Conclusion: I can’t help but feel underwhelmed by my experience with MotorStorm: Apocalypse . The central game play and graphics engine are showing signs of being past their prime and the weak story elements make it hard get invested here. If it weren’t for the dramatic shift in setting and the disaster motif I would probably condemn it as a lazy sequel. As it stands, Apocalypse is a perfectly entertaining ride but is nothing to write home about.
Excerpt: The latest outing, MotorStorm: Apocalypse Anyway, the narrative hook has a few consequences that affect the overall MotorStorm: Apocalypse experience, most notably the removal of vehicle choice when running through the plot and the mass amount of stuff going on on-screen at any one time. There are good and bad points to both of these.
Excerpt: Way back in the early days of 2007, there was a PlayStation 3 game that showed great promise, showing effectively what the system was built for and what the future held in store. That game was MotorStorm, an arcade racer that was a bit Twisted Metal, a tiny amount of Road Rash, and some Colin McRae Racing thrown in. MotorStorm was a dirt-drenched, mud-soaked racer built around high speed, sharp turns, and car combat.
Conclusion: While Apocalypse ’s story may be one of the most irrelevant things ever introduced into a racing game, Evolution makes up for this abomination by presenting the player with some of the most balanced and fun racing action ever to enter the genre. You’d be hard-pressed to find a better racing game this year than the new Motorstorm , so if you’ve been waiting on a new racing experience that doesn’t involve the initials NFS , this is a great alternative.
Latest entry in fantasy racing series is most violent yet.
Common Sense Media
15 June 2011
Summary: Parents need to know that Motorstorm: Apocalypse is a fantasy racing game that is noticeably more violent and racy than its predecessors. In addition to spectacular slow motion crashes that depict riders flung from their vehicles, players can now run through crowds of pedestrians at high speeds, sending them soaring through the air.
Conclusion: racing game, and this time…the emphasis is really on “catastrophic”. Realizing that most players enjoy MotorStorm’s devastating (and often excruciating to behold) crashes, Evolution has decided to base the entire premise of their game around an apocalypse, hence the subtitle. A suburban American city known conveniently as “The City” is under imminent threat from a tremendous earthquake that’s ready to destroy everything in its path.