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MotorStorm: Specific Rift
on 5 January 2010
I recently picked up MotorStorm: Pacific Rift cheaply, and even though I wasn't overly convinced by the demo, since getting used to its quirks and nuances I'm glad I did buy it.
Let me summarise in bullet-point format:
+ The frame rate never struggles and it all moves at a cracking pace.
+ There is absolutely loads of content, including the tournament, local multiplayer and online multiplayer.
+ The physics are brilliant, and really make races feel chaotic and dynamic.
+ Very good pacing and clever difficulty balancing.
+ Good sound effects and a mostly sharp soundtrack (plus there's the option for custom soundtracks).
+ Excellent variety in track design and the differences between each vehicle.
- Loading between different screens can take a little too long.
- Some courses are *very* frustrating until you commit them to memory.
- You always start races in last place.
- Some of the vehicles aren't much fun to drive.
- Most of the trophies are really tough to earn!
It's not the best-looking or most polished racing game in the world, but if like me you're turned off by realism and tweaking under the bonnet and would rather smash through signs, shunt opponents over cliffs or nitro-boost over vast crevasses then this should be right up your street, as it flicks a V-sign to the Gran Turismos or Forzas of the world. The pacing is excellent and it's consistently playable, resulting in easily the most enjoyable racing game I've played since Wipeout HD & Burnout Paradise. I very much look forward to the next entry in the series.