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Published by: Sony / Genre: Driving & Racing / Release date: 2007-03-23 / Subcategory: /Racing

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      10.10.2011 14:57
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      not a bad game and certainly worth buying

      Motorstorm was one of the first games I bought with my ps3 along with Resistance in the package deal.

      Its a Racing game developed by Evolution Studios and was one of the first games realeased for the then NEW ps3 when it came out in 2006/7

      The game itself is pretty straight forward, your task is to race in a whole series of different races all based off-road with different vehicles and to win as many as you can to be crowned the Motorstorm festival champion which is based in the fictional location of Monument Valley.

      Players get you use 7 different types of vehicles throughout the game: bikes, ATVs, buggies, rally cars, racing trucks, mudpluggers and big rigs. all the vehicles have pros and cons, some are quick to accellerate but are flimsy and crash easy while others like the trucks are slower but once going can bash other players out the way and stick to the road better.

      For each of the races you come across you have to select your vehicle to compete in that event and you will soon learn which are the best and for what type of course.

      The races themselves are quite well setup with many scenic tracks and fantastic airtime in the jumps. The vahicles and terrain also take real time damage and change as its used so the course is dynamic.

      You also get the use of nitrous boosts but you need to keep an eye on the temp of your engine because if you boost when your vehicle is redlining then it will blow up.

      That really is all the game in a nutshell. You pick a vehicle and race against other AI vehicles or friends to complete different events and unlock others to complete the game.

      The music is quite good and atmospheric and inkeeping with the game. The graphics are actually quite good for a racing game and the different vehicles are fun to try out.

      Personally I'm not a massive fan of driving games i'm more an RPG adventure guy but I did like this and it was a good laugh at times.

      The good thing is that you should be able to pick this up for £10 or less pretty much anywhere now so its a good addition to your collection for a cheap price.

      Oh yeah and interestingly it holds the Guinness World Record for the most variety of different vehicles in a racing game apparently so there is lots to choose from.

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      25.12.2009 18:01

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      Surprisingly good for a launch title

      Motorstorm was a launch title for the PS3 back in March 2007, and like the vast majority of launch titles, it primarily serves as a tech demo, showing off the visual capabilities of the console and being a bit lean on features. That said, though, it is a fun arcade-style romp that has some decent online features and a welcome level of difficulty.

      The game is an off-road racer which sees you driving through various dusty and craggy locations against numerous computer-controlled foes, in the hope of advancing through a series of cups. What's most striking about the game off the bat is its graphics; they are STUNNING, from the particular effects of the dust, to the vehicular models, to the motion blur and explosions, this looks fantastic. It is one of the best looking launch titles I have seen on any current-gen console, and it certainly takes a while before you really get used to the quality of the visuals: they aren't to be taken for granted!

      Gameplay is a mixed bag. Vehicles are intentionally quite difficult to handle due to the off-road format, but there is a great selection of vehicles, from bikes, to ATVs, to even larger vehicles. Each has their own plusses and minuses so the game is for the most part quite well balanced. There are also lots of maps, and the cup mode is legitimately quite challenging, particularly when it reverses the maps, making for an even more difficult race!

      There is also a solid online offering, allowing you to play with about a dozen other players in an epic race. This is a very fun mode and somewhat compensates for the lack of local multiplayer, which was thankfully rectified in the brilliant sequel, Pacific Drift.

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      20.10.2009 19:23
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      Great title from PS3

      When I first heard about this title I was very sceptical about it and immediately perceived it as being a typical racing game and what's more a motorbike racing game.

      However my perceptions were completely incorrect as this is an off road racing game in which you can choose your vehicle. The vehicles range from buggy's to truck's to quad bikes.

      If you choose to take part in the one player game, you can either enter your vehicle in a race packed with with lots of different types of vehicle, or you can race around the circuits in a standard race where only one form of vehicle is allowed to enter. You will race around a series of desert courses, each with their own unique bumps, blind corners and thrills.

      This is a high octane and extremely fast game, once your vehicle is charged, you can unleash a sudden burst of nos which will propel you forward at a terrific speed but it makes all the more difficult to react to the corners!. In addition to this, on a bike, you can punch and kick your opponents off their bikes but be warned they can do the same to you. Some of the crashes, which are quite common are spectacular and the wipeout will be shown again in slow motion.

      To accompany the thrills and spills of this game, comes a great soundtrack of dance tracks which really capture the energy of the game. The control system will allow you to use the six axis of the control pad which will mean that the vehicles motion will be extremely sensitive to movement, or you can simply use the analogue controls.

