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Platform(s): PlayStation 3
Genre: Racing
Publisher: SCEA

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'Motorstorm' (PS3) Races to Top of the Charts in Japan

by Rainier on Dec. 15, 2006 @ 8:15 p.m. PST

MotorStorm delivers brutal off-road racing, plunging players into a stunningly realistic - but frenzied and chaotic - environment awash with grit, mud and petrol, in a game that leaves the standard rules of racing in the dust. Gone are the limits of power restrictions, limited classes and qualifying rounds. Players simply choose their vehicle from a massive range – including dirt bikes, ATVs, sand rails, rally cars, monster trucks and everything in between – then hit the track in a no-holds-barred sprint to the finish line. Carving a swathe of destruction through the ever-changing wilderness, players must compete in a high octane-fuelled, horsepower spectacle where the only rule is to try and stay ahead.

The PS3 went on sale in Japan late last month, and Evolution Studios’off-road racing game has proved the most one of the most successful game from the initial batch of launch titles – a stunning coup for the UK-based development team.

MotorStorm’s savage off-road racing throws players into a frighteningly realistic series of races spread across Monument Valley – a breathtakingly hostile environment above, below and over the American desert. Races are no-holds-barred jostle-‘em-up as players battle for racing lines, negotiate heart-stopping jumps and discover secret shortcuts in wheel-to-wheel races which redefine the word ‘carnage’. No two races are the same as courses are dynamically churned and deformed. The game offers the most free-form racing experience ever delivered, and a showcase for the processing power of Sony’s new hardware.

MotorStorm has been attracting scores of worldwide press attention, and the game’s rapid ascent to the top of the charts confirms that the public as well as press have fallen head-over-heels in love with its muddy charms.

“It’s a real coup for Evolution,” says Martin Kenwright, CEO, Evolution Studios. “Developing MotorStorm has certainly not been easy – but the team here really delivered. Evolution has a reputation for delivering high quality racing titles, but we really needed to up the ante with Sony’s new hardware. We’re delighted that the public has agreed with the press, and made MotorStorm the current Japanese number one PlayStation 3 title. We can’t wait to see how it performs throughout the rest of the world.”

MotorStorm is on sale in Japan for PlayStation 3 now. Release dates for America and Europe will be confirmed shortly.

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