The best cartoon racer this side of Mario Kart
In a nutshell, ModNation Racers is the best cartoon racer this side of Mario Kart. In fact, it has everything youd hope for: wild, wide tracks; wicked weapons; crazy characters; intuitive controls; manic multiplayer; physics-defying speed boosts the lot. Hell, it even has cheating-bastard computer-controlled characters that are guaranteed to send you into paroxysms of rage if you play the game alone. But delirious driving and retina-sizzling graphics aside, ModNation Racers has more to offer players weaned on a diet of Nintendo kart mash-ups.
The real meat of ModNation Racers is its robust building tools, where you can create tracks and characters that meet your exacting standards, then share your creations with the world. The tools used to build your avatar and the courses they burn around are remarkably intuitive and dont require the same level of dedication as those used in LittleBigPlanet and allow you to create intricately detailed racing worlds where you control every twist and turn, or clumsily hack together simple tracks and have the computer auto-populate them for you.
But while theres no doubting the considerable charms of Modnation Racers creation tools and the slick multiplayer modes that will keep you burning rubber for months in both split-screen and online modes the games unfeasibly long loading times are frustrating as they bring the lighting-paced action grinding to a halt. And while the game is undoubtedly the PS3s best kart racer, once youve tired of tinkering with the tracks youll realise it lacks the charm and delicate of balance of weapons found in Mario Kart, and doesnt quite have what it takes to beat its Nintendo rival.