When you think of the photo editor you say, well meh. That is, if capturing carnage isn't your thing.<br />
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
When you think of the photo editor you say, well meh. That is, if capturing carnage isn't your thing.
Yes, I AM reviewing the photo editor. And no, I AM NOT going into intricate detail about what sort of crashes and on-purpose boost explosions I have done in WRECKREATION mode just to get a good shot of the driver flailing his arms about or a midair beauty shot of the ogle-able scenery behind my ugly, crumpled monster truck.
I'm just gonna give you a link to what the Photo editor is all about.
Now isn't that the kinda thing you wanna show people?
You're racing through a lush jungle paradise in a racing truck. A biker swerves out of a hidden route, into your path. You smash into the biker, launching him into the air...*PAUSE* Lets see here, photo editor.
Rotate, around in front of the flying biker. Zoom out.
Perfect. SNAP! Share to PSN and continue the race.
First of all, who has the split-second reaction time to pause at that very moment? That's why I failed at getting a good shot of the driver flailing his arms about or a good midair beauty shot of the ogle-able scenery behind my ugly, crumpled monster truck!
Second, You are only allowed to share your pictures on PSN, not save to HDD.
Now, I'm not saying the photo editor is bad, coz' it isn't.
The detail in the pictures is amazing, and I mean amazing. And I like the ability to take an HD photo at any moment of the race.
P.S. The rating is for the photo editor, not the entire game.
P.P.S. I don't remember if it actually is called the photo editor.
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
Motorstorm: PR does a lot of things right. Its got amazing graphics, beautiful sights, exciting tracks with fantastic jumps and lots of different routes to take and discover. It has a decent number of different vehicles for each class, with nice colors and models. It even has a few very cool driver skins to unlock and choose from. There´s a nice variety in the vehicle classes, with bikes, atv´s and even monster trucks! Oh yeah! And the soundtrack is pretty cool and when you´re at high speed, the sound of the motors and the music blasting and you´re on a tropical island jumping over an abyss, lava everywhere, other drivers next to you blowing up and auto parts flying everywhere, oh man its awesome.
Then the game shows its ugly face. Well I guess it depends the kind of gamer you are. Some people love an almost impossible challenge. If you do, this game is for you. To enjoy this you have to be borderline masochist to be honest.
The AI in MS does not want to win the race. No sir. The AI in this game just wants to kill you, destroy you, annihilate you and break your soul. This is the most brutal, unforgiving, unfair game I have ever played on any genre. Everything is against you. You cant get away from the AI. You see, its called rubberband. They´re always there. You can race a perfect race, don't crash, take the best route and... still lose. You cannot shake the AI vehicles. They will always catch up to you no matter what. Not only that but they will do whatever they can to take you out. Its as aggressive as a racing AI gets. If you´re fighting for first place against another car they will throw themselves off a cliff just to take you out too. Everything is against you. Sometimes your vehicle will crash for no apparent reason after a jump or a turn because there was some small rock or something on the track. The vehicle in front of you will make anything to stop you and delay you while the other AI vehicles pass him without trouble. You´re the star of this show. Its like you killed the AI´s dog, had sex with his sister and foreclosed on his mortgage and left him homeless. That´s how much they hate you. You cannot chose what vehicle to use on the races from the game´s main mode, "The Festival". You´re usually give a choice between two classes and usually the AI will be in either stronger or faster vehicles than you. The house always wins! Most of the races end up being about luck more than skill. The best strategy is to take the first lap, without any rush, then by the middle of the second lap try to get up to the top four, while saving your boost and at the end of the race using that boost to pass the others and win the race. All while trying to escape the AI´s attempts to crush you. There´s just no point in trying to get ahead too soon, because the rubberband AI will always be there, right behind you. When you look online for help in a racing game and the main strategy given by "the experts" is to drive slow without boost, because then the AI will also be slower, well then something is very wrong with that racing game.
It hurts me to say this because I desperately wanted to love MPR but when I win a race in some of the later stages of the festival I feel more that ive been lucky than that i´ve raced well, and that´s a fatal flaw in any game. After a while frustration takes over fun and that´s why i´ll probably never play another Motorstorm game. They´re just not for me. If this flaw doesn't bother you though, then this is an exciting, beautiful game and you should totally get it. Its worth it if you just love that extra challenge. Me? Sayonara. This lunatic is out!
A off-road racing game with breath-taking tracks and brutal competition that is really fun yet somewhat frustrating.
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Grows on you"
Let me first state that I have never played a dirt-racing game before this one. That said, I do enjoy arcade racing games. Everything from Pod-racing to Burnout games to Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.
Therefore, after playing some demos of various off-road racing games, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift seemed to be a good fit with my preference of racing games. A more arcade, insane, boosting, insane crashes, wonderful, breath-taking tracks with some pretty pimped out off-road vehicles. What could go wrong?
