|Dev: Evolution Studios|
|Release: May 3, 2011|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p||Crude Humor, Drug Reference, Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence|
By its very nature, the premise will take some getting used to, especially if you are used to the free-wheeling format of previous MotorStorm games. However, the game hasn't changed its core mechanics, and the rally racing element is still at the forefront of the game experience. The game features thirteen different vehicle classes, and you'll need to master them all in the game's career mode. Old favorites like the dirt bike, big rig and ATV are back, but the game also includes five new car classes to master: the supercar, superbike, muscle car, hot hatch, and chopper. The new vehicles are tons of fun to play around with, and certainly add some replay value to the experience.
The story mode in MotorStorm: Apocalypse is surprisingly long, but like any current-gen automotive game, the real meat of the game experience comes from playing online. MotorStorm takes a very simplistic approach to the online mode, and it'll be up to you to find and create matches online. There is a "bet" system that allows you to earn credits for unlockables as you progress, but after you earn everything, there is little point to the bet system, other than bragging rights. However, the online mode does have one feature that will keep you coming back: a loadout system. The customizable loadout system allows you to equip earned skills (such as increased grip and extra boost) and use these skills as you tear up the track. Earning and using new loadouts was certainly the highlight of the online experience for me, and helped separate MotorStorm: Apocalypse from the crowded world of online racers currently available.
Visuals in MotorStorm: Apocalypse are breathtaking, and the amazing world that Evolution Studios has created is certainly something to behold. The stylistic choices made to represent both a persistent natural disaster as well as longstanding urban decay make the world of Apocalypse feel like a living, breathing place. Though the cars aren't as shiny as those you might find in Forza or Gran Turismo, the real star here is the environment and set-pieces, and those are all presented beautifully.
Some people like realistic automotive games. If you are looking for finely-tuned, customizable cars and real-life tracks, then MotorStorm: Apocalypse is not for you. However, if you want a racing experience that feels completely unique, and features some bold design choices, MotorStorm: Apocalypse is definitely a game worth checking out. With a robust single-player experience, fun online component, and plenty of vehicles and tracks to blast through, this is one end-of the-world party that you certainly won't want to miss!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer