Review: Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame (PlayStation 4)

Race on the official tracks, Daytona included, with the official riders from 250SX and 450SX to experience one of the most spectacular and entertaining racing competition ever!

Pros:

  • Average graphics.
  • 11.29GB Download size.
  • Opening tutorial with a special section for a more in-depth look.
  • Can rewind controls.
  • HDR support.
  • Track creator with tutorials and option to upload and download.
  • Character creator.
  • Autosaves.
  • Singleplayer- Single event, Time attack, Career, Championship.
  • Multiplayer- Quick match, Search, Create match both private and open.
  • Career- Choose from a handful of sponsors, Race in 250 east then west to unlock the final 450 championships. You get to set goals for each race as well as for the season.
  • Race options- Race type, Length, AI, Physics, Joint braking, Rider weight, Transmission, and rewind. Any options you change increase or decrease your rewards.
  • Bike editor allows you to change colors of parts and upgrade/add new parts.
  • Commentator.
  • Earn EXP to level up and unlock new tracks/races/parts.
  • Earn credits in game and use to buy upgrades.
  • Full stats area that is separated from sp and mp.
  • Official sponsors.
  • 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.

Cons:

  • Basic bike and character creator with just a few presets and color choice.
  • Lot of loading screens
  • .Same song on loop in the menu.
  • A slowdown in the menu especially with character movements or juddering to load your selections.
  • Steep learning curve especially with the controls as you need to learn all about bike placement, Driver positioning etc.
  • Constantly uploading and downloading saves/data which slows everything down.
  • Cheeky AI
  • .Feels a bit flat and uninspiring.
  • The atmosphere is just not there with a part-time commentator and flat crowd.
  • Unlocking things is slow.
  • Hit detection is too sensitive.
  • Only allowed off track for 3 seconds.
  • Controls are not that responsive and you really notice it when going airborne.
  • Slow races and very stuttery.
  • Just a constant drone of the engines.

The numbers:
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 5/10
    Sound - 5/10
  • 5/10
    Accessability - 5/10
  • 6/10
    Length - 6/10
  • 6/10
    Fun Factor - 6/10
5.8/10

Summary

Just doesn’t feel like a finished game, I mean so much average from the creators to the menu layout. I wanted a thrilling flat out racing experience but I got a slow and unrewarding stroll. Fans of the genre may get a tiny bit more than new people but even then that’s more a case of getting your monies worth. In summary, this game just lacks any wow factor and is just average.

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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