For the most part, I was right. There is a whole lot done right in this game. The tracks are gorgeous and interesting. The variety between the beautiful, lush forest, the run-down abandoned remains of civilization, the breath-taking sunset beaches are all wonderful to look at. The routes themselves are amazing, track memorization is sometimes difficult due to the numerous options on routes, short-cuts and your route of preference might need to change based on what vehicle you choose.
The boosting works well and you have to use it strategically due to the over-heating (much like Star Wars Episode I: Racer). Thankfully driving through a puddle or in rain helps cool it off faster than normal. The vehicles all handle differently and some are better suited for running people over and others are better suited for dodging through the forest.
However, for all these wonderful elements, there are a few drawbacks. For one, the courses don't really change. It doesn't take more than a few hours to see all the tracks this game has to offer. It simple throws the same track(s) at you in various modes, festival (race), time-race and elimination. I think sometimes the tracks are thrown at you backwards, which is a nice touch, but I'm not 100% sure on that. Another frustration is the vehicles: they handle ok. Aside from the really small vehicles, the other vehicles don't turn and feel like you're racing a tank on steroids with a rocket strapped to the top. Sure, the feeling of insane speed is there, but it can be a pain in the rear to try to do even the simplest turns, making you jam the control stick in what direction while slamming on the brakes hoping that God allows you to turn and not ram into said tree, rock or building corner.
Another discouraging thing is the limitation of vehicle choice. While there are a number of vehicles in the game, not all are available to race each race. Making it difficult to track which races you have used which vehicle to accomplish certain trophies, this limitation makes you feel restricted and forced into using vehicles you might not feel are up to the challenge. Which, is another thing, the vehicles are never going to get better than they are when you start. You earn new driver and vehicle "packs" when you win a new rank level, but that only allows you to change how you look and what the vehicles look like, not how they drive. It seems you never are allowed to modify the vehicles with any real consequences to how they handle or how fast they are. This is simply one more disappointing thing about MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. This means you are simply racing to get different looking vehicles and tracks with different objectives (elimination, etc). This makes the pay-off for beating that one course and getting the gold medal less enticing.
That being said, if you can learn and adjust to handling of the vehicles, the unforgiving courses, the limited choices and the lack of pay-off, there is A LOT to be enjoyed here. Who hasn't wanted to take a dirt bike or a monster truck for an intense truly off-road race? While the game has flaws, the idea of off-road racing is a simple pleasure and is executed well here which makes for some very exciting races.
A Brutal Racing Game
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Grows on you"
Good: Detailed Tracks, Clever AI, Vehicles are unique and fun to drive, Enjoyable Multiplayer --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bad: Harsh races, Boring Festival system, Vehicles uncontrollable at times ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Most likely the best racing series on the ps3 - Motorstorm replaces safe boundaries and soft races for exploding cars and crushing environments - Pacific rift is no different - The tracks make up the game's backbone with Earth, Air, Fire and Water zones which all look beautifully realistic - The AI, while not especially clever at times will ram you off roads and pick routes that suit thier motors - All cars try to win! and each have different methods for doing so - The bike relies on speed and the high ground while Big rigs take the low ground with much power - these little things make motorstorm pacific rift a great game - However, Harsh races (ranks 6, 7, 8) become very hard and almost impossible for some to cross the finish line in time - this can be very frustrating - The festival system uses points that you win from races to unlock... No suprise - More races! which must be played to unlock more races! it feels like a bland way to progress - Also at times the Vehicles are uncontrollable mainly in the air or tight corners leading to an unwanted crash or barrel roll - The multiplayer picks things up abit though - it's awesome to see you're friend or enemy fall from thier bike after a punch from you - only to get crushed by a monster truck - Motorstorm pacific rift is for extreme racing fans and despite the above problems is a very enjoyable game
Tripping the rift.
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
Normally I would have never considered playing Motorstorm: Pacific Rift, but over two years ago my cousin brought it round and loaded it into my PS3 for a 2-player game. I wasn't immediately taken by it as racing games are not really my thing. But this whole time the 0% tally on my trophy list taunted me. I just had to get it and play it properly to get the percentage up.
It was a worthwhile investment as the game features quite a lot of escapism. Set on a gorgeous Pacific Island the races take place across four different types of environments with eight different types of vehicles. The races themselves are in the style of Road Rash with a no-rules-to-be-broken attitude. It can be very exciting, but a few of the courses are punishingly difficult and will surely end up with you chucking your controller through the screen. The vehicles vary in speed, shape and size, but mostly all of them suffer from poor handling. You'll often see hazards coming from way off but you'll be powerless to do anything about them.
For a superficial burst of entertainment Motorstorm: Pacific Rift is good for about 10 hours. More than half of the trophies are online-based and since the game is three years old at this point no one else is playing online anymore. You've no chance of getting the Platinum now. I only got up to 16%. For a similar game with still plenty of online action you ought to go for Burnout Paradise - The Ultimate Box (PS3).
Sound A (your own tunes do come through at a significantly lower volume than the in-game music)
Lasting Appeal B-