A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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.