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ModNation Racers: Your Racing Career Begins Now

William Ho's Avatar + Posted by William Ho on May 07, 2010 // Game Designer, UFG

Hi, it’s William Ho from United Front Games! Today, I’m going to reveal some details about the single-player Career Mode in ModNation Racers.

You are Tag, a young graffiti artist turned kart racer who enters the Mod Racing Championship (MRC for short). Tag starts off as a rookie in the Home Tour. As he wins races, he unlocks more rewards and qualifies for higher-level tours that take him to exotic races all over ModNation. Along the way, you’re pitted against the MRC’s Elite Racers. Each Elite has his or her unique visual style and driving style suited to their respective home tracks.

Jez

Jez will school you on drifting and wall riding on stunt track Drift Paradise.

Aloha

Aloha knows all of the hidden shortcuts in the jungles of Lost Temple.

Diablo

And Diablo is almost unbeatable on the scorched hills and valleys of Launchers Rush.

The Career Mode is both simple and deep. It’s simple in that you can blaze your way to the top of the MRC rankings by placing third or better in most races. We also have “Big Show” races — the finales for each Tour — that require you to finish in first place to qualify for the next Tour. Racking up top finishes also gets you lots of unlocks. You’ll win plenty of parts, stickers, bodies, buildings, props and more to use in your custom creations.

But for more dedicated racers, we’ve also added depth to the Career Mode. Every one of the 28 races has Payoff and Bonus Tasks that you can complete to unlock even more loot. And these tasks demand a lot of different skills. Some require maxing out your Drift and Air Points, so you’ll have to show style as well as speed. Others make you unleash the fury on your opponents, scoring a certain number of takedowns.

Hale

Some of them ask you to embarrass an Elite Racer, such as taking down Hale in front of his adoring fans on the Flaming Jumps Big Show track. Besting the Elite Racers will unlock rare unlocks, plus your embarrassed rival will challenge you to a Grudge Match. These bonus events offer a change of pace from the officially sanctioned MRC races. They can be Score Attacks, in which you out-stunt your rival. Some are One-on-One Races, in which weapons are turned off and you need pure racing skill. And then there are Thug Races, in which you have to beat your rival and his henchmen drivers. Of course, these Grudge Matches unlock even more rare rewards. As if that wasn’t enough, we also have Tokens for you to find by exploring the 28 MRC tracks. Some tokens are easy to find, while others require exploration and careful timing with super hops to get. Once collected, Tokens can be redeemed in the Shop Station for what we call Blind Box Rewards. Inspired by these are randomly selected unlocks that are sure to surprise!

In all, there are several hundred rewards to collect. Only the most dedicated will unlock them all. One more cool thing about the Career: You can — and should — be whoever you want to be. You start off Career Mode as ModNation Racers’ main man, Tag. And you’ll see Tag in lots of funny story cinematics that reveal the history and culture of the MRC. But we want Tag to be whoever you want to be, and you’ll see your custom Mod interacting with all of the other characters in ModNation.

ModNation Racers Crew Chief

Here’s my Mod getting some sage advice from my Crew Chief

Well, that’s all from me for now. In addition to all of the great customization tools and addictive gameplay we’ve talked about in previous PlayStation.Blog posts, I’m happy to say that we’ve got a really fun single-player campaign. It’s simple for players who want to unlock a lot of stuff quickly. It’s deep for those who love replaying campaigns. And the Mods, Karts, and Tracks of the MRC show off a lot of the creative possibilities in ModNation Racers. We can’t wait to put it in your hands on May 25!

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+ b_allerkb24 on May 7th, 2010 at 2:04 pm said:

i can’t see the video,it says video not available


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+ BlackMoney18 on May 7th, 2010 at 2:04 pm said:

cool


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+ BlackMoney18 on May 7th, 2010 at 2:05 pm said:

oh and yea the video is not showing……..


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+ Tri-Again on May 7th, 2010 at 2:07 pm said:

cant wait to get my hands on this game =D


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+ Vengeance88 on May 7th, 2010 at 2:10 pm said:

I finally pre-ordered this today. Can’t wait.


