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Extremely fun but not definitive,
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This review is from: ModNation Racers: Road Trip (Video Game)
Modnation Racers is pretty much Mario Kart plus creative user-generated content, easy-to-use creation tools, an innovative boost meter and shielding, minus blue shells. I previously played the PSP version of the game and was so impressed I felt I had to have Road Trip as my #1 launch game. The controls are slick and it looks just as good as it does on PS3, but it does occasionally give off performance issues when tons of things are happening at once on-screen and at worst it can totally ruin your progress in a race. I've only run into FPS issues a few times during the eight or so hours I played this but it only lasted a few seconds each time. Either way, I'd say this and Wipeout tie as the two prettiest launch games, they're just too stunning for me to comprehend.
My biggest knock against the game? It was rushed to meet the Vita's launch when Wipeout, Ridge Racer, F1 and Asphalt already give racing fans everything they need on the system. It clearly could've used more polish and it doesn't have online play. Let me repeat for clarity: Does not have online play. For $30 I'd say this is totally worth having Modnation Racers even just in single-player mode on the go. Racing my friends' ghost racers is also much easier than setting up a multiplayer match with them, so it honestly seems really suited for the handheld platform. Any way you look at it this was totally a missed opportunity to make the best handheld kart racer ever(yes, even above... Toy Story Racing on the Gameboy Color xD).
Buy it if you don't care much for multiplayer or you want to have the option to create whatever you want on the go and take advantage of its cool hybrid kinda-multiplayer ghost-racing features.
Do not buy if you must have online play and you cannot stand your games ever having performance issues.
If the developers do end up patching in online play(they said they're working on it) I'll update my review and you should totally buy it no matter what the cost ohmygawd. Until then, here's my standing on the game.