      I prefer using the latter as it gives me much better control and the controls in general react brilliantly, there is no sluggishness, nor are the control difficult to get to grips with. What is of importance is timing and learning the various course. Once you know the course well you can take short cuts through a valley or making a huge jump off a ledge to gain the upper hand.

      The graphics are some of the best seen on the ps3 with fantastic resolution, very crisp, vibrant bright back drops which only add to the games worth.

      Overall if you like racers you will love this and if you don't, you will still love this. Given an extremely cheap price of under 10.00 now, what are you waiting for?

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      19.10.2009 14:14
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      A challenging but grealty enjoyable racing game

      Motorstorm was one of the orginal releases for the PS3 and really pushes the early ability of the console with its amazing graphics. Motorstorm breaks away from the more traditional racing games.

      Motorstorm is unique in the aspect that every lap can be different with multiple ways round the track. With a number of different types of vehicles to choose from you have to make sure you pick the right way round the track for your vehicle. You can choose to race as a bike or a lorry and plenty in between and each vehicle will bring disadvantages and advantages to each track.

      The single player mode has no set difficulty the computer drivers just get better and the tracks get harder as you go along which is why you have to work out the quickest route round each track.

      If your really want a challenge you can turn on the six-axis and control your vehicle with the controller just like you would with wii controllers.

      The graphics for this game are truly brilliant. In a 3 lap race you can still see all the tyre marks in the mud from the first lap and the slow motion crashes are spectacular. I have found myself pausing the game many times when I crash to watch it over and over again as you see all sorts of parts falling off your vehicle in excellent detail.

      The biggest fault with this game is the that it is only single player. The online mode is great fun and will keep you entertained but the best part of a racing game is to go one on one against your friends. This fault really places a big downer on what is truly a brilliant game and would easily be a 5 Star game with it. This is however a problem that can be found with a few other racing games on the console but hopefully is just a break in trend and not the way forward for racing games.

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      07.09.2009 18:09
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      loads of fun best racing game so far

      Introduction

      When the ps3 first came out it was devoid of any superb racing games. Somebody need to step forward and give all the consoles a great racing game. They didn't. they did one better. They gave the ps3 a great game. Motor storm.

      Plot

      motor storm has well very little plot. A group of petrol heads and music lovers get together. They create motor storm. Motor storm is a music festival and grand prix in the desert. But who cares about the music lets hop into a car and do some racing.

      Features

      This game has a lot of selling points but my favourite has to be the many vehicle classes. There are 7 in all with loads of different vehicles in each class. The seven classes are : mud pluggers, atvs, rally cars, racing cars, racing trucks, bikes and big rigs. Mud pluggers are all rounder's light and fast but can hold there own. Atvs are fast and nimble and are more suited for bumpier routes. Rally cars are speedy but cant handle the bumpy tracks. Racing cars are super speedy but are easily forced into the walls. Racing trucks are supped up pick up trucks with a little less speed then the cars but are harder the push about. Bikes are the fastest thing on offer but your easily knocked down by the cars and trucks. Now the big rigs. These beasts are very slow but will crush any thing it touches. The big rigs cant be taken onto high ground as they will plummet down. Fast.

      Game play

      The graphics are superb with the amazing details but into the many tracks and bikes. Sadly I have the Japanese version which has no online so I can not comment on the online that I know is on the English version. the lighting is amazing with the shadowing of the cars truly amazing. This has to be one of the finest games ever.

      Conclusion

      Loads of fun while the story mode lasts and should keep you occupied until grand turismo 4 comes out

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      27.07.2009 20:19

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      A decent racer but not the best

      This was one of the games that came bundled with my Playstation 3. It is a decent racing game but it does have some features missing.

      The graphics on this title are amazing considering it was a launch title. When mud and dirt flies up at the screen it will wow you. The cars also look great. However, these graphics do make load times and vehicle selection a bit of a slow process but its not a game ruiner.

      The actual gameplay is very fun with loads of destruction. The bigger vehicles are harder to shunt off the road while the little ones are faster. This makes the game very balanced in my opinion. The mud pluggers and big rigs are better trudging though the mud while bikes are best suited to the narrow short cuts. I like the fact that each track has different routes for different vehicles to exploit.

      The downside to Motorstorm is that it doesn't feature any local multiplayer. This is a basic feature which I think is essential in any racing game. The single player races feel like they are training you for the online mode. This is where the game is the most fun. Beating real life opponents and destroying their vehicles is great fun.

      Overall, Motorstorm is a good racer but has a few features missing.

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      24.07.2009 16:49

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      A very good cheap buy

      Motorstorm is a racing game with a range of different racing tracks mainly desert based. The gameplay is very good and exciting as you have extra features such as NOS (Nitrous Oxide). There is a range of different vehicles (Motorcyclye - Lorry) each of which is better in certain terrains so one may good be for one track but not so good for another.

