McGrath’s previous games have included; Jeremy McGrath Supercross 2000 and Jeremy McGrath Supercross World.
Offroad is, you’ll guess an offroad racing game where you can tear up six tracks across the Netherlands, parts of the USA and Ecuador in various four-wheeled offroad race trucks, Rally Cars, Pro Buggies and Pro – instead of going Motorcross – and try and best McGrath.
For those of you who don’t know who McGrath is, image him if you will, as the Tony Hawk of Motorcross. McGrath is a former Motorcross champion from the 90′s.
The game is currently available on the Xbox 360 Marketplace for 800 points and the PlayStation Network for £9.99.
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad is made up of an Arcade Mode, Championship and Career mode, there’s also multiplayer.
I did feel like I’d seen it all before with Offroad, except for the half dressed women at the starting line, waving flags and adoring crods cheering me on, where they heck where they? Offroad is similar to games like Dirt (again, the girls are where?) or Excite Trucks. Obviously the graphics in Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad are much better than, Excite Trucks, but that’s what I felt I was playing a re-run off. I found the game to easy with not much different between the difficulty settings. You can change the difficult ratings, which will give you a different amount of XP towards vehicle upgrades. Amateur level will grab you 75% XP, Semi Pro 100% and Pro you’ll bag 125%.
I played through all difficulty settings, and didn’t find I was being challenged enough, which frustrated me. I changed gears and selected the Pro level, upgraded my Truck and took to the tracks. Pro provided me with a little challenge here and there. I haven’t managed to beat Jeremy on the Ecuador level, I was eating the rest of the drivers fumes. Other levels, I was finishing between 1st and 2nd every time, and didn’t find the competition anything to reeve my engines at.
It happened to be that every level I tried the Ecuador and Limburg tracks, I was coming last. So maybe I just suck at driving on the snow and through what looks like the dirt track to Jurassic Park, I wonder if I upgraded my handling and brakes if I’ll get pole position?
I was also frustrated at the constancy of McGraths tips and the Monster sponsorship, the game might as well been called: Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad: As sponsored by Monster Energy Drinks. I’d have enjoyed it better if different Monster paint jobs where unlock-able throughout the game.
I also had issues with the scenery. The very last turn of the Limburg track, I slid around the last bend, lost control and hit the snow. While I should have been able to carry on driving, or at least reverse. My truck came to a complete stop. I tried the same race three times, and every time I got the corner wrong, I crashed in the same place and was unable to move. I found this on other levels, getting caught in cactus and some fences. It was only at certain points of the game, but at the same point on the same race.
I didn’t really get any enjoyment out of the multiplayer option. Each time I logged on, only one other driver was available on the PSN. I tried to connect to a game and I was greeted with an error about connecting to the server and was unable to start a game. So 2XL if your reading and still try your hand every now and then at the game, my PSN ID is ChrysaorRahl. Add me and lets race!
Another let down with the multiplayer is you can play on line, but where’s the local split screen option? My ten year old loved this game, and for him it had the right levels of difficulty. But when he wanted to race against me and prove he was the better driver, nope. Sorry son, no multiplayer options here!
I thought that was a real let down. Offroad had a chance to redeem itself somewhat here, and it crashed into the dirt with no room to recover. I’m not a massive fan of Excite Trucks that my son likes to play. But being able to play a game with him has us gaming and bonding a lot. There was no time for it here, and we swapped to playing Blur instead. No one child enjoys watching someone else play.
It’s not Dirt, Blur or Colin McRae, and I did feel like I’d done it all before in previous said games. I’m really saddened this game didn’t live up to the potential it clearly has, I hope 2XL Games can come back from this with another game in the serious and fix some serious lack of judgement …. mainly multiplayer!