Monster Truck Championship is another one of those racing games that prides itself on realistic simulation. But, like Ultra Off-Road 2019: Alaska, realism doesn’t equal fun. I wanted to have fun, but the touchy controls prevented enjoyment.

Events comprise the main gameplay. While I haven’t unlocked Professional and Major League yet, the National League has races/shows where you can compete for free or at the cost of in-game money. You earn in-game money from competing and winning competitions; there are also points earned for unlocking new races/shows, consisting of a race, freestyle, and drag against CPUs. Further, you can customize your truck, hire people to join your crew (which I didn’t notice the effects of other than spending money), and get sponsors that basically give you a task to do in the competitions to earn money.

Getting to the controls, they gave me difficulty, and it was hard getting used to them. The left stick controls the front wheels’ direction, and the right stick controls the back wheels. I did find it easier to navigate after playing the tutorial and generally getting used to it while playing the races. But turning’s very touchy; I found I had to flick the stick to turn around corners gently. During the races, I would consistently turn into walls or other racers. I understand why they made the controls so touchy, as you can do tricks like donut spins, but moving at top speed made it hard to turn carefully.

Monster Truck Championship isn’t the worst or the best racing game I’ve ever played. The frame rate and visuals are good, and the overall presentation and setup are fine. Regardless, whether you are a fan of monster trucks or racing games in general, I would say that it isn’t worth the price of $39.99. I can’t see myself going back to it since the controls are dicey and that the game itself is average and forgettable.