      The game has one game mode which then makes this game quite repetitive in the end but it does have mulitplayer aswell which then changes it up as you can test your skills versus other players across the globe. The graphics are of a ok standard but this is probably because it was one of the first games to be brought out for the Play Station 3.

      Due to the fact that it is now very cheap it would be a worthwhile game to purchase and add to your collection.

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      11.07.2009 00:07
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      A great racing experience with a variety of routes and vehicles to keep you thinking.

      Motorstorm has had massive success since release on the launch date of the PS3. Being an exclusive title, Motorstorm is one of the games that Sony will often show to showcase the power of the Playstation 3. Even though it was released over two years ago now and has a sequel I still find myself playing this game from time to time for the sheer experience. Experience you say? The Motorstorm experience is something else. Stick the disc in, admire the superb graphics and detailed landscapes in high definition and turn up the volume. Because this game isn't Gran Turismo, it is rough, tough and is accompanied by some very suitable loud tracks which go brilliantly when you're having a fast and furious race.

      The game is a simple concept. It strikes you as a racing meet up, that only a select few hardcore drivers and fans know about and from there it is just carnage and winning. No-one is trying to perfect their lap time, they are trying to survive in whatever way they can and cross that line. The career mode of the game puts you in a racing festival and the objective is to get through the various races with various vehicles as the overall winner of the festival. The aim is to unlock new events and work your way up to the final race.

      As for races, you have the option of being seven different vehicles. These are Big Rigs, Racing Trucks, Rally Cars, Mud Pluggers, Buggies, ATV's and Bikes. In a race a player must choose a vehicle and often compete against some of the other vehicles on one of eight different tracks. Eight tracks may seem small but there has been a lot of effort put into these tracks with several routes on each track to reach the finish. This makes vehicle selection interesting because there is no one vehicle which has a clear advantage as the tracks all have varying routes complete with a combination of mud pits, jumps, surfaces, obstacles and cliffs. Between two and fifteen cars can race at one time, but Motorstorm has been criticised for the lack of split screen play. One of the aspects that shows Motorstorm at its best is the realism of the crashes which can happen from over boosting, being hit by another vehicle or an unfortunate encounter with the terrain. The crashes look very real and on the smaller vehicles you can even see the man flailing his arms in the air hoping he'll be alright!

      The career mode on Motorstorm is quite thin in my opinion which is why online is essential. I found now over two years on from release, there are around fifty people on Motorstorm online at one time which is just about enough to have a variety of races to keep you entertained. Headsets are enabled but not too many people seem to use them. It is really enjoyable racing lag free online with up to eleven other people. I'm not too good myself having won one race in about thirty but i do choose large races in my defence!

      I never thought I would still play a game over two years on and with a sequel but Motorstorm keeps me coming back from time to time for a thrilling experience.

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      20.05.2009 17:31

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      Great game and amazing value.

      Motorstorm is a new age racing game which basically creates a whole new genre whilst managing to bring amazing graphics to the the table in a brutal racer and for once creating a game that still feels like it is worthwhile.
      Playstation has always been know for great racing games and has always pushed the boundaries of imagination to the furthest limits and Motorstorm is the newest of these original style games.
      This game is set in the middle of a desert wilderness where off road racers rule the roost and where super charged turbo boost is something that done right will win the race but done wrong will set your entire vehicle on fire.
      This game is an adreneline fest which throws new exciting challenges up and has an amazing yet brutal control system mixed with stunning graphics and terrific audio to make the entire experience a fast paced and stunning game that you can play over and over and never tire of.
      All in all one of the great games of the racing genre and possibly a game that will open up a whole new world of gameplay to the masses.

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      15.05.2009 16:33
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      The best first game on the Playstation 3

      Motorstomr was the first game to be released on the day the Playstation 3 officially launched in the uk.
      The game is an exotic style racer in the fact you can drive a number of differnet vehicles around some very mental tracks.
      The vehicles range from bikes, quad bikes, rally cars, dirt buggys and even big rigs. All of which have a boost to propel you at the speed of light through mud and even off cliffs.
      Your vehicles also take realistic damage to, so yes when you do smash into another vehicle you loose say a body panel.
      Another great feature is the fact that you see things like mud build up on the vehicle and how tracks get left from others too.
      The graphics are all very very nice. It looks great, its really fast and just wow!
      The only downside to this game is the lack of two player. Yes you can go online and play against 12 people in one go, which is pretty impressive you cant play with a mate next to you in the same room. What is with that?

