When I first started dating my wonderful wife, her mother asked how I was at playing board games. Puzzled (*chuckle*) my wife answered “why?” Come to find out you can tell a lot about one’s character from playing board games and gauging their reactions / attitudes to the games twists and turns. This somehow predicts their “potential spousal aptitude.” I did not know that.
- Land on blue … you win! (good luck)
- Roll an eight … you lose! (bad luck)
- Flip a card … “move back two spaces” … start over! (no luck at all)
Pure luck dictating the outcome of a game? Narts to that!
Needless to say I’m not a fan of board games but I do now have a wonderful wife and kids and “a” mother-in-law. Who cares Mark?… (point taken, I’ll move on.)
So here are but a few of the many reasons I enjoy playing the fun (and FAIR!) ModNation Racers: Road Trip – less luck, more skill!
Chooseable Weapons: Weapon classes are distinguished by their item pod color. This means I get to choose what weapons I want to use when and where I want to use them. If I find it necessary I can also “cash-in” any weapon I posses to convert into boost with a simple touch your weapon icon. Cha-ching! That was me coming from out of nowhere!
Personalized / Balanced Matchmaking: With my frail ego the last thing I need is to compete against players soooooo much better than me that I get chills from the winds they produce whizzing by me. ModNation Racers: Road Trip’s matchmaking system searches for those closest to my (we’ll call it) ability to place me in some winnable heats. I love that!
Defensible Weapons: YES! Not only will I receive audible clues (can be toggled off) of incoming attacks but I’ll have the advantage of a visible “lock-on” reticule over my mod’s icon on the status bar helping me time my protective shield. This means on my long plane flights I’ll finally have a fighting chance to defend myself in races. Trust me, the person sitting next to you in coach does NOT want to hear the increasing, whirling, crescendo of your warning tone. Go figure – (they must be boardgame lovers).
Amnesty Shield: Have you ever experienced that gut feeling that right as you’re about to let loose your level three hydras that the kart behind you is about to do the same thing to you? Problem solved! The new Amnesty Shield feature protects you from any similar weapon launched from an opponent until your devastation has been imposed. Pretty fair I say.
Refined / Controlled Drifting And Braking: I like my racing straight up. Literally. That’s how I roll.
Some enjoy “snaking” or frenetically “zig-zagging” down the track to build up their boost meter. ModNation Racers: Road Trip refinements allow much more controlled, subtle yet powerful drifting, This means I’ll always be moving forward on the track instead of constantly battling the under and over-steering issue present in most racing games. I think you will notice and enjoy the difference too.
Race Assist: Although I may not have a need for racing assistance it’s good to know it’s there for others to use. I know my mother-in-law is going to need all the help she can get when I deliver her a new Vita and ModNation Racers: Road Trip for her upcoming birthday. I’ll show you “mom”! muwahahaha!
ModNation Racers For PS3
ModNation Grand Prix Final Results: Epic Racing From Epic Racers!
Congratulations to PSN ID: maverick—07— for his outstanding win in the recent MNR Grand Prix! In true ModNation fashion the competition was fierce but racers lived up to all expectations as fair, fun and friendly racers. Congrats to all 60+ competitors!
Double XP Next Week!
Get those racin’ and creatin’ appendages warmed up because Monday, January 30th – Sunday, February 5th is Double XP week in the Nation! Enjoy!
This Week’s Top Tracks: Best of PSN ID: jefferzone
Become A Hot Lap Judge For A Week
Next week we will put your (and mine!*) tracks though the ultimate proving grounds… the opinions of your peers! That’s right, Hot Lap Tracks will be chosen by the MNR community (with our “guidance”) for the following week’s Hot Lap Tracks seating. If you are interested in becoming a Hot Lap judge look for more details on our Official Facebook page.
Creations of the Week: Best of PSN ID: BabyNeedShoes
Hot Lap Tracks of the Week: Castle Krashenburn by OnePoppa
Monday: CITY the port street v1.2 by inosan0518
Tuesday: Garden of Aggression by D_W_inc
Wednesday: Fortress of Mithras by punishthem420
Thursday: VacationNation1v2 by anaximperator
Friday: The Scenic Route by Meepcow
Saturday: Castle Krashenburn by OnePoppa
Sunday: Eden’s Skyway by John31269
Have a great week everyone!
Mark (PSN ID: ModNationSD)
* against my better judgment (and current absence of consistent psychotherapy) I have decided to place my newest track into the fray to see if it is truly worthy of a Hot Lap choice. Be kind!