• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Oct 28, 2008
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  • Summary: The brutal offroad racing festival is back, with players this time attempting to tackle the diversity and unpredictability of a remote Pacific island environment. MotorStorm: Pacific Rift revisits the intense racing action introduced in last year's MotorStorm, this time allowing players toThe brutal offroad racing festival is back, with players this time attempting to tackle the diversity and unpredictability of a remote Pacific island environment. MotorStorm: Pacific Rift revisits the intense racing action introduced in last year's MotorStorm, this time allowing players to navigate a radically different tropical environment chock full of lush jungle, towering peaks, and crystal-clear water. Players experience a greater selection of tracks and vehicles to choose, as well as extensive multiplayer options including four player split screen and races with up to 20 players online. Additionally players can utilize a new photo mode to save images within the game and for the first time be able to take music from their PS3's HDD to create a customized soundtrack. [Sony] Expand
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  • Developer: Evolution Studios
  • Genre(s): Driving, Racing, Simulation, Rally / Offroad, Rally / Offroad, Automobile
  • # of players: 12 Online
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 63
  2. Negative: 0 out of 63
  1. Play UK
    93
    The PS3's most dramatic and beautiful racing game. [Issue#172, p.72]
  2. A very good racing game worth any attention you have left in this very busy gaming season. If you have a break from work or school anytime soon though, keep this game on your shopping list. Racing game fans? Pick it up right now!
  3. 88
    It's the multiplayer that perhaps been given the most love since the last game.
  4. The game makes many improvements over the original – it’s just hard to now recommend this title over the many superior racers that arrived in the wake of the first MotorStorm.
  5. It's not a huge departure from the original but you'll be hard pressed to find a game that delivers such frantic pace, diverse courses and realistic AI as effortlessly as Pacific Rift.
  6. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    80
    Not fussy like GT or exhaustively varied like Grid, just simple, metal-crunching competition that delivers tons of reckless fun. [Dec 2008, p.96]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 45
  2. Negative: 3 out of 45
  1. Feb 2, 2013
    10
    I played Pacific Rift after finishing M Apocalypse, and to my surprise I am enjoying over Pacific!
    Pacific Rift is far more beautiful
    I played Pacific Rift after finishing M Apocalypse, and to my surprise I am enjoying over Pacific!
    Pacific Rift is far more beautiful graphically that apocalypse, the scenery is beautiful, the vehicles seem to be much more detailed than those of m Apocalypse, the gameplay is also more natural and fun conclusion: Pacific Rift, despite being older, is much better than Motorstorm Apocalypse
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  2. 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 Expand
  3. MarkC
    Oct 31, 2008
    9
    Frank B obviously doesn't own a PS3 and neither do his friends (if he has any). This game is a great follow up to the first game. The Frank B obviously doesn't own a PS3 and neither do his friends (if he has any). This game is a great follow up to the first game. The gameplay has improved, but the only problem is it doesn't add many more features from the last game apart from the monster trucks and considerable amount of tracks added. I would highly recommend this game to anyone and I hope that they will improve it further with items you can purchase from PSN. Expand
  4. Jan 19, 2015
    9
    Best racing game ever!!! Nice cars and beautiful tracks! You feel really cool when u win a race and it is very competitive when u play withBest racing game ever!!! Nice cars and beautiful tracks! You feel really cool when u win a race and it is very competitive when u play with friends.The graphics are awesome too Expand
  5. AndyC
    Nov 23, 2008
    8
    One of the most fun games I've played in a while. However, it has put me in a bit of a debate regarding the score. I already own the One of the most fun games I've played in a while. However, it has put me in a bit of a debate regarding the score. I already own the original Motorstorm and this game doesn't really add enough new stuff. I'd hoped to be able to set up my own soundtrack, and realistically hoped for a greater improvement to the graphics. On it's own merit, this is a fantastic game - better than the original which was already great fun. The split screen racing was for me the major missing feature from the original, and adding this has already convinced me to buy two new dualshock controllers to allow 4 player racing. In fact the split screen racing is so good I've only so far managed to get through about a dozen of the single player Festival races, as everyone has wanted a go! Expand
  6. Mar 29, 2012
    8
    MotorStorm: Pacific Rift is a fantastic game. The racing style may seem crazy and arcadey at first glance, but in actual fact you have toMotorStorm: Pacific Rift is a fantastic game. The racing style may seem crazy and arcadey at first glance, but in actual fact you have to drive very skillfully to gain good positions as the difficulty increases. Breaking, control and well utilized boosts are the keys to victory here. If you drive like a wild man, you'll soon end up in Respawn Central with a one-way ticket to last place. That said, the game still offers a glut of breakneck, crazy fun; punching riders off motorcycles, crushing buggies under the wheels of a monster truck, nudging other racers off the cliffs... Great stuff! The local multiplayer is also unbelievably good and playing split-screen with friends is an endless riot. Get a few players together who know their way around the game and... Oh yeah, it's party time! The graphics are also worth a mention in the 'That's Awesome' department too. Motorstorm is truly one of the best looking games on PS3. There isn't much to say about Pacific Rift in the negative, in fact the only things that spring to mind are; A: the overbearing soundtrack (just turn the volume down in the options). B: The minimalistic bare-bones online racing (a more pertinent and disappointing problem). But these problems in no way ruin the fun that Motorstorm delivers. Expand
  7. FrankB.
    Oct 25, 2008
    1
    Worst game ever, the Wii has racing game with better graphics. The game stutters all over the place as the PS3 can't run game. I am on Worst game ever, the Wii has racing game with better graphics. The game stutters all over the place as the PS3 can't run game. I am on my 5th PS3, as PS3's break down all the time. All my friends had to ship back all of their PS3's because they broke. Expand

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