• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: May 25, 2010
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  • Summary: Exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and PSP systems, ModNation Racers empowers the player to customize their entire kart racing experience. Enjoy karting fun, where you can shoot, boost & drift your way to the finish line. Create your unique racing experience with the same tools used by theExclusive to the PlayStation 3 and PSP systems, ModNation Racers empowers the player to customize their entire kart racing experience. Enjoy karting fun, where you can shoot, boost & drift your way to the finish line. Create your unique racing experience with the same tools used by the development team. Express yourself by creating your own Mod character, quirky kart and imaginative track, and share your unique racing experience with the rest of the world. [SCEA] Expand
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  1. Positive: 71 out of 85
  2. Negative: 0 out of 85
  1. Annoying load times aside, I can't fault ModNation Racers for the nearly perfect package that it is, and for that reason I feel safe in proclaiming Sony's masterpiece the best kart-racing title in the history of gaming. Period.
  2. An intelligent, deep and enjoyable game that takes the 'play, create, share' initiative and runs with it. Fun, entertaining, a pleasure to look at and create in – MNR raises the bar for the genre.
  3. When it comes to the core gameplay, however, there's no question: it's the best in its class, dethroning Mario Kart in every technical way.
  4. Pelit (Finland)
    81
    The custom tracks, cars and drivers make the game much more than just the sum of it's parts. Shame I wasn't able to try out the multiplayer races, so the score is based purely on the singleplayer experience. [June 2010]
  5. Playstation: The Official Magazine (US)
    80
    Finishes strong. [July 2010, p.82]
  6. ModNation Racers is an enjoyable game that is packed to the brim with so much content that you won't know what to do with it all.
  7. The mixture of Mario Kart racing and Little Big Planet's customisation should be a recipe for hours of fun. Unfortunately, the long loading times leave a bitter taste.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 3 out of 38
  1. Jun 23, 2020
    10
    My favorite game on PS3. Tellement d'heure passées à éditer et partager des circuits. I want a new version.
  2. Mar 25, 2022
    10
    I'm still advocation for a new Modnation Racers on PS5 and won't stop, a top 5 kart racer of all time imo. I think theres a few things theyI'm still advocation for a new Modnation Racers on PS5 and won't stop, a top 5 kart racer of all time imo. I think theres a few things they can improve. Like allowing you to choose you tracks music when creating and not always being random. As well as making sure they got more weapons. Which is something I'm not too worried about because Road Trip was the right direction for the weapons. Or allow custom ones like LBP karting. Maybe even bring over the grapple feature and add some CNK anigravity like MK did.

    That's besides the point though. ModNation is a masterpiece and outside CTR (CTRNF as well) and Sonic Transformed, I don't think Sony has any Kart racers on there consoles that can go toe to toe with the best... Outside of MNR, this is a series Sony needs to not let up on this series. It can have a bright future
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  3. Aug 29, 2010
    10
    Nicely Done. An enjoyable game which I would and many others would put right up there with any racing game. I enjoyed this just as much orNicely Done. An enjoyable game which I would and many others would put right up there with any racing game. I enjoyed this just as much or maybe more than Mario Kart, which frightened me as Mario Kart is possibly my favourite ever game. Expand
  4. Jan 19, 2016
    9
    The PS3 version of Modnation Racers is easily my favourite kart racer. The boost meter mechanic which powers up boosts, shields and activatesThe PS3 version of Modnation Racers is easily my favourite kart racer. The boost meter mechanic which powers up boosts, shields and activates traps makes the game so much more tactical and intense. This boost meter is filled by drifting, drafting, performing tricks and Not to mention the intuitive power ups. Basically there is 4 different types of base weapon, but by driving you Kart into consecutive 'item pods' you can power up the weapon to 3 stages. So a single rocket firing in a straight line can become a swarm of homing missiles. Furthermore, any weapon can be dropped behind the kart by holding square, It's also pretty fast, and so I find winning is much more down to how you drive. During a race you constantly, need to make quick decisions such as: should I use my boost meter for boosting or save it for shields? Or should I wait a while to power up this weapon or fire it right away? There really is never a dull moment, as each second of drift or mid-air trick can provide the little amount of boost meter needed to win a race. In my opinion, this, as well as the tight controls, make this game for one of the most fast, and yet tactical Kart Racers out there. The game is also quite challenging at times, which I personally prefer as I often find other kart racers like Mario Kart too easy. If you want a kart racer that actually revolves around the skill of the player and not luck, then check this out!

    And there's a truckload of customisation options as well! The amount of Kart and Character customisation in Mondation Racers is insane - probably the best I have seen in any game ever - and allows you to choose from a huge number of parts or facial features which you can place anywhere on your character. The track customisation is a little more restrictive, but still allows you to create almost any race track you could imagine. Basically you start out with an empty field and drive around to pave the tarmac, so track can have whatever altitude and width you like, whilst turns can be as tight, steep, downhill or banked as necessary. The only slight drawback is that the base game without DLC allows for only 4 different themes - Desert, Alpine, Seaside and Jungle. This unfortunately is quite limiting, and does make some tracks feel very similar. Expansion packs do allow for City and Snow themed areas, however. All of the customisation options are very easy and great fun use. You can make almost anything you can think of, regardless of how wacky they may be! The game does come installed with a fairly lengthy campaign mode and a bunch of pre-made tracks, too.

    The only major gripe I have is the long load times, which means it can take a while to get into the action. But when you do this game is a blast! Also the game is not particularly accessible. I found it fun as a beginner, but the game really shines when you get the hang of all the different racing mechanics. So as a party game it could be best to look elsewhere. Connecting to online is nice and easy though, and I find that even now there is still people playing this game. The game's soundtrack is also a little generic, and it can become quite tiresome to hear the same single tune while creating racers and tracks, but it does capture the mood of the game well.

    Overall, Modnation Racers is a fantastic Kart Racer, and a game I would recommend to anyone. It has its short-comings, but racing is just so much fun, and intuitive mechanics make Modnation Racers more exciting and engaging than other racers. Combine this with the vast customisation options, and you have in my opinion, the greatest Kart Racer ever.
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  5. Mar 27, 2011
    8
    ModNation is a great blend of Mario Kart and LittleBigPlanet. It is the PS3's racing play-create-share game. Gameplay is excellent and theModNation is a great blend of Mario Kart and LittleBigPlanet. It is the PS3's racing play-create-share game. Gameplay is excellent and the controls are simple and intuitive. However, the biggest thing about ModNation Racers is the ability to create your own character, or Mods, as well as your own tracks and karts. Character creation is well done, and those with the patience can create almost anything they want, minus the use of tails and backpacks. Track creation is simple. It is easy to make a course that works, and auto sculpt will fill in the scenery and/or the gameplay items for you. If you are a very creative person and/or like kart racing, this is one that you owe it to yourself to try out. Expand
  6. May 29, 2018
    8
    Modnation Racers is one of the best racing games on Playstation. It is simply pure fun with friends or family.
  7. Mar 3, 2011
    0
    i also bought this thing.... i'm plenty late reviewing it... i love sony, but split second and modnation suck in comparison to blur.... bluri also bought this thing.... i'm plenty late reviewing it... i love sony, but split second and modnation suck in comparison to blur.... blur captured my heart and soul... i'm VERY sad they disbanded.... freek ya'll i DID NOT LIKE THIS GAME...long long times, ugly graphics a sorry mario kart wannbe be bad ass ripoff... sony rip mario he awesome modnation sucks... really i hated it. waste of my money and time... i ran over a powerup, with some ugly graphically challenged boy... i said fu... this and put in blur... this game sucked Expand

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