While its showing at E3 in May was roundly proclaimed less than stellar, the muddy racer MotorStorm has come a long way since then. Once derided as boring, it's quickly shaping up to be the dirtbike-and-dune-buggy answer to Burnout, with spectacular crashes, aggressive opponents and plenty of balls-out mayhem in the middle of a
There's a big storm a-brewin' - a MotorStorm, in fact. You might already know this is a crash-filled, manic racing game, and that it's become one of the PS3's most anticipated titles. While we've offered up several hands-on impressions of this sand-filled cargasm in recent months, publisher Sony loosened the game's leash to let us play with it a little more. She's a feisty puppy, this one.
The selection of vehicles we've been given the keys to has been amped up dramatically. Joining trucks and
Dirt and explosions - that's MotorStorm. Running through the desert, high on top of a crazy-big mesa overlooking a barren wasteland below, crowded with jeeps and motorcycles bouncing around, careening off the edge ... that's the sort of chaotic gameplay experience we just had, and we're ready to go back for
Whether you're just starting to use your new PS3 hardware or scouring eBay for a listing that isn't insanely overpriced, you might be wondering what's worth playing on the shiny new hardware. The sad answer at this point is "not much," but the system does have a few absolutely stellar titles to its name. One of these, strangely, is the demo for the off-road racer MotorStorm, which can be downloaded for free from the PS3's online store.
MotorStorm has come a long way in the past year. When we
People had mixed reactions to MotorStorm: Apocalypse, and though we enjoyed it quite a bit, immense disasters constantly happening on tracks wore thin with repeated play. Everything was more and bigger. Well, MotorStorm RC certainly is taking the opposite approach, instead shrinking everything down...
So, OK, “Apocalypse” is kind of a misleading subtitle for the next MotorStorm, if what we’ve been told is to be believed. Contrary to our early speculation, it doesn’t take place in a Mad Max-inspired, zombie-infested wasteland wherein the survivors waste their remaining resources on pointlessly destructive races. It does, however, feature a big-city backdrop inspired by several major California cities, which has been completely devastated by a massive earthquake. It also features a first for the MotorStorm series: a story...
Surprisingly few racing games are big on offline multiplayer these days, except for ones that end in the word 'Kart'. So imagine our surprise when Evolution Studios announced that MotorStorm Apocalypse would not only allow online play, but four-player split-screen too. So the UK GamesRadar team huddled around the TV to put this split-screen action to the test - and you can watch the results here.
Motorstorm Apocalypse is nothing like the Motorstorm you know. There are buildings collapsing like in Split/Second. There are supercars on the track like Burnout. And, most notably, there are people shooting at you and running around all over the racetrack - and you can knock them over.
They sometimes even hold onto the roof of your car for a few seconds, legs flailing around wildly as they attempt to hold on. And then they're gone, straight under the wheels of the next car. If we'd bought the game, we'd be looking at the disc and wondering if it had been put in the wrong box. This isn't Motorstorm - what the hell's going on?
MotorStorm was a sweaty, dirty game. Outside of Call of Duty 4 Sony’s console-exclusive off-road racer was the number one reason to stay online. It was a hard and unforgiving bastard too. MotorStorm was also buggy and flakey. Load times would wind you up long before the occasional random collisions sent your car spinning through the air in tiny pieces, in lovingly realised cutscenes that made Burnout blush. They couldn’t
The flimsy sets held together with gaffer-tape we can accept. The queue of desperate hopefuls pleading for a moment of fame outside our agent's office raises a smirk. Even funnier: our blockbuster production haemorrhaging resources because the lead actor is a drunk.
But enforcing the application of The Hero's Journey to churn out user-created epics... that's more than parody. It's cynicism.
The Hero's Journey is an infamous device used in Hollywood scriptwriting classes, a five-step plan at