GC 2008: Motorstorm: Pacific Rift Hands-On

We got to see the new volcano track in Motorstorm's tropical lineup, as well as talk to the team behind the game.

It's encouraging to see just how well Motorstorm: Pacific Rift has progressed since we first played it three months ago. With the game just weeks away from its final submission to Sony, Leipzig is the last time we'll see it before its release sometime next quarter. To mark the occasion, we checked out Motorstorm's new fire-based track and played more of the split-screen multiplayer.

The new fire track is called Wildfire, and looks set to challenge even the most hardened of Motorstorm veterans. As you get close to the lava and pockets of fire, the heat will accelerate the damage done to your engine by boosting. As fans will know, overboosting can make your vehicle explode, and going near hot objects will only make this happen quicker. Luckily, the organisers of the sport have included misting tunnels to quickly cool you down as you race around the edge of the volcano. The only downside is that they're placed on some pretty inefficient routes, meaning you'll have to take a detour to get to them.

We also got to see new characters and moves in the Leipzig demo. A fat redneck character will make it into the game complete with his white vest, while it was also revealed that bikers will be able to punch other riders by using the L1/R1 buttons. There will also be full XMB support, allowing you to save replays as videos to watch anytime you want from the PlayStation 3's main menu. You'll also be able to play your own custom soundtracks, although the team hopes you won't, as it compiled 40 new tracks from drum 'n' bass artists such as Pendulum to rock gods like David Bowie.

Finally, the team also confirmed trophy support, as well as new cars and tracks via downloadable content once the game comes out. The team is also thinking about what it calls more "imaginitive" DLC, just as long as it gets the financial backing to do so. While the official release date for Pacific Rift is still the disappointingly vague "Q4 2008," the team told us that the game is going into its final submission with Sony in a month's time, so we hold out hope for seeing it soon after that.

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Discussion

31 comments
Dandubz
Dandubz

I've had the beta for a few weeks now. Seems very similar to the first game except it's more green than brown this time round. Not sure whether I'll buy this though. There's far too many other good titles out before Xmas. I'm not writing the game off though, looks very nice.

bigdhav
bigdhav

Downloading the private beta now...Cannot WAIT to play it!!

no_show
no_show

I REALLY enjoyed the first one despite the average reviews and heated criticism it received. I can only speculate that Sony will take this to heart and 'fix' all that was broken with the first. This should be a first class title! I'm in line...

blueblur87
blueblur87

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blueblur87
blueblur87

I also bought resistance and motorstorm, they are great, but these new ones are more ambitious. For Motorstorm, I would like to be able to custom spray my vehicles and characters. I would also like ice/snow levels and maybe marshland and scrap heap settings but this one's set in a tropical island in the pacific so it's unlikely. I'd also like to do more stunts like the barrel roll shown in the festival videos, more speed with rockets, jets and nitro please, and maybe a destruction derby/burnout like mode where u eliminate other players permanently in order to win.

killzone_gamer
killzone_gamer

As below :P I loved the first MotorStorm, it was the first game that i loaded into my PS3, and I still play it online a bit. Looking forwards to both this and Resistance 2, the first two games I got were MotorStorm and Resistance, so these two should be even better :D

ps3wizard45
ps3wizard45

first was great i expect this to be even better

Saar54
Saar54

Woo Motor Storm.

tiamat555
tiamat555

We PS3 owners have it pretty sweet this year. Motorstorm 2, Resistance 2 and Little Big Planet. Not to mention we have Saints Row 2, Mercenaries 2 and Fallout 3 coming our way too.

Dill-Man
Dill-Man

the original one was good old fashioned fun, hopefully this is just as good

ocdog45
ocdog45

hte first one looks so sick, can't imagine how this game will look.

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

Looks promising so far! 4 player split screen! more racers! 16 tracks!and even custom sound tracks! yep sounding very interesting already! Ill pop 'Dark side of the moon' on (Pink Floyd) while I cling on the mountain cliffs for dear life! hope it delivers like the first one did!

king_bobo
king_bobo

Hopefully there won't be anything missing from this Motorstorm (e.g. skirmish custom races)...

PizzaChains
PizzaChains

therealsomeguy: your icon makes me want to puke.

therealsomeguy
therealsomeguy

the first one made me want to puke, ill hire this one b4 i buy

raverrozza
raverrozza

husainml i agree itll be this or baja. but i got motorstorm out yesterday as i hadnt played it in months and had forgotten how amazing it is!! hopefully this will expand the game further. and guy "while it was also revealed that bikers will be able to punch other riders" really? this is new is it? you could do this in the original game by hitting square which was a taunt button but if you were near another rider you would elbow them off.

jyoung312
jyoung312

can't wait. I loved the original and this seems to add depth the original and my most requested features: custom soundtracks (even though the first one was good), splitscreen, and more tracks. video uploading sounds awesome especially with crashes and close calls now only if warhawk had that feature

dark_being
dark_being

looks like a good racing game. maybe once I own a PS3

husainml
husainml

im buying motorstorm or baja

Zero_Beat
Zero_Beat

More details on how replays convert to videos would be spiffing.

jacky531
jacky531

I'm getting so hyped for this game since I loved playing the first game's demo but this will be a must-buy for me since there is FOUR-player co-op can't wait for this game!!!

EPaul
EPaul

My hype level has just reached it's zenith for this game. I just want it to be released now or at least a Demo

2headedhawaiian
2headedhawaiian

My excitement for this game has been slowly rising as the release date looms closer. Right about now, I'm ready to get back out there and smash some racers off a cliff face. Motorstorm FTW.

itwiz90
itwiz90

Sounds exciting!!! :P 8)

Stealth-S-117
Stealth-S-117

Arrrghh!!!! Please, Sony, release thy motorstorm game upon this earth, so that ye loyal Motorstorm nuts may once again grind our evil malicious enemies into the hard gravel. Haha. Mwwhaahaahaha!!! Seriously, hurry up and release before i go nuts.