On the plus side, the strange draw-in problems that originally plagued this title are nowhere to be seen, and the environments do look and feel a bit cleaner. The goofy multiplayer mini-games are back, with the giant truck equivalent of soccer being the best of the bunch. But once the thin novelty factor wears off you're left with a twenty race world circuit and a decidedly ho-hum multiplayer experience. Oversized vehicles should be loud, powerful, and exciting; here, they can't get the needle past quiet, weak, and dull.
Few people will accuse Monster 4x4 World Circuit of being a good game, but it's been dressed up enough that it at least crawls out of the sub-mediocre sewer. Still, the improvements offered hardly make it worth the doubled asking price over the Xbox version, and we doubt the plastic steering wheel is responsible for an extra twenty bucks. Even if you're a monster truck freak desperate for some lukewarm dirt-churning, make sure you try before you buy.