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: 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: The MotorStorm series of racing games have never been entirely grounded in reality, but the games’ settings could always be imagined as at least somewhat existing in our world. Not anymore. In MotorStorm Apocalypse’s world a city lies in ruin after an apocalypse that seems to have been wrought simultaneously by the hands of nature and man.
Excerpt: The PlayStation 3 featured the best looking racing game after it launched: MotorStorm, the first party Sony title offered some of the biggest thrills and stunning visuals in a racing game. The third entry into the series, MotorStorm Apocalypse, is set during the apocalypse where the racing tracks are constantly affected by the environment — everything from earthquakes to tornadoes will do their job at making the gameplay more hectic and tense.
Pros: Great gameplay, Interesting race tracks, Awesome online multiplayer, Great visuals
Cons: Not much gameplay innovation, Physics are frustrating at times, Long loading times
Excerpt: is one of those games that whitens the knuckles and quickens the pulse, if only because we’re continually absorbed in keeping ourselves on the path. While past criticisms have involved loose control and other small gameplay issues, fans of the franchise typically revel in its all-out, chaotic off-road insanity that keeps the player glued to the screen.
Excerpt: MotorStorm Apocalypse simply cannot seem to win. The third entry in the series has been plagued by delays due to the nature of its content and now it lands during the great PSN outage of 2011.
Pros: + Great track layouts, + Four player split-screen, + Tons of customization