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: It seems like every console debut needs a racing game to highlight the system’s power, a role filled upon the PS3’s launch by genre newbie MotorStorm. The choice was somewhat surprising, considering the PlayStation hardware is the exclusive home for Gran Turismo, but MotorStorm more than held its own.
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.
Excerpt: The Racing genre has always been split between two camps: on one side are your highly accurate driving simulations and on the other the arcade racers. MotorStorm Apocalypse very firmly plants its flag square in the arcade camp, sets fire to it and then runs it over with a monster truck. MotorStorm has previously been about off-road racing, but Apocalypse mixes things up by placing the driving action in urban locations like docks, suburbs and the big city.
Excerpt: A simple game with charming visuals and vivid colours, Youda Survivor 2 provides time management challenges while giving you the power to control the weather. You play as either a male hero or female hero (each has distinctly different advantages) and you use lost rituals, such as a rain dance to fill watering holes or even stopping time itself to fend off pirates who try to employ clever methods to halt your progress.
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.