ModNation Monday: 6 Reasons Why This Game Rocks!

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Greetings and happy “OMG we are launching tomorrow” ModNation Monday!

If you are like me, you’re still a bit dazed from last night’s LOST season finale (anyone else still confused?). But I’m still uber-stoked that everyone will finally get their hands on ModNation Racers TOMORROW on both PS3 and PSP!

Actually playing the final version of the game you’ve been working on for so many months is probably the best part of being in this incredible industry. That’s how I spent my weekend and that’s when I was reminded of why I love playing this game (and why the Photo Mode rocks!).

*Please excuse my “so-so” screen shots. I’m a racer, not a photographer!

#1 The Chuck Wagon

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It’s not sexy, it’s not even that cool, but it’s MINE. There is no feeling like making and racing your own kart, and it’s 100% yours. Look out for this kart online, you’ll both know who to aim your weapon at. If it passes you up, you’ll know who just smoked you!

#2 Mini-Me

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Some racers will make their favorite characters, some will think of some completely original creations of their own. But if you’re like me, you will put yourself in the game so when you showboat, you can say, “THAT’S ME!”

#3 Bringing the Hurt (and avoiding it too!)

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We’ve covered this subject in past blog posts, but the weapons are a BLAST (see what I did there?). While I love raining down the pain in a well-timed Bolt Storm or dropping a well-placed mine right in front of a tailgater, there is a great feeling hitting my shields just at the right moment to avoid an attack or dodging a nasty missile like this.

#4 Attitude Adjustment

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What I love about ModNation Racers is that as soon as you get cocky, the game will remind you of your mistake. It doesn’t matter how good you think you are, there is always someone better, or who has a weapon ready to trigger. As soon as I got online I learned the hard way. Ouch! No matter how much time I’ve spent with the game, there are some great racers out there.

#5 Trading Paint

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While weapons are fun, the art of the sideswipe is a beautiful thing. Lining up next to a racer, tapping your right analog stick just at the right time, and smacking your competion into railing (…or off a very high cliff) is pure bliss.

#6 Fire From My Tires

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Drifting is huge source of joy in this game, but when you drift long enough, your tires ignite and light up the road. Best Back to the Future tribute ever.

Those are just a few things I dig about ModNation Racers, and I’m pretty certain you will too TOMORROW! Notice I didn’t even touch track creation, which is probably the most revolutionary thing about the game, but we have to save some things for later. :)

Stay tuned for a Launch Day post tomorrow from Kyle Zundel, the game’s producer, to get some Race Day tips and to see our launch trailer. And we’ve got more good stuff to come in following ModNation Mondays, including new Artist Spotlights. Until then…

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See you online!

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  • Cant wait but i dont get out of school till 2:15 tommorow ugh there will be tons of ppl already online b4 me =(

  • I hope theres gonna be a Dynamic Theme and some Avatars released tomorow aswell.
    I luv getting games on launch day, but it sucks not being able to get Dynamic Themes/Avatars for the games.

    I preordered MNR from my local EB…wanna check out Kratos in his ride.

    Sony made trophies mandatory, I wish they would make a rule that Dynamic Themes/Avatars were mandatory aswell (either sold on PSN at launch, or better yet, included on disk)

  • Oh and by the way, I LOVED the season finale of LOST!

  • hey chuck i dont live in the us but i have a US copy of the game and i want the gamestop preorder bonus but i can pre order since i dont live in the US any idea how to get them ? if wanna be kind enough you can send me a code :)lol i hope you read this and reply so i can give you my email if you agree

  • I pre-ordered mine 11/30/09 from Amazon and it’s expected to arrive by June 1st, but they usually tend to add time just to be safe. Hope it gets here by this weekend. I’ve had this game pre-ordered since I first heard about it. Can’t wait to play it! I also hope that we have custom sdtrk access while playing online too! :o) Oh and tons of DLC and Playstation HOME integration! Keep up the good work guys!

    • Get your songs ready, you can race to your own tunes off the XMB.

      More good things to come on HOME and on the DLC tip.

  • man i cant wait guys! its been a long time waiting, finally almost here! me and my friend kristen are gonna be racing it up as sackboy and kratos (me being sackboy) see you on the race track!

  • love everything abt this game when I first saw it I was 1% interested… Watching the artist spotlights has pretty much donated my money to UFG and playstation brand. Everything* being customizable in this game is HUGE. Sending the reply ability through the roof. However one thing that has eventually stopped me from countless and actually drawn me towards other such red dead redemption and burnout: paradise, is custom music. Do you in the foreseeable future see something like this hitting MNR, as the music SEVERLY destroyed LBP for me?

  • 1 reason why it don’t: Loadtimes!!!

    I really hope you fix this. Playing with my friends we often play the same track over and over again because it takes so long to get out to the main menu and load a new track

  • Today’s my B Day! ^_^
    Sadly I recieved no video games(or presents for that matter T_T)
    Any chance United Front Games would send me a copy of modnation?
    As to why I don’t already have this game pre ordered… I spent all my money on textbooks…(Darn you college education!!!)
    Help a starving student out?

