Motorstorm: Arctic Edge


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peej
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Could well be the first PSP game I buy this year - and by the sound of it the devs (who also did Pursuit Force 1 and 2) have done the big and proper game justice:

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http://www.videogamer.com/psp/motorstorm_arctic_edge/review.html

#1 at 11:46:26 - 14/09/2009
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Hmmm. Interested, but can't justify it really with GT and LBP on the horizon. Real shame.
#2 at 14:28:53 - 14/09/2009
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It's all about LBP for me, and Disgaea 2's out soon as well isn't it? Haven't touched the PSP for absolutely ages, but with the PSP Go coming soon, the Minis store, not to mention big names like GT PSP (which looks mighty impressive btw, even though I usually hate driving sims) coming out, it's about time I got back into the console.

Still not sure whether to go for the PSP Go, or I might just pick up the 3000 model. I've had the old one for nearly four years now so I'm due an upgrade. :)
#3 at 14:51:19 - 14/09/2009
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I spotted this for £17.99 on Play and decided to break my very long embargo on game buying.
#4 at 23:06:33 - 15/09/2009
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I really want this content but on as DLC for the PS3 version :-(
#5 at 23:08:35 - 15/09/2009
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PSP revival seems to be going a little sour.

I hope they release demos for all the stuff that's coming out.
#6 at 23:11:39 - 15/09/2009
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This had an awesome review on CVG. Is it not any cop then?
#7 at 15:54:11 - 17/09/2009
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eg.de gave it a 7 like GT. Main criticism were the AI, which sticks to the racing line and isn't very aggressive, the lack of modes and that once you lose control over your car you are going to crash a fall behind.
In my opinion the last point isn't really justified as you race on ice and snow. What else would you expect from that. :)

Edit: Apparently not, the analogstick makes it very hard to control the car, according the reviewer.
#8 at 16:40:22 - 17/09/2009
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TBH the big and proper Motorstorm games are like that though - one mistake will cost you the race. This is why the Flashback stuff featuring in more racing games is rather nice - Might make the game easier but it does mean you don't pay for one silly lapse of concentration, or itchy ear, or your other half shoving her gorgeous boobage in your face just as you're about to clear the last corner.

MS AE looks like it's sitting on a shelf in a sorting office like the rest of my online orders this week as it hasn't turned up yet. Grr.
#9 at 19:25:39 - 17/09/2009
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peej said:TBH the big and proper Motorstorm games are like that though - one mistake will cost you the race.


No, the rubberbanding means you could even lose it a couple of times on the highest tier and still come through. Just don't crash on the last lap.
#10 at 09:49:42 - 18/09/2009
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In Motorstorm: Pacific Rift I don't think it's as bad as all that, and I've definitely slipped to a good 3/4 of a lap behind other racers.

Bet this is a little different though, I remember what Flatout was like on the PSP, it was virtually impossible to lose a race unless you were the worst player ever.
#11 at 11:19:28 - 18/09/2009
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So how generous is the full game in terms of content, stuff to do etc.? Because after playing around with the demo a bit I'm really liking this. Although it could do without the Burnout-style crashes, and the fact that the boost bar seems to overheat way too quickly (especially since you need to have the boost pressed constantly in order to keep up with the other racers).
#12 at 00:24:21 - 24/11/2009
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The full game is a bit easy but there's a ton of unlockables (mainly vehicles but also paint jobs and other additions that you don't get in the big-and-proper versions of MS)

Saw this tagged into the new PSP ads and it's good to see that for once Sony hasn't tried some clever existentialist approach to advertising, and has just stuck footage from the game in there. If that doesn't sell PSPs, nothing will!

#13 at 09:43:25 - 24/11/2009
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I don't mind the game being easy - after a few goes I still haven't managed to place higher than 5th in the demo track! As long as there's enough content in there and a decent SP element to keep me interested (unlike a certain other racer that came out at around the same time).

I thought I would have been bored of PSP racers by now, but I'm really liking this. It looks gorgeous, too - love the arctic setting (as your review said, an HD version of that would look seriously stunning).
#14 at 12:52:37 - 24/11/2009
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Yup I'm seriously hoping that Sony at least give Evolution one more go at doing another Motorstorm game. Absolutely loved Pacific Rift but the prospect of a big-and-proper HD snow-racer would float my boat.

As far as the single player tier racing goes in MSAE, I've been playing it on and off for a month or so and it's still quite gripping and the unlock structure makes you work for your rewards (much like the PS3 versions do).

There's quite a variety in the tracks and enough variety in the vehicles you're allowed to use on them to ensure that you don't get too bored too quickly.

Dunno what it's retailing at currently but for under 20 quid it's a complete bargain.

#15 at 13:13:31 - 24/11/2009
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Probably should go in the bargains thread but as this is the busiest PSP discussion thread it's worth mentioning that Play are doing 2 for 15 quid on a lot of quality releases at the moment including the rather sextacular Beaterator.

Gotta be worth a look:

http://www.play.com/Games/PSP/3-/418178/2-/Promo.html

#16 at 13:15:40 - 24/11/2009
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peej said:There's quite a variety in the tracks and enough variety in the vehicles you're allowed to use on them to ensure that you don't get too bored too quickly.


EG review mentioned that some of the bigger and sluggish vehicles are difficult to control and take around corners on the PSP - did you notice anything like that?

As for price, I'd have to stick with the download version - £22 on the store (would be slightly cheaper for me as I've got discounted PSN cards).
#17 at 13:29:07 - 24/11/2009
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EG reviewers can't drive.

The big snowmobiles are exceptionally difficult to corner - they would be, they've got tracks! They have a blistering amount of grip and a good top speed to compensate though - and they're exceptionally good for barging smaller vehicles into trackside obstacles and off cliffs.

If anything, the PFEJ boys have done an utterly superb job of balancing the vehicles so that they do feel unique to drive and selection of the right vehicle before a race (when you're given the option to do so - which you aren't always early on) is the difference between victory and defeat.

I must admit I prefer the smaller nippier stuff for most of the AE tracks because it's easier to wriggle out of trouble and to the front of the pack. Horses for courses though and there are tracks where the bigger vehicles reign supreme.

It's a pity the download prices aren't discounted as regularly as retail. Still, 22 quid is better than the RRP of £29.99 for a boxed copy I guess.

#18 at 13:39:08 - 24/11/2009
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This is now free for PSP Go owners, it seems. I knew there was a reason I held off the purchase. :D
#19 at 16:52:22 - 01/12/2009
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Whaaaaaahhhh!

Is it some sort of a registration deal then?

Gotta be worth nabbing.
#20 at 16:54:27 - 01/12/2009
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Yep, you have to register before 10th January and get to choose from this, GT or AC: Bloodlines.

Say what you want about the PSP Go, but since I bought mine I've nabbed 5 free games thanks to various offers - 6 if you count the 'offer' for Manhunt 2. :)
#21 at 17:03:55 - 01/12/2009
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Eesh, pity LBP isn't included in that but that's still pretty respectable all the same.

With that and the price drop, maybe the thing might start selling :)
#22 at 17:17:18 - 01/12/2009
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.... nah!

(Unless that hack makes it into the wild)
#23 at 13:34:14 - 02/12/2009
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I doubt any hack for the PSP Go will ever come to fruition. Sony can always patch via PSN, or have existing games require an update to fix any loopholes.

The Go seems to be this gen's GB Micro. Most seem to think it's overpriced and rather pointless - and to be fair, it is - but that doesn't stop it from being an awesome little device. Took me a while to get used to it, but now I'd find it hard to go back to the old PSP.
#24 at 16:48:16 - 02/12/2009

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