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Monster Energy Supercross 2: The Official Videogame

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun realistic racer can annoy with challenging controls.

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Positive Messages

Winning takes determination as well as practice. Driving carefully is important, but so is being willing to take risks within that safety net.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Players need to practice, and be willing to keep trying when they fail. Skills must be improved if players are going to progress. Gamers take on the role of themselves, and try to become the best racer in the world.

Ease of Play

While the game uses similar controls as other racing games, they are realistic and unforgiving. The tracks are also slippery, which may be frustrating for those looking for something more manageable.

Violence

While players do crash, they're not shown being injured or killed, and there's no bloodshed or images of limbs being broken.

Sex
Language

"S--t" occasionally found in song lyrics.

Consumerism

Game is made in conjunction with Monster Energy Drink, and signs throughout display their name and logo, as well as those of other companies.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monster Energy Supercross 2: The Official Videogame is a dirt bike racing game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and Windows PCs. Aside from an occasional "s--t" in the lyrics of a song, this game has no inappropriate content. But it does have a lot of corporate content, since -- like real supercross events -- there are ads plastered all over the track. The game's also made in conjunction with a company that makes energy drinks, and their name and logo is present throughout the entire experience.

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What's it about?

Like most racing games, MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS 2: THE OFFICIAL VIDEOGAME doesn't have a story. Instead, it has a career mode where you race in a succession of dirt bike racing events on lumpy, jump-filled dirt tracks inside arenas. The better you do in a race, the more events you unlock to compete in to advance your career. Players will be able to advance through multiple motorcross classes, acquire numerous bikes, and test their skills across a variety of tracks.

Is it any good?

While supercross fans looking for a realistic simulation will be overjoyed, those who'd prefer a more forgiving experience may be disappointed by this dirt bike racing game. Like its predecessors, Monster Energy Supercross 2: The Official Videogame has you racing dirt bikes in multi-lap races on tracks that are lumpy, curvy, slippery, and even a little jumpy. Playable both solo or online with multiple kinds of bikes, it boasts numerous modes, such as "Career," "Championship," and "Time Attack," among others. It also presents them with the kind of depth and realism required of a simulation. Supercross 2 packs an even deeper advanced track editor than its predecessor, a compound you can explore at your whim, and more customization options for your bike and rider. 

Unfortunately, if you're not interested in a supercross simulation, well, you're out of luck. This racer includes options to adjust the physics and the control of your bike, employing assists as you see fit. But unlike similar mechanics in the Forza games, the ones included here never make races as forgiving, and thus as much fun, as an arcade or arcade-adjacent racing game. That means casual fans will find this more frustrating than fun. If you can put aside the unforgiving controls, there's fun to be had here. By giving players even more ways to customize your bike to their preferred specs, and allowing them to make and share their own tracks, serious supercross fans will get a rush out of Monster Energy Supercross 2: The Official Videogame.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about corporate sponsorship in games. Monster Energy Supercross 2: The Official Videogame is made in conjunction with Monster Energy Drink, and there are numerous logos for them and other companies throughout, but does all this advertising bother you, or does it just make you thirsty?

  • Like real supercross riders, the ones in Monster Energy Supercross 2: The Official Videogame wear helmets and pads, so what does this say about riding dirt bikes? Does it make you remember to wear your helmet and pads when you go bike riding?

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