Monster Jam XBox 360 Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Gameplay 7.0
Graphics 7.0
Sound 7.0
Value 7.0
Distributor: Activision
Review Date:
June 2008
Reviewer:
Michael Smith

7.0


Monster Jam

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 system. 


 

Features:

  • 20 of the biggest names in monster trucks: Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction, Monster Mutt, Blue Thunder, Bounty Hunter and more

  • Authentic Monster Jam action – Compete in 9 different stadiums on the Monster Jam tour as you compete in stadium racing, stadium circuit and stadium freestyle competitions.

  • It's like driving the real thing – Use 4 wheel steering to make hairpin turns and perform stunts such as crazy donuts. Put the pedal to the metal with turbo boost to catch massive air and accelerate past competition or through objects

  • Race your truck outdoors – Take your truck out of the stadium and battle to the finish line on 12 outdoor circuit tracks. Race on unique tracks such as an airport graveyard, a shipyard docks, a construction zone, and a ski resort

  • Destroy your environment – Each race track and freestyle event has a wide variety of fully destructible objects and obstacles including school buses, gas stations, construction trailers, luxury yachts, loaded semi-trailers and much more

  • Destroy your monster truck – Rip off the hood, tear the body off of the chassis, lose your tires, blow your engine and more

  • Monster Jam World Finals – Qualify for the world finals in Las Vegas where you will need to beat the best to become the Monster Jam world champion

  • Multiplayer – Crush your competition on split screen multiplayer

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 unfortunately missing. 

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.  

Graphically the 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.  

In conclusion, 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 of them.






 
 



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