    • ha! You are a starving student AND it’s your B DAY?!?

      I’m Sorry Adamu. Wish I could help you. I’d tell your family and friends what game you want to play for your b-day, maybe you’ll get lucky!

      Study hard, get good grades and I hope one day we’ll see each other on the track.

  • i hope loading time and server performance will be improved.

  • Seriously lost interest since I played the demo. It was great that you could create your own racer and car, but after some time of creating my racer, the demo c**k blocked me by not letting me race the character I created. Seriously, I can’t get over how much of a stupid idea that was. I even told a friend about it and he stopped downloading the demo. Chuck, the game seriously fell off my radar.

    • Sorry to hear that ZariV. Maybe you can rent the full copy to see how much fun it is to race your own creation. I can understand that you were frustrated, but we gotta stop at some point or else we give away too much.

      We did put a ton of content already into that demo, though. Not many demos let you create an entire Race track to test drive.

      Hope you give the full copy a spin at some point.

  • I just have to say:The track creator in the demo sold me. I’m gonna pick this game up first time tomorrow. I spent hours this past week making tons of tracks. It’s so addicting, and really easy.

  • I can’t wait to get it tomorrow. I already created alot through the demo. I can import them to the full version. How about custom music via XMB?

  • @51 You can make your own wallpaper . I already have a nice shot of my track set as wall paper . pretty cool … give it shot .

  • :( Why did I choose the free shipping on amazon? Now I won’t be able to play one of the games ever until June 3rd to 8th.

  • Sorry, BEST games ever.

  • Midnight launches are so awesome, Gamestop for the win!

  • blazinglightning

    Looks sweet! Can you customize the button layout?

  • Thought you might also like to know that I’m buying three extra controllers tonight just for this game. Yes, my wallet is taking a serious blow. Yes, I am perfectly fine by it!

  • I made A sasuke mod,mario,and goku!! just the demo cant wait till i play with them tomorrow!!

  • custom soundtrack for the psp as well?

  • It may not have U2-like graphics, fancy physics, etc., but it does have something that a lot of games lack. PURE FUN! I LOVE these Play Create Share games, for it gives infinite replayability. I have $8 out of $60, so I’ll get to buying it eventually lol. More devs need to be like UFG and Avalanche, and make FUN games, not FANCY games

  • Super excited for this game, Chuck. I have twin 10 year old daughters and they absolutely LOVE making tracks and it’s so stupid easy to make awesome tracks…you should see the tracks they have made.

    My only “gripe” as it were is that I pre-ordered it from Amazon to get Ratchet, and the day I ordered it, they listed it in the morning but by the time I got home (can’t order it from my work computer), they took away the DLC. I would have ordered it from Gamestop, but I really don’t like God Of War (no offense…it’s just not my thing…and my daughters are too young for that kind of game). Then I was going to pre-order it from Best Buy, but they said they don’t have any Nathan Drakes left either. Yes, I know I shouldn’t have waited, but why does Gamestop still offer pre-order DLC when Amazon and Best Buy do not?

    Why do they limit it? Especially when I pre-ordered it last week? Will there be a way for me to get Ratchet? Even if I have to suck it up and pay for it?

    • That is awesome! Can’t wait to see their work. (gamers get younger everyday!)

      I can’t believe they ran out of Nathan Drakes. We gave them a ton. Each retailer has different rules, I with I could answer that for you.

      Ratchet is Amazon only, but who knows, it might end up on PSN one day. Till then your daughters can make their own Mods!

      (My lady just made hers! So proud.)

  • lol ok Chuck we will just have to wait and see.

  • Sorry, I meant the SERIES finale. One can only hope that modnation racers is as EPIC!

  • thanks for the feedback now i HAVE to go to the midnight release thanks for the fiest of many sleepless nights. =)

  • MiDnIgHtVeLoCiTy

    I was really looking forward to playing tomorrow, before my ps3 screwed up again! Its the third time this year and it’s not even my fault! So I have to wait an extra week to play this game, even though im picking it up tomorrow! LAME!

  • Yah!! Finally pre ordered !!! Traded in some games I don’t play and got $48 For them!!! That plus recycling got me the game 1st race will be online with my own awsome kart!!!

    Ps. Can you use the demo mods in the full version? I don’t want to recreate mine again.

    Thnx Chuck for keeping me knowing all there is to know about modnation racers
    thnx again!

  • Hey Chuck! Epic ‘Chuck Wagon’ and ‘Chuck Mod’! I can’t wait to download them tomorrow! I got two questions for ya.

    1) Will the Pre-Order Bonuses ever be released as DLC and we just don’t know when yet, OR do we not even know if they will be up as DLC at all?

    2) If we get more than one voucher for the Mystery Mod Packs, are we guarenteed to get different packs when we redeem them? Is it even possible to redeem more than one? Sometimes my local GameStop has extra stuff like that, so I get a bit extra when I pick up my pre-orders. Its nice to know people in high places. lol

    Thanks for the answers, and I can’t wait to see you out there on the track! :D

    • 1) Possibly, but I don’t know for sure yet.

