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WeView: MotorStorm RC

Time for some tiny racing.

If we’re going to talk about MotorStorm RC this has to be said: I absolutely loved Micro Machines. It was one of the truly great arcade racing series. I mean the toys were pretty good to, I remember being jealous of my cousins because they had loads and one of the big ones that folded out to become a city, but it was really the games that I was absolutely hooked on.

It should be obvious then that MotorStorm RC fills me with equal parts excitement and dread. It’s hard to believe that anything can live up to the sheer joy and insanity of racing in Micro Machines, but it seems that MotorStorm comes close.

In our review of the game Alex marked the game as 9/10, so it certainly seems that Evolution have put together something fairly special. It’s clear that king of the game’s features, at least in Alex’s eyes, is the way it integrates times from other drivers into the races themselves. It’s probably best to let him explain just how it works:

What’s worthy of merit though, is how brilliantly the game integrates the progress of you, your friends and the next closest rival into the game, and the implementation is so simple you have to wonder why it’s never been done before: lines, three of them, populate each race, changing so the challenge is always there, your next target perpetually visible regardless of progress.

It’s instantly obvious that this system is something special, and Alex absolutely loved it. He called it “more immediate than the likes of Autolog and much more visual – lines can be perfected, short-cuts shared, friendships formed and shattered,” and stated that “Evolution have nailed this part of the game.”

This level of integration for times does come at a price, the lack of any full online multiplayer. Whilst this isn’t the end of the world, and certainly not something that would annoy me personally, for a racing title it does seem like an obvious item to include.

Alex also wasn’t overly impressed with the game graphically, saying that whilst “the tracks are detailed enough… the frame-rate can sometimes struggle to hold at thirty in busy races,” although it didn’t really disappoint either. However, he was quick to note that “none of that really matters with gameplay that’s so ridiculously refined to the point of near perfection,” which certainly seems like the right way round to make things.

Overall it’s more than fair to say that Alex was very happy with this Vita launch title, and it’s easy to see why. With well realised gameplay and a great leaderboard system there’s a lot to like in the game, but the question is, of course, whether or not you were sold on the game? Did you find as much to enjoy as Alex, or did you feel that it was a little flat in places? Did the lack of real-time online play irk you enough to disregard the game?

Whether you loved or hated the game you can share you thoughts on the game by dropping a comment below. All we ask if that you include a rating on the game using the Buy It, Plus It, Avoid It scale. Hopefully Buy It and Avoid It are obvious enough as categories, but Plus It means that the game is only worth picking up for free on a discount via PlayStation Plus. And remember, you’ve got until Sunday afternoon to get your opinion in if you want to be included in Monday’s verdict article.

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28 Comments
  1. parryman
    Member
    Since: Apr 2012

    Buy It.
    Great game, and perfect for the vita.
    Ideal pick up-and-play for short blasts
    The leaderboard system is great, but infuriating, creating challenges when none previously existed. Defending your top 10 place against someone being 0.016s quicker than you, trying to pop that top 3 cherry.

    And trophy whores rejoice, you get double bubble if you get it on the psv & pyou only need to platinum one, for both to pop!

    You can get the game and all DLC for less than a couple of beers, so why have you not bought it?

    Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 13:27.
  2. Slash
    Member
    Since: Jun 2012

    Considering it is a great game, very funny and addictive, cross buy, cross “playable” since it only matters the time and there’s no live multiplayer, and the DLCs are also as great as the game, I’d say:

    Buy It

    I just wish they’d release new DLCs, it is very challenging but great fun :)

    P.S. – Cross Trophies are a plus as well :)

    Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 13:30.
    • Forrest_01
      Member
      Since: Jun 2009

      Cross trophies are not a plus for those that only own a PS3 though. In fact, it just rubbishes the whole trophy system as people now have plats that they ‘technically’ didn’t earn.

      It’s like they feel they have to reward those that spent money on a Vita & in that respect, it just feels cheap.

      Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 13:49.
      • Slash
        Member
        Since: Jun 2012

        I understand you, my platinum on the vita took about 8 minutes to obtain :)

        But I guess this is a publisher decision, since that they could reuse the same trophy list, the same way as When Vikings Attack does.

        But I totally agree with you, it shouldn’t be allowed in the first place.

        Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 13:53.
      • jimmy-google
        Member
        Since: Feb 2009

        That’s an issue with individual games. Doctor Who, for example, has shared saved games so you can load up a vita version on the ps3 and pick up most of the trophies as there are separate trophy lists for each platform. If they’d built the game correctly then trophies would pop up only when earned not whether the save says they’re unlocked.

        I don’t believe that’s an option for something like PSASBR. I haven’t tried it in Motorstorm RC. Trophies have a problem that a trophy list has to be linked to a platform so trophies get doubled up. Each game should force you to earn in on that platform.

        “It’s like they feel they have to reward those that spent money on a Vita & in that respect, it just feels cheap.”

        Tbh Motorstorm RC feels like a Vita game more than a PS3 one so I’d say it feels like they felt they needed to reward those that spent money on the PS3 if anything. If trophies do unlock on both versions having only been earned on one then I’d say that’s a flaw in the game.

        Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 14:05.
  3. Alex C
    One for all.
    Since: Forever

    “the tracks are detailed enough… the frame-rate can sometimes struggle to hold at thirty in busy race”

    That was fixed in the first patch, btw.

    Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 13:44.
  4. colmshan1990
    Member
    Since: Apr 2009

    Buy It.

    This is an easy decision, probably the easiest WeView yet.

    The game is compulsive. Addictive. Challenging but simple. Nigh on perfect. Frustrations arise from lack of skill and almost nothing else.

    Seeing the lines representing the times of your friends is inspired. It fits better than ‘ghosts’ ever did in racing games, and even helps improve you.

    Add in that this is cross play so you can take it in on the go with the Vita or launch a 4 player split screen battle on the PS3…

    Oh yeah, it’s dirt cheap too. What are you waiting for?

    Perfection.

    BUY IT.

    Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 13:47.
  5. jimmy-google
    Member
    Since: Feb 2009

    Motorstorm RC is excellent. Micro Machines v3 was one of my favourite ps1 games and this taps right into that. The Motorstorm tag is a bit misleading as it didn’t really feel like a Motorstorm game from the gameplay and this shouldn’t be a replacement for a true Motorstorm Vita game. Arctic Edge was great on the PSP.

    The best thing about the whole game is the price. It’s worth the gamble even if these sort of games aren’t really your thing. There’s loads of content and its hard to think of a good reason a Vita owner shouldn’t own it. If you own a PS3 as well then its even more of a bargain. I’m not sure it really ticks all the boxes for PS3 only owners. It feels very much like a portable title. It’s still probably a “buy it” based on the price.

    Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 13:52.
  6. element666
    Member
    Since: Mar 2012

    buy it! its simply awesome

    Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 13:53.
  7. Taylor Made
    Member
    Since: Oct 2011

    Simply bin it.

    The game was awful for what it is, the controls was just awful, the cars were horrible to look at. Like wipeout most of the tracks was just shuffled & redesign to look different. For me money wasted wish I could refund this disaster!

    Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 14:03.
  8. Slash
    Member
    Since: Jun 2012

    jimmy-google:

    Regarding your statment: “Trophies have a problem that a trophy list has to be linked to a platform so trophies get doubled up. ”

    That is not true, When Vikings Attack and Retro City Rampage just to name these two, there are more, share the same trophy list for both platforms, the trophy configuration files clearly indicate support for both platforms.

    Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 14:10.
  9. Tuffcub
    On the naughty step.
    Since: Dec 2008

    Shite, awful, crap, dull, waste of money, terrible, useless, horrible, pants, unpleasent, ugly, displeasing, disagreeable, offensive, repugnant and a million other words like that describe what Motorstrom RC. An absoloute pile of utter big. bouncy bollocks. Wish I could get my money back.

    Take it outside and shoot it in the head -it

    Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 14:10.
    • JohnnyBoy
      Member
      Since: Oct 2010

      You didn’t like it then?

      Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 14:33.
  10. Dom El
    Member
    Since: Mar 2012

    Buy It!

    At launch this was the Vita title that really clicked with me, and it is a perfect portable title. It is unfuriating at times but it is also the epitomy of a ‘one more go’ game. The amount of content alongside the cross buy feature also makes it one of the best value games of recent years.

    Clearly it owes a lot to Micro Machines, but that is hardly the worst comparison to be had. It updates that formula with up to date graphics, online leaderboards and unlockables (including a generous amount of DLC) and is easily one of the Vita’s most compelling titles.

    Comment posted on 04/12/2012 at 14:16.

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