Based on its Japanese release (and I’ll remind you that the version I’m writing about isn’t the one that’s due out in the West), Motorstorm is the most featureless racer I’ve ever played. There are only a couple of options, for adjusting the sound and screen and switching the motion sensor controls on and off. Missing are options for adjusting the number of opponents and track count, and such standard modes such as free run and time attack.
The game doesn’t even have any form of multiplayer racing. While we knew about the lack of online in the Japanese version, there’s no multiplayer what-so-ever, not even split screen!
Motorstorm also shipped to Japan with some of the glaring problems from the demo still in place. Load times prior to the start of a race can take up to 45 seconds. Car selection requires that you wait for new car models to load up, and you can’t even see your car’s stats on the selection screen (the stats are available in the manual). It’s exactly like the demo, and is unacceptable for a final product.
He goes on to be a bit more positive about the game overall, but ultimately it’s hard to imagine paying full price for this. It’s even harder to imagine paying even more to importing this when, hopefully, the US and Euro releases will be a little more well-rounded.