ModNation Racers Review
- Posted May 15th, 2010 at 16:54 EDT by Steven Williamson
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Every kart racer from this point forth needs a track editor, enough said.
- The intoxicating, chaotic kart racing formula
- The incredibly deep track editing tools
- Taking the race online
- Pimping our avatar and kart for no other reason than to look good
- Not having enough options to tweak the performance of our kart
- Long loading times, particularly in career mode
(continued from previous page) ...podium where everyone can see the best user created mods (most downloaded mods) for the avatars, karts and tracks. You can also browse through the many hundreds of user creations that will undoubtedly be online very shortly after release, watch a race go by on the big screen, or check the latest leaderboards. There's more than enough to keep you coming back for more.
LittleBigPlanet paved the way for this kind of user-created game on PS3 and ModNation Racers embraces that community feel spectacularly. After spending a few hours messing around with avatars and karts the appeal dwindled slightly for us because no matter what we created it actually had no bearing on the race, so we deemed it pretty pointless. Sadly, the likelihood of anyone seeing our poor attempt to create Ghandi is slim because anyone with any sense will be concentrating far too hard on the race in question than glancing around at other people’s karts and avatars --the action is far too quick to even notice. Nevertheless, it’s there and it’s in-depth for those who want to use it. The track editor on the other hand is exactly what every kart game from this point forth needs. It puts the creativity firmly in our hands and is going to increase the longevity of ModNation Racers indefinitely.
ModNation Racers is an accessible, aggressive and enjoyable kart racing game that brings with it all the “how the hell did I lose that race” frustration that we love and hate about the genre. The incredible, and partly pointless, customisation tool-set is part of the appeal, but the accessible control scheme and the smooth, fluid races around the track are equally as impressive. If the community embraces ModNation Racers, and we’re sure it will, there’s a lot of great tracks to look forward to and some great times ahead. If you see an avatar that slightly resembles Ghandi give us a wave!