MotorStorm: Arctic Edge

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MotorStorm: Arctic Edge
MotorStorm Arctic Edge.jpg
Developer(s)Bigbig Studios
Virtuos (PS2)
Publisher(s)Sony Computer Entertainment
Platform(s)PlayStation Portable, PlayStation 2
ReleasePlayStation Portable
  • AU: 17 September 2009
  • EU: 18 September 2009
  • AS: 18 September 2009[1]
  • NA: 29 September 2009
  • KOR: 9 October 2009[1]
  • JP: 1 November 2009
PlayStation 2
  • AU: 3 October 2009
  • EU: 9 October 2009
  • NA: 20 October 2009
Genre(s)Off-road racing
Mode(s)Single-player, online multiplayer, multiplayer

MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (released as MotorStorm: Raging Ice in Japan) is the third entry in the MotorStorm series of video games, developed by Bigbig Studios and published by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2, which was released in 2009.[2]


A still from one of the MotorStorm: Arctic Edge trailers showing a Wulff Bolter rally car, one of the driveable rally cars in the game.

The game once again moves away from the desert environments of the original title and the lush island environment of the sequel and relocates itself to the harsh Arctic climate of Alaska on the edge of the Arctic Circle. Gameplay is similar to that of previous titles in the series such as Nitrous Boosts, environmental hazards and destructible environments. Vehicles will also have the ability to cool down the boost by driving through deep snow or under waterfalls, the same technique used for driving through the water in MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. Unlike the previous titles in the series, the game only features a maximum of ten racers in each race.[3]

New hazards include avalanches, which can be triggered by vehicle explosion or blowing the vehicle's horn, which causes a large amount of snow to rumble down the track and will strike away opponents, including the player, no matter the vehicles' strengths. Icy bridges can also be dangerous for heavy vehicles. While small vehicles can get over ice bridges, heavier vehicles can cause them to disintegrate and break, making the short-cut impossible to cross.

There will also be differences between PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2 edition of the game in order to make use of each systems specific capabilities. Such as the PlayStation Portable version featuring a Photo Mode, custom soundtracks and online play which features 6-player online multiplayer. On the other hand, the PlayStation 2 version will feature a split-screen multiplayer mode like the one present in the previous game, MotorStorm: Pacific Rift. The Time Attack game mode will only record the player's timings from the leaderboard in the PlayStation Portable version of the game, though the mode itself has been confirmed for both consoles.[4]

Game modes[edit]

As with the previous MotorStorm title, the core game mode of MotorStorm: Arctic Edge is the Festival, where the player participates in over 100 events spanning across 8 tiers. These events include various race series called "Invitational".

The other gameplay mode of the game is known as the Wreckreation Mode, which consists of various game modes, such as:

  • Free Play, is the classic racing mode in most racing games where players select a race type, a track, and so on, followed by vehicle selection.
  • Time-Attack, is where players are timed as to how long they take to navigate through the curves and turns one lap at the time, on later laps the ghost of the best recorded time by the player can be seen racing alongside the player on the course which allows the player to try to beat their previous set record.[5]


MotorStorm: Arctic Edge features a total of 24 vehicles from 8 vehicle classes, most of which are specially designed to suit the Arctic climate: Bike, ATV, Snow Machine, Buggy, Rally Car, Snowplugger, Snow Cat and Big Rig. Each vehicle is all fully customisable with examples such as liveries, spoilers, exhaust, and sponsor stickers.[3][6]


MotorStorm: Arctic Edge features a total of 12 tracks, alongside the reverse variants of each track. Some tracks also include numerous hazards within.

Icy bridges are seen during races in each track, and these will pose as a hazard for drivers below. While small vehicles can easily navigate through, larger and heavy vehicles can easily disintegrate the bridge, thus causing the opponents or the player to tumble down the track, and will either become wrecked or receive some damage and drive off, if one of the heavy vehicles drives through while the other one behind falls down as the bridge gives way. Another new hazard, known as the avalanche, can be triggered by blowing the vehicles' horns, or by explosions from vehicles. The avalanche will then strike away opponents, along with the player, if not evaded in time. The amount of snow also increases as the player drives up the mountain which would cause the surface to become more slippery for players.[3][7]


MotorStorm: Arctic Edge for the PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 2 was announced on 24 February 2009 by Sony Computer Entertainment and would not be developed by Evolution Studios who had previously developed the past two titles but instead by Bigbig Studios. Prior to that rumours of a PlayStation Portable edition of the previously PlayStation 3 MotorStorm had been swirling due to a tip by a staff member of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe in November 2008.[6]

The first gameplay video was unveiled on 29 April 2009 showcasing the new gameplay mechanics of the game while an official trailer was released on 3 June 2009 which include a computer generated cinematic of the game. A second trailer was released during Gamescom 2009 in Germany showcasing more gameplay as well as new content.[8]


Review scores
Game InformerN/A7/10[11]
Game RevolutionC[12]N/A
GameSpyN/A3.5/5 stars[14]
OPM (UK)N/A8/10[19]
Aggregate scores

The game was met with positive reception. It currently has a score of 81% and 79 out of 100 for the PSP version,[22][24] and 78% and 72 out of 100 for the PlayStation 2 version according to GameRankings and Metacritic.[21][23]


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  2. ^ Miller, Greg (24 February 2009). "MEGATON: Major Franchises Assault PSP". IGN. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Ekberg, Brian (29 April 2009). "MotorStorm Arctic Edge Hands-On". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  4. ^ Roper, Chris (29 April 2009). "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge Hands-on". IGN. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  5. ^ Miller, Greg (19 August 2009). "GC 2009: MotorStorm: Arctic Edge Progress Report". IGN. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  6. ^ a b Magrino, Tom (24 February 2009). "MotorStorm Arctic Edge chills PSP, PS2". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  7. ^ Simmons, Alex (3 June 2009). "E3 2009: MotorStorm: Arctic Edge Progress Report". IGN. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  8. ^ "MotorStorm Arctic Edge Videos". GameSpot. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  9. ^ Edge staff (November 2009). "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP)". Edge (207).
  10. ^ Whitehead, Dan (14 September 2009). "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP)". Eurogamer. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  11. ^ Kato, Matthew (October 2009). "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP): PSP Debut Skids On Ice". Game Informer (198). Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  12. ^ BlaczarNicholas (10 December 2009). "MotorStorm Arctic Edge Review (PS2)". Game Revolution. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  13. ^ VanOrd, Kevin (30 September 2009). "MotorStorm Arctic Edge Review (PSP)". GameSpot. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  14. ^ Gallegos, Anthony (11 October 2009). "GameSpy: The Consensus: MotorStorm: Arctic Edge Review (PSP)". GameSpy. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  15. ^ "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge Review (PSP)". GameTrailers. 1 October 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  16. ^ Hopper, Steven (21 November 2009). "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge - PSP - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on 24 November 2009. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  17. ^ Bishop, Sam (22 October 2009). "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge Review (PS2)". IGN. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  18. ^ Bishop, Sam (2 October 2009). "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge Review (PSP)". IGN. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  19. ^ "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP)". PlayStation Official Magazine: 110. November 2009.
  20. ^ Roche, Joe (4 November 2009). "MotorStorm: Arctic Edge (PSP) Review". 411Mania. Retrieved 21 August 2015.
  21. ^ a b "MotorStorm Arctic Edge for PlayStation 2". GameRankings. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  22. ^ a b "MotorStorm Arctic Edge for PSP". GameRankings. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  23. ^ a b "MotorStorm Arctic Edge for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  24. ^ a b "MotorStorm Arctic Edge for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 August 2015.

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