Preview - Motorstorm: Pacific Rift

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MotorStorm made a big impact for the PlayStation 3, as it ended up becoming one of the best selling PlayStation 3 games of 2007. It's been over a year since we saw the first game, but it continues to impress with its stunning visuals, great physics, and active online fanbase. While MotorStorm debuted with a few shortcomings, feeling a bit barren in gameplay modes, Sony has made up for all of that overtime with a variety of patches that truly made the game a package worthy of its $60 price-tag. Now, Sony and Evolution Studios are gearing up to complete and release the follow-up later this year, and it's looking amazing.

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Silogon3829d ago (Edited 3829d ago )

You'd think with another year out from the 1st time we saw that glorious E3 trailer Evolution would have the hardware nailed down to give us visuals on par with it. Sadly, they haven't done that. What they look like they've done is sat on their asses and gave us a 60 dollar patch for Motorstorm 1

The graphics are the same
the crowd still doesn't move or animate
The textures look washed out up close still
There is no inside carpit view
No speedometer
The water looks absolute monkey piz
No headlights still

I can go on and on. This is an insult to ps3 owners is what it is.


So I'm getting disagred with here. So tell me what has changed, besides location. Please, I'm asking you. I don't see an in car view, I don't see a speedomiter, I don't see headlights, I don't see high rez upclose textures. I see the same ol' same.

pimpstation3829d ago

I think this game looks fly as hell. The first was great, and this one has the potential to be one of the best racing games out there if they fix the problems with the original.

eagle213829d ago

Everything you listed did not affect the fun of the first. I don't agree with you on most of your "beef" with the original.

Why don't you wait to E3 videos before making your mind up about the sequel. Just agree to that. You must be interested in the game if you took the time to post. ;)

Your not into all the gameplay fixes they are implementing in MS2?

"MotorStorm 2 will boast online that is capable of holding 20-player matches, in addition to four-player split-screen racing. Races can be separated by class, or mixed with all class of vehicles playable. PlayStation Network features will include matchmaking, detailed statistics, and leaderboards. Furthermore, downloadable content such as tracks, vehicles, game modes, themes, and tickets will be made available in the future, as well."

"Gameplay will take place across 16 of the island's tracks, all complete with multiple routes for the gamer to take advantage of. Track deformation will return as a staple of each race, as vehicles will carve up the terrain with various depths, largely pending on the size and weight of the vehicle. Carved roads will affect how the gamer handles the track with each lap, as smaller vehicles (such as bikes) will have a harder time driving through the carve-out of a big rig. On the subject of physics, the damage model will allow for the destruction of your vehicle's parts and panel."

"A monster truck class will be made available to MotorStorm 2, in addition to the existing classes of ATVs, rally cars, buggies, motorbikes, race trucks, mudpluggers, and big rigs. Racing the A.I., no matter which class you're a part of, will require skill and a bit of fury, as their artificial intelligence has been tweaked. The A.I. will now react to the situation of the race, by rationally choosing the best route, and adjusting their level of aggression based on the gamer's advances. For example, if an A.I. player is in the lead, it is far less likely to take a daring time-saving route and will instead play it safe to maintain the lead. Aggression will come into play when the A.I. feels threatened, and they will not hold back when it comes down to start playing bumper cars."

Sounds good to me :P

eagle213829d ago

Be sure to read this article. So many gameplay improvements to discuss.

This was the last part that I was all giddie about:

"Finally, Evolution has implemented a pair of features for everyone to toy around with; first there's the Photo Mode, you'll be able to snap gameplay pictures, save them, and use as wallpaper for your PC or PlayStation 3. Second, and best of all, we get CUSTOM SOUNDTRACKS! So stock up on adrenaline pumping metal on your PS3's HDD and then listen to it during gameplay."

cool83829d ago

Thats the best part of improvements, probably even more to surprise us all.

Fishy Fingers3829d ago

Fingers crossed in-game XMB will be custom soundtracks long before Motorstorm 2 is even released.

wildcat3829d ago

Fingers crossed. But I'm still waiting for more on the youtube uploading feature. Probably won't work on a game like this though.

Cynical-Gamerzus3828d ago

No Doubt this game is a masterpiece!
The last Motor Storm was a marvel of a game to play and the graphics were so lush that you could taste the Mud!!
And the HD video content showing the real locale was astonishing!!!
I dont know what compression they used but it was unbelievably HD!!!

In fact I played it on my previous 42" LCD
and my friend after that went out and bought a PS3!!And my 42".