ModNation Racers

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VideoModNation Racers track tools

Rustle up your dream track in a matter of minutes.

ModNation Racers

Everything in moderation.

VideoModNation's Mod Spot and randomiser

Random generation and the hub area.

VideoModNation - Down on the Boardwalk

The bitter taste of defeat.

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ModNation patch to improve load times

Load times in PS3 game ModNation Racers will be reduced by an update set for release tomorrow.

The patch, due for release at 10am Wednesday, is designed to address "issues the community has been concerned about".

It'll also implement a new casual difficulty mode, fix a bug that allowed players to cut the track and post unbeatable times in Hot Lap, and improve server stability to improve disconnects.

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ModNation Racers

ModNation Racers

Everything in moderation.

Well, I managed to resist it. In all the hours I spent toying around with ModNation Racers' fantastic suite of creative tools I restrained myself from making a single character which even vaguely resembled a set of genitalia. Nor did I craft any of the Mario Kart characters. I didn't even infringe the copyrights of Batman, Wacky Racers or the Dukes of Hazzard.

Not that it's impossible to do so - the depth and flexibility of the editors on offer here is more than capable of translating almost any popular character, car or track into the game's shiny, colourful engine - but to use these abilities to imitate just seemed like a bit of a waste.

Instead I, a man of limited artistic ingenuity, rattled off any number of unique and striking little creations, starting simply and progressing to more subtle, layered designs. These, although lacking the professionalism of the offerings downloadable from the United Front development team, managed to make the atrophied creative centre of my brain quite chuffed with itself.

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Amazon shows EU ModNation bundles

PS3 and PSP pack-ins spotted.

Information posted on Amazon's German site points to new PS3 and PSP bundles packed with build-your-own-kart-racer ModNation Racers.

ModNation Racers

Car tune network.

A small number of excellent people made an awful lot of brilliant things using LittleBigPlanet, but if Media Molecule's game taught us nothing else (apart from "don't sing the Qur'an"), it's that a blank slate can be overwhelming unless you approach it with a clear idea of what you want to do, especially in a 2D world where "platform game" is more of a suggestion than an instruction.

Fat Princess patched with new map today

Fat Princess patched with new map today

Also: it's ModNation Racers beta time.

Patch 1.04 for Fat Princess is released today, says the PlayStation blog, and it includes a free new map.

The map's called Brownie Town and it's city-themed. Among the fixes is the correction of a problem with online rankings whereby Team Deathmatch and Invasion all-time and monthly scores weren't posting correctly.

Elsewhere on PSN, it's worth reminding you that the European beta for intriguing build-your-own kart racer ModNation Racers begins tomorrow, and today's the day you'll be able to download the client from the PlayStation Store.

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Euro ModNation Racers beta dated

Euro ModNation Racers beta dated

Gets underway this month.

Sony's announced a 22nd January starting date for the European ModNation Racers beta.

There are a 100,000 places available for testers, and those will be given to people who log on to the PlayStation Store this Thursday and download the beta client.

Be quick, as after 100,000 downloads, the ModNations Racers beta client will disappear from the PS Store.

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ModNation Racers Euro beta in 2010

ModNation Racers Euro beta in 2010

US equivalent begins this month.

Sony has announced that the European beta for ModNation Racers will take place during a couple of weeks in "early 2010", offering "exclusive European content".

The announcement on the European PlayStation blog comes as US gamers are promised a beta running from 18th December this year until 10th January.

ModNation Racers is a PS3-exclusive racing game where you can build your own tracks and customise your own cars, then share the lot online with friends.

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ModNation Racers

National grid.

Perhaps it's the heat, or the mental strain of having to work within earshot of man-size speakers blasting out pop songs for a break-dancing stage show, but United Front's Dan Sochan uses the word "accessible" in his answers to virtually every one of my questions. As well he should, because as we discovered at E3, ModNation Racers is a game where you can roll your own Nurburgring or Donut Plains within minutes of picking up the pad. The good news at gamescom is that you can also be more precise than that.

ModNation Racers beta will be substantial

ModNation Racers beta will be substantial

"Really good chunk of the full game."

United Front has said that the upcoming ModNation Racers online beta test will be "a really good chunk of the full game".

The beta, announced yesterday, will be made available to certain people who buy the LittleBigPlanet Game of the Year Edition, although hopefully there will be other ways to get on it.

"We want to get lots of creations up there so right from day one there's a whole variety of karts, characters and tracks up there," producer Dan Sochan told Eurogamer at gamescom.

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E3: ModNation Racers

Modding off.

As Sony's latest poster child for user-generated content, it's hardly surprising that people are already likening ModNation Racers to LittleBigPlanet. But it's not as similar as you initially suspect. Although United Front's PS3 game aims to do for kart racers what Media Molecule's did for platformers, allowing you to customise characters and cars before building and sharing your own tracks, it's approaching things from a markedly different perspective - letting you get things up and running extremely quickly with tools that favour accessibility over precision.

E3: ModNation Racers is LBP for karting

UGC-heavy "Play Create Share" in 2010.

Sony's US boss Jack Tretton made the case that LittleBigPlanet was the first in a new Play Create Share "genre" during his E3 conference speech, announcing another UGC-heavy game called ModNation Racers for release in 2010.