Jeremy McGrath's Offroad
So the folks reverb, sent over an Xbox Live
Arcade code for us to check out Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad. I really have
to say, I have to get into the mindset most times to play a racing
game…Oh wow! Look they are turning Left! What will happen next…oh wow
they are turning left again!
Don’t get me wrong;
there are a couple of racing games that get me into them with the thrill
of the race. So I was happy to get that feeling of literally scotching
up on the edge of my seat as I went hell bent on winning my first race
in this game. Jeremy McGrath’s Off-road gave me that adrenalin rush
feeling that is so much fun to get when you really get into a game.
For an arcade title it
does it’s best to deliver some higher end gaming fun. It delivers too.
If you walk into this knowing it is only an arcade titles, then you
won’t be disappointed, in fact you may be pleasantly surprised. If you
are coming into it, looking for massive amounts of content, then you
have come to the wrong place. The game for being an Xbox Live Arcade and
PSN release has a lot to offer. Just not enough to be a Five Star
title…and that’s ok, it’s not trying to be. Let me break some of it
Jeremy McGrath's Offroad
gives players a chance to get their racing on with a lot of off road
dirt tracks, jumps and dips and oh yes, and a few different classes of
There is a career mode
giving players the chance to race for the Pro2 Championship within the
Lucas Off Road Series. Starting out with a racing buggy, there are
chances to upgrade as you go into Rally Cars and Pro lite trucks.
Leveling up is easy in this game; the game is very player friendly.
During a race players can earn experience no matter what their standing,
even dead last…the cool thing is they get experience for jumps, passing
other vehicles and other cool race moves. The experience converts to
points, of which then can be used to upgrade different aspects of a
vehicle. The main focus being Handling, Speed, Acceleration and Braking.
Once you are done taking
on the AI opponents you can get your friends into a race and test your
skills against them. The game keeps track of statistics and also has
The environments are
surprisingly pleasant, with a slight blur to distant objects and running
at a full 1080p I rather like the look. Some of the environment is
interactive, players can go into a skid and smash through fencing, there
is the danger of falling rocks and lots of dips and turns and jumps on
It would be great to see
some more tracks for the title, maybe as DLC or even more cars, but as
the game stands it’s a very solid Xbox Arcade title. The only thing I
did find a tad annoying was Jeremy McGrath’s helpful hints and advice.
Now it’s cool and all to have the ace driver give you advice. But it
sounds like he called it in over a phone, maybe it is meant to simulate
him talking over a radio into your headset of your race helmet, but heh.
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad is ideal for those that want the big ticket
racing experience, without the huge racing game price.
Have fun, play games