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Motor Storm

 

 

SCORE: 72

 

Motor Storm 

 

I turned on Motor Storm and thought I had entered a torture chamber with such obnoxious, annoying, and irritating music. I found the spot in the options menu as fast as possible to end the migraine the music had caused. I looked through the musical selection, and I recognized only one band - Nirvana (whom I think pretty low of). Motor Storm is set in an apocalyptic world where ultra violent racing “with no rules” is the order of the day. No one seems to be racing for anything in particular, and the computer seems to enjoy hurting all the racers (including those the computer controls). There are a couple of different paths depending on the race track, and different kinds of vehicles from motorcycles to semi trucks.

Graphically Motor Storm is amazing. The visuals in this game are truly something to behold. The dust, and mud effects are spectacular. That is the good news, the bad news is the focus, and accentuation on the violence. The game slows down for the crashes to show every explosion, broken bone, etc. I also ran into some strange graphical glitches like driving an ATV, hitting a semi from behind, and going under the truck coming out the front. There are also night time parties where some of the female attire is questionable.

I already mentioned my problems with the music. The sounds are decent with the racing, but nothing really special. The game does have some issues with language that causes respect issues in families all across America.

For a next generation game Motor Storm is really lacking in the replay department. There is online play, but no sitting down in front of the same TV playing with your friends. In my foray into the online world, I could not find one fellow racer who was versed in driving clean, or turning the other cheek. Aggression, dis-respect of elders, and rudeness were the order of the day. Which gets us to the chicken or the egg discussion. I would say save your money for a game that is uplifting and edifying.

The Playstation 3’s six axis controller works pretty good in this game. Well that depends on the vehicle. If you have one racing style, then make sure to pick the vehicle that matches it, otherwise you may have some issues. I was disappointed with the race tracks, and was expecting a real off road experience personally.

The wanton destruction gets boring very quickly. I can not help but wonder if a game like this leads to desensitization to horrors in the world. Motor Storm definitely earns its ‘T’ rating, and you may want to be careful at what age you allow your children to play this game. In fact a lot of adults do not want to have their minds trained with this kind of entertainment. Crashing like this in real life would be deadly.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 80%
Sound: 68%
Replay/Extras: 69%
Gameplay: 82%
Family Friendly Factor: 62%
System: Playstation 3
Publisher: Sony
ESRB Rating:
'T' for Teen
{Language, Violence}


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