Motorbike racing has been recreated numerous times by Milestone S.r.l. with titles such as MotoGP and MXGP and their newest game is called Monster Energy Supercross The Official Video Game. The new game faithfully recreates fan favorite riders and sponsors even though the information is only current to 2017 due to the development window.
The Monster Energy Supercross The Official Video Game graphics are beautiful with a deep sense of immersion. Sponsor logos are prevalent throughout and even the menu system utilizes the lime green color of the Monster Energy brand. Tracks themselves are nicely portrayed. It’s easy to distinguish between the dry and wet portions of the track so you know when to slow down and when you can try drifting around the corner. The game features various difficulties so you can compete as either a seasoned racer or a novice. Progressing through the various game modes allows you level up your rider and earn “SX Credits” to purchase and unlock various components from bike handles to new rider helmets.
Monster Energy Supercross The Official Video Game provides several game options for you to progress your rider including a career mode and time trials where it’s you against the clock. You can select to race either the 450cc or 250cc bikes for these modes and play solo or create a series for you and your friends to race for the championship. One additional feature that was added is the inclusion of a Track Editor. These created tracks can be shared and used in single events. Imagine creating a track and then challenging your friends to see who can master the track with the fastest time.
The multiplayer options for me were a mixed bag. There didn’t seem to be a large number of races to join. However, I did appreciate the fact that when you joined a race or created a race you can set the option to vote for not only the track but also the weather used via a poll. It may be a small feature, but I thought it was a nice addition. The downside to multiplayer racing I found is voice chat. There is not a way to turn it off so there is no way to prevent any inappropriate language when racing.
Monster Energy Supercross The Official Video Game Review Final Thoughts:
Monster Energy Supercross The Official Video Game at its core is a fun game and I’d recommend it to any Supercross fans. However, if you own any previous Milestone S.r.l. titles such as MXGP 3, I’m not sure it’s a significant enough upgrade when looking for a general motorcycle racing game. Monster Energy Supercross The Official Video Game standard edition retails for $59.99 and is available on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC and Nintendo Switch (does not include track editor).