E3 ’09: ModNation Racers Details and Screenshots

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Sony has began a new genre with LittleBigPlanet and are contuing that “Play, Create and Share” genre with ModNation Racers, in development at United Front Games. The arcade racing game will allow one to two players to play locally or two to twelve players to play online when it releases 2010.

ModNation Racers comes packed with loads of content. The game’s focus is on building Mod characters, styling karts and building imaginitive race tracks in just minutes for the rest of the PlayStation community to play via the PlayStation Network. This is all possible via the game’s easy-to-use editing studio tools. If you’re not the creative type, ModNation features a humorous story with pre-made characters, karts, tracks and challenges straight out of the box.

ModNation Racers packs a bunch of other excellent features as well.

Customized Karting Experience – Whether the player is a race car driver, a newcomer to videogames or an aspiring game developer, they can show their talents off in ModNation Racers. The power of creation is in the player’s hands.

Accessible Creation Tools – ModNation Racers includes easy creation tools in the Track Studio, Character Studio and Kart Studio that allow the player to design something comprehensive and fun in a matter of minutes. Players can invest minimal time and enjoy basic creating, or they can invest more time and make sure every lake, mountain, banked turn and power-up is placed perfectly.

Classic Kart Racing Action – ModNation Racers delivers exceptional kart handling and physics technology on PS3 that makes for fast and fun racing. Players can drift their karts around corners, boost for more speed, attack opponents with weapons and interact with the world around them.

Story Campaign – The humorous story of ModNation Racers sees the player rise up to become an elite racer. The narrative, tutorials, challenges, and rewards reveal all the key features.

Game Modes – In addition to the Story Campaign, other single and multiplayer player modes will let players show off their skills in varied challenges with their favorite characters and karts.
Extensive PlayStation Network Options – Features include matchmaking, detailed stats and leaderboards, Friends List management, communication tools, etc.

Vinyl Art Style – Inspired by urban vinyl art, ModNation Racers sports a stylish and attractive look and design for young and old players alike.

User-Generated Content – User generated content in ModNation Racers will keep this karting world fresh and alive so that every race is a new and fun experience.

Vote for the Best – Players can participate in the karting community in ModNation Racers by voting on any creation as they view it and race it

Attacking and Offensive Driving – Winning the race is only half of the fun! Players can use combat-like racing strategies to attack other karts with an array of dramatic weapons. For those interested in focusing solely on racing, ModNation Racers has a Pure Race mode.

Trophy Support – ModNation Karting supports a host of fun and challenging trophies to collect along the way.

Sony has released the first screenshots of ModNation Racers and they can be seen in our gallery.

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