Motorstorm: Apocalypse (www.motorstorm.com) Rated T for Teen by ESRB. Breakneck speeds and spectacular crashes through an apocalyptic urban area- what’s not to love?! Motorstorm: Apocalypse is as manly as it sounds. There’s motors and apocalypse all mixed up in a beastly stormy package. At its core, it’s still an arcade racing game, but unlike the two previous Motorstorm games, this iteration is set in an urban setting and it is more story-driven. There are around 40 tracks that differ depending on the active catastrophic events that occur within the game.

Motorstorm: Apocalypse Motorstorm: Apocalypse(www.motorstorm.com) Rated T for Teen by ESRB. Breakneck speeds and spectacular crashes through an apocalyptic urban area- what’s not to love?! Motorstorm: Apocalypse is as manly as it sounds. There’s motors and apocalypse all mixed up in a beastly stormy package. At its core, it’s still an arcade racing game, but unlike the two previous Motorstorm games, this iteration is set in an urban setting and it is more story-driven. There are around 40 tracks that differ depending on the active catastrophic events that occur within the game.




Besides the basic bikes, buggies, and trucks from the first couple games, there are now supercars, superbikes, hot hatches, muscle cars, and even choppers. The races in The Festival occur during massive natural disasters where the earth quakes and bridges collapse while you are racing on them. The tracks change in real time and alter the paths you race on, making for very tense action especially when they cause either you or your opponents to crash. During one race, the ground opened up and I was racing underground and then next thing I know I was on a cliff side and then on a collapsing bridge and burning city streets. The game is seamless in its transitions in scenery while maintaining the feeling of frenetic action racing.

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As before, the unique gameplay element is around the boosting mechanism. You have a boost meter which is like nitro and it makes you go faster, but you risk using too much and overheating your engine, causing you to explode and respawn. However there are features on the tracks that can help cool (or even overheat) your vehicle so you can use more boost. Planning ahead in the routes you take to optimally use your boost will be the key to winning. New to the series is the idea of “air-cooling.” If you release your accelerator while you are in the air during a jump, it will help cool your boost gauge. This little gameplay element really adds to interactiveness instead of mindless holding accelerate during big air jumps.

The AI you race with is very challenging and almost feels like cheating with its ‘rubber band-ness’ some times. Basically in order to win some of the more challenging races, you cannot crash at all. It helps to use your shunting ability to knock the other drivers into obstacles and crash.

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Graphically, the game is marvelous for its original vistas and immersiveness. I’m not sure how a destroyed city would look, but I definitely have a good idea after playing this game. For the modders who like racing games, new to the series is the ability to customize your vehicle with vinyls, different visual parts, and also the ability to modify the handling characteristics, boosting and offensive abilities through a “perks” system. This element of the game really adds to the addictiveness factor and keeps a player invested in the car and races.

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Motorstorm: Apocalypse feels like a constant barrage on the senses at times and can be overwhelming to players new to arcade racing. There is constantly something going on, whether it is a falling building about to block your path, or the big-rig truck next to you trying to run you off the road, or all of these things happening at the same time, there is a LOT of stuff to pay attention to. With practice, these tense elements will become fun and challenging and ultimately very rewarding to win races. You’ll feel like a crash test dummy at times, a bit of frustration even, but ultimately any fan of racing games would do well to buy this game for its breakneck speeds and intense thrills!

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