as you make your way to the top of the sport. Knowing how to ride both the two-wheelers and the quad bikes will be key to finishing the career mode.

Road Redemption

Road Redemption is the next game on our list of the best Xbox dirt bike games. To be clear, Road Redemption does have most of its races taking place on the road rather than the dirt. That said, this is a game that is at least as extreme as any other game on this list.

For those of you who are older, chances are that you will have played a game called Road Rash at some point. Road Redemption is the same basic concept, where the outcome of the race is not determined only by who is the fastest, but also who is the most ruthless.

As such, you will be racing others who are constantly trying to damage you and your bike, and you will need to do the same if you are to win. There is split-screen multiplayer for up to four players, and online multiplayer for ten.

The one negative thing that we have to say about the game is that the single-player gets boring quite quickly. Although the developers try their best to keep the formula exciting, Road Redemption should primarily be bought for its online play.

Pure

Pure is a quad-bike game that has more in common with Tony Hawk than it does with the ATV series. Although it is a racing game at its core, the focus is more on doing tricks on the bike and performing stunts as opposed to riding as fast as you possibly can.

While it is a single-player only experience, all of the quad bikes are extremely customizable. On top of that, there are over 70 tricks that you can master, although some of them will require a lot of time and effort.

Just remember that the game does look quite outdated. Its visuals and art style scream mid-2000s, and the color grading seems like it was pulled straight out of Need for Speed: Most Wanted. Still, hardcore fans of quad-bike stunts will love what the game has to offer.

MXGP Pro

We began our list of the best dirt bike games for Xbox Series X / S with an MXGP game, and that is how we are ending it.

MXGP Pro is one of the older games in the series, released in the last quarter of 2018. The age of the game is quite clear from the graphics and the relatively small amount of content compared to the 2021 edition.

However, we do think that this is the best MXGP game when it comes to driving the bikes. With updates physics and handling models, MXGP Pro is perhaps as close as you can get to experience what riding a dirt bike is like using a controller. Just remember that finding an online race is near impossible due to the age of the game.

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