Out of the mountain of news that came breaking free during GamesCom came gameplay footage of Sony's upcoming flagship racer. No, not GT 5, the other flagship racer, the one that has actually already had games released on the PS3. That's right, Motorstorm Apocalypse footage was set free.
Based on the trailer, it looks like Motorstorm Apocalypse will be delivering more of that solid Motorstorm racing action, with different types of vehicles battling it out, jumps, short cuts, boost, and crashes, crashes, crashes. But why trust me, check it out for yourself already:
Not taking into account the somewhat generic techno soundtrack laid over the clip, I think it shows pretty much all I need to get me excited for this next installment of the franchise. I enjoyed both the original Motorstorm and Motorstorm Pacific Rift, and even found the PSP (and later ported to PS2) entry, Motostorm Arctic Edge to be an enjoyable game for on the go. This game looks to deliver on the solid foundation (perhaps a bad pun because of Apocalypse's premise, I know, I know) of the games that came before it and further expand on the action, while even adding some semblance of a story.
And while destructible environments may not be anything that new to racers (Split/Second, for one, says hi), I still think it is a cool addition to the Motorstorm world. Motorstorm races already featured some awesome course and landscape-related crashes, and now they are adding more course destruction and volatility to the mix, sounds all the better! And sure Need for Speed Hot Pursuit might fill the arcade-racer void nicely (it is made by the Burnout guys after all), it remains a little more of a question mark for me.
Motorstorm Apocalypse looks to deliver that tried and true experience with just enough something new to make it feel fresh and special again. I am not saying I only want sequels and that I do not support new IPs and new racing games, etc., but sometimes after a tough day it is nice to sit down to some of mom's home cooking--sure it might be safe and somewhat predictable, but it is still dang delicious even after all these years.
Motorstorm Apocalypse will likely be released this winter, exclusively for the PlayStation 3.