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ModNation Racers: Year In Review

Mark Wilson's Avatar + Posted by Mark Wilson on Jan 02, 2012 // Community Specialist, San Diego Studios

Truly, 2011 was a great year for ModNation Racers. Community represents the core ModNation Racers, and with ModNation Racers: Road Trip coming very soon, our creative and energetic community is getting geared up to expand. During the development of ModNation Racers: Road Trip, we made each decision with our community in mind — whether it was the improved racing engine or the dazzling PS Vita visuals. Our goal was to deliver the best, most addictive kart racing game out there.

With that in mind let’s take a look back at some of our favorites over the past six months in an event we are calling “The Moddys 1.5.” Creative huh?

The Moddys 1.5: Favorite Year-End 2011 Creations
We recognize the ModNation community for all the effort, creativity and skill you have poured into this game over the past six months.

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Our Favorite Tracks:
1. “Have Fun Storming The Castle” (Favorite Gladiator Tracks)
2. “Best Raced Under A Blacklight” (Favorite Colorful Tracks)
3. “We’re In Some Deep Powder Here” (Favorite Winter Tracks)
4. “Redonkulous. Absoluley Redonkulous” (Favorite “You Did What?” Tracks)
5. “Smells Like A Gym In Here” (Favorite Sports Themed Tracks)
6. “Woohoo!” (Favorite Track With The Word “Wu” In It)
7. “Sandals, Sweat, and Swords” (Favorite Gladiator Tracks)
8. “Bleep Blop Bloop” (Favorite Outer-Space Tracks)
9. “Fire. Good.“(Favorite Prehistoric Tracks)

Click HERE to view the recipients.

Important Recognitions:
1. Overall Favorite Mods of the Year
2. Overall Favorite Karts of the Year
3. Overall Favorite Tracks of the Year
4. ModNation 2011 “Hall of Fame” Inductees
Click HERE to view the recipients.

This Week’s Top Tracks: Best of Laidbackcat

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Laidbackcat is a favorite track creator both among his esteemed peers. He doesn’t build tracks as much as he creates worlds. His creates on his terms and is never in a rush to finish a track. This shows itself in the amazing design, detail and stories his tracks exhibit.

ModNation Racers Grand Prix

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Sign up this week for the ModNation Racers Gran Prix Racing Championship. The first set of qualifying races will be held on the weekend of January 7-8th. Racers will have the chance to qualify on a pre-determined United Front Games track to be hosted in Hot Lap all weekend. The top five fastest lap times (of those signed up) will automatically be entered into the finals. The remaining five spots for the finals will be decided the following week.

More details and signs up HERE.

Creations of the Week:

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Hot Lap Track of the Week: Pearl Blue Soul by marusarusa
Let me start off the new year a little differently with my track reviews. I am often accused of being too enamored with pretty colors, flowers, rainbows, unicorns, puppies and other soft, squishy things. So for the first Track of the Week of 2012, let me start off a little mean and nasty by listing this track’s negatives:

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There were none! (I tried!)

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We are kicking of the new year with a few adjustments to the Hot Lap lines ups. Starting NEXT week our spotlight “Track of the Week” will be placed in a Saturday slot (instead of Monday) to bring more well-deserved attention to the “best of the best.”

Monday: Pearl Blue Soul by marusarusa
Tuesday: Nature by apricot-jam-IS
Wednesday: 14 Days In May by jefferzone
Thursday: Sensei Xu’s River Rally by flathletics102
Friday: Azuzzi Peninsula by atheistsw
Saturday: Grand Prix Qualifiers (see above)
Sunday: Grand Prix Qualifiers (see above)

Bring on the pretty colors!
Mark (PSN ID: ModNationSD)

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+ JoeTheBeast16 on January 2nd, 2012 at 12:13 pm said:

I’m ready for more articles today!!!!!!!
Been jonesing for something to read since 2011!!!
Vita news?! Please! :]

Also, any news for Modnation Racers Road Trip?


