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Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame
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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame is an arcade-style racing game that's mostly safe for all ages. While there's no blood or gore when you crash, or spoken dialogue concerns, created rider names aren't censored, and there's also a sticker you can get with the word "hell" on it. Like real Supercross events, there are corporate logos on nearly every surface, including, obviously, ones for Monster Energy drink.
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What's it about?
As a racing game, MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS: THE OFFICIAL VIDEOGAME doesn't have a story. Instead, it has a career mode where you have to win a succession of races, as well as online modes in which you race against other people. Regardless of who your competition is, though, you're still riding a dirt bike over bumpy tracks in multi-lap races that take place inside arenas while thousands cheer you on. The game's controls are more forgiving and intuitive than more realistic motorcycle racing games, although you can increase the difficulty if you choose. Plus, if you're a budding designer, the game also includes an easy-to-use track editor, so you can set up your own crazy courses.
Is it any good?
While this dirt bike racing game has tight, forgiving controls and plenty of options, it also has some annoying issues that keep it from the winner's circle. Like real Supercross events, Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame has you driving a stripped-down all-terrain motorcycle on jump-filled dirt tracks in multi-lap events. Your objective? Get over the finish line first, of course. Good thing this game has intuitive, arcade-like controls, since your competition aren't inclined to go easy on you. It also has much of the depth of a more realistic sim, though it's all laid out in a way that's easy for non-Supercross fans to understand.
The thing is, as fun as this racing game may be, it's sometimes undermined by what would seem to be easily fixed problems. First, there are times when the physics are too unrealistic, such as when you make such an impossibly long jump that you go flying off the track. It also doesn't help that the sound your bike makes when you're in mid-air is a lot like the one a game console emits when it hits a game-breaking bug and seizes up. Which may be realistic, but it's also annoying and a little unnerving. But if you can deal with occasionally flying through the air like Superman, and that aggravating sound effect, you'll have a speedy good time with Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about corporate sponsorship. Numerous logos appear throughout Monster Energy Supercross, including many for Monster Energy drink. Why do you think this is? Are you getting thirsty?
Talk about motorcycle safety. Every rider in this game wears a helmet and numerous pads. Does it make you want to wear yours when you go bike riding?
Discuss being a good sport. Riders are visibly upset when they lose a race, but they don't throw their helmet or curse loudly. Do you think this behavior is acceptable? What's the best way to behave after losing a game?
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