Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame 3

Game review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Engaging dirt bike racer takes the checkered flag.

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

Winning not only takes skill but a willingness to get back up and try again until you get it right.

Positive Role Models & Representations

When they lose a race, on-screen characters are not shown being unsportsmanlike.

Ease of Play

The game uses the same controls as previous installments and other racing games. It has multiple difficulty settings, and includes an optional tutorial race to teach newcomers how to play. But even on the easiest setting, it can be somewhat unforgiving.

Violence

While players do crash, and sometimes violently, there's no blood or gore shown.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Like the races in it, the game is sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, and their name and logo appears throughout.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Videogame 3 is a dirt bike racing game for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. The goal of the game, like all racing titles, is to come in first place in various races, improving your rider's standing in their league. Controls There's no questionable content. Even when a player crashes badly, there's no blood or gore. But there's a lot of advertising for Monster Energy drinks. Players can also make a female rider this time around, as well as male ones.

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What's it about?

Like the previous two installments, MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS: THE OFFICIAL VIDEOGAME 3 doesn't have a story. Instead, it has a career mode in which you play a succession of races with the intention of winning one so they can unlock the next in line. It also has online races where you can take on fellow bikers from around the world. Either way, you're driving a dirt bike on bumpy, jump-filled tracks while thousands of spectators cheer you on. And, presumably, you're riders are drinking Monster Energy Drink along the way.

Is it any good?

With tight controls and numerous options, this is yet another dirt bike racing game that will appeal to fans of the sport and racing games alike. Like previous installments, Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Video Game 3 has you doing multi-lap races on dirt tracks full of jumps, bumps, and hairpin turns. It also boasts a ton of options when it comes to how your bike works, how the races are set up, and even your viewpoint. Same for the races, which include multiple single- and multiplayer events like a large career mode, multi-event championships, and one-off races. It also packs in numerous professional riders, 17 real tracks, and multiple real-life race events. And for those who like to play in the dirt, there's a deep course editor where you can design your own tracks and share them with fellow riders.

For the first time in this series, you can chose to play as a woman or a man, and can join a professional team, with many of the perks that entails. This also adds three new online modes as well as dedicated serves for multiplayer matches to make sure they all work well. It's just too bad the races take forever to load, that the music is terrible (though it can be turned off), and that even on the easiest settings, the competition is still unforgiving. But even with these issues, the tight controls, twisty tracks, and numerous options make Monster Energy Supercross: The Official Video Game 3 an engaging racing game for people who like to get down and dirty.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising in games. This is sponsored by Monster Energy Drink, and their name and logo appears everywhere in this game, but does this seem like an effective method of promoting their product?

  • Every rider in this game wears a helmet, pads, and other safety gear, but why do you think they do that? Does it make you want to wear yours when you go bike riding?

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