For fans of getting down and muddy on a host of powerful horsepower hungry bikes the Monster Energy Supercross series will be no stranger to them. Now on its fifth …yes FIFTH! … instalment of the series, the real question has to be: can the yearly series model raise the bar in the innovation stakes enough, to bring fans to part with their money… again? Well Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 is by far the most polished offering to date, running at a buttery smooth fps and there are more riders, bikes, kit and levels of customization than ever before. So fans will get a real kick from Italian developers Milestone getting the most from the official license. This is a huge plus after last year’s so-so offering which was flat and lifeless in ways, as well as having its sights well and truly set on the hardcore fans, which was a bit of a turn off if you’re just a weekend mud warrior.
Racing is the core of Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 and in a lot of ways is very much the same as past games. Though instead of reinventing the wheel, Milestone have tweaked and tuned what was there and have taken some of the edges off things, making it overall a more welcoming package. As there are now a number of settings to help you find your feet and, if we are being fair, last year’s game was very much on the brutal scale of things, and these settings offer a helping hand thanks to a number of new assist options. On top of that there is also a very robust new tutorial mode called Futures Academy, but you’ll need to hunt it out as it’s found in its own menu. This is a bit of an oversight in ways, however the mode will teach you the ropes and core ideas of racing with a little help from motocross legend Ricky Carmichael, and he will help guide you through the skills you’ll need.
Career mode in Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 has been tweaked to now link and tie-in a lot of elements from the past games to deliver a more streamlined affair. Though it’s still not on the level of career modes seen in other racers like F1 or WRC, and just lacks a level of real depth that you would expect as many things like upgrades and the like are handled in an overly simplistic way. Away from the career there are a lot of returning modes like the Compound, which now serves a purpose; as well as the track editor, where once again you can create and then share your dream mud bowls with the community.
Milestone have moved things on a little bit since last year’s game, but it’s more about refinement this time and delivering a firm foundation to hopefully build on. Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 is another solid instalment that tweaks just enough to make it worth picking up for diehard fans, but it is a far more welcoming title to newcomers looking for a muddy good weekend.
An Xbox review copy of Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 was provided by Milestone’s PR team, and the game is out now on PC, PlayStation and Xbox for around £40 depending on platform.