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I have to admit that upon first downloading Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad, I was excited to play it for what it is; a off road racing game! I am an avid gamer with a old passion for this genera of games that has sadly dwindled in recent years to me becoming mostly a FPS (first person shooter) nut. The game play was pretty much what you can expect from almost any driving game, mash the accelerator and go! I was able to compete on all levels, even the “pro” mode with ease. I do admit that this left me wanting more of a challenge. If you are a novice gamer, the “pro” mode may take some gearing up to get used to. I wish that the tracks were a bit more expansive in letting you go off course a bit. I am the type that likes to “do my own thing” every once in a while just to have fun with the game.
Graphics for the game are smooth and run at about 60 fps on Xbox. From the start you will be welcomed by McGrath himself. He also provides tips for you in the loading screen (I promptly found the setting for this and turned it off (thank’s for giving us the option for that!)). Next, you will go through to the game’s menus where you can pick your vehicle of choice, and smash off road onto the dirt in 20 or more career races, or hop online and take on up to seven racers through multiplayer racing. However, one thing to note is that I had several difficulties finding matches for online play, and the ones that I did find were mostly lacking, sometimes only having one other racer to compete against. The controls are what you would expect from a game of this caliber, smooth and familiar. You can do things like adjust your tilt to score a better landing, or give yourself a clutch boost in corners to avoid losing speed.
There are only three race types, and with the the lack of of game modes, a few additional ones like elimination or checkpoint type races would’ve boosted replay value. Once you hit the dirt so to speak, it is a fairly straight forward one to three laps of “race to the finish” with a whole slew of stunning environments with everything from trees and shrubs, to fences and signs for you to plow your way through. Naturally each course boasts several jumps; some of the which almost left a pit in my stomach. Awesome! Other track highlights like planes flying over your head, as well as falling rocks to dodge, add a bit of challenge and fun into the mix.
Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad sells for 800 MS Points, the equivalent of about $10. The best features are the smooth frame rate, stunning graphics and good controls, it is honestly the most fun I’ve had with a driving/racing game in ages. I recommend giving Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad a run through. Let us know in the comments if you enjoyed it as much as I did!
You can find Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad here on the Xbox 360 Marketplace.
One of the things I have come to learn is that in an effort to raise more awareness, McGrath will be donating his portion of the download profits from his new video game, Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad , released just a few weeks ago, to Bethematch.org. Those wishing to support the cause and get a great game, can download a copy on Xbox®LIVE Arcade for the Xbox 360® or from the PlayStation®Network.
Here is a quote from the game developers:
In Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad, players race four-wheeled 800 horsepower off road race trucks with tons of options including a host of tracks, single-player and multiplayer modes as well as a wide loadout of vehicle classes including Rally Cars, Pro Buggies, and Trophylite Trucks, all in crispy 1080p, 60 frames per second presentation. With multiplayer support for eight racers and a full career mode, Jeremy McGrath’s Offroad will be the title for racing fans who want to get down and dirty on the track!
- 2XL Games
- Racing & Flying
- Dolby Digital
- Online multiplayer 2 – 8
- Content downloads
This product was sent to me for review by the PR firm or company, no monetary compensation was received. All thoughts and opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.