Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Video Game Review 5

Have you ever found yourself playing a motocross video game and thinking, “That’s fine, but I wish these races were in a nice, warm stadium, so I’m not so cold when I’m broke both ankles falling off a motorbike at 110 km/h. ‘? Well, if so, not only are you a very niche audience, but you’re in luck because Milestone has the game for you. Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Video Game 5 has been launched and dirt bike fans around the world are wondering two things: is it any good? And is it possible to say a title so long after having knocked out your front teeth on your handlebars?

For the uninitiated, it might seem strange that Milestone is releasing another motocross racing game just a few months after the release of the very enjoyable MXGP 2021. However, Supercross, while a lot like Motocross on the surface, is a different beast. Not only do the races take place in arenas or stadiums, but the tracks are shorter and narrower, requiring much more precise handling of the bike and creating many more opportunities for collisions and pile-ups. The faster pace of Supercross, combined with the beer and hot dog appeal of racing in a stadium with friends, led to Supercross becoming the younger but more capable sibling of Motocross. So how do these differences translate to the gaming world?

The most immediate difference between Monster Energy Supercross 5 (henceforth known as MES5) is how the larger budget granted by a more profitable sport has clearly had a positive impact on the game. MES5 seems to have no only improved everything that the 2021 MXGP lacked, but went beyond its predecessor (Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Video Game 4, if you were wondering), adding many features and improvements that even a racing giant like Gran Turismo 7 doesn’t include. There’s a brilliant, in-depth tutorial mode to introduce newcomers to hands-on techniques like whips and scrubs, as well as theory lessons to help you get used to the rules and strategies of a Supercross race.

The game’s career mode is pretty much what you’d expect from this type of racing game; join a team, race as hard as possible for your sponsor, earn skill points to develop your character and money to buy new bikes and equipment. The progression is nice and the inclusion of the new Rider Shape System adds a new layer of depth that I didn’t realize I wanted until now. After each race, if your runner has sustained injuries, you have the opportunity to participate in a training session, designed to help heal broken bones and improve your runners’ overall fitness. Surprisingly, this is not done by a visit to the doctor, but rather by a Tony Hawk style of free roaming level where you are given a series of tasks to complete, such as performing a backflip or collecting the SHAPE letters within a time limit. It turns what could have been a button on a menu into a really enjoyable interactive experience and adds a light-hearted silliness that many games lack these days. Now we just need the big head mode and I’ll be happy.

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The race itself is a smooth and enjoyable affair. Controlling your bike can feel tedious at first on smaller tracks, and it only takes one small mistake to completely lose your rhythm, leaving you to drive slowly over jumps, rather than soaring through the air like Evel Knievel. Rhythm is really the name of the game here too; sometimes MES5 feels more like a rhythm action game than a runner. Careful throttle and brake control, small adjustments to your steering here and there, shifting your rider’s weight with the right thumbstick, friction as you’re about to leave the ground – all of these skills come together to achieve an incredibly satisfying race.

Once you master the controls and learn the track layout, you’ll soon be in a state of flux. Being able to maneuver your bike perfectly on the track, lap after lap, becomes an obsession. Supercross races are time-limited rather than lap-limited, and you’ll find yourself constantly trying to beat your best time on the previous lap; staying one step ahead of your rivals will be the least of your worries. It’s the length of Supercross’s short-scale laps that might turn some people off, though; even in the shortest race, which lasts around five minutes, it’s possible to achieve double-digit lap counts, and that doesn’t count qualifying sessions, which means that if you’re not someone ‘one who likes to repeat the same course, try to continuously improve with each lap, you may find Supercross races too repetitive and maybe even a bit boring.

If getting AI opponents to eat Texas dirt isn’t your idea of ​​a fun time, you might be pleased to hear that MES5 comes with online multiplayer, split screen modes, a track editor, time trials and a free roam mode that can be enjoyed alone or with friends. There really is a lot of content here, and for the more hardcore Supercross fans, Milestone has decided to include a selection of 2-stroke bikes and Ricky Carmichael is on hand to act as a mentor at Futures Academy. It really does feel like Milestone has realistically packed everything it could into MES5, which, given the rudimentary nature of some of their previous titles, is great to see.

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It’s hard to say if the game will win over someone who isn’t already a fan of the sport, but if you’re willing to give it a try, Milestone has gone out of its way to welcome you with open arms; unless you’re packing a free motorcycle with the game, that’s about all you can ask them.

If you’re a fan of the sport, however, you’re going to find a game that does a fantastic job of recreating the action you’d want from a Supercross race, with tons of content, great controls, and most importantly, exactly the kind of crunchy heavy metal guitar background music I said MXGP 2021 needed when I reviewed this (I know you’re looking at me, Milestone.)

If you were born to steer at breakneck speed, you should give Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 a try.

Monster Energy Supercross – Official Video Game 5 is on the Xbox Store

Have you ever found yourself playing a motocross video game and thinking, “That’s fine, but I wish these races were in a nice, warm stadium, so I’m not so cold when I’m broke both ankles falling off a motorbike at 110 km/h. ‘? Well, if so, not only are you a very niche audience, but you’re in luck because Milestone has the game for you. Monster Energy Supercross – Official Video Game 5 has been released and dirt bike fans everywhere are wondering two things: is it any good? And is it possible to say a…

Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Video Game Review 5

Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Video Game Review 5

2022-03-29

Oliver Swanswood





Benefits:

  • Lots of content
  • Authentic recreation of the sport
  • Very beginner-friendly

The inconvenients:

  • Might be too repetitive for some
  • The character creator is not very impressive
  • No online championship modes

Information:

  • Many thanks for the free copy of the game, go to – Milestone Games
  • Formats – Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, PS4, PS5
  • Reviewed version – Xbox Series X
  • Release date – March 17, 2022
  • Introductory price from – £59.99


TXH-score



4/5

Benefits:

  • Lots of content
  • Authentic recreation of the sport
  • Very beginner-friendly

The inconvenients:

  • Might be too repetitive for some
  • The character creator is not very impressive
  • No online championship modes

Information:

  • Many thanks for the free copy of the game, go to – Milestone Games
  • Formats – Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PC, PS4, PS5
  • Reviewed version – Xbox Series X
  • Release date – March 17, 2022
  • Introductory price from – £59.99

User rating:
5
( 1 votes)

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