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MotorStorm: Pacific Rift review

Familar, but frantic and exciting sequel lacks killer new ideas

Pros

  • Monster trucks and more
  • Lush landscapes with new hazards
  • Looks prettier

Cons

  • Not a completely new experience
  • Laborious big rigs return
  • AI gives free wins sometimes

Your motorbike can outrun the entire field, but it%26rsquo;ll get chewed up and spat out by a couple of monster trucks, which as expected, start throwing their weight around at the beginning of the race. You hang back and watch in awe as a big rig ploughs through an ATV, sending parts and wheels skittering across the track. As the course leads into thick jungle and splits two-ways, you separate from the pack by taking the left-hand fork, ducking just in time to avoid being decapitated by a low branch.

The crunching sound behind you suggests the driver of a buggy hasn%26rsquo;t been so alert, but the narrow trail means it%26rsquo;s too risky to look back. The jungle ends and you boost off a ramp, flying over 100 feet and landing near the top of a stunning waterfall. There%26rsquo;s no time to admire the scenery though, as a fellow biker tries to overtake, so you swat him off his ride with a backhand to the throat.

At the bottom of the waterfall you choose your path carefully to avoid hazardous rocks and deep water, which don%26rsquo;t give the bigger vehicles any problems. The shallow water does at least cool your engine, which is dangerously close to exploding due to excessive boosting. You%26rsquo;re in first place as the finish line comes into view, and just to rub it in, you taunt the trailing pack with a rude hand gesture.Unfortunately that%26rsquo;s the cue for one of the monster trucks to steamroller you just yards from the line, and by the time you%26rsquo;re reset, you only manage to limp home in last place. Welcome to the thrilling, crazy world of Pacific Rift.

If Pacific Rift were a film, we%26rsquo;d be using cheap buzz phrases such as %26lsquo;an adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster ride%26rsquo; to describe it and bag ourselves a spot on the poster. But that%26rsquo;s exactly what it is. The team at Evolution has ditched the dry deserts of the first game and come up with a stunning selection of new and varied tracks while sensibly keeping everything else pretty much the same. The island is split into four so-called Elemental Zones: Earth, Air, Fire and Water, which roughly translated means dense jungle, cliffs and precipices, volcanoes and lava, and beaches and waterfalls.

More Info

GenreRacing
Description<p>Your motorbike can outrun the entire field, but it&#8217;ll get chewed up and spat out by a couple of monster trucks - lush landscapes with new hazards but it&#8217;s not a completely new experience.</p>
PlatformPS3
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor ratingRating Pending
Alternative namesMotorStorm 2
Release date:28 October 2008 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:PS3
Genre:Racing
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