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MotorStorm: Apocalypse review round-up

Triumphant race to the finish or a burnout?

Sony released Gran Turismo 5 earlier this year, but the platform holder isn't done with PS3 exclusive racers just yet.

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Hot on the heels of GT5 is Evolution Studios' MotorStorm: Apocalypse, which takes place in an urban city based on California's Bay Area that's being destroyed by an earthquake.

Ahead of its UK release on March 18, reviews for the game have started to reach the finish line, and it seems race fans can look forward to another solid entry in the series.

CVG's own Motorstorm: Apocalypse review says the game is a "massive technical achievement of real spectacle with hear-pounding fun at the core". However, some may feel that "racing has taken a back seat" to the spectacle. It earned an 8.9 score.

TheSixthAxis placed MotorStorm: Apocalypse in the same range with an 8/10 score. According to the review, "MotorStorm has come just at the right time: the PS3 needed a burst of frantic energy and Apocalypse certainly delivers". Although "it's not perfect, it represents pure arcade racing with a central device that never feels tired".

Eurogamer has also given the game 8/10, saying Apocalypse's strength lies in its lack of subtlety, "from the crushing orchestral dubstep soundtrack, through the astounding visual assault of bounding cars, flying masonry, landslides, dust clouds, twisters and moody, filtered light, to its sheer breakneck speed".

Videogamer calls MotorStorm Apocalypse a "relentless assault on the senses" that offers an experience that would make "Michael Bay gush with delight". While the racing doesn't offer a "tremendous amount of depth" the "destruction unfolding around each event offers an edge-of-your-seat experience that more than makes up for it".

8.0 seems to be the score du jour. Lazygamer has fallen in line with its MotorStorm: Apocalypse score. Its review concludes by saying Apocalypse has "a not-so-great core driving-mechanic" but is "wrapped up in a pretty, nice-sounding package".

We'll be updating this review round-up as and when more scores arrive, so check back for updates.

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