Launch Primer: ModNation Racers


Posted May 24, 2010 - By Sterling McGarvey

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Ever find yourself in a situation where all of your friends are talking about the latest and greatest game, and you can't contribute to the conversation because you haven't been paying attention? Solve that problem with our Launch Primers: everything you need to know (except the spoilers) about a game that's about to be released.

 ModNation Racers Hands-On Preview

ModNation Racers
MSRP: $59.99, $29.99
ESRB Rating: E

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What kind of game is it?

ModNation Racers is a 3D kart racer that combines the whimsical fun of games like Mario Kart with the degree of depth in user-created content found in the likes of LittleBigPlanet. In other words, while you can race around in dangerous courses a la Mario Kart, you can also devise your own deathtraps and your own racer, down to some fairly minute details.

Who's the Developer?

Vancouver, BC-based United Front Games. This is United Front's first title; the team is also working on the True Crime reboot for Activision. Founded in 2007, the studio is composed of EA Black Box (Need for Speed) co-founders and developers.

What's the story?

Really? Well, since you're asking... ModNation Racers puts you in the cartoonish action figure shoes of racer Tag as you speed, swerve, and screw (other racers over) on your way to becoming the ModNation Champion. According to the review, while the cutscenes that envelop single player are well done and quite funny, you'll burn through the solo game rather quickly. But racing in solitude is far from the main attraction here.


And then some. Like LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers will live and die based on its online participation. With Sony's "Play, Create, Share" ethos driving the experience, it's all about you and how much you plan to invest in it. Not only can you create a variety of copyright-violating characters -- I spotted Mr. T and Bob The Builder among the ModNation hall of fame racers  -- but you can make a track with a variety of deathtraps, shortcuts, and damaging perils. Then you can take them online to inflict -er, test out against up to seven other participants.

What'd we say?

Jake Gaskill reviewed ModNation Racers for us, giving it a 4/5:

"A lot of ModNation Racers's success will come down to whether PlayStation 3 owners embrace the idea of an LBP on wheels. Although I’ve noted some of the frustrating moments in the game, the core kart-racing is still satisfying, it includes an unending amount of customization options and the online features are deep and accessible. So many elements, from the interface to the level of detail you can devote to your racer and tracks, are indicative of a well-made title. ModNation Racers is a fantastic kart racer that’s worth your time to invest, whether it’s in the mayhem of a dozen-player race or in creating your dream track."

Scott Alan Marriott reviewed the PSP version of ModNation Racers for us, also giving it a 4/5:

"ModNation Racers doesn't introduce anything in its gameplay that you haven't experienced before in Mario Kart, Crash Team Racing, and similar titles in the genre. At the same time, it's comforting to own a racing game where you never have to settle for the same tracks, the same vehicles, or the same characters. This is the perfect racer for the fickle or easily bored, though an online connection is a must to get the most bang for your buck, scream for your green, or holler for your dollar. And if you don't give a flying turtle shell about innovation as long as the game plays well, then take ModNation's criticisms with a drop of motor oil."

See it in action: 

ModNation Racers Direct-Feed Developer Walkthrough »


Launch Primer: ModNation Racers


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