Let’s be honest, MotorStorm RC was one of the Vita’s big launch surprises: a fantastic price, really clever online functionality and a learning curve so slick it’s perfect for long term mastering of the various tracks and vehicles – I liked it then, and I like it now, the regular DLC schedule providing a few nice top-ups along the way.
The last major DLC – the Pro-AM festival – introduced new tracks and new cars, and based the whole thing around a skate park, something I thought was a smart idea given the scaled down buggies and rigs. This time around it’s based on a carnival, and finally – for the first time – Evolution have let rip with the track design.
It’s hard to say that the courses here are necessarily better than the ones previous, but they’re certainly more ambitious, more fun, and – crucially – feel completely different when they’re flipped and raced with faster cars. The tricky, unpredictable spiral of Funhouse becomes a drifter’s paradise in a tail happy vehicle, for example.
Likewise, the huge, roughly strewn speed bumps of Beach Party ultimately end up a twitchy, delicate but precise array when you master the required speed, something that’s thrown back at you when the track is reversed. There’s something to be said for the time of day switching too, forcing you to abandon signposts you’d previously memorised.
As with Pro-AM, Carnival expects you to be good at MotorStorm RC, dropping you in at the deep end and providing a substantially more difficult pile of events than previously available – something that’s no doubt of great news to those of you with hours and days to spend perfecting the lines required to top the leaderboards.
And whilst the game hasn’t changed here, Evolution’s experimentation with track surfaces (water and sand make up a lot of the six different courses) provide a more freeform set of rules, and yet manage to still remain as endlessly playable. As ever, the purest events (time trial, drift) are those I prefer, but this is meaty DLC by any standard.
The Carnival DLC is available today, for £2.39/€2.99.