MotorStorm 2: Pacific Rift
MotorStorm created a “Storm” on the PlayStation 3 and is
one of the most popular racing games to date thanks to innovative
gameplay and amazing next generation console graphics which simply looks
superb on the PS3.
Of course, it’s only fair that the gaming world is
given another game in the series and this is where MotorStorm 2: Pacific
Rift comes into play. Unlike the rough and sometimes dirt ridden tracks
of the original game, MotorStorm 2: Pacific Rift takes place on a Pacific
Island which simply looks amazing with its Tropical setting.
In its essence, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is your classic
off-road racer and in this current version, gamers get to play across 16
different tracks. Where the gameplay does shine is through the variety
of different ways that you can complete a track which is dependent on
what kind of vehicle you are driving.
The vehicle physics have also been
improved and is much more realistic than the previous incarnation of the
game which means you need to watch your speeds and the environment if
you wish to successfully complete a race.
The most noticeable new feature of the game is the
inclusion of Monster Trucks that really puts a twist into the gameplay
and makes for some exciting racing. The developers have improved
the AI of your opponents which now become more aggressive, depending on
where you are located in the race pack.
Control wise, the game is
perfect on the Sony DualShock controller, although novice gamers will
take a little while to master but it’s definitely worth the effort. And
of course... dual shock!
For lovers of multiplayer, this game supports a great
online mode and even a four-player split screen mode for users at home
which makes a great party game with friends and family.
Races can either
be by class or mixed which allows for Monster Trucks, ATV’s etc to all
race at once, which means you need to know your environments in order to
ensure you can win the race. The PlayStation Network also features some
great statistics via the leader boards and downloadable content for
Graphically, the game is pure eye candy on the
PlayStation 3 with realistic textures and some beautiful looking
background environments. Match that with some great blurring special
effects and lighting and this is one good looking game.
The frame rate
of the title is also super smooth which assists in the illusion of
speed. Match that with a truly pumping soundtrack and the game
sounds quite good from crashes, engine sounds and of course music.
In conclusion, MotorStorm 2: Pacific Rift truly delivers on
the original game that has improved graphics, better gameplay and new
vehicles. Some of the jumps in the game are quite extraordinary which
makes this title so addictively entertaining.
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!