Yes yes, this is a review of the ModNation Racers beta. Videos, pictures of the game and my opinion. If you're a fan of Mario Kart 64 oh boy Jimmy!
ModNation Racers had me pumped and screaming at the TV. Everything about the racing reminds me of Mario Kart 64. Mario Kart 64 was my favorite kart racing game of all time. I still have my original copy of the game with all of MY records. Choke/Peach suck. Now ModNation Racer isn't an exact clone, but it's real close. There's some racing enhancements, like the shield which is a great idea. You have to know the timing with the shield for all the different weapons so you can deflect them. There's also a straight up turbo that you build the meter up by drifting, doing other tricks, or using a weapon on another racer. Something else that is different from Mario Kart 64 is that you can boost while your drifting. Turbo while drifting really gets your kart going fast and my heart even faster. I thought was a great idea. Check out this video of my finishing in 1st place, Number 1 in the World!
Modnation Racer 1st place
I finished the beta with about 2800 experience points and was rated 5 stars "Phenom" so I got a good fill of the racing. Totally loving the racing! I would just load up MNR and work on the computer until the race started. Sometimes I was waiting up 10 minutes to get into a race. That didn't bother me though. Never lagged out of a race. I wish at the very beginning of the game (especially after the first time I loaded the game up) that it would skip all of the intros and load right into the Modspot. The last couple of days I played, as soon as the Modspot loaded up I went right into experience races. On average there was at least 7 people in the same race. 4-12 spots.
"I'm not cheating asshole! I have the level 3 green speed boost it does a warp." The noobs, the screaming kids and obnoxious voices were the worst thing about the game. I couldn't find the mute button. There's got to be more weapons in the final version, there was only four I think in the beta. I have an idea for one, how about a slingshot. It grabs the closest kart to you, stops him/her and slingshots you passed them. Level 2 would just have a further reach and level three forces all the kart to go backwards for 3 seconds except yours.
The creation station is extremely brilliant I saw some incredible designs! Basically you will have the tools to create anything you want.
I created how I envision my self in the virtual world "GoukiJones."
Also the Gouki.com mascot Jimmy!
Of course I made a couple of different karts too, but this was my coolest one.
The beta didn't offer much to choose from, but the final version looks like its going to have loads ... thats what she said. What the other users were creating just with the beta version was incredible. You know Mario Kart track clones are going to pop up, I can't wait to see Yoshi's Valley.
ModNation Racer beta video
***SCREEN BURNS*** Warning ModNation Racer has been burning my TV screen. Nothing like this has happened to me in years. None of my ModNation Racer sessions were that long. I've played Halo 3 and Final Fantasy for days and days and never got a burn. I can still see the "?" from the loading screen. WTF is up with that? I hope this is not going to be a serious issue for people.
***HACKERS/CHEATS*** Hacking and or cheating was definitely not being addressed during the beta. Bigwoopmagazine, which is a horrible site by the way had the fastest lap on one track of -00.00.333. Come on now! Stuff like that needs banishment immediately.
***GLITCHES*** I didn't see anything that really stood out. I got this crazy rocket on video that kept chasing me through the entire race. The rocket finally hits me and then another comes from out of nowhere and chases me down again. Another time I did a speed boost and hit a wall, but ended up being stuck in the wall and having to use select to reset my kart.
Modnation Racer Rocket glitch
The ModNation Racers beta was awesome! This is for sure a day one purchase and pwnfest! Pre-ordered! I had an excellent time with the racing and I loved the thrill of the finishes. Don't change a thing. The steering and drifting with the turbo was spot on, let people change their buttons and for Christ sake let me shut off the music. But don't worry about tweaking the steering or make a turn wider or thinner. Learn how to race Jimmy! I'll see you online when ModNation Racers comes out! Don't be a Jimmy!
ModNation Racers was updated this week with faster load times and shortcuts to make the game more accessible and easier to play with friends. Does it work?
Early morning August 4, 2010 ModNation Racers had an update. The update is gonna have all types of new goodies.
Load Time Improvements - While there are still loads, you will see decreases in load times throughout the game. Yes, yes. Later I will discuss why this did not work for us.
New “Casual” Difficulty Mode - We’ve added a “casual” difficulty setting in the options screen. Irrelevant, I only race online.
Challenge friends in XP Series - We’ve added the ability to invite your friends to XP Races & Series. Now this has me totally jazzed, team racing!
