Jump on your bike, and take on some high-stake supercross action in the fifth installment of the Monster Energy Supercross franchise! Check our Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 review!
The road to fame has never been more exciting! Get in the boots of the greatest SX legends with all the official tracks, all the riders, and all the bikes of the Monster Energy Supercross 2021 Season, including the 450SX, 250 East, and 250 West roster. The next champion could be you!
From Milestone and Feld Entertainment comes this year’s version of the popular Monster Energy Supercross experience, in which you’ll be able to play solo or in online multiplayer. As the game begins, you’ll create your avatar from the available choices. Configuring the different avatar options is okay, but the character faces are almost all very awkward. It’s great to include a character configuration option, but since most of the time you’ll follow your character in third person mode, plus he has a helmet all the time, I am questioning the necessity to customize it.
Once your character customization is complete, you’ll be able to select which type of motorcycle you want to ride. The vehicles are very realistic from world-leading brands, so this is going to be a fun part of your time with this game. As for the races, they take place at indoor supercross stadiums from recognizable locations all around the world. The tracks are once again very realistic, thanks to the Unreal Engine powering this game. As you race, you’ll have to jump over small hills, take on sharp turns, and do your best to be the first at the finish line.
The game controls are very technical, and I recommend beginning with the tutorial, titled the Future Academy, so that you can learn all of the basic manoeuvers and tricks needed to effectively play this game. The controls here aren’t arcade at all, and the first few races will feel unfair until you’ve mastered the controls. Monster Energy Supercross went with a realistic approach, so you’ll definitively have to get used to the controls in order to get to the end of the races. Once the tutorial is over, you’ll be offered to play in Easy, Normal, or Hard Mode, with even more realistic AI, thus leaving no room for error. After this selection, you can change the game difficulty at any time, which is great since you will definitively get better as you progress.
Once you’ve finished with the tutorial, you’ll be able to play any of the different modes offered in this game. The most obvious one is a Career Mode where you’ll be slowly building your fame worldwide through events. You can also play a single event for a quick play, play online against other players (active PS+ subscription required), open the track editor to create your own stadiums, connect with the community tracks to play ones made by other players. Speaking of which, playing other people’s tracks is as easy as selecting their track in the list and pressing play. After a few seconds to download, you’ll be able to test drive it right away.
The DualSense controls on the PlayStation 5 are also very well implemented, and I loved how when you accelerate using the R2 button, there’s some resistance as if you were racing on a real bike to make it to the finish line before your opponents. The controller vibrates in tune with the motor, changing its intensity depending on how much you’re pushing your bike and how you ride around the track. As for the audio settings, there are built-in Home Theater optimizations, and the soundtrack itself is great, with a lot of tracks with an electric guitar focus.
The trophy list is impressive and contains 50 trophies in total, which means you can aim to get a new Platinum trophy. The list includes 42 Bronze trophies, 5 Silver trophies, and 3 Gold trophies. Several are unlocked by progressing through the game, while others will require you to upgrade your vehicle and win plenty of races. It won’t be an easy Platinum run given the more challenging realistic controls for this game, but it will certainly be a fun experience.
Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 on the PlayStation 5 is a visually impressive moto racing simulator built on the Unreal Engine. It has very technical controls and a lot of content to keep you hooked for a while. I was impressed by the stadium locations and the racing tracks. You’ll also never forget you’re playing a Monster Energy game, as the logo is literally on every scene. Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 is out on PlayStation 5 at a $59.99 price.
This Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame 5 review is based on a PlayStation copy provided by Milestone.