Excerpt: When you look at the name Motorstorm: Arctic Edge , it’s easy to expect the tried and tested Motorstorm template but on snowy mountains. These assumptions are all well and good, but let it be said that Motorstorm: Arctic Edge has variety and character – a winning combination. Evolution Studios have delivered a deliciously frantic racing experience that provides a decent challenge, bundled within slick presentation and some cracking online play.
Conclusion: A surprisingly true to console form of MotorStorm with all the amenities and none of the television screen, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is a definite option for PSP owners who enjoy arcade racing.
Excerpt: Since its first introduction, the Motorstorm franchise has always had something to live up to. The first game was prefaced by a tech demo that the developers couldn't possibly deliver upon, showing off graphics that they, in no way, intended to meet. When the sequel was released, its thunder was all but stolen by the surprise hit that was Blackrock Studios' Pure .
Excerpt: Bigbig Studios have done a tremendous job of bringing MotorStorm to the PSP in its entirety. This isn’t one of those lobotomized spin-offs; what you get here is a fully-fledged MotorStorm game that actually feels like MotorStorm. Right from the get-go you’re made well-aware of the similarities between this title and its older brothers with a slick cut-scene that introduces the new Arctic festival, bright menus blasting licensed music through the speakers, and beautiful...
Excerpt: After dominating dusty canyon circuits and muddy jungle trails on the PS3, the MotorStorm lunatics jump platforms to the PSP and make their next stop in the Arctic Circle. Will this racer get your heart pumping, or just leave you in the cold? MotorStorm's main festival mode takes you through a rising spiral of increasing challenges. Earning medals in each race rewards you with points, and as you reach benchmarks, you'll unlock higher ranks of competition.
Excerpt: The MotorStorm series has already sent you careening along muddy cliffsides and barreling through lava-filled landscapes. Now with MotorStorm Arctic Edge, you can hop in a snow machine and race through drifts of slippery snow. Arctic Edge may be portable, but it otherwise encapsulates all the pros and cons of this series' fast-paced off-road racing.
Pros: Most course designs are terrific, Rousing driving model makes racing a blast, You unlock different vehicle models and cosmetic upgrades, Looks great and maintains a high frame rate
Cons: Oversensitive physics, AI drivers do weird things, Online play is broken
Conclusion: Concept: You can now take MotorStorm with you where ever you go, but this game ultimately takes you in circles
Graphics: The PSP’s small screen retains many of the series’ visual touches. It’s still small, however
Sound: Soundtrack features Radiohead, Chemical Brothers, and Queens of the Stone Age. The game also has a custom soundtrack option
Playability: Racing on the PSP is pretty smooth.