Conclusion: Considering the norm is to skimp on features and details when making a portable gaming experience of a console title, it’s nice to see developers like BigBig Studios stepping out there and showing the gaming community that when you are dedicated to something, you will figure out ways to keep the portable experience as enticing as console version.
Excerpt: The great thing about racing games is that everyone basically knows what to expect. You race around a track and try to beat the other guys by placing first, right? Because of this consistency, when the formula is varied, we know it immediately. MotorStorm: Arctic Edge does a nice job of taking the familiar and putting it into a new context.
Excerpt: The MotorStorm series has a loyal following on the PS3, but can the racing series known for its great graphics and wide-open racing deliver the same kind of excitement on the portable PSP? While it's hard to recreate the experience of playing a game in 1080p on a 40" screen, MotorStorm Arctic Edge does do a pretty good job of capturing the spirit of the series.
Excerpt: There's something about playing a game like MotorStorm and listening to pre-Black Metallica. I don't know, I guess something really kick ass and metal about off-road games that really gets me in the mood to listen to stuff like Metallica. First off, MotorStorm is yet another game to add to the list of terrific franchise debuts for the PSP. Hot on the heels of Gran Turismo, MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is precisely the portable MotorStorm game many of us envisioned.
Summary: The reason that I own a PSP is that I like to have bite sized moments of entertainment on car/train/plane rides. I understand the value of owning Final Fantasy on the PSP, but at the same time needing hours of free time to invest in an portable game seems to defeat the whole “portable” purpose. MotorStorm: Arctic Edge does everything that you want a portable video game to do.
Summary: MotorStorm Arctic Edge sees the music, the festival and the brutal off-road racing arrive in the breathtaking yet lethal and unpredictable setting of Alaska. With temperatures plummeting, sudden avalanches, broken ice bridges, and three different racing altitudes, this is possibly the most inhospitable environment the MotorStormers have ever had to deal with.
Conclusion: If you read the above text and wondered why Arctic Edge doesn't sound dissimilar from its console cousins then, well, it appears you've gotten the point. Arctic Edge scoffs at the idea that a franchise has to be compromised for a portable platform, and reinforces its position by offering a wealth of content from every possible outlet. Portable offerings are often presented with the compliment of being "great," and then backhanded with, "for a PSP game.
Conclusion: An integral part of MotorStorm is the Boost, for that extra "oomph" in speed. The game wouldn't be as chaotic without it. Of course, there's only a certain amount of time before the Boost will overheat and blow your car up and an innovative feature was the use of the environment to cool down the Boost meter. This can be achieved by driving through a thick snow patch or a river stream that runs across the track.
Pros: Alternate routes, Heaps of unlockable stuff, Impressive Graphics, Festival Mode
Cons: Hard levels were very challenging, More avalanches