MotorStorm: Pacific Rift PlayStation 3

  • Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2008
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 63 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
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  1. As a racer, Pacific Rift hits all the gears – it just lacks that extra one to kick things into overdrive.
  2. Edge Magazine
    70
    Pacific Rift certainly feels a more complete game than its predecessor, but the state of the art has moved on considerably since the original wowed at launch. [Dec 2008, p.87]
  3. The inconsistent quality of Pacific Rift's tracks and vehicles ultimately gets the better of it
  4. With the first Motorstorm we were amazed by the stunning graphics, spectacular crashes and the aggressive AI. With Pacific Rift we are treated to some great new environments and courses but the developer Evolution Studios hasn't really found their direction for this sequel. Four player co-op is great but the news here aren't enough to redeem uneven graphics, unpredictable crashes and lack of direction.
  5. MotorStorm Pacific Rift retains the same charms that MotorStorm offered but, as with the original game, there's just not enough variation in the single-player campaign because the race modes on offer are fairly rudimentary.
  6. Despite fulfilling all the promises they made to fans of the first game - split screen action, more vehicles on screen and larger levels - Evolution Studios haven't really dared to do too many new things. The graphics haven't been sharpened enough and the game feels more like MotorStorm 1.5 than a sequel. Fun, but not much more.
  7. Motorstorm: Pacific Rift might be the game its progenitor wanted to be, but it isn’t quite the game it could be when compared to its peers. Pacific Rift is a competent, robust, and fun racer, but not a particularly deep or innovative one.
  8. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    60
    The core racing experience makes the misstep of celebrating failure rather than making the actual winning of races definable fun. [Dec 2008, p.90]
  9. The major issue here is one of expectations; Pacific Rift falls well short of them. Motorstorm was a stellar introduction to the PS3 and the sequel feels like a watered-down, consumer-friendly game that doesn’t add up to the sum of its parts. If you’re looking for an arcade racer there’s more on the market than back in March 2007, and many of these have made advances while Pacific Rift is stuck in Motorstorm’s beautifully realised mud.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 319 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 41
  2. Negative: 2 out of 41
  1. Mar 27, 2012
    10
    the best driving arcade game of the gaming history. It is wild and frenetic, you can feel the motor and gasoline running in your blood to andthe best driving arcade game of the gaming history. It is wild and frenetic, you can feel the motor and gasoline running in your blood to and you can fly the heavier metal. Its simply the best Full Review »
  2. Oct 17, 2010
    9
    I have given it a 9 because after a while it gets boring, however it will never get boring if you constantly have a friend round round who'sI have given it a 9 because after a while it gets boring, however it will never get boring if you constantly have a friend round round who's motorstorm mad. In festival it is hard so you need to be very skilled to get to rank 8. I think if it would have had better online and more variety in cars and tracks so then i would have given it a 10. I think that in motorstorm apocalypse it will have better online and more variety so when i get that and review that i think I'll give it a 10. I think pacific rift is worth buying and i think it will be worth getting apocalypse in the future Full Review »
  3. MM
    Apr 20, 2009
    10
    Best arcade racer you will find on any console. Amazing graphics and the cars all handle well. Each vehicle handles differently, but there is Best arcade racer you will find on any console. Amazing graphics and the cars all handle well. Each vehicle handles differently, but there is vehicle better than the rest, resulting in a very balanced game. The PS3 handles it perfectly with no slow down, no matter what chaos is going on around, with great use of the Havok physics engine. Each level has many ways around them. I've been playing for over 10 hours and am still finding new paths for different vehicles. Any review saying the game suffers from slow down or bad grapahics (Frank B.) clearly has not played the game, not to mention the ludacrious claim of the PS3 breaking down all the time. If you doubt the graphics, just find some screen shots. It really is a great game. Full Review »