This is why I like to rent before buying. The kids loved this game and wanted to keep it. They enjoyed the different types of monster trucks and skills used during the game. I played it with them and found myself enjoying as well.
This game is fun at first but the replay value just isn't there to warrant a purchase unless you are a die hard fan of monster trucks. 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.
posted by cephjedi (POINT OF ROCKS, MD) Jan 22, 2009
Member since Aug 2007
Being a fan of the `90s PC game Monster Truck Madness, I had high hopes for this game. Unfortunately those hopes were characteristically dashed by disappointing design and gameplay. As the title insinuates, the game's premise revolves around unleashing the chaos of gigantic, powerful 4x4 vehicles rampaging through unwitting city environments... Oh, wait a second, I'm sorry, it actually has nothing to do with that.
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.