MotorStorm: Arctic Edge
Sony has you covered
Posted 3 years ago By - Marko Djordjevic
Back in September, PSP owners were treated with a truly enjoyable arcade racing title with MotorStorm: Arctic Edge. For those who haven’t jumped to the HD era of gaming or don’t own a PSP now have their chance to pick up Arctic Edge for the PlayStation 2. It might not be anything more than copy of the portable version, it still is a fine racing title.
Rather than going through the ins and outs of Arctic Edge, the PS2 version plays out the exact same way as its PSP relative
. There are plenty of great races on hand that will keep you occupied with for a very long time.
While the game itself is identical to the portable edition, there is one thing that certainly stands out on the gameplay side of things and that is controls. For those accustomed to the PS2/PS3 Dual Analog controller, you will absolutely love playing this version of Artic Edge. With the more accommodating analog stick and overall comfortable grip of a controller, this is certainly the best way to race.
All the same pros and cons from the PSP version exist here. The first dozen or so races are still extremely easy and the physics are still very jumpy with cars not reacting the way they should. At the same time, all the great parts of the portable version have been translated to your PS2. You will be greeted with fast and frantic races, great courses and a lot of variety in the cars to choose from. You will have fun going through the game’s long campaign in your attempt to unlock everything available to you.
Arctic Edge looked absolutely fantastic on the PSP and this version ends up looking fair for a PS2 game. There are no real noticeable additions to the graphics, in fact, playing this on a larger television show off more of its faults. The draw distance is not that good, there are a lot more evident screen tears and the details on the vehicles and environments don’t benefit from the power of the PS2. Other than those minor gripes, there is still some nice course designs and great variety in the models of the cars and characters.
The sound has also seen a complete transition from the PSP to the PS2. Those with the proper set-up will benefit greatly from the beat-thumping soundtrack. There are a few moments where the music and sound effects cuts in and out but it doesn’t hamper your racing experience.
One factor that really made the PSP version of Arctic Edge so enjoyable was the game’s online options. Unfortunately, there is no such feature available here; instead you are relegated with a mere two player split-screen mode. With all the un-lockable content and the customization of your vehicles, the fact that you can’t show it off makes all your efforts in the single player feel meaningless.
It’s clear that MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is merely just another PSP to PS2 port geared at appealing to gamers who might not own Sony’s portable system. For a PS2 racer, this is still a solid title worth your cash and the controls certainly make each race a lot easier and more enjoyable. Overall though, I would still recommend that if you have the choice, go with the PSP version as it is the system this game was meant to be played on.