Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 4 Review (Steam)

Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 4 Review (Steam)

Make your way along the path that will lead you to success. A new career mode will put your abilities to the test in order to bring out the champion inside you! Learn new riding abilities in the ”Future” category; refine them and obtain new sponsors in the ”Rookie” category. Become a real ”Pro” by taking your riding style to the limit and challenging the toughest adversaries in the 450SX class.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 16.33GB Download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Full controller support.
  • Graphics-fullscreen, resolution, v-sync, anti-aliasing, frame rate cap, overall quality, resolution scale, anisotropic filtering, shadows, texture detail, reflections, ambient occlusion, depth of field, motion blur, bloom, lens flare, particle effects, and weather effects.
  • Character creator-name, surname, nickname, number, country, head, and celebration emote.
  • Six bike manufacturers-KTM, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda, Husqvarna, and Suzuki.
  • Optional tutorial ride.
  • HDR support.
  • Bike racing gameplay.
  • Race rewind feature to undo mistakes. You get a set amount of uses and no matter how much you use, the timer empties. You can fill it back up by doing flips, scrubs, and whips.
  • Perfect start bonus. Start a race correctly and get a quick start pull away.
  • Full ragdoll physics.
  • Official sponsors.
  • An authentic race experience.
  • Four drivers views-First person, Close, Far, and visor view.
  • Driver weight/body can be moved to increase grip or spins etc.
  • Can perform actions like drifts, Wheelies, Jumps, and scrubs.
  • Decent sound work.
  • Out of bounds counter that instantly resets you onto the track.
  • Rider profile-stats breakdown overall and individually for single and multiplayer.
  • Track editor-tutorials, new and edit track options. In-depth editor allowing you to place objects quickly and easily, test track and upload it and share.
  • Decent loading times.
  • Online multiplayer-lobbies list, public lobby creation, private lobby creation, and race director.
  • Single player-career, event, championship, and compound.
  • The compound is where you can free drive a course without rules or a finish line.
  • Events-single event or time attack.
  • Championships-official or custom.
  • Can rebind controls for both keyboard and the controller.
  • Five difficulties-very easy, easy, medium, hard and realistic.
  • Race options- physics (assisted/advanced), joint brakes (on/off), rider weight (semi automatic/manual), transmission (semi automatic/manual), rewind (on/off) and flow aid (on/off).
  • Career race sessions-one shot, semi-pro, and the real thing options.
  • Career training mode-take on special events and earn unique customizable rewards.
  • Career mode-earn skill points, level up, and compete in championships.
  • Bike setup-front/rear preload sliders, front/rear spring sliders, front/rear compression damping sliders, front/rear extension damping sliders and gear ratio (short/medium/long).

Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 4 Review (Steam)

Cons:

  • Had the game revert back to using HDR (which I don’t have) and no way to turn it off in the menu.
  • Feels just like the old game.
  • Short out-of-bound timers.
  • Controls feel too light and floaty.
  • Ai is really good even on very easy.
  • Not aimed at introducing or helping new players.
  • No dirt tech! I mean the mud is just a texture and doesn’t react or even move.

Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame 4 Review (Steam)

  • 6/10
    Graphics - 6/10
  • 5/10
    Sound - 5/10
  • 6/10
    Accessibility - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 5/10
    Fun Factor - 5/10
5.6/10

Summary

I have left this series alone for a few iterations as I thought it needed time to establish itself, improve and adapt to make a compelling game. Well, several entries and a new console generation later, and little has changed. I found it to still be the uncomfortable bike riding game it was all those years ago. For me it just never even feels like a game, it’s not fun to play, the modes are stale with little innovation or desire to play them, I mean who wants to do challenges for some new gloves? Anyway, it’s just never moved forward from the last game and I had to check frequently that I hadn’t accidentally booted up the last game. OK, I struggle to play it as the controls are more accustomed to someone trying to Skateboard on ice rather than ride a bike over mud, it’s floaty, disruptive, and not good at all. Add in that the game would periodically put HDR on (I don’t have HDR) and it would warp the graphics and give me eye strain with the only fix being rebooting the game. The modes as said are uneventful and it all just felt flat and uninspiring. I would bet even die-hard fans of the sport would be disappointed in this year’s entry. It’s not worth your time and if you’ve bought one of these games before then you have already played this one!

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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