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Motorstorm Apocalypse Review

A solid racer that adds noteworthy features to the franchise

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The game also features a variety of multiplayer options. Players can do quick races online in either chase or eliminator modes, with offline split-screen. When going online, the game supports large lobbies that encourages player voting for the next track. There is also a unique betting system, which lets players bet either on themselves or against those who they think they can beat in a race. This earns you extra credits towards leveling up, which itself unlocks new items and perks. Players can select up to 4 perks, which range from extra damage during crashes, boosts of speed, higher engine heat threshold, and others. As more are unlocked, it can become a very strategic decision on what loadout to bring in each race.
 
Sadly, it has to be said that Motorstorm Apocalypse suffered from a perfect storm of bad luck (no pun intended). The game was released in Europe in March, with the release in North America set to follow later, in April, for reasons unknown. Due to the tragedy in Japan, the game’s release was then further delayed to May. In yet another occurance, the PSN has been down for over 3 weeks between April and May, which is when Apocalypse was released. Now that game’s finally out, there seems to be very little interest – an effect best seen in empty online lobbies, and that’s unlikely to change.
 
Motorstorm Apocalypse
 
Apocalypse is uniquely presented, not just because it has a story to follow along with, but also thanks to the interesting graphical style used. The Festival mode progress is presented with comic book style animated cutscenes, which are well drawn and add flavor to the game’s presentation. The in-game graphics are good as well, though sometimes the textures aren’t very sharp. Nontheless, the destruction often looks great and vehicle damage models are detailed well. The game’s soundtrack is also a standout, with some mixes from DJ Shadow, though the number of songs is lacking.
 
Motorstorm Apocalypse is a fitting entry in the PS3-excuslive series that tries to bring something new to the franchise. The game’s main hook – deforming environments – is well designed and implemented, offering exactly what players might expect. The destroyed city is an interesting and unique location that is also immersive thanks to the addition of the ongoing human conflict. The racing is signature Motorstorm style, which means many crashes but also fair respawn timing. Sadly, due to a variety of factors outside of the game’s control, the multiplayer lobbies sit empty just a week after release. Apocalypse is a solid chapter in the Motorstorm franchise that brings something substantially new to the table, and though it may not always be perfectly executed, it’s a well-made racer nonetheless.

Presentation
75
The game's comic book style cutscenes and light story aren't anything to brag about, but for a racing series usually devoid of such features, it's a nice touch.
Gameplay
82
Classic arcade racing, this time with the twist of dynamic track changes. If you thought the dynamic events in Split Second needed to be on a grander scale, Motorstorm Apocalypse is the game for you.
Single Player
76
A decently long single player campaign is a number of races stringed together by the Festival storyline. There's little reason to play through it again, as all tracks are unlocked for quick races.
Multiplayer
69
Perks, deep vehicle customization, and betting are some of the attractive features. Sadly, due to a series of unfortunate events, online lobbies are empty and that's unlikely to change.
Performance
85
The game runs well, even with alot of destruction and effects on screen. Some textures are on the low resolution side, but overall the game is stable.
Overall
77
Motorstorm Apocalypse brings a distinctive feature to the series, alongside the classic gameplay, that sets it apart from the previous titles. If not for the game's empty multiplayer, this would have been a complete racing package for fans of destruction.
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#1 May 25, 2011 12:36:39 (May 25, 2011 12:36)

sirdesmond
Sad to see this game had to release when it did. The earthquake in Japan delaying it mixed with the PSN being down was a one-two punch creatively interesting games like this don't need...
MotorStorm: Apocalypse
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PlayStation 3
Our Rating
77%
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MotorStorm: Apocalypse is ranked #404 out of 787 total games.
404. MotorStorm: Apocalypse
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