I finally got around to finishing up ModNation Racers career mode and now after I feel like I have “finished” the game I’m ready to do a review of the game. Now since the game was released a few weeks ago I’m not going to bore you with stuff you may already know about the game, but I’ll go more in depth with my own experience with the game.
The first thing I want to mention is the games creation mode leaves something to be desired. Yes you can create anything, and yes it’s very easy. However when creating a Mod or even a Kart there are plenty of times that you just can’t make what you want to make, do a search for “Halo” and you will find a mediocre Master Chief at best with things that look nothing like a Ghost or Warthog. However there are more than enough creations that actually can turn out good to really say they did this aspect of the game wrong. Just know that there is a good chance you won’t be able to create a good looking Stewie or Peter from Family Guy. For myself I ditched trying to copy off of characters like Peter, or Iron Man, or Master Chief and just create my own creations like a Zombie or a Rich Snob.
Now that I let you know what I dislike about the Mod and Kart creation tool (again the tools are easy to use, however I don’t think are as powerful as they should be) it’s time to go into the track creation. Talk about a piece of cake, you lay down the track, auto populate and boom you have a new track that is unique. Not quite though, from what I noticed when you auto populate a track you end up with a generic feeling atmosphere, ever single alpine level looks like a ski resort while the beach tracks look like Miami. However if you invest a few hours into a track and put down everything yourself you can end up with a really great track that is completely unique that can grab a lot of attention. I’ve had a lot of fun with the track creation personally.
I think I’ve spent enough time on the creation aspect of the game, now it’s time for what I thought about the racing. When it comes to taking first place time and time again you will need to find a balance between drifting every corner, using boost sparingly, using weapons at the best moment as well as not crashing into anything. There are some races that you just want to punch the wall where you can’t seem to finish any higher than 12th place. However there are other times when you can’t seem to finish in anything but 1st place because you are drifting at the best times, knocking your opponents off the track and saving your boost to use a shields when they come back for revenge. I love the games racing, I haven’t had too many frustrating moments while playing online. I said online though for a reason. The games single player can get old very fast, there are times (especially at the end of the career) when you will be in 1st place with a massive lead and then all of sudden a huge cluster or rockets from 4 different CPU players will hit you. You’ll drop to about 3rd and then get hit by a sonic boom which takes away that weapon you were saving the entire race and then of course you get knocked back to 4th place and end up having the redo the race again (because you must take 3rd place or better in most races with the ones that end a series requiring a 1st place finish) Thankfully it’s only 28 races and after you finish them going back and racing the tracks is a lot less stressful.
The last thing I want to cover is the games online play. When I first got the game on May 25th there weren’t a bunch of people playing it online yet. I would have to wait 5 to 10 minutes to find an online match which is why I stopped playing for a while. Today it looks like the community has grown a bit more and it took me just 3 minutes to get a race series started up. I have been kicked from races before, however since it’s not Xbox Live you can’t expect to have the world’s greatest network for playing games and should expect some disconnects now and then. My only complaint about the games online is that there aren’t many people that use headsets which can leave you feeling like you’re playing with a bunch of CPU players.
The bottom line is if you like racing games, and like to create stuff then this game is the perfect game for you. If you haven’t bought it yet then pick it up off of Amazonand enjoy one of the best games I’ve played on the PS3 in quite some time. Just don’t expect to create perfect replicas of your favorite Video Game or TV characters. I give this game a solid 9/10.
Creating things is easy and quick
Racing is fun and addictive
Everything seems really polished
Creation tools could give a little more power to the user
Single player campaign can get annoying