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The bottom line here is that somehow, someway, Bigbig Studios managed to create a Motorstorm game on a handheld system that stands up to the PS3 versions in almost every single way. The awesome tracks, arcade action, large variety of cars, and stunning visuals are all here. In all technical aspects Motorstorm: Arctic Edge is a truly impressive racer. To top it all off, it is a really fun racing game, one that I think even non-race fans will enjoy. If you own a PSP then you just found another reason to keep it in your pocket at all times.
Gaming Age (Sep 22, 2009)
I'm gonna sum it the same way I started; all of the character and charisma that you enjoy about the Motorstorm franchise is captured with vivid exactness in Arctic Edge... That should speak for itself.
TotalPlayStation (Oct 02, 2009)
A seriously impressive entry on a portable that has already wowed with full-featured racers, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is exactly what you expect from the franchise without sacrificing anything. No, really, anything.
Gamers' Temple, The (Oct 19, 2009)
Arctic Edge is not a deep racing game by any means, but it is a great little racer for a portable system. A feeling of repetition may set in if you're looking to sit down with the game for hours on end, but for fast-paced bouts of racing while gaming on the go it's a blast.
IGN (Oct 02, 2009)
I could prattle on for another thousand words about how much I love the level design of some of the tracks or how the handling just feels right for all the vehicles, but these are things you'll end up discovering for yourself when you plunk down the change for the UMD or downloadable version -- and you absolutely should. This is MotorStorm, in its entirety, in a wholly new setting but without losing anything that made the series so damn fun on the PS3. Without a doubt, this is one of the best racing games you can find on the PSP. Go buy it.
Worth Playing (Sep 30, 2009)
It's already shaping up to be a good year for PSP owners. MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is absolutely worth owning if you have a PSP, even if you haven't played the home console versions up to this point. The online component works extremely well, but the single-player Festival mode is such a blast to play that it alone is worth the price of admission. This fun off-road racer is easily one of the best racing titles on the system and absolutely shouldn't be missed.
GamingXP (Sep 29, 2009)
Für die PSP-Besitzer, die schon immer neidvoll auf die PS3-Spieler geschaut haben, können nun getrost aufatmen: „MotorStorm: Arctic Edge“ ist die gelungenste Renn-Action überhaupt, die es zurzeit auf dem Handheld gibt. Über 100 Rennen, 24 Fahrzeuge, abwechslungsreiche Strecken inklusive taktischen Möglichkeiten, Langzeitmotivation und Wettereffekte lassen nur einen Schluss zu: Wer hier nicht zugreift, ist selber schuld!
Digital Chumps (Sep 22, 2009)
Above all else, Arctic Edge still feels like a MotorStorm game. While that won't do much to rope in an otherwise ignorant or uninterested consumer base, fans of the series should be positively delighted with how well the portable entry turned out. Few moments of interactive terror are as profound as blasting through a turn on a snow machine while a big rig crashes into a wall, explodes, and literally misses you by an inch as it flies over top. Arctic Edge is chalk full of moments like that, and its potential for a unique, memorable experience with each race is a tremendous success.
Bigbig has hit the Arctic Edge commission right on the head - so much so that the PS3's slightly rubber bandy AI and occasionally questionable wipeouts have made the handheld version too. But that isn't any reason to put you off. Quite how they've done all this and managed to get it onto PSP is beyond us, but that's why we write about games and don't make them. MotorStorm: Arctic Edge has got everything its PS3 brother has. Power to the PSP.
Impulse Gamer (Oct, 2009)
At the end of the day, MotorStorm Arctic Edge is definitely a fun off-road game set in a winter wastelands of Alaska that will keep most gamers appeased. The only issue with the game is that the replay value may eventually wear thin, however most players will easily be able to finish this game while in the Honeymoon phase. Definitely a good gaming snack for the PSP.
PSX Extreme (Oct 14, 2009)
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge for the PSP is great. There's no two ways about it. It does everything that the console games have been doing for years now, with the one and only difference being the visual sacrifice. But even still, it's a damn good looking PSP game. With the Festival mode featuring 100 races, amazing eight-player online capability, superb sound complete with custom soundtracks, great physics, and signature gameplay design, any PSP owner would be a fool to pass up MotorStorm: Arctic Edge.
Vandal (Sep 30, 2009)
Pocas pegas se le pueden achacar a Arctic Edge, que no es una versión recortada de los juegos vistos en PlayStation 3. Salvando diferencias en cuanto al control –en el que el Dual Shock es más cómodo- y la mayor comunidad online de usuarios presente en la doméstica, estamos ante un nuevo Motorstorm digno de la saga, con circuitos inhóspitos, carreras brutales y toda la jugabilidad arcade que cabe en la palma de tu mano. Si esperabas un juego directo, con largo recorrido, y perfecto para jugar en compañía, Arctic Edge lo tiene todo y más.
GameFocus (Oct 19, 2009)
For those who have been yearning for more quality arcade-style racing games for their PlayStation Portable, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is the answer you have been waiting for. With non-stop action and fantastic visuals coupled with a deep single-player mode and proper online multiplayer, there is everything you will need for a very long time. Don’t be afraid, pick this one up and start heating up the ice.
87 (Sep 18, 2009)
I am very glad to see that the developers have done an incredible good job carrying over the legend of Motorstorm series to the PSP. It isn’t the greatest racer, or the prettiest, ever made, but it is entertaining, fun and also quite challenging. Maybe not an essential title right now, but in a few months and with a bit of spare cash, it could be worth considering!
87 (Nov 04, 2009)
MotorStorm: Arctic Edge does everything that you want a portable video game to do. It provides quick snippets of highly entertaining, high octane racing, it gives you the chance to expand the game into multiplayer to add extended life to the game, and it doesn’t require more then your passive engagement which is precisely what I want when I’m playing on the PSP. I honestly think that other then the one issue that you aren’t penalized at all for crashing/flying off the mountain MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is the most fun that I’ve had with my PSP since purchasing the thing when it was still about $250 bucks to own one — oh wait that’s still true? Well the game is still fantastic as a portable game and worth owning if you’re looking for a reason to dust off that PSP.
GameZone (Nov 20, 2009)
Motorstorm: Arctic Edge is a smooth driving off-road racer, and one of the most fun offerings when it comes to arcade racers on the PSP. While there are some foibles here and there, it's still worth a look if you're a PSP owner looking for a fun and addictive arcade racer to take on the move.
All in all, this is a great title, not only for the PSP, but in general. Players will really enjoy all the polish that has gone into the game, the quality tracks, the different vehicles, the varied game modes, multiplayer and leaderboard support, all the unlockables, etc. The only thing that seems to hold this game back is the hardware itself, as controlling this title is challenging due to the less-than-ergonomic design of the PSP. If you are a person that leads more towards arcade racing, skip Gran Turismo and give Arctic Edge a try instead.
Absolute Games ( (Oct 28, 2009)
Конечно, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge не лишена недостатков: трассы рано или поздно надоедают, некоторые авто чересчур похожи по поведению, режимов и заданий немного, апгрейды исключительно косметические. Но BigBig сделала главное — на небольшом экране PSP передала дух экстремальной снежной гонки, сохранив достойную картинку и само ощущение вседозволенности MotorStormКраткая информация об игре.
Arctic Edge is fun and just as good as the previous MotorStorm games, pure and simple. The cream of the crop is definitely Pacific Rift, but Arctic Edge retains the style and frenetic gameplay that makes MotorStorm such a blast to play. The PSP version is quick and easy to get into as well, making it an ideal choice for bite sized gaming on the go. It also has great multiplayer options too, with up to 8 players online and ad-hoc connectivity. BigBig Studios have definitely done a fine job in recreating what we love about MotorStorm on the PlayStation Portable, and for any fans (or racing fans in general) longing for some chaotic and dirty action on-the-go, Arctic Edge is a must and your best choice on the platform.
Gamer 2.0 (Sep 22, 2009)
Bigbig Studios did a great job of shrinking the great MotorStorm gameplay and feature set for MotorStorm: Arctic Edge, making it one of the better console transitions to the PSP so far. With the deep Festival and online modes, the package is worth the $40 for what is probably the best racing game for the PSP this holiday season.
