It's actually a good game! It's also got a screenshot mode that lets you fiddle with depth of field and stuff, so let's kick off the thread with some of my pretty pictures:
Ok, it's not actually as technically pretty as Motorstorm: Pacific Rift but it runs at 1080p and the amount of crap it throws around (tracks deform as stuff explodes) looks incredibly impressive when in motion.I picked it up a while ago and have just got round to playing it. I know this forum is quite 360 centric but those with a PS3 that enjoy a good arcade racer should definitely give this a go. Here's the wikipedia spiel:
The game takes place in an apocalyptic urban area called The City, based on the West Coast of the United States (in particular California's Bay Area). The game consists of more than 40 tracks that can be altered from active catastrophic earthquakes and helicopters crashing through buildings.
New vehicles in the game include supercars, superbikes, hot hatches, muscle cars and choppers. Apocalypse is the first game in the MotorStorm series to focus on an urban setting as opposed to natural environments. The city that the Festival takes place in is enduring the throes of a massive natural disaster, causing the man-made structures in the city to visibly deteriorate. As players race through the tracks, the tracks can change in real-time; bridges can buckle and twist, buildings collapse and rifts open up beneath the vehicles as they drive. Players can also customize their vehicles with vinyls, vehicle parts, and modify the vehicle's handling, boosting and offensive abilities through perks. They are able to create and design their own game rules for online tournaments. A new gameplay element is the addition of "air cooling" one's boost. Similar to driving through cool water in Pacific Rift would speed up the rate of boost cooling, releasing the accelerator over a large jump will also cause the boost temperature gauge to drop quicker.
A new challenge in Apocalypse is the introduction of people who try to interfere in the event. The City houses two factions, known as the Crazies and Dusklite, who vie for survival. These groups try to impede the progress of the racers. They loot broken buildings, break into fights on the streets, steal cars and try to slam racers off the road, and attack racers with firearms. A private military company attempts to enforce order and their involvement creates additional hazards for racers to overcome such as an attack helicopter firing missiles onto the track.
And after playing it last night here are a few highlights from my evening:
- Driving THROUGH an office building and smashing out the window on the other side
- Navigating my way on a motorbike through a hurricane with everything being picked up and thrown all around me.
- Narrowly avoiding a tower block collapsing on me by boosting at the last second and escaping
- Having a helicopter launch a barrage of missiles at me whilst I'm on a bridge, the missiles hit the bridge and the whole thing collapses and I ride it to the ground.
- Having said helicopter crash and explode mere seconds in front of me, causing me to swerve on to another pass.
All of this in full 1080p or (if you're a fan of it, like me) in full stereoscopic 3D.
The game is amazing, full of completely over the top action. It's almost like mad max the video game, I was driving along a beach and had lunatics start throwing molotov cocktails at me, so I headed straight for them, hit one and he clung on for dear life whilst I hand break turned around a corner.
Still not convinced? Try some videos:
Fight your way through a Tornado:
Bridge collapsing whilst driving over it? Not a problem (Skip to 50 seconds in)
Watch shit explode, people die and a friggin' jet almost land on a bike in this great little trailer:
So, anyone else given this a try? Anyone else a fan of the series? Motorstorm was one of the first games I got for the PS3 and I loved it, despite the over-use of BROWN, then Pacific Rift came along and blew me away. Apocalypse definitely mixes things up, a totally different game to Pacific Rift.