Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad Review, A Big Disappointment for Racing Fans
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad fails on many levels.
Jeremy McGrath is a famous motocross champion, has decided to take his skills from his Offroad trials, and put them to the test in his own racing video game.But even with his name in front of the title Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad fails on many levels.
Most of your time in the game will be spent in the career mode. And when I mean most of your time I mean about 2 hours if even that. There are twenty-three races spanning four vehicle classes. Aside from a rudimentary vehicle upgrade system, consisting of four stats instead of vehicle parts, the only thing to keep you busy is going from race to race as you make your way through the ladder. Periodically you’ll be told you’ve completed a class and be given a new type of vehicle.
Your progression from race to race will make the upgrade system worthless. By the time you have enough points to upgrade your car to the next tier, you are already on the new set of cars to drive. But don’t worry, there is no need to upgrade anyway because the game is extremely easy. Even on the hardest difficulty I found myself way ahead of my opponents and I hadn’t even upgraded my vehicle once.
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad is just a bad game.
The driving in Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad also has a great deal of problems, most notably is the camera. Every time I would turn or take a vehicle off a jump, it always felt like I had to fight the camera to see where I was going next. This made the game at times very frustrating to play.
The second prime problem in the game was the vehicles themselves. Sure there might be four different classes but they all felt the same except the speed. I’m no expert, but I’m pretty sure a rally car handles very differently from an Offroad truck, just a guess. Each class was faster than the previous but that’s about all the variety you’re going to find. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be racing the same tiny handful of tracks for the duration, and this isn’t just the same environments, the tracks are the same each time.
You can compete in eight-player online races but you won’t find many people to play with, in fact you might have a difficult time even finding one person to join your lobby. Other than being online, these races are the same as the single player career so if you’re not bored with that yet, you can play with up to eight other people.
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad is a bad game. The game is short and doesn’t really feel like a racing game. It feels as if the developer didn’t have time to create a complete experience. They just put something together because they had a deadline, and the quality of the title suffers from it.