No more “Hot Lap” Cheaters - We fixed a bug that allowed players to cut the track and post unbeatable times in Hot Lap. Hot lap is great to learn any map real quick and I love being able to race ghosts of myself and other lap leaders.
Get into Online Races Quicker - Along with improved load times, we’ve removed the online game room from the ModSpot so you can get into the race faster. I can't believe the game shipped like this. I was screaming and yelling during the beta that this was not right.
Improved Server Stability - We’ve addressed issues to improve intermittent disconnects that players were experiencing. Yeah it would be nice if the servers worked better for any game online. Hell if Microsoft had just upgraded their shit, Jimmys would still be playing Halo 2 multiplayer online right now.
So let's get into yea? This first video is from the night before the update. I know most of you familiar with this game have probably seen similar videos that make fun of how long it takes for ModNation Racers to load, but hey it's me baby. Watch.
Of course yes, that is me pwnn. Did you notice that you are 6:45 into that video before the actual race starts. What do you think of my Jimmy mod?
Had a few more drinks, a few more races and then passed out. I think I left all the TV and PS3 on that night. I don't know, I definitely don't remember now. The videos pretty much speak for themselves.
The next morning we awoke early like around 11am to test the new update. Here watch this video.
So yeah actually crashes the Playstation. It may be more complex than that, but the Xbox never is. So I don't understand.
At this point I've had some coffee, fresh pots. BatRastered has logged in and we're going to play a XP race together. Now BatRastered logs in and gets into a race and expects me to be ready and the game hasn't even loaded yet. Hilarity ensues.
And then I fuck it up in the end. Oops.
Ok so finally we get it to work. I get railed. Lookin' like a nuab.
I wasn't too happy about that finish and I wanted to turn the camera off ASAP! Did you notice my little note at the end. Yes indeed return to the gameroom. The next game will start immediately, well if there is enough people in the room and after you wait for the 1 minute timer to run out.
Here's where we were having a problem. The game seemed to only load the same 3 or 4 maps and most of the time back to back. So if you were not paying attention, you could be racing the same race over and over. Even vetoing the tracks kept us in the same group of 3 or 4 maps. Finally I switched us to XP Series and that solved the problem.
ModNation Racers is a PS3 Exclusive. The kart handling in the game is incredibly similar to Mario Kart 64 and I absolutely love it. With this update you get the ability to race against your friends online competitively. Something Mario Kart has never allowed you to do this smoothly. Get on the PS3 Jimmy and race with Team Gouki! Check my PSN ID yo!!
And always remember ...
x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x, x,
skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip, skip
started, ModSpot, BER!
Went to play some Modnation Racers today and had to install 3 updates to the game plus a system update. Here's what to do while you wait for your PS3
1. Write a story on Gouki.com
Yeah, I wrote this while I was waiting... For real.
2. Play a few races of Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit on your XBOX 360.
I also squeezed three of these in.
3. Take a shit.
Had a burrito for dinner. It had to come out.
4. Read your email.
I only had 3 new ones
Uhhhh.... Didn't do this, but I could have.
6. Tweet a screenshot of your update screen.
Bonus items: I did these after writing this story.
7. Walk to the mailbox.
8. Update my story.
9. Left a comment.
I'm racing like the beta just ended yesterday. I'm officially starting the Gouki.com racing group. Go to my profile to get my PSN ID.
I couldn't get this game out of the package fast enough. First of all I got it @bestbuy for $26.74. Stolen! How? You are asking yourself right now. Well I had $35 in coupons from games like Final Fantasy XIII and Mass Effect 2 and whatever games I've purchased from Best Buy over the last couple of months.
ModNation Racers is an absolute blast. Old school Mario Kart racing all the way. That's the bottom line to be loving this game so much. It feels so much like Mario Kart 64 which is my favorite Mario Kart of all time! The sliding in the kart now is updated with being able to boost while you slide and that makes yuo go even faster. You can put a shield up that will block most enemy weapons locked on to you. You can sideswipe Jimmys and do stunts when you fly high through the air. @batrastered ... Yes, it still takes a while for it to load up the races, but it is totally worth every second once they load. Shit, I've managed to write half this story waiting for it to load up. I don't care, it's great for me to have it on, sit in a XP lobby and while I'm waiting for races to load up, I'm working on the computer. Pwn! Still getting booted from races and still getting booted from just the servers in the ModSpot. That sucks, I hope that improves because today is the first day and hopefully the servers ARE busy. No custom controls or what I could find so far. The menus are very confusing. I can't even party up with my friends yet, somebody help me. From what it looks like so far is that there is a real money shop in game to buy mods for your kart or your Jimmy. Jimmy don't like paying for DLC! The only free DLC I got was a Sack Boy nubfarm skin mod and cardboard kart. Garbage! I wanted the Drake! Waiting this entire story now for a race. I don't care, I love the thrill. C'mon start up another!!! Oh by the way still ... SERIOUSLY DAMAGING SCREEN BURN EFFECT. sad face.
