Welcome to our Monster Energy Supercross 3 review. The official game of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, Supercross 3 has a lot to live up to.
Monster Energy Supercross 3 is the official game of the 2019 Monster Energy AMA season and features 100 riders from both the 250SX and 450SX categories. For the very first time in the series, players are able to join the official teams of the championship in the game’s career mode.
- Monster Energy Supercross 3
- Platforms: PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PC
- Reviewed On: PlayStation 4
- Developer: Milestone
- Publisher: Milestone
- Multiplayer: 2 -12 Players Online
- Available: 4th February 2020
- Price: £49.99 (U.K) £59.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 3 (U.K) E (U.S)
- Review Code Provided
Essentially trying to simulate the real event in as close of a way as possible, Monster Energy Supercross 3 is a game that requires a bit of skill as you work your way through each track battling for that podium finish. You’ll need to think like a real rider and ensure the right mix of the throttle, brake, and weight distribution, especially if you don’t want to be slowly flying through the air as 10 other riders glide on past you. It’s tricky to master at first but with the help of the in-game settings, even amateurs like myself can get on through easily.
Even on the game’s easiest mode, it can be very easy to mess things up, from corners to landings, it’s not a real challenge to end up kissing the dirt. Thankfully there’s a rewind feature that allows you to rewind time and fix your costly mistakes. There is a bonus of extra credit for not using rewinds, but if you’re like me, you’ll probably not see much of the bonus credit.
Keeping things as realistic as possible, the game’s A.I can be a reason for a lot of mishaps, especially at the start of races where it becomes a mad struggle to get through the crowd without eating dirt and getting ridden over by the idiot that pushed you down in the first place.
If you want things tougher you can make things a bit more realistic with the game’s ”Realistic’ mode” which takes away all the automatic aids and forces you to fight for yourself. These aids include things like semi-automatic weight distribution and gear changes.
At the very start, the game does ask if you’d like to take tutorials, and my advice would be to definitely take them, especially if this is your first time playing a Supercross game. If you click no and regret it (like I did), you’ll still be able to access the tutorials from the game’s main menu.
As you start the career mode you’ll be asked to create your rider, who can be either female or male and will be your avatar throughout the career. He or she can be customized with different protective gear from plenty of officially licensed brands.
Monster Energy Supercross 3’s career mode is fairly straight forward and sees you working through the 250SX and 450SX classes. You simply work your way through events and try to earn an objective set by your team or sponsor. To try and keep things from going stale, every now and again you’ll be invited to attend an optional exhibition race on a compound track. Other than the competitive races and exhibition races there’s not really much else going on.
If you want the proper Supercross experience, the game has a setting that allows you to go through all events within the main event. So you’ll everything right from the initial qualifier to the main race. If you don’t fancy doing all of that you can use the setting which sees you doing just to the main race.
Outside of the career events, there are a few other things to try, such as the Compound area that allows you to set up races on predetermined tracks. You can play these on your own if you really want to and just ride around unrestricted and without worry.
There are several officially licensed brands of bikes in the game, with names such as Suzuki, KTM, and Honda amongst them. Each bike looks true to its real-life counterpart and depending on your current team/sponsor you can sometimes customize your bike to improve it both in terms of appearance, and performance-wise.
Graphically the game is a mixed bag with some things good and some things bad. On the good side of things are the effects such as the way mud splatters on them and their clothing blows around in the wind or just how detailed each of the officially licensed arenas is. On the bad side of things are things such as grainy graphics and some graphical stuttering in places as I noticed on my original model PS4.
There’s no denying that Monster Energy Supercross 3 is a fun game that can offer players hours of fun and madness. Tricky to master, it feels rewarding every time you cross the line first and even more so when you satisfy the bonus criteria of a contract. Plenty of bikes and 15 officially licensed arenas really give fans something to enjoy.
That concludes our Monster Energy Supercross 3 review. To purchase the game on PS4 check out the links below.