      2) It’s all random. If you got an extra voucher, you might get a different one or the same. Good luck Mr. Big Stuff.

  • @ Chuck yeah that’s definitely level 3 weapon directed at UFG from Target LOL Target’s a REBEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • @ midiboy just go to gamestop the kratos kart isn’t that bad ( I wanted the bestbuy one) but I’m fine with gs plus you get better customer service and whats the difference between uncharted and GOW LOL

  • hey chuck i was wondering will the download from the psn be able to work with the umd version of the game? cus one thing ive read is that sum games that r both umd and download dont work together when online

  • @ Chuck will the game have day one dlc and do you need an update to play your stuff from the demo also it’s going to be hard deciding whitch one to play: super mario galaxy 2 or MNR well then again I guess only one lets you get hit and launch missiles at the same time

    • There will be an update that will let you get your demo creations as soon as you boot the game. It will be a tough decision. Both great games, but you are right. Only one lets you make tracks too! :)

  • what time ModNation Racers psp will be available on the store? man i want to play it now !!! lol

  • Pretty Awesome,but are you part of Modnation racers’ company?I pre-ordered it and call of duty black ops.I’m excited,very excited,but will the PSN make any purchasable add-on content?Also will we be able to play as the characters we pre order as by buying them in the playstation store like sackboy,Kratos,Nathan Drake?Because i want to play as some of them though i can already play as ratchet and clank because i pre-ordered modnation racers from

    • There will be MNR DLC to be sure, but not sure if the pre-order mods will be on sale yet. Sorry!

  • hey chuck,
    are those pre order bonuses gonna come out as dlc later? because not everyone uses gamestop, amazon, ect. there’s people like me who go to mom and pop video game shops and we miss out on these awesome extras! i understand that it’s buisness but common don’t leave people out!

  • I have four tracks ready to go with lots of playtesting by the family as soon as I get the full version so I can share them.

  • Got mine already! I love midnight openings!
    NOw the question is which has to wait for the morning? MNR or UFC? Eh…screw it MNR FTW!!! LOL…gtg… let me stop while I’m ahead…

  • AnthonyTonyMagic

    This game is really great. With games like this and Uncharted 2, I have had all my lost faith in PlayStation restored. If this had been a PS3 launch title then Mario would be bowing his little moustached head in shame right now, people would have been saying that PSN was superior to Live because of Play.Create.Share, and PS3 would have made a killing.

    The only thing I don’t like is the invincibility flashing. It takes something away from the game. Couldn’t you have made a shield or something instead of having the kart flash?

    I hope that one day Sony allow us to use our Mod/Sackboy/Home characters as our official PSN avatar though. The level of customisation rocks

    • It does rock. So much fun. I’m fine with the flashing personally, but if it really becomes a pain who knows. There is nothing UFG can’t do!

  • AnthonyTonyMagic

    Also, will there be the option for SixAxis steering? I wouldn’t use it myself, but it would be a great way to get the whole family playing as some people aren’t “gamers” but would be able to play this game with SixAxis.

  • Is there going to be a way for people to get the other preorder bonuses? I want all of them and didn’t want to buy 3 copies!

  • My brother is getting it tomorrow during his lunch. Cannot wait to play this game! Love the demo! Between this and RDR I dont know how ill have enough time to study for finals!! Aaaah!

  • Hey Chuck: So I reserved my copy of ModNation Racers for PS3 but when I got my Sackboy Code packaged inside tonight at Midnight, it was very hard to get the seal off and when I did get it off, it appeared that some parts of the code are unreadable. This is a huge disappointment to me as Sackboy was a huge driving force to preorder the game for me. If I call the 1-800 Number for SCEA, do you think they can help me out by looking up my code or replacing it with a new one for me? Please Help & Thanks Much! (Btw I’ve been playing MNR for the past 3 hours straight!!! LOVE IT!)

    • Another Advanced Copy! Wow. Well done and welcome to the NATION! :) The store should be able to help you, if not call the number to see what can be done.

  • ~$250 later, got the game from Game Stop and new controllers in my hands right now. Ha ha!

  • On another note, if anyone wants to trade their Ratchet voucher for my Kratos one, I’m totally down for that. If not, that’s still cool. Installing the game right now!

  • I know this is a triple post, and I’m sorry, but I just noticed that Kratos doesn’t validate until 7/18/10, and sackboy doesn’t validate until 5/25/11 (a whole year from now). Misprint much? I certainly hope so.

  • Oh, well, that makes more sense. Thanks for clearing it up!

  • Well well! Chuck & The Bandit are both LOST fans! In that case…be on the lookout for my John Locke mod. First costume I made in LBP…will be the first i make in ModNation. See you on the Island…err..TRACK!


  • YEA!!!!! now you see this is going to be pff the hook cant sleep until i get this

  • Hey Chuck

    Really struggled to find a good lobby. Is there not a way you could implement a patch for joining? Like if a race has started you join as spectator until it starts, that way we wont have people jumping in and out of lobbies.

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