MotorStorm’s tracks are still its strongest point, managing to be both challenging and fun even when your vehicle explodes just because it’s grazed a rock. Certain vehicles adapt better to certain conditions and even particular sections of each track, so there’s no excuse about driving a weaker vehicle when you lose a race. It’s also entirely in your hands how you use boost. Boosting like a bastard on a straight is fair enough as long as you keep some left over to help you navigate a tight bend and avoid an embarrassing cliff plummet. Players more in tune with the game soon realize that using boost is equally important as a steering aid.
MotorStorm succeeds spectacularly. It’s quite possibly the finest game yet released for PS3 (Virtua Fighter 5 is in there, too), and the perfect tonic for dispelling any lingering doubts about the machine’s potential. This truly is PS3’s killer game and one we’ll still keep revisiting years from now. Get ready to eat our dust very soon.