MotorStorm: Apocalypse Review Postponed

Release date of upcoming racer is uncertain after natural disaster in Japan.

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If you're one of GameSpot's many European readers, you might be wondering where our review of MotorStorm: Apocalypse is, given that there are already a number of reviews out there. Evolution Studios' latest racer isn't scheduled for release in North America until mid-April, but prior to recent events in Japan, the game was due to arrive on European shelves this Friday. Our review, written by GameSpot UK's Mark Walton, was ready for posting when those of us in the US arrived at work last Friday morning, but given that the game takes place during a massively destructive earthquake, we decided that in light of what had transpired in Japan only hours earlier it would be insensitive for us to post it. Subsequently, we learned that Sony has decided to delay the release of the game as well, and so while our original intention was to delay the review for one week, our current plan is to post it only when it becomes relevant. In other words, we'll aim to post our review shortly before whatever new release date Sony decides on for the game.

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Discussion

21 comments
TioShard
TioShard

Well at least it's been released here in Australia, it's awesome and all but it doesn't make up for us not getting Mortal Kombat here.

sai55
sai55

@SadPSPAddict - Ya man its quite ridiculous actually sony makes some rash decisions, I picked up Motorstorm apocalypse. Its really awesome, but wish you guys had it so online is more interesting. :P plus now some peoples experience level online will be much higher than others because they have had it longer n stuff. If they were gonna do then they must do it properly, not let it through in some countries, but i am not complaining. lol

robertwarnes91
robertwarnes91

Is Australia an exception? Because I was at multiple game shops and they had dozens of copies on the shelves

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

@sai55 - And this is really annoying! Sony left it too late to make the decision and should reverse it immediately. I'm sure here in the UK some of the on-line retailers would have already posted out - my one, the transaction had started and if the announcement had been 1 hour later I might still have got my copy!!!

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

@JusticeCovert - I agree, it was the decision to delay the game I find absolutely ridiculous!!

sai55
sai55

I live in South Africa, We are still getting the game this friday. Quite weird but for some odd reason our distributors are still giving it out. While i am really concerned about Japan and such. I dont really see how people relate games with Reality. Its just a game and shouldnt be involved with real situations. I hope the situation in Japan gets better but this is irrelevant.

JusticeCovert
JusticeCovert

Sensitivity issues aside, what good would the review do right now anyway? It might be weeks or even months before you can buy it.

OmenIWF
OmenIWF

GS Made the right decision in delaying their review so sorry if that spoils you having to wait for a game but REAL LIFE events are much more important.

milan4554
milan4554

come on ppl its only a game. you can wait for it! its not the best developers either.

verse10
verse10

Well, here is a perfect example of how STUPID people can be.

Morphine_OD
Morphine_OD

lol. it's rediculous. you post reviews of games about killing people, while people are being killed IRL, yet it doesn't bother you. YOU PEOPLE ARE HYPOCRITES.

gameguy182
gameguy182

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SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

I still think postponing the game was ridiculous. There were wars going on in November and Black Ops was released. There are wars going on RIGHT NOW where the situations are equally appalling for the citizens - Libya for example but I don't see Homefront being delayed! Just stupid! Very poor decision by Sony IMO

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator

@Kevin-V Ah, but what's a Total War game without bugs?!

Kevin-V
Kevin-V moderator staff

@Stevo_the_gamer - It's coming. We needed to see if some bugs we found in the review code was present in final version.

Stevo_the_gamer
Stevo_the_gamer moderator

Is the Shogun 2: Total War review going to be effected as well?

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

Kudos to GameSpot for this. It was the right decision.

drumma1
drumma1

Its good to know that there are still major companies out there that care about other people just as much as their business, and will make good decisions instead of just doing what makes them money.

BlakkSteel
BlakkSteel

My condolences & prayers go out to them. That's where the game stops , & life takes over . . .

metalkid9
metalkid9

What are the chances. A game about natural disaster releasing around the same time as the catastrophic earthquake in Japan.