Monster Jam: Path of Destruction

Game review by
Michael Lafferty, Common Sense Media
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Challenging stunt driving with lots of crunched cars.

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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 & Representations

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
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

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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Kid, 10 years old October 1, 2013

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... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byMichael Ryan Metzger May 12, 2015

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 truc... Continue reading

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.

Game details

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