MotorStorm RC review

Mini MotorStorm makes for a sizable sensation on PS3 and Vita

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Fast-paced racing action

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    Cross-platform support

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    Pop-up challenge notices


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    Local multiplayer races only

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    Limited car customization

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    No power-ups or turbo boosts

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A throwback to such dusty, musty classics as R.C. Pro-Am and Super Off-Road, MotorStorm RC features miniature muscle cars, monster trucks, dune buggies, and other tiny transports on tracks inspired by atmospheric locales in Sony’s off-road franchise. The emphasis is on pure, unadulterated racing, with an engaging social element that has you issuing and accepting challenges from friends.

MS RC's simple approach gives you the choice of locale, event selection, and the challenge of beating seven computer-controlled rivals across each twisting course, all in the classic isometric viewing angle. That’s basically it. Races are often over within a minute, and while there are multiple event types within a region, the object in each is basically the same: weave through each course as quickly as possible to earn the medals needed to unlock new events and vehicles.

Each of the game’s four locales (Monument Valley, Arctic Edge, Pacific Rift, and Apocalypse) is home to 12 events, with each event having three medals to win. A first-place finish in a standard race will unlock all three medals, with other events offering slightly different objectives. “Hot lap” has you trying to set the fastest lap time, “pursuit” involves passing rival cars as quickly as possible, and “drift” has you power-sliding across corners to earn a certain number of points.

The vehicles you’ll unlock all sport different degrees of handling, from muscle cars that slip and slide to buggies that offer tight turning. Of course, all of the RC cars can be difficult to control if you’re used to their bigger counterparts. The zippy acceleration and lightweight feel makes trying to perfect each course a challenge, especially when racing on ice or with the high-speed sports cars.

While the title offers plenty of replay value for those seeking to earn all of the medals, the real drawing power of the game is the continuous updates you’ll receive from friends or by viewing the Twitter-like feed from the game’s “Pitwall.” You’ll receive posts on the fastest times in a particular event and the person who broke the previous record, giving you added incentive to revisit an event.

After each race, you can post your results on Facebook to confuse mom, dad, and Aunt Edna, or send out a challenge to your friends on the PlayStation Network. There are also online leaderboards, a time attack mode, and a playground option where you can spend some time zipping around a stunt park filled with ramps, bowls, and basketball hoops.

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