Jeremy McGrath's Offroad Review
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Jeremy McGrath's Offroad Box Art
System: PS3, Xbox 360*
Dev: 2XL Games
Pub: Reverb Publishing, D3 Publisher
Release: June 26, 2012
Players: 1-8 Online Multiplayer
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

It's worth mentioning the graphics of Jeremy McGrath's Offroad. The game runs at 60FPS at 1080p with 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound. For a downloadable indie title, this is exceptional. Unfortunately, all the game is actually rendering is dirt and cars, so there's a limit to how much the graphics actually enhance the experience. Still, the game is one of the best-looking downloadable racing titles on the market, and it easily competes with other AAA releases.

Jeremy McGrath's Offroad Screenshot

The game's biggest fault is its lack of replay value. Since career mode is so barebones and arcade mode is almost identical, the only real draw to the game is the multiplayer races which, as I said before, can become unbalanced quickly. Since you essentially unlock everything in the game by playing through career mode once, there's nothing much else to gain from multiplayer. The game doesn't have a lot of staying power, growing repetitive rather quickly and lacking depth after career mode ends. You can blow through career mode in an hour or two, which doesn't help the game's shelf life either.

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Overall, Jeremy McGrath's Offroad manages to set itself apart from other racing games out there through its use of an interesting racing engine and a host of interesting RPG elements. Unfortunately, these high points are brought down by a barebones presentation and lack of game modes. However, for its ten-dollar budget price tag, Offroad certainly managed to keep me entertained for a few afternoons of racing fun.

By
Angelo M. D'Argenio
Contributing Writer
Date: July 2, 2012

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.10
Graphics
If there's one area in which this game excels, it's in the graphics department.
3.7
Control
The controls aren't bad; they're just a bit too complicated for newbies.
2.1
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The music doesn't play during races and your co-driver's voice is incredibly annoying. It would have been nice to actually hear Jeremy McGrath.
1.9
Play Value
It's fun for a few afternoons, but it gets repetitive quickly.
3.5
Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Retail Graphics and Presentation at a Digital Price: With a crisp, full 1080p HD presentation and 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound, all delivered at a buttery smooth 60 FPS, Jeremy McGrath's Offroad offers a level of audio and video immersion typical of AAA racing titles but at a fraction of the price.
  • Upgrade Your Rig: More than just an arcade racer, Jeremy McGrath's Offroad features some deep RPG elements as well with four categories of vehicular upgrades and an experience-based leveling system. Take names on the course to improve your rig to fit your exact needs and driving style!
  • Prove Your Prowess: Take the race to your friends with up to eight other racers online—secure bragging rights with real-time statistics tracking and deep online leaderboards.
  • Dynamic Environments: Environmental obstacles, such as breakable fences, falling trees, massive rock slides, and more, you'll have to be quick with your thumbs to avoid disaster on the tracks.
  • Name Recognition: Featuring arguably the sport's most well-known champion, Jeremy McGrath's Offroad is the definitive offroad title and the only game featuring seven-time Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath.
  • Official Licenses: Put the pedal to the metal with fully-licensed vehicles, including rally cars, spotsman VW buggies, trophy trucks, and more!


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