MotorStorm: Pacific Rift review

  • Monster trucks and more
  • Lush landscapes with new hazards
  • Looks prettier
  • Not a completely new experience
  • Laborious big rigs return
  • AI gives free wins sometimes

Your motorbike can outrun the entire field, but it’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’t been so alert, but the narrow trail means it’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’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’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’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’s the cue for one of the monster trucks to steamroller you just yards from the line, and by the time you’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’d be using cheap buzz phrases such as ‘an adrenaline-fuelled rollercoaster ride’ to describe it and bag ourselves a spot on the poster. But that’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

Release date: Oct 28 2008 - PS3 (US)
Available Platforms: PS3
Genre: Racing
Published by: SCEA
Developed by: Evolution Studios
ESRB Rating:
Teen: Language, Mild Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending


  • croatianmaniac232 - September 4, 2010 3:58 p.m.

    the first game still rocks man im playing through again and its epic
  • therat - November 1, 2008 10:58 a.m.

    The demo was good but I might wait for this to go down in price before I get it. That'll give time for decent DLC to come out too.
  • KHfan - October 29, 2008 1:26 p.m.

    luv the trailer for this btw
  • John-117 - October 29, 2008 12:07 a.m.

    Can't wait to pick this up, this year is making me so poor. Fallout 3, this and LittleBigPlanet all within a week of each other. Not to mention Dead Space, Mirror's Edge, Rock Band 2, Gears, and Resistance 2.
  • KHfan - October 29, 2008 1:23 p.m.

    who not getting lbp, this and fallout 3?
  • key0blade - October 29, 2008 10:53 a.m.

    Little Big Planet and maybe this. Im gonna get LBP first though
  • unclemitso - March 15, 2009 4:28 a.m.

    This deserves a 10! awesome game, i mean the only bad points they could put down are A That its the same as the last crazy game B The Strongest Vehicle class is back C Can Be Easy Sometimes (which is complete crap because as soon as u get into the later stages of the game you will be doing some races upwards of 10 times!)
  • gorillazbmx6 - January 18, 2009 1:46 p.m.

    "You'll hate * Laborious big rigs return" Bigs rigs are my favorite vehicle :(
  • animeman - December 16, 2008 2:41 a.m.

    I really want the game I loved the first.

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