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+ MKGUY on January 2nd, 2012 at 12:13 pm said:

First comment of 2012 on the first post of 2012!


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+ MKGUY on January 2nd, 2012 at 12:14 pm said:

NO i was robbed out of my glory by fellow playstation plus member lol


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+ MKGUY on January 2nd, 2012 at 12:14 pm said:

dang it lol


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+ KazeEternal on January 2nd, 2012 at 12:39 pm said:

I wish I had more time to put into this game. Wtih all the heavy releases I keep getting pulled away. I’m really looking forward to the Vita release so I can put wasted seconds of my day into building tracks and racing.


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    + Mark Wilson on January 3rd, 2012 at 10:06 am said:

    “Art” is never a waste of time.
    – Mark Wilson 2012

    :)


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+ PhantomOfPanton on January 2nd, 2012 at 12:42 pm said:

I would really like a complete collection edition of this game! That contains all the DLC, or at least a lot of the DLC! :D

I would really like that! Game looks great! Also, will PS3 DLC work with MNR road trip for vita?


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    + Mark Wilson on January 3rd, 2012 at 10:09 am said:

    We will have more details on the PS3 DLC for Vita soon but yes, the PS3 DLC will work with Vita!


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+ JNM-CIM on January 2nd, 2012 at 1:35 pm said:

What happened to the Holiday themed blog?! All that work and it doesn’t even show up!


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    + Mark Wilson on January 3rd, 2012 at 10:14 am said:

    JNM-CIM,

    It looks like our team may have had a little too much of the “special” egg-nog at the Christmas party. The holiday blog did not make it in. We will try to incorporate as much as possible into next the issue. The holiday tracks were in rotation as planned!

    My apologies. I will try to put the holiday creations in the forums ASAP.

    Mark


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+ cjmc18 on January 2nd, 2012 at 1:59 pm said:

any plans for plus members opn the VITA? it would be great to know! ;) im waiting for my modnation road trip :) :)


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+ HandsomeDave85 on January 2nd, 2012 at 2:03 pm said:

Hey Mark
Do you think the DLC track packs for ps3 will go on sale anytime soon?


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+ zzamaro on January 2nd, 2012 at 2:16 pm said:

@6

I also would like to see a complete edition of this game with the main DLC included. That’s all I ask.


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+ igorrocks2 on January 2nd, 2012 at 2:18 pm said:

Wow Sony works on weekends? lol may be special treat First blowing Store update of the year?


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+ Shy_Guy92 on January 2nd, 2012 at 2:41 pm said:

@MCGUY
At least you got first fail of a comment on the first post of 2012.
That means something right?


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+ Zezzler on January 2nd, 2012 at 3:07 pm said:

@Phantom & zzamaro
I fully agree. i already have a copy of ModNation, but i’d gladly pay 30 or 40 dollars for a complete collection.
or even just an item on the store that is comprised of all the DLC for a discount.


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+ angelspawn77 on January 2nd, 2012 at 3:47 pm said:

I need to hop back into this game, I recently got Mario Kart 7 for Christmas and I’m loving it, got me back into that Kart Racing mood. This is definitely the best Kart Racing game in a long time. Hoping the Vita version will impress me as much as the Ps3 version did.


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    + Mark Wilson on January 3rd, 2012 at 10:16 am said:

    Will Vita impress? hmmmmmm… Let me put it this way – have an extra pair of socks around!


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+ MKGUY on January 2nd, 2012 at 4:04 pm said:

@12 Yeah… But you have the second fail lol it’s MKGUY.


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+ materclobber on January 2nd, 2012 at 4:10 pm said:

great update and happy new year!! i have a countdown on my white board for ps vita. 58 or 57 days untill the official vita launch!! its getting closer for the vita and modnation racers road trip. :) if you have any news for the vita or the road trip PLEASE TELL!!
thanks,
materclobber


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    + Mark Wilson on January 3rd, 2012 at 10:16 am said:

    More great Vita news next week!


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+ materclobber on January 2nd, 2012 at 4:15 pm said:

typo @16
its 52 days untill the vita launch.


