List of Monster Jam video games

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Monster Jam is a live motorsport event tour and television show operated by Feld Entertainment.[1] The series is sanctioned under the umbrella of the United States Hot Rod Association (USHRA) and takes place primarily in the United States. Although individual event formats can vary greatly based on the "intermission" entertainment, the main attraction is always the racing and freestyle competitions by monster trucks. Several licensed Monster Jam video games have been made, generally under the Monster Jam brand name.

Ubisoft also created a spin-off series called Monster 4x4, which began with the Monster Jam-licensed Masters of Metal, before branching off into an independent series with three additional sequels that forgo the Monster Jam license in favor of creating a more unique monster truck racing experience.

Games[edit]

Maximum Destruction[edit]

Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction
Monster Jam Maximum Destruction.jpg
PS2 cover art
Developer(s) Inland Productions (PS2, GC)
Unique Development Studios (GBA)
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Windows, PlayStation 2
Release Game Boy Advance
  • NA: March 27, 2002
  • PAL: October 4, 2002
PlayStation 2
  • NA: June 13, 2002
  • PAL: January 31, 2003
Windows
  • NA: December 3, 2002
GameCube
  • NA: November 19, 2002
  • PAL: December 6, 2002
Genre(s) Vehicular combat
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction is a video game of the vehicular combat genre released in 2002 by Unique Development Studios. The game is based on the USHRA Monster Jam series, and features several real life monster trucks including Grave Digger. Although it contains racing-based minigames, the primary focus is on the combat, which includes power-ups and weapons in addition to demolition derby style maneuvers.

Players can choose between Exhibitions, Mini Games and Seasons. Exhibitions are either Death Matches, where the match will only go until there is one truck standing; Cash Grab is where the player collects most of the power ups, with a certain number based on the difficulty played on by the end of three minutes; players can also try to collect the most money for damage (which are considered points) in Points mode with a certain number based on the difficulty by the end of three minutes.

Reception[edit]

Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction
Review scores
PublicationScore
GBAGCPS2
Game Informer6/10[2]N/A6.5/10[3]
GamesMasterN/AN/A28%[4]
GameSpotN/AN/A4.6/10[5]
GameSpy52%[6]N/A1.5/5 stars[7]
GameZone6.7/10[8]N/A4.7/10[9]
IGN5.5/10[10]N/A3.6/10[11]
Nintendo Power3.2/5[12]3.1/5[13]N/A
OPM (UK)N/AN/A3/10[14]
Aggregate scores
GameRankings56%[15]49%[16]52%[17]
Metacritic58/100[18]N/A47/100[19]

The Game Boy Advance version received "mixed" reviews, while the PlayStation 2 version received "generally unfavorable reviews", according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[18][19]

Masters of Metal[edit]

Monster 4x4: Masters of Metal
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PS2 cover art
Developer(s) Ubisoft Barcelona
Inland Productions
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Platform(s) GameCube, PlayStation 2
Release PlayStation 2
  • NA: November 25, 2003
GameCube
  • NA: December 10, 2003
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Monster 4x4: Masters of Metal is a racing video game released in 2003 by Ubisoft. It is licensed by and loosely based on the USHRA Monster Jam series and features many real-life monster trucks, including Grave Digger and Maximum Destruction. Although it is an unofficial sequel to Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction, it forgoes the vehicular combat of the predecessor to focus on arcade-style racing and exaggerated freestyle.

The player's goal is to win as many races in stadiums and off-roads as possible. The player can race in New York, Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas, South California, North California, Nevada, Las Vegas and The Moon (as a bonus level). As long as the player has the most points in the end of the season, the player is the Monster Jam World Finals Racing Champion.

Monster 4x4: Masters of Metal
Review scores
PublicationScore
GCPS2
EGM5/10[20]5/10[20]
Game Informer6.5/10[21]6.5/10[22]
GameSpot5/10[23]5/10[24]
GameZone6/10[25]6.5/10[26]
IGN3.8/10[27]3.8/10[28]
Nintendo Power3.1/5[29]N/A
OPM (US)N/A2.5/5 stars[30]
X-PlayN/A2/5 stars[31]
Aggregate score
Metacritic49/100[32]48/100[33]

The game received "generally unfavorable reviews" on both platforms according to Metacritic.[32][33]

This game eventually became the beginning of a spin-off series that grew apart from the Monster Jam video game franchise and continued with Monster 4x4: World Circuit (see below).

Monster 4x4: World Circuit[edit]

Monster 4x4 World Circuit
Monster 4x4.jpg
Wii cover art
Developer(s) Ubisoft Barcelona
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Platform(s) Wii, Xbox
Release Xbox
  • NA: March 23, 2006
Wii
  • NA: November 19, 2006
  • AU: December 7, 2006
  • EU: December 8, 2006
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer

Monster 4x4: World Circuit is a racing game published by Ubisoft, centering on Monster trucks. It was released in early 2006 on Xbox, and later on Wii as a launch title for the system. It is similar to San Francisco Rush, with huge jumps and vast speed. The game is a sequel to Monster 4x4: Masters of Metal, but lacks the Monster Jam license, becoming part of a more independent spin-off series with its distinct style.

