Developer: Milestone S.r.l.
Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X (Reviewed) |S
Gene(s): Racing, Simulation, Sports
Publisher: Milestone S.r.l.
Monster Energy Supercross 4 is the latest outing and the official video game for Supercross. This Supercross game is a realistic fast-paced and mayhem filled motorbike game that is full of ups and downs with the occasional spill too. It has been brought beautifully to the consoles and Windows platform.
I’m not a huge fan of Supercross and I don’t understand the intricacies of the sport but I love realistic driving simulators. Supercross 4 takes the motorcycle to indoor race tracks with life-like graphics and fantastic gameplay. It must be noted that even if you aren’t clued into Supercross there are lots here for the casual observer of Supercross. If you are aware of Supercross, the game has licences and all the current riders. I wouldn’t dodge this game due to a lack of knowledge of Supercross.
The game itself is an indoor motorbike simulator that takes place across a series of tracks. There are several types of gameplay from career mode, single-player mode and time attack. The career mode is geared towards players who want to build up a rider from scratch and compete in championships. The single-player in general is geared towards gamers who want to have quicker races in either a standalone format or in a championship format. Whichever format you choose, the game is wonderfully rendered and there are tons of tracks and gameplay mechanics to master.
The gameplay is a motorbike simulator geared towards the indoor Supercross tracks which involve lots of jumps and sharp turns. Controls and the movement of the riders and their vehicles have an immersive feel, the tracks are varied with each requiring a different race line and approach. Some tracks show the spectacular height riders can reach while racing it. The addition of a replay game mechanic is useful when you are learning the ropes, the ability to replay three sections within a race reduces the difficulty. While the controls are simple and intuitive, the game will take some time to master and become a component racer. You will encounter other riders and spills as you get to grips with the game. The environments and tracks provide the variety required to keep your attention. As this is a Supercross game, the majority of tracks are indoors and they can look similar at times but the action-packed gameplay more than offsets this.
The game does look superb, it feels and plays smoothly too. There is a learning curve in terms of figuring out controls, race lines, jumps and tracks. There is a rich career mode where you can create your character and pit your wits against the best racers in the world. There are also multiplayer options which I only scratched the surface of but a nice inclusion. The gameplay is solid but challenging and there are numerous motorbikes, tweaks and game modes to keep you occupied. I like the ability to jump into an event with the qualification process and play against 21 other riders. If you want to jump in and play, you can do that or you can play the game as it would be in real life through the career mode for instance. It’s a high adrenaline and action-packed Supercross simulator that is fun to play but difficult to master. If you are a fan of racing games this is well worth a spin.