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+ TH3_Hammer_29 on May 7th, 2010 at 2:14 pm said:

I saw “Your Racing Career Begins Now” and was sure that this was a demo announcement =/


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+ depward on May 7th, 2010 at 2:16 pm said:

Pre-ordered two days ago, finally. Can’t wait!!


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+ M7261998 on May 7th, 2010 at 2:19 pm said:

wow i wasn’t expecting a single player career so good! good jon united front! i hope this is the same for the psp version too. Hmm which one should i beat first the psp or the ps3 version so excited for may 25


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+ aelriche on May 7th, 2010 at 2:21 pm said:

Dear Playstation,

Pls release this today. Thks.


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+ spunnups on May 7th, 2010 at 2:25 pm said:

Just pre-ordered Modnation Racers, 3D Dot Game Heroes, and Red Dead Redemption Today off of Amazon. I wanted the Kratos Kart the most but Amazon offered $20 gift cards so it’s a no brainer.


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+ Budapesti on May 7th, 2010 at 2:25 pm said:

I am SO ready to play this.


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+ lcmnick on May 7th, 2010 at 2:32 pm said:

My page just says “loading”…


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+ B-Real206 on May 7th, 2010 at 2:32 pm said:

I CANT WAIT SEND ME A COPY NOW…….please!


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+ Pesico on May 7th, 2010 at 2:36 pm said:

I literally can’t wait to get this game. The single player mode seems deep.


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+ depward on May 7th, 2010 at 2:37 pm said:

Why does release have to hit so far after reviews?!


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+ Atari4Ever on May 7th, 2010 at 2:38 pm said:

Are the 2 guys who do the voices for the commentators the same guys who did the voices for MTVs Celebrity Deathmatch?


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+ COMBATCSOLDIER on May 7th, 2010 at 2:54 pm said:

Oh this game is going to be so great!


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+ TheRealAlpha2 on May 7th, 2010 at 2:54 pm said:

Hey, I hope you guys are putting this trailer in theaters. It’d certainly sell a bunch of copies because it actually feels like a cinematic movie trailer.


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+ SiZeR- on May 7th, 2010 at 2:59 pm said:

Demo Coming Soon ?


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+ wontbesilenced on May 7th, 2010 at 3:02 pm said:

Is this game going to bring back l1nux support on my console or what?

Just kidding, I know its not. Thank bajebus someone has filed a class action lawsuit against the thieves at Sony – you deserve it.


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+ V_Ben on May 7th, 2010 at 3:04 pm said:

I have to say, I’m extremely excited for this game, but the load time stuff has put a damper on my expectations. All the reviews mention slow load times, which would almost be a deal breaker, though I’m still going to buy the game. Just please, fix the loading in a patch. Pretty please?


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+ QCVic on May 7th, 2010 at 3:06 pm said:

Very nice :) .When is the official website forums going to be up?


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+ jefet21 on May 7th, 2010 at 3:09 pm said:

this game is a must buy like u2 gow3 or kz2, sony = quality


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+ rjejr on May 7th, 2010 at 3:10 pm said:

–I saw “Your Racing Career Begins Now” and was sure that this was a demo announcement =/ –

Me too 8-(


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+ NEJI64 on May 7th, 2010 at 3:10 pm said:

Can’t wait to get side ways around corners.


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+ VintageOctopus on May 7th, 2010 at 3:11 pm said:

So excited for this game.
Like everyone else, I was really hoping this was news on a PS3 demo. :(


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+ wontbesilenced on May 7th, 2010 at 3:12 pm said:

There is a video on youtube showing the load time. It’s pathetic.


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+ StealthReborn– on May 7th, 2010 at 3:16 pm said:

So…this tuesday is May 25th right William? ;) :)


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+ ZhePrime on May 7th, 2010 at 3:20 pm said:

Question:

Will the long loading times reviewers have been talking about be fixed?


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+ LILBUDDY2000 on May 7th, 2010 at 3:21 pm said:

Can’t wait. Everthing I’ve heard about the game is positive except for the load times. Are you guys working on the load time issue? Either way, it’s been pre-ordered for 2 months :-)


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+ Marauderxt on May 7th, 2010 at 3:25 pm said:

Im disappointed to hear you did no fix the load time issues, even with installing the game onto the harddrive the load times are a real buzzkill. I hope that you are at least aware of this and are working on a potential patch for maybe release.


