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Monster Jam is awesome...
posted by Ekuriox (FORT WORTH, TX) Feb 4, 2009
Member since May 2003
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
In Monster Jam: Urban Assault, there is Several different type of modes to play in. The World Circuit, is basically your campaign mode. You select from a variety of Monster Trucks, that all have different abilities, some accelerate quickly, handle better, have superior air time, and some trucks can take more damage. Once selected a Monster Truck, the campaign begins. You compete in events, that have you doing stunts and also seeing how much eye catching destruction you can preform, earning you points. The points determine you advancing. There is also a Racing mode that sets you in a race against 6 other Monster trucks in a urban area, you will have to test your handling skills on trying to push the others out of the way, to win. The Freestyle allows you to pick a arena to do stunts at, where you have to preform sic stunts and tricks to get more points.
As you top your high score, finishing first in events, you get unlockable content. There is ton of Monster trucks, mini games, arenas, and also small movies of monster trucks to unlock.
The graphics in this game are great. There is structural damage, so you know you didn't make a good landing, when a part of your truck flies off. The truck also gets covered in mud while taking a roll on the ground.
The multiplayer has the same great gameplay, with up to 4 players, a freestyle game, that turns into a destruction derby, is great fun.
Once you get use to the controls, you will not want to turn Monster Jam off.
posted by brandnsmom (PENROSE, CO) Nov 25, 2008
Member since Aug 2008
1 out of 2 gamers (50%) found this review helpful
posted by broadwaystevie (Lincoln, IL) Apr 30, 2013
Member since Oct 2012
monster jam is car crushing awesome
posted by trex6504 (HAZLE TOWNSHIP, PA) Mar 15, 2011
Member since Jan 2011
posted by wlmaul (LANCASTER, PA) Jun 10, 2010
Member since Apr 2010
posted by ctan1625 (BURLINGTON, OK) Feb 28, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
My 6 year old LOVES this game!!!!!
posted by Montanagir (HAVRE, MT) Aug 6, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
Definitely worth renting...we ended up buying it!
Mini games are fun, but not much else.
posted by WiiView (CONROE, TX) Jun 19, 2009
Member since Jun 2009
Normally I like destructive games where you get to drive around freely destroying everything in your path. However, this game is a little simple and doesn't provide enough challenge or real-life effects to make it interesting enough to keep.
The trucks you start off with and the additional trucks seem to have no advantage to them other than their body paint.
I'm sure gamers with better driving skills will be able to progress further, but for the average player, it is a daunting task.
The graphics are OK. The sound effects get repeated quite often which after a while gets annoying.
All-in-all, it's a fun game to rent, but I wouldn't want to keep it.
Not that good
posted by JDigitty (BLYTHE, CA) Mar 29, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
My two-year-old son enjoyed it, but he also enjoys picking his nose :|'
posted by GHBBsDAD (SHERMAN, IL) Feb 3, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
Great Weekend Rental.
posted by VegasRiv (LAS VEGAS, NV) Jan 28, 2009
Member since Mar 2008
The game looks nice, not a lot of lag even at top speeds with other trucks at your side.
The racing part is super easy on normal mode, but quite difficult on pro as the opponents are basically on a rail, they don't mess up and they boost the entire race.
It feels like I've driven these tracks though they remind me of the game flatout. Also reminding me of flatout is the monster jump part of this game where the object is to destroy a lot of stuff on your way down the ramp to a huge jump where, you fly though the air toward what looks like a giant skee-ball target. Novel at first, but boring fast.
Long story short, play till you unlock the trucks then return.
P.S. The very last truck can only be unlocked by playing on multiplayer with a full grid,
I.E. You need to have 4 wiimotes and use them at once in a multiplayer game.
Monster Gyp: Arena Insult.
posted by cephjedi (POINT OF ROCKS, MD) Jan 22, 2009
Member since Aug 2007
Instead, there are but two elements in the gameplay- Arena racing and a spectacle match. In the spectacle match, you drive around an arena populated by numerous jumps and obstacles wrecking everything and anything you can. Points are awarded for chaining together stunts and tricks, which are easy to do just by wagging the Wiimote randomly. Once you've gotten accustomed to the controls, it's not difficult to beat your competitor. The gameplay is amusing, but driving around and smashing things quickly succumbs to mediocrity, quicker still because of the INANE repetitiveness of the commentator.
Sadly, the arena spectacle is great when compared to the racing matches, where you are pitted against a computer opponent on tracks suited more for motocross bikes than 6 ton trucks. These tracks, also encased in the cramped arena setting, snake through inconceivable hairpins and switchbacks while simultaneously forcing you over jumps and through piles of vehicles. Thing is, all the trucks available handle like a bloated cow, yet they bounce wildly off jumps and obstacles like super balls. Just navigating the tracks is an exercise in exasperation, but trying to beat your physics-enhanced AI opponent is frustrating enough to stick the disc right back in the envelope and send it back to GameFly. You will find the only strategy that works is to ignore the track and make a beeline for the finish line. Excite truck, one of the first titles for the Wii is 10 times what this game just tries to be.
I'm not into this "Assault"
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Jan 16, 2009
Member since Jan 2008
Smashing into objects and demolishing cars is the best part of Monster Jam: Urban Assault. There's always some joy in seeing massive destruction - in this case major damage done by monster trucks.
But the game has to involve racing, and monster trucks aren't known for their handling - unless you're the AI in this game. In that case, handling's no problem.
The controls don't feel right to me; making a simple turn is a tedious task, and some tracks have tight paths that's hard to maneuver through. Many times my truck would bounce off the walls, and I lose valuable time straightening out.
Making things worse are the jumps on all tracks. For some reason after launching into a jump, your truck does a forward flip. Half the time I end up on my roof and have to wait for my truck to flip onto its wheels or for the game to reset my position.
Again, the AI doesn't have this problem; every jump they make is a perfect jump.
If all this game was about was smashing things, then I say get it. But the faulty controls and the terrible jumps make this a tough sell.
Unless you're a big time monster truck fan, you can skip Monster Jam: Urban Assault