Monster Jam Urban Assault
|a game by||Torus Games Pty. Ltd.|
|Platforms:||PSP, Playstation 2|
|Editor Rating:||6/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.5/10 - 4 votes|
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|See also:||Racing Games, Monster Jam Series|
Monster trucks are always an exciting thing to see, and in the United States, it is pretty much a national sport. Monster Jam is one of the most popular event tours of this style, and since it is also considered motorsport, so of course it had to have its very own video game. Now, Monster Jam: Urban Assault was released around the same time as Monster Jam, another game of the same sport, however, the latter one was also released for PC and Xbox 360. But let's talk about Monster Jam: Urban Assault right now to see just how good it is.
Not just another car game
From the beginning, it is clear that even though we'll be driving cars in this game, this is no Need For Speed game. Even if you've never seen the real-life event, as soon as you look at one of these trucks, you can tell they're not just meant for fast races. In Monster Jam: Urban Assault, destruction is the key, the more is destroyed, the better. And if you had to reduce the core mechanics and theme of this game it would be just that.
Big time destruction
Monster Jam: Urban Assault is structured in four different game modes. It includes a World Series mode, where we'll have to compete in different circuits and subdivisions as we progress. To win a circuit you'll have to beat the rival trucks by destroying more stuff and doing more acrobats so you end up with more points.
There’s also speed mode, that’s more like an average race mode but with monster trucks. Of course, that when you’re driving a monster truck there has to be some destruction. There’s a nitro bar, and to fill it up once you run out you’ll have to get some mayhem done. And you’ll really need the nitro if you want to win any race.
Devastator mode is probably the main mode of this particular game, and that's where the urban part of the title finally comes into play. As you probably guessed already, in this mode you'll unlock urban circuits and tracks to destroy them. You'll have to mess up buildings, other cars, and pretty much everything you can.
You'll unlock more locations by getting more damage costs accumulated on each one. And last but not least there is the acrobat mode where the main thing is to do some sick tricks, the cooler the tricks the more points you get and that's it.
Monster Jam Urban Assault has a lot of issues when it comes to variety, as most game modes feel similar. It does have a lot of content to unlock, and that really helps to make it last more. There's good replayability, especially while you're still unlocking content. The visuals are just not there, the animations are basic to say the best and the scenery looks dead. The key element in this game is the destruction element, and it just looks awful here, so it is hard to save from that. There are fun game mechanics, and a lot of content to unlock, but the lack of variety in gameplay and the visuals are hard to get over.
- A lot of content
- Fun to play
- Action everywhere
- Bad visuals
- Basic mechanics
- Unsatisfying destruction