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Play preview: MotorStorm: Pacific Rift

When a racing game with only eight tracks can muster a 92% score, despite being a launch title for the PS3, there's clearly a skilful developer at the helm. MotorStorm, with its gargantuan sales figures and warm critical reception, was the only clear reason to own a PS3 for an entire year, and still stands up as one of the console's strongest titles. In spite of its developer's pedigree, however, the game only became whole as the months went by – such was the nature of developing a launch title. With MotorStorm: Pacific Rift, though, Evolution Studios has had a greater amount of breathing space, both creatively and in terms of development time. By utilising the Island, an environment inspired by Hawaii's many different facets, Evolution aims to reinvent the MotorStorm franchise; for a series that was hardly stale to begin with, this is a refreshingly mindful approach. In the way it surprises, provokes and entertains, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift looks to be a racing classic in every regard.

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Sk8boyP3749d ago (Edited 3749d ago )

It's amazing what the PS3 can achieve, the Cell Broadband engine, leave all other consoles in the dust. Between the challenging A.I and gorgeous visuals, I don't think ANY other console can even process half of the games gorgeous graphics, ONLY on Playstation 3. Motorstorm 1 ripped apart DIRT, ATV Offroad fail etc.. in terms of graphics and gameplay, now Pacific Rift is going to CRUSH any off road racing game that tries to get in it's way.