      The new game pacific rift has the two player feature - at last!!

      But back to motorstorm.
      The game also has some really good soundtracks too. Great music to dash and crash to.
      If you decide to be a bike you can suprisingly swear at other bikers and drivers, which is quite funny, and makes it all the more real.

      With lots of tracks and enw vehicles to unlock there is plenty in the game to keep you occupied for a while.
      So the game is definately worth a look.

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      19.02.2009 20:33
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      Good for those looking for a discounting fix of arcade racing.

      Motorstorm is an arcade style racer that pits varied types of vehicles (ranging from motorbikes to fire engines) against one another in a variety of offroad tracks.

      The first thing to note about Motorstorm is that the game is a lot of fun. The graphics are good and the physics are solid, but the gameplay is where the game really shines. There are thrills aplenty, and you'll often be gritting your teeth or feeling the adrenaline pump as you risk being smashed into a wall to overtake someone on the last bend. Being inches ahead of a truck as it attempts to crush your bike, or knocking someone off their ATV in your rally car, are just two of the moments that make this game a joy to play, and they happen regularly.

      The downside is that the game does not have a lot of substance to it. There are not a lot of tracks, the vehicle choice could have been better and the career mode is just a set of races and has no real substance. There is also no split screen multiplayer, which seems absolutely criminal in a game that is this much fun. The game seems made for split screen multiplayer, but as it stands you can only race against others online. It should be noted that the sequel does fix this problem, though even with split screen missing Motorstorm does feature a competent online mode.

      The lack of content is disappointing, but at the same time it can't truly dampen the fact that Motorstorm is a lot of fun, and you will have a lot of fun with it. The sequel is a superior game, and has that fantastic split screen multiplayer mode, but for as a discount purchase Motorstorm is well worth it, and will offer offers of adrenaline fueled racing.

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      28.01.2009 21:38
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      Definitely worth owning, and great fun, but could have been better

      ames to use a fully fledged Havok physics system. It responded to your actions in clever, realistic ways. Almost inevitably, a lot of the weight of the PS3's initial success was placed on it's shoulders.

      A couple of years on, and a sequel has been released, while developers across the globe have made huge progress on the console. So, is the original, one of the PS3's first AAA titles. still worth playing? In a word - absolutely.

      Motorstorm is an off-road racing game. It allows you to choose your vehicle from several types, ranging from nimble motorbikes and ATVs to middle of the range racing trucks to speedy rally cars to immense Big Rigs. You progress by winning events, or tickets, which get progressively harder. The premise is simple, but very well executed.

      The brutal off-road racing is innovative, fresh and never seems to get old. The game is perpetually exciting, and can either pull you in for hours on end, or thrill you in a few short minutes. Firstly, the graphics. Visually, Motorstorm will quite probably take your breath away. Even with all the advances made since it's launch over two years ago, it still holds up remarkably well - the recent sequel only looks a little better, which is testament to the capabilities of the first instalment. The vehicles and environments are detailed, although all tracks share the same muddy premise. This mud is actaully very attractive though, and works in a highly original way - it flicks up onto the screen as you drive, and the racetrack stays deformed as the race progresses. For example, on the third lap, the tracks made in lap one will still be visible. Graphically, Motorstorm is masterful.

      The soundtrack is similar to marmite - you'll either love it or hate it. Personally, I fall into the latter category. It mainly consists of hard rock and heavy metal, which will annoy you if they aren't your favourite genres. The shortage of songs is also irritating, and quickly becomes repetitive. The vehicles sound decent enough, and vary from class to class - for example, you can tell the difference between a bike and a big rig. This doesn't make up for the poor soundtrack though.

      The racing itself is addictive and extremely enjoyable. Vehicles have a realistic sense of weight, and bashing into one another is great fun. The handling veers towards the arcade end of the scale rather than focusing on realism. It is consistently fast paced and high octane - getting bored is not easy. The highlight is definitely crashing; the game slows down to show you the carnage in full detail, and never fails to look spectacular.

      The single player mode is good, but not perfect. The gameplay is so good that it distracts you from a lot of the flaws, but that doesn't mean they aren't there. There are two few tracks - only eight - and while you won't get bored because of the exciting racing and multiple routes through each one, depending on your vehicle, some more variety would have been nice. The lack of two player split screen is glaringly obvious and a huge shame, while the online portion feels tacked on and unfinished. The single player mode is good fun, but can become cripplingly hard towards the end of the game.

