Monster Jam Steel Titans – Xbox One Review
On paper driving a monster truck around looks like a really fun thing to do, when you go jumping over huge ramps and performing tricks in massive oversized trucks with wheels bigger than a normal car.
When you get the option to do so in Monster Jam Steel Titans it starts pretty well as you go through the tutorial doing the basics you’ll get the truck doing mostly what you want it to do.
Graphically the game looks fairly enticing with good truck models and the park looks really fun to drive around, as you work through the later stages of the tutorial you get a slight glimpse of the impending issues when you do a 3 lap race on the track.
I put the fact I ended up off course a number of times around the laps that I was still learning to control the truck.
However as you progress through the career mode which is where you are going to spend most of your time you quickly learn that actually there is a flaw to the control of the truck that makes it a little unpredictable going round some of the corners and you will end up veering out of bounds.
Career mode is your standard fare where you will progress through the races and earn upgrades and other vehicles, the other vehicles don’t really seem to affect the handling much and seem a lot more just cosmetic changes.
The issues with the game are pretty disappointing and start early on which is a real shame, the first issue you’ll come across is the long loading times and not just long but quite often too, even on the One X these are annoying at the least.
The next is the aforementioned handling issue, it doesn’t really seem to matter too much how much practice you put into the game there are random quirks to the controls which mean you’ll bounce and suddenly career out of bounds just when you felt you were going to nail a corner, the other issues like this are you will lightly clip a tree or a ramp and end up spinning violently up into the air, which would make a great trick if you could land it.
The most unforgiveable issue however is that the track you learn to drive on is basically the same as all the tracks for the events too, you’ll soon realis as you work through the events that there is just no real variety to the races you just race the same course with a different route.
Overall given this has a fairly hefty price tag albeit not top end at £35 this is not what you would expect to get for your money, the frustrating element of all the issues means that its hard to really get a lot from this game and it just isn’t good value for money.
With thanks to Dead Good Media for the Review Code