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ZTGameDomain (Jun 30, 2005)
With the inclusion of weapons like the RailGun and the rocket launcher this is a great game to play with all you monster tuck loving friends and there are tons of trucks to unlock too. My personal favorite truck is the Paddy Wagon, a tricked out 1930's style police truck in monster truck form. With all this and tons more you should definitely buy if you are a TM fan. I'm on my third season and I'm having a blast. You can earn cash to upgrade your truck and you truck will take damage that you must repair or you will see a decrease in the performance of your truck.
Game Vortex (Dec 07, 2002)
I was very much more pleased with the outcome of Monster Jam on PS2 than the previously seen GBA version. It will be interesting to see if this shows up on Gamecube or Xbox with the ability to include 4-Player Multiplayer. Lack of this for PS2 is a real weak spot for the game, since it really lives and dies by the quality of its multiplayer. Quality is fine, but what happened to quantity? I thought 4-Player modes were just about standard for games like this these days. That aside, there is some great rental action and a very solid game for big truck fans out there.
Worth Playing (Jun 28, 2002)
There are also some luke-warm 2-player options, and 15 various mini-games that will allow you to perform jumps over junked-cars and offers up some racing elements. Drudging through the game will ultimately award you with up to 36 new trucks, unique only cosmetically, mind you. Overall, I would recommend that you steer clear of Monster Jam unless you are a hardcore metal-bending monster truck-smashing big-rig fanatic, but even than do not expect a huge amount of lasting appeal.
PSX Nation (Jun 27, 2002)
An enjoyable title that is neither memorable nor longevity. Monster Truck Maximum Destruction is worth your rental time but perhaps not your pocketbook time. Check it out, unlock some new cars, trash some friends and return it after a fun weekend.
Gamers' Temple, The (Jun 21, 2002)
Unless you really, really love monster trucks, the game's poor execution will prevent it from keeping your interest for too long.
Game Chronicles (Jun 30, 2002)
If you like monster trucks and Twisted Metal, and I mean really like, not just took out for a night, teased it for a while, then put it back in the case unfinished. I mean like like you called the next day, then you'll probably enjoy this. Otherwise you'd probably be better served by actually going to a monster truck rally, that is if you don't mind the sticky seats and beer down your back.
GameZone (Jun 23, 2002)
Monster Jam is a good idea that, somewhere along the line, has forgotten what it was really meant to be: a fun and challenging monster truck title. Fans of vehicular destruction will only find disappointment with this title and should invest their hard earned cash on the more superior Twisted Metal: Black.
GameSpot (Jun 14, 2002)
It's easy to see the appeal of monster trucks--there's nothing more visceral than crushing cars and bending metal. Unfortunately, games like Microsoft's Monster Truck Madness series for the PC have done a much better job of representing that raw power than Monster Jam. And with Twisted Metal: Black still widely available in stores, there's little reason to recommend this game to any but those who simply cannot live without collecting everything monster truck.
44 (Jan 31, 2003)
Und ein weiteres Rennspiel abgehakt, das keiner braucht. Wer außer Monster Truck-Fanatikern sollte dieses Spiel länger als 15 Minuten anfassen? Steuerung, Grafik, Sound - alles ist öde. Vom stupiden Spielprinzip und den dümmlichen Gegner ganz zu schweigen, die das Game noch weiter in die Gääähn-Ecke abschieben. Wer auf Auto-Rammen aus ist, sollte zur Destruction Derby-Serie greifen, wer einfach nur Rasen will, ist mit nahezu jedem anderen Spiel besser beraten.
GameSpy (Jun 29, 2002)
Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction fails to deliver in almost every category. Nicely rendered monster trucks and official licenses hardly mask the disastrous elements that ravenously eat away at this game's soul. Fans of the television series are probably considering giving this game a shot because of the namesake.
As you've probably guessed by now, Monster Truck: Maximum Destruction is not that great a game. There are moments while you are playing it where you will be enjoying yourself, but those moments are made few due to the game's many flaws. You wouldn't think it was possible, but Inland studios somehow found a way to make a boring game out of the most destructive trucks in the world. If you are thinking about buying or renting this game don't. Leave this one on the shelf with all the other Twisted Metal wannabes, otherwise you're in for one big disappointment.
Gamer's Pulse (Aug 13, 2002)
While Monster Jam: Maximum Destruction does give players some fun in the start, it seems to wear out a little too quickly. The concept is much similar to the Twisted Metal games; unfortunately it isn’t even close to being as good as that series. The graphics are somewhat outdated for being on the PlayStation 2 and unfortunately the gameplay lacks as well. Hearing the crunching of the monster trucks can be somewhat enjoyable, but even it isn’t up to par with most of the games on the PS2. Suffice to say, MJ is best played as a rental.
IGN (Jun 12, 2002)
A poorly executed example of how to tackle the car combat genre, Monster Jam doesn't deserve your attention regardless of your affinity for the sport or similar interests. Best used as an alternate to torture when countering annoying relatives or bothersome houseguests, you're better left to playing the far superior Twisted Metal: Black than giving this one any type of second thought. Avoid at all costs.