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Motorstorm 2 Demo Impressions |

The demo came out last night for Qore subscribers and will be available to everyone in October. I put a question mark on some of the “cons” in the list below since I don’t know if these will be addressed in the full release or not.


  • Racing is Still Great: Just like the first Motorstorm, the core racing to this game is as fun as ever.
  • Unique: This series has carved its own unique take on the genre. No single thing about this game is brilliantly unique, but overall, it plays differently than all the other racing games on the market.
  • Music: This is particularly subjective, and racing games should support user-soundtracks, but the music selection for this game is awesome and really helps set the mood for the game. “Jesus Built my Hotrod” is a great and unexpected pick for the intro movie.
  • Local Split Screen Support
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  • Not enough evolution?: The demo plays almost exactly like the first game. The split-screen is great, the new location, and new tracks, and content are great, but it seems like this should do something beyond what the first Motorstorm did.
  • Too Simple?: The first Motorstorm was great for a near-launch title, but it felt too simple. The core game of racing around tracks just doesn’t seem to have the longevity that I expect from a top-tier, AAA, full-price title.
  • Mini-gripe. No wheel support: I know this game is arcade-style and really designed for the standard game controllers, but adding support for steering wheel controllers can’t be that difficult, and racing fans who have steering wheel setups want to use them.
  • Any racing fans care to comment on the demo?

    • west_coast_ps3

      I’ve now spent some time with the demo.

      So far I think the graphics are a big improvement over the first version. It seems like they really put more effort into the textures, and it seems to have a better lighting model…a “high dynamic range” model but not too over the top. I believe it is still just 720P but its a nice looking, anti-aliased 720P, with little in the way of jagged edges.

      It is more arcade than something like Dirt but it has a huge fun factor. I think it might be too fast paced for a wheel, I’ve tried using a wheel with these sort of games on the PC and it gets tiresome after a while (but then I don’t like driving on logging roads for hours at a time in a real truck either).

      The Ministry music was a nice touch, totally appropriate for this type of game.

      I expect this demo will be on my PS3 for a while.

    • Carl;)G

      Cool demo. But no in-car View??? Like in GT5:Prologue ๐Ÿ™

    • No in-car view, but there is a ‘bonnet cam’ (or ‘hood cam’ for those of you in NA :-)). But to be honest, the original had that, and it just made me feel sick.

    • Trev

      You’re unique point Darrin really sums up Motorstorm. There definitely is no one defining feature that makes it good but the sum of its parts. I got the demo through the e-mail invite.
      The race was a bit short though at 2 laps. didn’t give me enough of a chance to get into the races I did enjoy the monster truck though ๐Ÿ˜€ Did anyone else find the demo a little rough round the edges? Camera going through walls and textures in some places looking a little flat.
      I enjoyed the first Motorstorm, which i got free with my PS3 and was excited to try it out and I agree it is exactly the same as the 1st game. While this is not bad it just means i can’t justify buying it with the heavy christmas schedule but when its cheaper i’ll give it another look.

    • Burten

      Just wanted to point out that its a demo, not the finish full game.
      Who knows, maybe more features will be in the final release..?

      Iยดm buying the one just for the splitscreen, the rest is just a bonus ;-D

    • Pc

      Day one purchase for me ! I love the way the game feels and looks, plus the addition of 4 player split screen. Besides, i need a good racing game that me and my friends can play when they come over to drink or whatever ! Off-road racing is the best in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚

    • jagermo

      No XMB-Support for my own music – no buy.
      I always get tired of the prepicked in game music. I think I’ll stick with burnout. Hey, bikes are coming this week. Yay.

    • I now have the real game and it’s really awesome, however I could see it being a little repetitive for someone who isn’t into racing games.