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Scheduled release date:

September 29th, 2009

Along with mega franchises such as God of War, LittleBigPlanet, and Gran Turismo, Sony is also treating the PSP to an iteration of their newest off-road racer: MotorStorm. Titled MotorStorm: Arctic Edge, the name of this all new PSP entry tells the tale; this time around you're hitting the ice and will make your way through a number of Alaskan slipper slopes.

Developed by Bigbig Studios, I had the chance to spend some time with MotorStorm: Arctic Edge at a Sony gathering in New York City, and I was impressed to see the game running so effortlessly on the PSP, not to mention faithfully. The gameplay feels very much like the MotorStorm games on the PS3 do, especially the physics engine, which has been a very integral aspect of the games since the first one. So it's very nice to see the PSP game performing at a level of quality that is higher than what I had expected.

Viewing the game on the PSP's screen provides for a much more clear and crisp image, as opposed to routing the picture to a TV. Still, despite the smaller screen size, the game still manages to show off some fantastic track designs that come complete with the signature jumps, routes, and gorgeous scenery. Now, despite the arctic theme, not every track in the game bombards you with icy and snowy roads, as there's still more than a fair share of dirt, gravel, and mud to be found.

Because there are essentially four surface patches to race across, the game comes well equipped with the proper vehicles, many of which are obviously all new and specific to this entry. The vehicles are: bikes, snowmobiles, ATVs, buggies, rally cars, snowpluggers, big rigs, and snowplows. If you've ever wanted to know what a big rig would feel like in the snow, Arctic Edge shows you just how much fun it is. There should be just about 25 total vehicles in the game, which is a sizable number, and 12 tracks to race them on.

These tracks are fully interactive, and even though you may have heard this spiel before, you've probably never really experienced it executed very well. But in Arctic Edge, excessively honking your horn and explosions can actually trigger an avalanche to occur. When it happened to me, I was told it wasn't done randomly, and it's because the A.I. nearby was honking at me, and I had exploded a few times. It was very, very cool. There are also collapsible ice bridges that can give-way if a large vehicle crosses over them - it's all very cool stuff.

Now, some of you may know that the game is also coming to the PlayStation 2. So if you're wondering what's the point of the PSP game, allow me to tell you. First, the PSP game gets custom soundtracks - and that's one massive reason. Second, the PSP game gets a photo mode. Third, and perhaps the most critical, the PSP game also gets online gameplay for up to eight-players, meanwhile the PS2 game only gets four-player split-screen. But of course, the PS2 version has the advantage of better visuals, since it is on a more powerful home console, but that means no on-the-go fun.

MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is set to launch September 29th for the PSP, and October 9th for the PlayStation 2. Whichever version you pick up, you'll enjoy both tremendously. And chances are if you own a PS2 and PSP, you may end up springing for both at $30 a pop.

8/10/2009 Arnold Katayev

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Comments (9 posts)

kevinater321
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 2:26:06 PM
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This game looks really cool. I might get it with my new psp go, the only problem is... There are too many games coming out! lbp looks absolutly awsome too.

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Vivi_Gamer
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 2:47:59 PM
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If i still had my PSP i'd get this (I have no idea where it is :S) ah just read theres a PS2 version, that better work on the PS3, i remember when i got the PS2 version of Star Wars: The Forced Unleashed on for the PS2, when you got to the boss fights you had to finish them of with a random button combination which appears on the screen... only it never showed up because the PS3 uses an emulator, i cant descibe my frusration from that.

Actually on the matter on PSP/PS2 games does Silent Hill Origins work on the PS3 Emulator? The UK PAL version?

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Day_v
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 2:58:05 PM
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'Causing an avalanche while hooting'This game sounds really cool. At least its diff from the other motorstorms. Def worth getting.

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Scarecrow
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 3:04:10 PM
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Fun fun fun!

Best off-road franchise ever!

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Highlander
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 3:24:13 PM
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Oh good grief, yet another game I want. I'll be penniless through to 2010 at this rate.

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NoSmokingBandit
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 3:32:03 PM

So true, lol. This fall has so many great games, i dont know when i'll have time to play all of them.

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Victor321
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 4:13:15 PM

Well, we asked for a software lineup that is better than all software lineups, on any other system.

We just gotta pay for what we have done.

I meant it all in a good way lol

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Highlander
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 4:33:14 PM

@victor

LOL! I can see it now, the headlines...

Sony Makes Gamers Pay For Being Gamers!

Sony Forces Gamers To Buy Too Many Games.

Is Sony Right To Launch So Many Games?

Gaming Blitz Leaves Gamers Penniless, Sony To Blame!

Game Spending In America, Too High? Sony Under Investigation Over Extensive Game Launch Schedule.

Microsoft to FTC : Sony Releasing Many Games Distorts Market.

Gaming Glut, Has Sony Killed A Generation?

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Naga
Monday, August 10, 2009 @ 6:44:38 PM
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I'm getting both.......

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