It was a worthwhile investment as the game features quite a lot of escapism. Set on a gorgeous Pacific Island the races take place across four different types of environments with eight different types of vehicles. The races themselves are in the style of Road Rash with a no-rules-to-be-broken attitude. It can be very exciting, but a few of the courses are punishingly difficult and will surely end up with you chucking your controller through the screen. The vehicles vary in speed, shape and size, but mostly all of them suffer from poor handling. You'll often see hazards coming from way off but you'll be powerless to do anything about them.
For a superficial burst of entertainment Motorstorm: Pacific Rift is good for about 10 hours. More than half of the trophies are online-based and since the game is three years old at this point no one else is playing online anymore. You've no chance of getting the Platinum now. I only got up to 16%. For a similar game with still plenty of online action you ought to go for Burnout Paradise - The Ultimate Box (PS3).
Sound A (your own tunes do come through at a significantly lower volume than the in-game music)
Lasting Appeal B-