Ubisoft revealed a steering wheel shell for the Wii Remote as an accessory bundled with the game. The peripheral steering wheel, created by Thrustmaster, is controlled by tilting the wheel forward to use nitros and backwards to brake/slow down. Also, when on a ramp, if the player thrusts the shell forward or in any other direction, they will perform a stunt from the ramp. Other games may make use of this peripheral as well when using the same controls.[34]

Monster 4x4: World Circuit
Review scores
PublicationScore
WiiXbox
Eurogamer4/10[35]N/A
Famitsu28/40[36]N/A
GamePro3.25/5[37]N/A
GameSpot4/10[38]4.7/10[39]
GameTrailersN/A6.7/10[40]
GameZone7/10[41]4.7/10[42]
IGN4.8/10[43]4.2/10[44]
Nintendo Power6.5/10[45]N/A
OXM (US)N/A6/10[46]
PALGN4/10[47]N/A
TeamXboxN/A5.8/10[48]
Aggregate score
Metacritic51/100[49]47/100[50]

The Wii version received "mixed" reviews, while the Xbox version received "generally unfavorable reviews", according to Metacritic.[49][50] In Japan, where the Wii version was ported for release on December 21, 2006,[citation needed] Famitsu gave it a score of one seven, one six, one seven, and one eight for a total of 28 out of 40.[36]

Other Monster 4x4 sequels[edit]

Two additional Monster 4x4 sequels followed World Circuit, which were Monster 4x4: Stunt Racer and Monster 4x4 3D. The former was developed by Ubisoft Reflections and was released exclusively on the Wii in 2009,[51] and also came with a dedicated steering wheel accessory that had to be put together. Stunt Racer distinguishes itself from other Monster 4x4 titles with racetracks that are specifically designed such that highly agile movements, such as nitro-powered wall-driving, are necessary to navigate through them. The latter was released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS in 2012 and attempts to take advantage of that system's autostereoscopic 3D visual system for an enhanced racing experience, while being the first game in the series to be available on a handheld game system.

Monster Jam[edit]

Monster Jam
MonsterJam2007Game.jpg
Xbox 360 cover art
Developer(s) Torus Games
Publisher(s) Activision
Platform(s) Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Wii, Windows, Xbox 360
Release
  • NA: November 13, 2007
  • NA: November 21, 2007 (Wii)[52]
  • AU: May 28, 2008
  • EU: May 30, 2008
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer

Monster Jam is a video game of the off-road racing genre by Activision. It is licensed by the USHRA Monster Jam series and features 20 real-life monster trucks, in contrast to Monster 4x4: World Circuit, including Grave Digger and Maximum Destruction. This was the first Monster Jam game to feature stadium drag racing, and to also have cross-country off-road racing in a similar vein to the previous Monster 4x4: Masters of Metal game, as well as freestyle. The game features commentary by Scott Douglas.

The included trucks are: Avenger, Blacksmith, Blue Thunder, Bounty Hunter, Brutus, Bulldozer, Captain's Curse, Destroyer, El Toro Loco, Grave Digger, Grave Digger 25th Anniversary, Iron Outlaw, King Krunch, Maximum Destruction, Monster Mutt, Monster Mutt Dalmatian , Predator, Scarlet Bandit, Team Suzuki, and Pastrana 199.

Original music for the game was composed by Finn Robertson.

Monster Jam
Review scores
PublicationScore
DSPCPS2WiiXbox 360
EurogamerN/AN/AN/AN/A4/10[53]
GamesMasterN/AN/AN/AN/A58%[54]
IGN7/10[55]N/AN/AN/AN/A
OXM (US)N/AN/AN/AN/A4/10[56]
OXM (UK)N/AN/AN/AN/A2/10[57]
PALGNN/AN/AN/A4.5/10[58]N/A
PC FormatN/A54%[59]N/AN/AN/A
PC Gamer (UK)N/A58%[60]N/AN/AN/A
PSM3N/AN/A23%[61]N/AN/A
Aggregate score
Metacritic65/100[62]56/100[63]23/100[64]45/100[65]43/100[66]

The DS and PC versions received "mixed" reviews, while the PlayStation 2, Wii, and Xbox 360 versions received "generally unfavorable reviews", according to Metacritic.[62][63][64][65][66]

Monster Jam: Urban Assault[edit]

Monster Jam: Urban Assault
Monster Jam Urban Assault.jpg
Developer(s) Torus Games
Publisher(s) Activision
Series Monster Jam
Platform(s) PlayStation 2
PlayStation Portable
Wii
Nintendo DS
Release October 28, 2008
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Monster Jam: Urban Assault is a video game based on the popular monster truck series Monster Jam that was released on October 28, 2008, for PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS and Wii. It is the sequel to Monster Jam video game. It is based on the USHRA Monster Jam Monster Trucks series. The game was published by Activision and made by Torus Games.[67]

Players drive monster trucks on the streets of New York and London. The game also includes minigames such as skee ball.[citation needed]

Monster Jam: Path of Destruction[edit]

Monster Jam: Path of Destruction
MonsterJamPOD PS3.jpg
PS3 cover art
Developer(s) Virtuos
Publisher(s) Activision
Platform(s) Wii
Xbox 360
PlayStation 3
Nintendo DS
PlayStation Portable
Release
  • NA: November 9, 2010
Genre(s) Racing
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer

Monster Jam: Path of Destruction is a racing video game based on the USHRA monster truck series that was made by Activision. It was the fourth edition in the series, the previous release being Monster Jam: Urban Assault. Monster Jam: Path of Destruction was released on November 9, 2010 in North America and on November 12 in Europe and the United Kingdom.[68]

The game features 28 licensed Monster Jam trucks. A new feature allows players to customize their own trucks with more than 1,000 parts. The game's multiplayer functions are head-to-head like the previous games.

On July 28, 2010, Activision announced the title of the game is "Monster Jam: Path of Destruction". Dennis Anderson, along with Tom Meents, George Balhan, Lupe Soza and Scott Douglass provided voice overs.

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