Monster Truck Championship was released last year as a much-needed competitor to THQ Nordic’s Monster Jam Steel Titans franchise. Unfortunately, nothing in this game manages to surpass what its main competitor offered. It has less content, has no open world mode and the controls are low-end. It also performed very poorly on the last generation of consoles. The game is now available with a brand new next-gen version for PS5. Let’s see if at least some of these problems have been solved.
First, the obvious: It’s still the same monster truck championship content as in 2020. It’s still the same game that pales in comparison to its big rival THQ Nordic with its uninspiring presentation and career mode. In this respect, nothing has changed. So if you’re looking for a wacky monster truck game (and if you love the sport, you certainly do), Monster Jam Steel Titans is still the way to go. The biggest difference between this brand new version and last year’s is the performance.
Monster Truck Championship didn’t do so well on the Xbox One. The resolution was unworkable, the load times were long, and the handling was frustrating. If there were too many trucks on the screen at any one time, for example. B. at the start of a race the display has changed to a single digit. It also affects the controls and responsiveness of the game. While driving the truck wasn’t that difficult in itself, the terrible chassis made things much more annoying than they should have been.
Good news. Thanks to the immense power of PlayStation 5, this version of Monster Truck Championship offers a much better picture, resolution and performance. The speed is consistently 60 frames per second, no matter how many cars are on the screen, how detailed the background is, or how ridiculous the paint job on your truck is. As you might expect, this makes the game a little more enjoyable because you don’t have to worry about input lag. Unfortunately, unlike DIRT 5 or MXGP 2020, the game does not use DualSense haptic feedback.
I have to warn you that while the PS5 version of Monster Truck Championship looks much better than its previous generation counterpart, it still doesn’t feel like a next-gen game, aside from the almost non-existent loading time. The actives are still a bit ugly and the textures are low quality. It’s still a mediocre last-gen game that uses the ridiculous power of a brand new console to hide some of its ugly scars. For example, the stunt performance is always awkward, and the sound design couldn’t be less exciting than it already is.
The PlayStation 5 version of Monster Truck Championship fixes a number of performance issues found in previous versions, making it the definitive edition of the game. Still, it’s not as interesting as its Monster Jam competitors, as it still disappoints in terms of content and presentation.
Since Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 has just been released and performs much better on the latest and greatest systems, I must unfortunately recommend Monster Jam Steel Titans 2 for the Monster Jam Championship. But there is a good basis for a more competent and meaningful sequel. It works so well with the PS5 version that I’m actually curious to see what Teyon will do with the Monster Truck Championship franchise next.
|It runs consistently at 60 frames per second, and the lighting effects are slightly improved. While this is a marked improvement over the console’s base versions, it’s not very impressive by PlayStation 5 standards.||The execution of tricks still feels too grand, but the overall gameplay has improved with a solid stone frame.|
|That’s something that hasn’t changed at all. The narrator still lacks enthusiasm, the soundtrack is barely audible and the manual seems to prefer to be elsewhere.||While the PS5 version of Monster Truck Championship doesn’t have as much content as its main competitor, it performs better than the base console versions.|
|Last block : 6.5|
Monster Truck Championship is available now on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Switch. Next-gen versions available on PS5 and Xbox Series S/X.
Tested on PS5.
A copy of Monster Truck Championship was provided by the publisher.
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