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Post by Dan @ 03:12pm 10/06/10 | 6 Comments
Since the early days of gaming Arcade racing has been a staple genre on all platforms and both today's consoles and portables are no exception. One such recent title is Sony's ModNation Racers now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable.

Unfortunately, ModNation racers doesn't seem to have faired as well as other recent efforts. Find out why in this AusGamers review.





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Sc00bs
Posted 03:15pm 10/6/10
snap 5.5 mo fuckers
Crash
Posted 04:01pm 10/6/10
As much as i love James's work i have to disagree with him a little on this one. Yes there are major issues with the load times, i dont understand how this wasnt fixed.... But i still much prefer ModNation Racers over Mario Kart Wii. I think that this game offers a lot more, especially if you want a kart racer with a challenge - the races in this game are absolutely brutal. Personally I would give it more than a 5.5

Just my 2c
Zelph
Posted 10:00pm 10/6/10
Yeah, I've been playing this game for a week now and I'd give it a higher score. The loading times are a major pain, but once it loads it's a fun game. Not as great as Mario Kart maybe, but I'd highly recommend it as a rental.
Josh
Posted 02:04am 11/6/10
I'll admit..this sounds like more of a rant/bitch at the game than an actual review.
MARLINBLADE
Posted 10:14am 11/6/10
Yeah i give this review a 5.5.

If they have given the score based on the PS3 and the PSP version combined then thats retarded. It'd be like reviewing Mario Kart Wii with the SNES version... Retarded.

James is correct on a few things, the load times are crazy. I also see the "parking lot" as you call it, a waste of time, but i see what they want it to be as a pretty good idea. It's a virtual car park where you can hook up with other racers etc in an online community portal. A good idea, but it's just a pain it takes so long to load every time.

As for the "Simplistic Tracks" you mention... WTF?? There are shortcuts, tokens to find, jumps etc,... there's shit going on everywhere... I've been back replaying some of these tracks again and again trying to find all the hidden bits and pieces.

Plus if you do get sick of all the tracks on offer here, there's a shitload of user gen content waiting to be played on. People create their own tracks, publish, people play em. Virtual unlimited replayability.

Look take from James' review what you will. I don't play console games that much, i'm a pretty hardcore PC FPs gamer, but i love racing games and love mario kart. This game is a lot of fun. It's not meant to be serious, it's meant to be fun, and it is. The loading times aren't fun though and in my opinion thats the only thing that holds this game back. Everything else in this game adds up to be a great friday night in, piss drinking piss taking kart death fest which will keep most people happy... just think of the load times as your que to grab another beer or take a leak...

IMO this game is an 8 for the SP, and a 9 if you have a bunch of controllers, a few mates and a slab. Def worth a rental, and def one thats dividing my time away from BC2.
eski
Posted 01:09pm 17/6/10
So after an evening with this I've got a few opinions of my own. Apart from the truly awful loading times, this game is absolutely fantastic! It's quite brazen how much they've ripped of mario kart, down to the little bounce you do when starting a power slide, but it works really well. The game is pretty much mario kart meets littlebigplanet, but if you've seen any of the previews then that shouldn't come as a surprise.

I loaded it up, connected online and was away. Mario, Spiderman and Ironman instantly popped up as the most popular mods, with the A-team van, a ferrari and the Mystery Machine popping up for karts. Freaking awesome! Spent the next hour getting my ass handed to me online playing on a bunch of tracks that the server host had made.

The keyboard/voice chat between each race was great, there needs to be more of this stuff on consoles. It made the whole experience that much more personal being able to have a chat between races, telling my host whether or not I had liked his tracks.

There weren't many people playing online when I connected, most of them seemed to be more caught up driving around the menu hub and chatting. I was playing the US version, so I suppose most of them hadn't gotten out of bed yet.

If they can fix the loading times this will be one of the best games going around on any system. If you like kart racers or making your own levels then its a no brainer. Although I havent been playing long, it feels like I will get a lot of playtime out of this title.

ps - atm you can pretty much download all of the racers, karts and tracks from mario kart. Craziness!
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