PSFocus (Sep 16, 2009)
Motorstorm: Arctic Edge biedt wel heel letterlijk meer van hetzelfde, biedt amper vernieuwing en is grafisch niet helemaal het neusje van de zalm. Maar het feit dat Arctic Edge meer van hetzelfde biedt, hoeven we niet per se als een minpunt te bekijken. De fans zullen blij zijn dat ze opnieuw met dezelfde succesformule aan de slag kunnen gaan en BigBig Studios slaagt erin om dit handhelduitstapje te doen aanvoelen als een volwaardige sequel. Motorstorm: Arctic Edge is met andere woorden een aanrader voor elke racefan met een PSP in zijn bezit. Voor de fans slechts één advies: druk die boost-knop in, buig je over het stuur van je fiets en haast je naar de lokale gameboer.
80 (Sep 13, 2009)
Arctic Edge is a great achievement on the PSP. The Arctic setting makes for some great track design and incredible visuals, but there's just something holding the game back from being a true classic.
Thunderbolt Games (Nov 22, 2009)
Unexpectedly brilliant, then, Motorstorm: Arctic Edge is an extremely likeable addition to the Motorstorm family, which provides a hectic racing experience that will get the blood pumping through your veins. Vehicles may not handle perfectly, and certain courses are not entirely effective, but for the majority of time spent playing Arctic Edge, it’s hard not to be taken for one of the most aggressive and entertaining rides of the year.
80 (Sep 16, 2009)
Beau, dynamique, très complet et vraiment rafraîchissant, Motorstorm : Arctic Edge constitue une alternative de choix à la fameuse simulation Gran Turismo. Si vous aimez l'arcade et que le grand frisson vous importe plus que le réalisme, il n'y a pas à hésiter une seule seconde : foncez l'acheter !
79 (Oct 15, 2009)
Schade, ich wäre so gerne stundenlang übers Eis geschliddert! Leider bieten die weitläufigen Strecken von Motorstorm: Arctic Edge kaum Gelegenheiten für Drift-Manöver. Außerdem fällt das Fahrverhalten auf Eis und Schnee selbst für einen Arcade-Raser zu unrealistisch aus - es fühlt sich eher an, als wäre ich auf matschigen Feldwegen unterwegs. Trotzdem hat mir der Titel jede Menge Spaß bereitet, weil er das bewährte Arcade-Konzept der Serie gelungen auf die PSP transportiert. Das Spiel ist eben keine rutschige Rallye durch Schnee und Eis, sondern eher ein klassisches Motorstorm in verschneiter Kulisse. Die zwölf Strecken sorgen dank jeder Menge abenteuerlicher Rampen, Tunnel und Abkürzungen für turbulente Rennen, die technisch blitzsauber ablaufen. Auch die Lauscher werden mit flotten Rock- und Breakbeat-Tracks verwöhnt. Schade, dass der Schwierigkeitsgrad vor allem zu Beginn sehr niedrig angesetzt ist.
78 (Sep 14, 2009)
Somehow, despite capturing the anarchic racing action of its PS3 sibling pretty well there's still something about Arctic Rift that feels a little underwhelming. Perhaps it's the fact that without the PS3's high def visuals its lost a little of its identity amongst what's a well populated PSP arcade racing genre. Or perhaps its simply that it's ultimately more of the same. Either way while there's nothing at all wrong with MotorStorm Arctic Edge there's also very little to help it stand out from the PSP crowd. Existing fans who love the idea of a portable MotorStorm will relish it, PSP gamers simply looking for the system's best racer may want to think a little harder.
GameSpot (Sep 30, 2009)
It's a testament to Arctic Edge's intricate tracks and energetic racing that its notable problems are so easy to overlook. Aside from its online issues, this is what you'd expect from a MotorStorm game in portable form, and the multifaceted courses and vehicle variety provide plenty of reasons to keep returning, even after you've completed the Festival. If you want to kick up some snow and dirt, this is a fun way to do it.
70 (UK) (Sep 14, 2009)
However, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge has inherited a few too many of its predecessor's weaknesses as well: a lumpy single player campaign, some arbitrary physics made more noticeable by the less sophisticated engine, and a tendency for the less inspired tracks to merge into one grimy muddle. Along with the flimsy challenge of the AI opponents, that's sadly just enough to keep it from the joining the PSP's top tier of racers.
GameSpy (Oct 11, 2009)
Arctic Edge is a good portable racer, but I didn't find the tracks varied enough to keep my attention for more than a few minutes at a time. But hey, with an arcade-style racer like this, that's pretty much all you need -- and at least it's not costing you quarters each time.