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Physics is not your friend, so try to keep four wheels on the ground and orient your ride in mid-air. As with the original game, Pacific Rift delivers an exhilarating, half-way-out-of-control feeling that's both exciting and addictive. The grudge soundtrack is positively headache-inducing, but thank goodness it's drowned out by the engine noise. I have to give Sony credit for including a four-player split screen - that's pretty rare for a non-Wii game! Pacific Rift is probably one of the best summer-themed games I've played, and a perfectly good excuse to finally break down and get a PS3.
It’s not that other racing games aren’t as fast or as vicious, but only a select few are as crazy as Motorstorm: Pacific Rift. The racing and control is smooth and accommodating, which lets you concentrate on either avoiding exploding into a ball of fiery parts or at least doing so in as spectacular a manner as possible. The single player experience is solid, though the multiplayer is where the most fun is to be had. Be it on bike or in a truck, on the ground or in the air, it’s a muddy skirmish to see who can be the first chassis to fly burning through the air across the finish line.
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is everything I would have hoped for in a MotorStorm sequel. Sure, it still has some of those quirks found in the original that players may love or hate, but Evolution Studios has put together a well-rounded racer that improves greatly on the original in every way. Lunatics Unite!
If you enjoyed the first MotorStorm's core conceit of mashing multiple vehicle types together on cleverly designed off-road tracks, you'll likely dig this fleshed-out sequel even more. It doesn't have quite the visual impact that its forerunner did, and for every new feature (like four-player splitscreen play), you may spot a corresponding puzzling omission (where did Sixaxis motion control go?). But as it stands, Pacific Rift edges out Pure as the most enjoyable off-road racer on the market.
Fans of the previous MotorStorm title or off-road racing in general will definitely enjoy this follow-up. But the easy learning curve and fast-paced action might be enough to keep gamers who don't normally play racing games entertained.
I definitely enjoyed Motorstorm: Pacific Rift far more than I did the original, and the additional content and race styles do a lot for a game that already had some solid mechanics behind it. This sequel is definitely a racing game that PS3 owners need to pick up and play, and while there have been a series of really solid off-road racers in the past year or so, Motorstorm: Pacific Rift manages to stand toe-to-toe with the best of them.
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Pacific Rift is what the original MotorStorm should have been, and is a must for any racing fans with a knack for destruction and chaos.
The game does have it’s frustrating moments but due to the well rounded nature of the game, one cannot help but keep on trying. Brilliant graphics, good audio and engaging game with real world physics… perfect!
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift has been a long time coming - and has had other off-road contenders like Pure nipping at its heels - but the old magic that made the first one a ripper is back, with more vehicles, loads more tracks and a better implemented online feature set. Unless you hate off-road car games with a venomous passion this is pretty much a must-have.
Motorstorm: Pacific Rift is the perfect treatment for gamers who want a down-and-dirty old school racing experience. Forget about being "pure"ly ATVs, Motorstorm hits you with eight distinct vehicles classes mixed up in a cloud of exhaust fumes and controlled chaos. Pacific Rift is a marginal improvement from the original which is what you want out in a sequel. The gameplay isn’t revolutionary, but it doesn’t have to be. Evolution Studios had the formula nailed in the first game, now they have only expanded on it. Don’t overlook Motorstorm: Pacific Rift this holiday season as it is one best pick-up-and-play games this year. Until Motorstorm 3, we wil be tearing it up in the Pacific.
Evolution has managed to overcome that tricky second album syndrome by creating a game that recaptures everything that made MotorStorm great and at the same time has ironed out a lot of the problems that bugged the first game. Visually, it impresses just as much as the original, which is no mean feat considering two years have passed and pin-sharp high-def visuals are now commonplace. It’s fun to play too, both in single- and multiplayer, which is most important of all. If we had to aim a criticism at Pacific Rift it would be that it’s a relatively shallow experience -- beyond the handful of modes there’s not much else to it, with nothing like Pure’s trick system to encourage you to push harder and faster. However, when the overall experience is so adrenalin-fueled already, that’s a problem a very few will have an issue with.
As a sequel to the original, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift does a great job of addressing the major issues that MotorStorm had to give racing fans a much more complete experience for their money. When it comes to the competition, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is probably only bested this year by Burnout Paradise and Criterion’s wave of free updates that are still keeping that game alive. This is definitely the best retail racing game of the fall at this point, so PS3 owners that are looking for a down-and-dirty racing game will find a lot to like here. Trophy fans will like the in-game trophy list that keeps track of your progress towards any of the trophies, at least the ones that are stat-based.
So overall Motorstorm Pacific Rift is a worthy racer for your PlayStation 3 racing collection. Like its older brother, you still need to put in the time to tackle the uphill learning curve that this game requires from you. On the other hand, if you are just picking this game up for a quick dip in the mud then this can easily suit your style too. You can chip away at each of the tickets in each of the elemental zones as and when you wish, and still have good fun in the process, but it is not until the later half of the tickets that this game will ask for your time and skill in order to win races. If you are coming from the original title, there is enough depth here to warrant a purchase, just don’t expect a revolutionary successor to the first game, but more of an evolution to the franchise.
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is a worthy follow-up to one of the PS3's early must-have titles. It fixes a lot of the outstanding issues from last time out, including offering many more tracks, and the course designs are fantastic. The vehicle mixes are sweet, and there are a ton of events to take on. It's not perfect (the Speed events can be a pain, for instance), and it isn't the breath of fresh air the first title was, but it's still extremely solid and racing fans would do well to pick it up.
Evolution has promised loads of downloadable content for Pacific Rift, so let's hope that new ways to play are on the horizon. But even if they're not, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is a very worthy sequel. It doesn't change any of the fundamental aspects of the original's gameplay; it just builds on them and gives you a helluva lot more bang for your buck. And considering that those who saw the original's unrealized potential forgave its imperfections, that's exactly what it had to do.
All in all, MotorStorm Pacific Rift is a bit like its predecessor. Where it excels, and where it innovates, all is rosy, and occasionally exceptional - but where it falls down it can chafe, and it still isn't as balanced and polished as it might be. That being said, Evolution do more than enough to make this a good purchase for fans of the genre, and it is even worth considering for those with only a passing interest in tropically-themed, physics-focussed, multi-vehicle death races.
Unlike many festivals, MotorStorm Pacific Rift holds entertainment that doesn’t only last for the date on the ticket. With a greater sense of brutality, speed, and gut-wrenching track design, the franchise is really beginning to take off. Aided by some stunning visual and lighting effects, this is a majestic entry into the PS3 exclusive catalogue. Now toting a larger sense of variation and breath-taking scale, Pacific Rift is a truly gorgeous and well-designed mix of fluid racing and pitiless competition that should go a long way into converting those disappointed followers into true racing fanatics.
It's definitely a fun game (one for the racing fans, to be sure), just don't go expecting a huge change in the fundamental way it's played. This is very much a small update to the groundwork already laid with the original Motorstorm. Hopefully we'll see a true sequel next time around.
In the time between the first title’s release and this follow-up, some heavy hitters in the off-road racing field have entered the field. DIRT showed surprising versatility, depth, and realism. Pure introduced fresh gameplay, visual artistry, and flawless 16-player online play. Motorstorm: Pacific Rift might be the game its progenitor wanted to be, but it isn’t quite the game it could be when compared to its peers. Pacific Rift is a competent, robust, and fun racer, but not a particularly deep or innovative one.