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Gameplay 6.5
Graphics 7.5
Sound 7.5
Value 5.9
Distributor: THQ
Classification:
 PG
Reviewer:
Eddie Millarion

6.5


Monster Jam

Monster Trucks are an international phenomenon and this time it's up to Wii gamers to experience this outlandish extreme sports. Featuring a variety of "Monster" trucks of all different shapes and sizes, Monster Jam will allow players to engage in a variety of different gameplay modes as they drive over cars, fly through the air and race their way to victory in this "big" truck racing title on the Wii.

The game of Monster Jam also boasts the "official" Monster Jam license which means all the vehicles and tracks in the game are similar to their real-world counterparts that means fans of the series can now experience their own Monster Truck madness as they attempt to appease the crowd and win a victory for their team.

In its essence, Monster Jam is your traditional racing title, however instead of cars, gamers have access to a variety of different monster trucks (20 to be exact) that include the Grave Digger, Monster Mutt and Bounty Hunter to name a few. Although the title does contain your traditional races, you can even compete in other gameplay modes that include stadium races, freestyle competitions, outdoor circuits and some instant action races to get you into the spirit of the title.

The gameplay is quite non-linear due to the fact you can race a variety of different trucks and also race on 9 different stadiums that are all quite different. For instance, you can race in a ski resort or even through an airport graveyard which is quite entertaining because the developers have ensured that the tracks are littered with destructible objects from gas stations to school buses as you attempt to race, bump and win your way to victory.

The races in the title are the winner of the game due to their high speed nature and destruction but unfortunately the freestyle aspect of the title which is a "Free for all" but the maneuvers are difficult to pull off which makes for some frustrating gameplay.

However, the challenge of Monster Jam is winning the World Finals which is a feat in itself.  The two player aspect of the title is fun as both of you are trying valiantly to control these giant trucks and does make you think that this is a strange game indeed.

The control system of Monster Jam on Wii is quite difficult to master and feels quite unresponsive with most of the vehicles in the game. Even though the title uses the innovative Wii control system, it fails to give the gamer a sturdy game engine such as Mario Karts or Speed Racer. Although trucks should not handle as cars, the fun level is knocked down due to the control system of the game.

Graphically, the title is visually impressive on the Wii with detailed gaming stadium designs to the star of the game, the trucks themselves which perform quite well for these huge off-road beasts. The title also contains variety amounts of detail such as dirt and tyre marks which all interact with the gaming environment.

The lighting and special effects in the title are quite decent and match that with immersive soundtrack and a plethora of sound effects and one could be mistaken in thinking that they are a Monster Truck event.

In conclusion, Monster Jam is quite a difficult racing game that novice players may be weary of, however if you are after a game that requires more skill than Mario Kart, then you may want to check out this game but be warned, even though I have been playing the Wii since its release in Australia, the control system unfortunately leaves a lot to be desired.






 
 



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