Before any of the intricacies of the game are touched upon in this review a certain number of things must be said about the same that managed to provide monumental tilt in the game’s favor. Besides being the best looking PlayStation 3 game to date, MotorStorm has also has the capability to suck you out of the real world and completely destroy your social life. The online multiplayer is immeasurably fun and should ruin any semblance of social skills you’ve acquired over the course of your life and have your friends wondering what happened to you for the past however many days or weeks. Capable online multiplayer is a must for games and can either make or break a title depending upon how well it is executed. Never has the case been more evident than with MotorStorm.
MotorStorm was one of the most hyped games for the PlayStation 3 that were to be released early in 2007 and for the most part the game succeeds. It is one of the most stunning visual achievements on next-gen systems by any margin. The terrain of tracks, the vehicles, the carnage of the crashes, everything is beautifully crafted and is worth of recognition to the highest degree. The games graphical supremacy on the PlayStation 3 is likely to remain unchallenged until the heavyweights start to emerge later in 2007 (Metal Gear Solid 4, Final Fantasy 13, etc.).
The tracks in MotorStorm are stellar. Depending upon the vehicle you choose you’ll be better suited to take a particular path in any given track, as they all branch out differently. Muddier paths that are harder to control are geared towards the bigger vehicles while smooth sailing terrain should be used for smaller vehicles that handle jumps well. Don’t expect the tracks to be smooth sailing either, carnage was mentioned for a reason. Unless you just want to see how many ways you roll off a cliff, crash into racers or anything else, you’ll want to be exceptionally careful because one wrong move can send your plummeting to your … respawn.
The vehicles handle well once you get used to the physics of the game and you’ll find yourself making all of the insane, death-defying jumps in no time. However, the extra vehicles that you can unlock really just serve as new skins without any statistical skews of any sort. This is a bit disappointing because it means if you’ve raced with one there’s no point in exploring another. Unless you like that paint job just that much more.
As mentioned before the pinnacle of the game is racing online with different people and friends, however this also means that the single player suffers significantly. If you’re not planning to play online you won’t get much mileage out of the title since there are only a handful of tracks available at the moment. The single player will leave you clamoring for more as the unlockables aren’t really worth all that much unlocking. So unless you’re a massive fan of repetition and increasingly tactical AI, you might want to just head to online play.
The very nature of the tracks, however limited, is what truly makes the online experience engrossing. Being able to deter someone from that critical jump so they go crashing is one of the most riveting experiences in the game and it’s perfectly legal. While the larger vehicles don’t carry the frenetic pace of the smaller ones, going through the mud and trying to get the lead is exponentially more fun when you know that there’s someone right there trying to make you mess up on the next turn. Without the online feature, MotorStorm would have fallen flat on its proverbial face.
What it truly comes down to is this: are you looking forward a balls-to-the-wall arcade racing experiences? If yes, then MotorStorm is for you. It’s one of the most beautiful video games ever to be released and will undoubtedly have you gawking from now until three months in the future when you see someone knocked off of their bike and go tumbling on the hard dirt. Everything works together to provide an amazing aesthetical experience that is amazing online, which makes up for a lackluster single player mode. Overall 8.1/10