Now that we are coming to the end of this console generation, the PS4 already announced and the next Xbox set for it’s reveal before E3. I thought I would start a new series on my Youtube channel where I would revisit some of my favourite games from the PS3 and Xbox 360. Mainly looking at older games, I want to see how they have aged throughout the generation and if the gameplay and visuals still hold up today.
Episode one of course focuses on Motorstorm. It was one of the very first games I owned on the PS3 alongside Resistance: Fall of Man and Ridge Racer, as it was a bundle. It was also where my love for the Motorstorm series began.
While recording this video it became obvious just how great the game still looks even 7 years after it’s original release. I mean honestly, games are being released now that don’t look half as good.
Even though the series has progressed in terms of visuals and the tightness of the controls, it still feels great to play, although it made me realise again that one of the reasons I don’t think Motorstorm ever really took off with the mainstream audience was because of the accessibility of the gameplay. There still remains a learning curve, that not man people would want to take the time and master, especially if racing games are not your usual games of choice. This definitely isn’t Mario Kart or even one of the Criterion developed Need for Speed games.
The series sold progressively worse with each new title, although not too shabby, sales of the first game warranted 2 sequels on the PS3 as well as Arctic Edge releasing on both the PS2 and PSP, with Motorstorm RC a downloadable launch title for PS Vita.
I hope Evolution revisit Motorstorm on both PS4 and PS Vita once they get this Drive Club out of their system, and hopefully it will be a full Motorstorm experience.
Although I still hold many fond memories of the original Motorstorm, the series peaked for myself with Pacific Rift. I have enjoyed all the game in the series thus far, but Pacific Rift in my eyes really blows them all out of the water. I think that not only is it my favourite racing game this generation, but it’s also one of my favourite racers of all time.