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+ DBZTRUNKS on January 2nd, 2012 at 6:33 pm said:

actually @materclobber its 49days tomorrow well at least here in california in the US


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+ dimy93 on January 2nd, 2012 at 6:51 pm said:

Road Trip needs a seporate memory stick for saving right?


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+ jonny2010 on January 2nd, 2012 at 7:38 pm said:

@18
well that’s if you get the Vita First Edition Bundle.


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+ kingofirony on January 2nd, 2012 at 8:05 pm said:

any chance MNR will get more dlc in the future?i’ve been waiting for the Sackboy mod forever.


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+ GRIM__REAFER on January 2nd, 2012 at 8:07 pm said:

Find the guys with the info about whats to come on PSN for January.


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+ StunandStab on January 2nd, 2012 at 8:09 pm said:

Why was there no Playstation Plus January preview today?


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+ MalGanis-DL on January 2nd, 2012 at 8:28 pm said:

i rlly want to see the preview today


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+ StunandStab on January 2nd, 2012 at 8:37 pm said:

Me too, MalGanis-DL… me too. I want to know what I’m doing tomorrow. lol


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+ jonny2010 on January 2nd, 2012 at 8:43 pm said:

@24-@25
Agreed. hope they have something good for tomorrow night!


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+ marlyt on January 2nd, 2012 at 9:07 pm said:

I am always dumb struck when I see what my fellow gamers can pull off with these simple tools. I have tried my hand at creating but have accepted that I stink at it and I just enjoy what y’all put together. UFG should take a shot at employing some of these peeps in creative positions. Can’t wait until February 15 to get my vita and start the road trip. I’m pumped for 2012s game lineup. Woot!!!


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    + Mark Wilson on January 3rd, 2012 at 10:18 am said:

    Woot!!! x2!


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+ C_Y_P_H_E_R on January 2nd, 2012 at 9:56 pm said:

apparently tomorrows update won’t include much


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+ Ragnaroknight on January 2nd, 2012 at 10:23 pm said:

I would love a double exp event in Modnation soon, but I don’t know when the last one was I just got back into the game after a long hiatus. I should get to creating maybe i’ll get noticed =).


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    + Mark Wilson on January 3rd, 2012 at 10:18 am said:

    shucks, you just missed it. We held one during the holidays!


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+ JNM-CIM on January 3rd, 2012 at 5:50 am said:

@29: There was a double xp event last week, but only half of the people knew about it since there wasn’t a “Modnation Monday” last week to announce it.


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+ Hooligantuan on January 3rd, 2012 at 6:19 am said:

Oh, well that’s awesome.

I only really play during double XP since I’ve given up ever scratching to level 30 on original mods, because the racing XP is terrible – especially if you’re not that good, especially if it’s due to lack of practice, especially if the lack of practice is due to the poor XP returns on racing. (Ha!)

The most successful stuff in this game are rip-offs of other characters. Sip on somebody else’s juice and roll in the points.


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+ userchris296 on January 3rd, 2012 at 8:27 am said:

Happy new year, everyone. welcome to the year 2012! I certainly hope playstation store should update today since today is tuesday and playstation store always updates on every tuesdays.


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+ zombie9 on January 3rd, 2012 at 10:00 am said:

@32 yes the Store will update Today I heard so on The Playsation Blog Podcast. last week!!!! Don’t know how BIG it will be though might be pretty slim. I don’t think any new games came out this week!! I also Agree Monation GOTY:)


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+ Tecnoboy1 on January 3rd, 2012 at 11:17 am said:

Where’s the hall of fame post? :P


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    + Mark Wilson on January 3rd, 2012 at 11:41 am said:

    Working on it as we speak. :)


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+ bigz512 on January 3rd, 2012 at 5:13 pm said:

dying to get my hands on MNR: Road trip.

sadly I’m not getting a PSVita until June :(


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+ snakeeyes211 on January 4th, 2012 at 5:01 pm said:

Will the first edition ps vita’s little deviants be a full retail game or a downloadable?


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