While Pacific Rift isn't quite everything TrustedReviews might have hoped for, it's still a great off-road racer and in many ways a stronger game long-term than Pure. It might not have that title's exhilarating, stunt-pulling showboating, but for handling, AI competition, variety and - most of all, raw thrills, the new MotorStorm has the edge. Even if it's lost its thunder, it's still packing plenty of punch.
While not a vast step on from MotorStorm, Pacific Rift improves on it in all the most important ways. With more variety and better multiplayer modes than Pure, it's a strong contender for the off-road racing crown.