      The core mechanics of Motorstorm are spot-on. Graphically it excels, and the gameplay is insanely addictive and a hell of a lot of fun. Unfortunately, the game itself feels under-developed in places. It's like they had top quality ingredients, but followed the wrong recipe. That's not to say you won't enjoy it, because you undoubtably will - Motorstorm is still one of the best racing games on the PS3 - but there is a slightly disappointing sense that it could have been a lot more.

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      28.01.2009 21:28
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      At the price it is now available at, you would be mad not to buy it.

      Motorstorm was one of the Launch titles for the Sony Playstation 3 and served as a warning to Sony's competitors that their new next generation console means business.

      The first thing that strikes you about this game is the extraordinary amount of action going on on one screen. This has now become the norm for Playstation games, but at the time it was brand new and quite staggering.

      The game centres around the world of off road racing but puts a unique spin on it by using really creative terrain and making the races open to various types of vehicles from motorcycles to trucks. This really adds another dimension to the racing as there are numerous routes around each course and picking the right one that suits your chosen vehicle could be the difference between winning and losing. This works really well and can be a real laugh when trying to just canyons in a big monster truck when the leap was really meant for motorcycles.

      The races are structure well enough to keep you interested and coming back for more, despite being infuriatingly difficult at times. There is a real sense of "one more go" about this and the feeling of joy when you finally finish in the top 3 is more than worth it.

      Whilst the one player aspects of the game are great, the action really hots up when you take the game online. Multiplayer races are readily available and new tracks are constantly added to the downloads section, as well as new online modes like 'time attack'.

      There is now a new version of this game out called Motorstorm 'Pacific Rift', which is a big improvement, but this as a standalone title is great in its own right and will provide great value for money now.

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      12.01.2009 22:35
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      10/10, an amazing game

      I was fortunate enough to get hold of a PS3 on launch day in the UK and this was one of the games I bought with my package. As a launch day release I was not expecting too much from the game but boy was I wrong!

      In my opinion Motorstorm is a racer of the very highest quality, the graphics look absolutely stunning - even on the small, non-HD TV I was playing on the vehicles, and particularly the scenery, look amazingly realistic. I can only imagine how good they would look on a full HDTV.

      The various vehicle types available for racing are:
      Rally Car
      Racing Truck
      Big Rig
      Buggie
      Bike
      ATV
      Mudplugger

      For some races you are given a choice of vehicle types and for others the type is given to you and you choose your model. All of these vehicles respond differently to the rough terrain (see below), while some can boost for longer and others can take more damage but drive slower (Big Rig for example).

      With regards to the terrain, the developers have implemented real time track deformation which means that the player will never experience the same lap twice as each vehicle will be carving up the track. Each circuit also has a number of different potential routes, choosing the correct route for your vehicle type can have a huge effect on your finishing position.

      Although I am by no means a hardcore gamer I was very impressed by the lifespan of this game as to get wins in all the races took me a number of months - this being more due to the difficulty level than the number of races.

      There is an online mode where, as you would expect, you race against other gamers. As with all PS3 titles this is free of charge, and I believe Motorstorm to have excellent online performance with very little lag. There was an issue during the game's first few months where players were able to cheat online by constantly boosting without their car exploding but this has been fixed with a patch which the system will prompt you to download when you switch it on.

      Since Motorstorm's release you can now download additional vehicles as well as livery if you want to extend the games lifespan.

      I would have no hesitation in recommending this game to anybody. I still play it occasionally now, even 18 months or more after I bought it.

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      31.10.2008 09:15
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      A great racing game the Playstation 3 needs.

      Motorstrom is a Playstation 3 launch title, and it came with a shock. It was a fantastic and exciting racing game like nothing seen before. I tried the free demo on the Playstation Store and I was hooked, straight away I ordered it online and Motorstorm was worth the wait. It kept me entertained for hours, the game was great.

      First, Motorstorm is quite hard, rarely did I win a race, usually I came about 3rd or 4th. However, there is still plenty of action from crashes, boost and great jumps that will keep you hooked.

      The controls are quite tricky if you want to dominate but for basic users you will be able to race easily.

      The different vechiles available such as bikes or cars don't make a big difference to the racing except the boost. Some cars run out of boost quicker and take longer to reload.

      The graphics are great, it is fantastic to see cars race around the desert on a HDTV! The sound is also great as they have picked the soundtrack well, with it fitting into every track setting the mood. The game has a great framerate and runs very smooth but can sometimes freeze.

      Overall, a great game and one of the best selling on the PS3 with great grapics!

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  • Product Details

    MotorStorm is a brutal, offroad racing game set in the fictitious desert environment of Monument Valley. Players descend upon the MotorStorm Festival, a celebration of the alternative and extreme offroad racing culture and can take on a variety of racing fanatics to battle through chaotic, action-packed tracks.