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Impressions of MotorStorm 2

MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is getting a slightly different name in Japan, but the end result is the same: hot racing.

trucks, dirt, boost... yeah, this is certainly MotorStorm.
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift's North American release date of October 28 is rapidly approaching, so it seems reasonable to assume that the version being shown at the Tokyo Game Show--where it is known simply as MotorStorm 2--is awfully close to complete. And from what I've played so far, it seems to be poised to deliver the same sort of thrilling off-road racing as the original game, but on different types of tracks.

The circuit I drove was filled with what seemed to be low-grade volcanic activity. So when I wasn't making quick cuts on cliffs to keep from spilling off into the ocean, I was jumping my racing truck over and through fire. The neat thing about all the fire on the track is that jumping through it actually sets your vehicle ablaze, which felt like it might have had a negative effect on the turbo meter, which heats up and overheats if you boost too frequently. Small shower areas were strung around the hotter sections of the track, which cool down your engine and give the game a boosting and cooling process that makes the whole thing feel a little bit more like Excitebike.

Of course, the other big danger is the track itself. With multiple pathways leading to the finish line and lots of obstacles and cliffs, crashing is a fact of life in MotorStorm. The vehicles deform nicely when you wreck, which takes you out of the action for a bit so you can watch your truck smash up or come apart. You can skip the crash animations if you just want to get back behind the wheel where you belong.

Visually, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift builds on the beauty of the original game, but it gets a few more tricks than its predecessor had. Instead of just showing you mud splatters on the sides of your vehicle, the hot level I drove on had a terrific-looking heat wash effect, as well as the aforementioned flaming vehicles as you pass through the hot spots of the course.

It doesn't feel like it's completely reinventing itself, but for fans of the original MotorStorm, that's probably a very good thing. More track variety and a new class of monster trucks to choose from should make this one pretty exciting for PS3 race fans come the end of the month. Jeff Gerstmann on Google+
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Posted by Jeff
trucks, dirt, boost... yeah, this is certainly MotorStorm.
MotorStorm: Pacific Rift's North American release date of October 28 is rapidly approaching, so it seems reasonable to assume that the version being shown at the Tokyo Game Show--where it is known simply as MotorStorm 2--is awfully close to complete. And from what I've played so far, it seems to be poised to deliver the same sort of thrilling off-road racing as the original game, but on different types of tracks.

The circuit I drove was filled with what seemed to be low-grade volcanic activity. So when I wasn't making quick cuts on cliffs to keep from spilling off into the ocean, I was jumping my racing truck over and through fire. The neat thing about all the fire on the track is that jumping through it actually sets your vehicle ablaze, which felt like it might have had a negative effect on the turbo meter, which heats up and overheats if you boost too frequently. Small shower areas were strung around the hotter sections of the track, which cool down your engine and give the game a boosting and cooling process that makes the whole thing feel a little bit more like Excitebike.

Of course, the other big danger is the track itself. With multiple pathways leading to the finish line and lots of obstacles and cliffs, crashing is a fact of life in MotorStorm. The vehicles deform nicely when you wreck, which takes you out of the action for a bit so you can watch your truck smash up or come apart. You can skip the crash animations if you just want to get back behind the wheel where you belong.

Visually, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift builds on the beauty of the original game, but it gets a few more tricks than its predecessor had. Instead of just showing you mud splatters on the sides of your vehicle, the hot level I drove on had a terrific-looking heat wash effect, as well as the aforementioned flaming vehicles as you pass through the hot spots of the course.

It doesn't feel like it's completely reinventing itself, but for fans of the original MotorStorm, that's probably a very good thing. More track variety and a new class of monster trucks to choose from should make this one pretty exciting for PS3 race fans come the end of the month.
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Posted by Drebin_893

I never picked up the original, I did play it though. This sequel is really tempting me, though.

Posted by SilverShadow

Sounds like an ok game. Too bad its being smothered by more hyped games this Q4

Posted by AgileNate

Why dont they just use the same name? Preferably the name MotorStorm 2 just for future reference. Why cause confusion? Next you know we have a "Rambo" situation happening. I know James Rolfe(AVGN) would agree with me on this xD

About the game,  the volcanic track sounds sounds cool.

Posted by TheIneffableBob
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Posted by AaronBelfast

Sorry Motorstorm to many games this fall, I might pick it up if it's in the bargain bin next year.

Posted by Venatio

Might pick it up sometime

Posted by goldenmnk

wow FAIL MEAT

Posted by DavidSnakes

This game is so obviously overshadowed, I feel bad for the developers.  No hype at all for this.

Posted by DECA555

loved the first but i only have so much cash.

Maybe in the spring when nothing else is out

Posted by MetalGearSunny

How long was the loading screens?

Posted by Milkman

Hopefully, this time the game will keep you interested for more than 2 hours.

Posted by goldenmnk

Lol @ metal_gear_sunny

BTW im not sure if it is motorstorm 2, i think its just some crazy expo type thingamachiger... i have no source to back it up but  thats the word on them streets

Posted by Media_Master

Alright!

Posted by AK47

davidsnakes dont feel bad for them motorstorm was the best selling game on the ps3 lmao but im sure this one will do well regardless of the great games coming out this fall.

Posted by Amaru25

its ok just a new environment

Posted by mubress

Tried the demo and yea, it's motorstorm alright :)

Posted by JakJ

Now that I know what I'm getting with the [british accent]mota stom[/accent] franchise, I'll wait for this to become a greatest hits title before picking it up. I will pick it up though.

Posted by akinesia

Will be getting socom and lbp before this for sure

Posted by KillerToaster

Played the first one, second is gonna be a maybe for me

Posted by calf_exercises