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+ acerazer1 on May 7th, 2010 at 3:25 pm said:

sounds awesome, as long as the game plays like it should, it’ll be one great reason to get a PS3.


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+ Silver53 on May 7th, 2010 at 3:26 pm said:

One question,will we get the demo before this game comes out?
Cause I really cant wait till the 25th.


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+ xiked on May 7th, 2010 at 3:26 pm said:

This game will be fantastic!


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+ Frejim on May 7th, 2010 at 3:29 pm said:

cool trailer!!!


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+ LiGhT_1t_UP on May 7th, 2010 at 3:36 pm said:

For the story mode will you be able to customize ” tag ” or is he an unchangable preset


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+ NeoHumpty on May 7th, 2010 at 3:36 pm said:

I can’t wait. Looks great.


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+ ShaperOfForm on May 7th, 2010 at 3:38 pm said:

Have the loading times been improved since the beta and the review copy


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+ pgsdi on May 7th, 2010 at 3:43 pm said:

Are the horrible “load times” fixed? because this issue alone keeps me from purchasing this game


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+ wolfzero1 on May 7th, 2010 at 3:45 pm said:

career mode sounds like a lot of fun


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+ KazeEternal on May 7th, 2010 at 3:47 pm said:

Can’t wait to get this.

Don’t suppose we can get some special themed downloadable tracks and pieces like what was done with the MGS4 pack for LBP?


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+ depward on May 7th, 2010 at 3:53 pm said:

I’m still getting this… but there are a lot of folks who are thinking about canceling their pre-orders or saying that they’ll definitely be holding off after watching this Ars technica video showing loading times:

http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2010/05/video-of-modnation-racers-loading-times-warning-long.ars

In almost every review I’ve read, I’ve read extremely positive things… except for load times. Loading times have been the one thing every review has said was the worst aspect of the game. And, really, that’s the only negative many have pointed out!

But this issue for some people can (and IS) a deal breaker.

Perhaps you should address this issue head-on, perhaps here on the Blog or otherwise.


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+ Kirkpad on May 7th, 2010 at 3:54 pm said:

Thanks for confirming the only flaw mentioned in IGN’s review:

Blocky characters in cutscenes.

Anywho, I don’t care. This game should be great.


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+ xiked on May 7th, 2010 at 4:01 pm said:

Has the loading times been fixed. Seen allot of reviews where they say that they are VERY LONG. This need to be fixed asap. Get rid of the 3D lobby and fix a better loading times if it is needed.


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+ Thunderpizza on May 7th, 2010 at 4:16 pm said:

Hah, at the playstation screen at the end, one of the things says it only does splitscreen. I am happy to hear (assume) that mod nation racers has splitscreen capabilities, i only wish it were the same for many other ps3 titles.


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+ depward on May 7th, 2010 at 4:16 pm said:

I’m still getting this… but there are a lot of folks who are thinking about canceling their pre-orders or saying that they’ll definitely be holding off after watching a video showing the load times Ars technica recently posted.

In almost every review I’ve read, I’ve read extremely positive things… except for load times. Loading times have been the one thing every review has said was the worst aspect of the game. And, really, that’s the only negative many have pointed out!

But this issue for some people can (and IS) a deal breaker.

Perhaps you should address this issue head-on, perhaps here on the Blog or otherwise.


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+ footballrule on May 7th, 2010 at 4:18 pm said:

I’m looking forward this game soo much. The add-on content will most likely be like LittleBigPlanet- Which is very good. I hope to see this game continue to grow, and maybe even get family game if the year, beating out LBP. :P


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+ ThreeLeggedFreak on May 7th, 2010 at 4:19 pm said:

This thing has a 3 minute load up time from when you start the game until you get in your 1st race (offline, career mode). There’s a video out there about this. How did you guys not think this would be a major issue? This is unacceptable 4 years into the console lifecycle. That is the only reason I’m passing up on this game. I’m probably gonna get the PSP version though.


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+ letherclad on May 7th, 2010 at 4:22 pm said:

I can’t wait to get my hands on this game!


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+ Carl-G on May 7th, 2010 at 4:36 pm said:

I hope it hasn’t got long loading times? That killed MotorStorm 1 for me :-/
I really want this game to!;)


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