My husband is a big fan of video games. When I was recently given the chance to review “Jeremy McGrath’s OffRoad” for the PS3, I figured it would be great for him to try out and write the review. Here’s what he had to say…
When my wife asked if I wanted to try this game out I could not say no. I love racing games! While I mainly play road racing games, off road games are fun too. The graphics were good; it is 60 frames per second and is in 1080p. My TV is only 480p and it still looked good to me.
There are three gameplay options: arcade, career, and online. I played the arcade and career modes. In Arcade mode, you can pick the vechicle and track. In Career mode, you start with the Sport Buggy and the beginners track, moving up as you win races and progress to the trophy.
There are three levels of difficulty to choose from: Amateur, Semi-Pro and Pro. On top of each being progressivly more difficult you also gain more XP points on each setting. On Amateur, I was able to beat the game within 3-4 hours of game play. If you are familiar with racing games and play them often, you could probably start with the semi-pro or maybe even pro level.
The tracks are nice and well thoughout with each progressing in difficulty and length. They range from desert to jungle to snow conditions. On the tracks you will encounter a variety of curves: S, long, and medium curves, as well as hairpins, crests(jumps) and dips. I also found it nice that you can actually run through fences. This gives it more of a realistic feel. If you drive off the track and are in the grassy area the vehicle slows down which gives also makes it more life-like. Tracks also have obstacles that can be turned off or on which range from bales of hay to rocks to snow balls, depending on the track.
There are 5 vehicle types to choose from; Sport Buggy,ProLite Truck,Pro Buggie,Rally Car and Trophy Truck. In career mode you progress through these until you reach Trophy Trucks. With each vehicle you can choose how it’s setup for the race, the predefined setups are Very Fast,Soft Suspention or Fast,slippery Tires or Average Speed,Sticky Tires. Once you choose a vehicle category you can then choose a vehicle from that category. All vehicles from that category as the same speed and handling attributes you are just really choosing the look of the vehicle.
During gameplay you gain XP points which help you upgrade your vehicle. You can upgrade the handling, top speed, acceleration and brakes. To gain XP points you can win races, perform long jump, pass opponents, power slide and more.
Overall the game is fun to play with good graphics and easy controls. If you are a racing, particularly offroad racing, video game fan, then you will probably enjoy playing Jeremy McGrath’s OffRoad.
Disclosure: I was given a free code to download this game on my PlayStation 3. All opinions are 100% mine and not swayed by outside sources.