After a variety of
extraordinary racing games on the XBox 360, Monster Jam smashes its
way onto the console which allows gamers to sit behind the wheel of
Monster Trucks as they smash, race and blast their way to victory.
Monster Jam is also the official licensed product of this extreme
sport and unfortunately fails to deliver a truly unique racing
experience due to the dated graphics engine and simplistic control
The game offers
the gamer one of 20 different Monster Trucks to race with a plethora
of different and some exciting tracks and as you progress through
the game. Although the title
contains some quick games, most gamers will attempt to play the
Series’ and World Finals as they collect points for completing
stunts and smashing their way through a variety of obstacles. In its
essence, the game does sound quite entertaining but something was
Once you have
completed the single-player mode, the title also offers an off-line
multiplayer mode of up to four players at once which may cause some
fights among friends as they attempt to smash their way to victory.
It’s actually quite funny as we enjoyed this element more than the
single-player due to the control system of the title.
With this in mind,
the control system
of Monster Jam is simplistic at best and is actually a little clunky
when driving these huge mechanical beasts. Most of
the time you’ll just be using your accelerate and your boost but at
the end of the day it is rather un-inspirational.
Even though the
control system is quite simplistic, the handling of these trucks are
also very clunky and it seems like the developers have attempted to
add more realism than arcade, which the later would have been
better. Ironically, there is no speedo for your trucks which means,
a lot of the time, you are guestimating on how fast you are going
which hampers the enjoyment factor.
title looks like an XBox game, rather than an XBox 360 with blocky
graphics and uninspiring environments. The monster trucks look
decent, the majority of them do, however the textures look quite
dated. The audio is also on par with the graphics with repetitive
music and average sound effects.
Monster Jam is a very dated title on the XBox 360 that does not
offer the world of racing much in terms of originality and should
have been released several years ago as opposed today. It’s a shame
as there are not too many racing games available that do not take
themselves seriously but are enjoyable and this could have been one