Sony has once again helped in producing a game using the motto: Play, Create, Share. In the game players take the role of a little customizable mod to race in a Mario Kart-like racer. There are four different types of power-ups (lightning, rockets, speed boosts, and sonic booms) with three levels of effectiveness. There are several different ways to race including quick race against computer mods, career mode, split screen, split screen online, and just regular online races. I’ll start off talking about the most frustrating mode referred to as career mode.
The concept of the career mode is to rise up from a slightly experienced driver to become a ModNation Racer champion. The commentators that talk during and in between races add a sense of humor to the game that feels right. Along with completing the obvious task of winning each race, there is the added challenge of objectives like taking down three different people on the bridge in order to unlock more items for customization. The problem with this is it is really hard to do both with the CPU always on your tail. I have come within inches at times of winning the race and all of a sudden I would get destroyed by lightning and I would end up in fourth place. This becomes very aggravating at times. Once you do win a race you have to wait through unnecessarily long load times that can take a step back from the high pace action you experience during the race. Although these can be two disappointing aspects to the game there are plenty of things that make this game great. One such aspect that it steps up in is split screen. There are hardly any splitscreen mulitplayer games on the PS3 compared to the PS2 and United Front games delivers this exactly how you would expect it to be, but with your neighbors. When it comes to online play, it seems to me that the people you are facing are a lot more balanced compared to the CPU which leads to a more enjoyable experience.
The part that becomes the heart to the game is the customization. The shear amount of content it provides to make the game your own is amazing. The first thing you can customize is the characters themselves. They can be dressed in all sorts of skins and sticks that are unlocked in the campaign mode. Modding the kart can be changed in the same ways as the characters allowing for such things as different body kits to adding a satellite to the front of the car. Finally comes the track creation which can be the most complex. Although creators can be very complex when creating a track, even the most basic creators can make great tracks using features like auto populate to add a little bit of spice to the levels; something which was hard to do in LittleBigPlanet. For those of you who usually draw stick figures when creating people there is always the option to download other players’ creations which can be pretty spectacular. There have been such things as Mario and Iron Man to the Mystery Machine and a Ferrari. All and all this game has loads of features that will keep you playing for hours.
Pros: Replay Value, Customization, Wide Variety of Content, and Epic Races
Cons: Load Times and Rubber Band Like CPU
Final Score: 9.1 out of 10