MotorStorm is a racing franchise, the characteristics of which are a wide selection of vehicles, ranging from motorbikes to monster trucks (made available since Motorstorm: Pacific Rift) that all compete at the same time, as well as numerous paths to take around the track, usually dependent on what vehicle class you have chosen.
The first MotorStorm was a PS3 launch title and was well received for its 'advanced next-gen' graphics and fun chaotic gameplay. The second title, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift was released in 2008 and was also popular, scoring a 4 star review on Giant Bomb. A year later came MotorStorm: Arctic Edge, the first in the series to be released only on the PSP, and was later ported to the PlayStation 2.
2011 saw the return of the franchise to the PS3, with MotorStorm: Apocalypse, which was originally aimed to be in stores in mid-March, but due to the devastating earthquake in Japan on March 10th, and another earthquake in New Zealand, was delayed worldwide until April and May. Sony issued a statement saying they were "very conscious of the parallels between these events and the underlying them e in MotorStorm a nd are doing everything we can to be as sensitive as possible to the situation".
In 2012 MotorStorm RC was released as a launch title for the PS Vita in the PAL region, and was released a month later in North America. The game was one of the first to incorporate a new feature for Vita games; the game worked on both the PlayStation Vita and the PlayStation 3, with cross-platform multiplayer too. Players who bought the game on one platform also received the other version for free. As the game's name suggests, it features scaled down remote controlled cars instead of usual sized cars.
While in the first Motorstorm the landscape was desert, desert and slightly more desert, in Motorstorm: Pacific Rift the setting was changed to a tropical jungle. Filled with trees, jumps, water and volcanoes. The third game in the series, Mortorstorm Arctic Edge, is set in an Alaskan snow environment and adds two new snow based vehicles to the mix. The fourth game, MotorStorm: Apocalypse is set in a city that has been hit by some sort of natural disaster, where racing takes place on cracked roads, between collapsed buildings and on broken bridges.