Monster Jam: Path of Destruction

Common Sense Media says

Challenging stunt driving with lots of crunched cars.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The focus here is controlled carnage. Drivers are encouraged to smash and drive over other vehicles, creating mayhem inside the racing venue. The more dangerous the stunt, the more points are scored. 

Positive role models

The game's primary character is an announcer who hounds the player for not being destructive enough or for not performing enough outrageous tricks. He will also laud the driver when he or she succeeds in carrying off destructive stunts.

Ease of play

The controls come with a bit of a learning curve. On the consoles, there are different controls for the front and rear tires that affect turning radius, and knowing when to hit the nitro boost is essential in recovering from awkward takeoffs and landings. The PS3 version comes with a plastic attachment that snaps over the controller and looks like a steering wheel, but it basically just gets in the way and does not actually steer the trucks -- it is just something to hold on to.

Violence

Monster Jam: Path of Destruction encourages players to use monster trucks to smash through and run over objects. Players can destroy motor-homes, buses, and cars. The sound of metal being crunched comes through loud and clear. Aside from certain point-loss scenarios, crashes carry no consequences. There are no injured characters. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Aside from encouraging the destruction of other vehicles, the language is not offensive.

Consumerism

Some trucks sport advertisement decals. An early vehicle has the Air Force logo stamped on it. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Monster Jam: Path of Destruction is a game about performing stunts using monster trucks. Players crash through objects and race around tight corners with high jumps while causing destruction to the environments. A second controller will be needed for two-player competition on the same machine (on consoles). The controls can be a bit tricky and younger players may find that it takes time to learn how to turn their truck's front and rear wheels. 

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What's it about?

In MONSTER JAM: PATH OF DESTRUCTION, players embark on a career in the single-player mode that begins in lower-profile events and leads up to the World Finals. In split-screen multiplayer, two players can compete in head-to-head competitions to score points by performing stunts or racing around tracks in the quickest time. The game features eight real-world venues, 32 racing events, and 24 freestyle events (which involve stunts). Players can level up to unlock more vehicles and customization parts.

Is it any good?

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Monster Jam: Path of Destruction's controls can be tough to learn; younger players may find success evasive. The game sports solid graphics -- including realistic tracks and vehicles -- and the sound effects accompanying each event create a nice ambience. However, the bottom line is that there is simply not a lot of racing diversity here. There are plenty of events, but they begin to feel a bit redundant after a couple of levels. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the difference between driving in a game and in a real-world setting. Why are games that involve performing dangerous stunts often fun and appealing?

  • Families can also discuss how signs on vehicles and within stadiums are often tools used by advertisers.

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PSP, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$19.99-39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:November 23, 2010
Genre:Racing
ESRB rating:E for Mild Violence (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 3, PSP, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 10 years old October 1, 2013
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2
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The best MonsterTruck game ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is a very good game i think theres a little bit of violence because you crush cars but i think kids above age 2 or 3 can play that. Beside its a very good game
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 15 years old Written byMichael Ryan Metzger May 12, 2015
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Monster Jam is fun, hard, and thrilling. A blast for all ages.

Monster Jam: Path of destruction is a roudy, fun, bash-and-smash stunt game that is based on real life show. The players job is to select a certain monster truck, or create one, and use it to preform spectacle stunts and races in stadiums all over the U.S.A. There is no violence, but, the character can use the trucks to crush, smash, and drive over opsticals, such as old cars, motor homes, houses, and jump over bridges. Although, no characters in the game are injured and it has blood-free contents. The features no swearing or sexual content as well. The whole point is becoming a champion and delivering fun, rushed monster mayhem to the world. Kids, teens, and adults will love the game.
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