"is it better than pure?"
Gameplayer has gone live with their review of MotorStorm: Pacific Rift which released in Australia today. They put it up against the similarly themed Pure.
"But can its highly anticipated sequel achieve the same feats? Well, not really. With Pacific Rift, the initial shock of playing a dyed in the wool next-gen title has been replaced with a comfortable familiarity, that feels good, plays good, and, to a certain extent, looks good, but doesn't really have the power to expand the horizons of gaming in the same manner its predecessor did."