Don't be a Jimmy! *for more information on the Gouki.com racing group leave a comment on this story.
Finally from the depth on the drunken lands of nubfarm ... Jimmy returns with Vlog #13 and he is a mess.
Vlog #13 packing my shit up getting ready to move to Las Vegas. I'm playing ModNation Racers and Red Dead Redemption all day long. I didn't get anything done. I was drunk too. lol. Duh. Please leave and comment and like this story. I want to hear your thoughts.
One of my favorite times of the year. I love the E3 Press Conferences.
Jimmy is back! It's E3 2009. I'm drunk talking about the Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony Press Conferences. Don't miss this one Jimmy!
This may be indescribable.
While driving somewhere one afternoon on Miami Beach I came across this Jimmy filling up his gas tank. This Jimmy thinks he's a real life ModNation Racer. Suspenders! I don't think this is serious cosplay, but if it is ... He should be on TV. Well maybe at least Gouki.com.
Here's a list of video games I want and don't want to play in 2010. It's going to be an amazing year. Number 1 in the world baby King of Jimmys!
Mass Effect 2 Its so close I can't believe it. I love Mass Effect 1. The guns the music the flying the ship through the space and being a fuckin' asshole to everyone in the galaxy. Can't wait to play part 2! Mass Effect 2 giveaway
Bioshock 2 is right behind ME2. If you got vacation days coming, use them! Fuck the multiplayer Jimmy whining about multiplayer suck. Bioshock was so much fun just by itself. I will play the multiplayer though, carrying the kicking and screaming little sister around as "the flag" is cool and looks awesome.
Final Fantasy XIII Fuck yeah Jimmy. I loved XII. I spent more than 365 total days in real life playing Final Fantasy XI and that's just ridiculous. So I will at least try XIII. XIV?!? GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE. A new online Final Fantasy will come out this year too. I'm done with everything.
ModNation Racers I'm playing with the Beta now and absolutely loving it. It's a kart racer with the exact same controls of Mario Kart 64. Every race gives you that same exact feeling of fast-paced close finishes racing. Oh yeah!Read full story...
By: goukijones May 24, 2010 | 0 Comments
Where are the ModNation Racer deals Jimmy? Maybe this game isn't a big deal at all, because none of the stores are promoting it. I don't get it, but here's what I found on MNR and other games out this week.
Newegg has the lowest price I've seen that I trust. I don't understand why there is no publicity for this game. Yeah depending on where you pre-ordered the game you got a special DLC, but flush that.
Includes free shipping if you are not in a hurry to get it. ModNation Racers on sale for $56.99 or less.
Amazon has some third party deals as low as $54.00. Click here.Read full story...
Amazon has tons of deals that will get you a $20 Credit and now Gamestop is getting into the credit game with $10 credit deals on games already discounted. Oh and there is a black Nintendo Wii now.
Big News this week for some is that Nintendo is finally releasing a different colored Wii a BLACK Nintendo Wii. Check it out, it does not do anything differently than the white Nintendo Wii. Although now it does come with a Wii-Motion plus Wii-mote and Wii Sports Resort. So you save $50 immediately.Read full story...
First thing I did was time trials. After the first lap the automatic ghost of your fastest lap pops up. After the first lap you are constantly racing yourself. That had me hypnotized instantly.
After my first race in the time trials, I investigated the little racing world built inside the game for the community to meet up and show off their stuff called the Modspot. Vending machines offer other user created gear and karts. Then I found the customizable shop to edit your own lil Jimmy. I spent about an hour just in that room. Built me a custom kart, named it “Gouki.com 001” Check the stats. Pimped my dude out with a fat gold crown on top of his head … “king-of-jimmys” is my PSN ID, check the stats yo!
Now I’m trying to get into a race and can’t even get the time trials to load up. Fuuuuuuuuck. Restart the house.
OK going back online.
I love the control with the turbo. I’m in a lobby right now. I haven’t even seen the weapons. Gotta get a race, but can’t get an XP match to load. Going to try to time trial again, the competitive racing just won’t load right now.
Racing other peoples ghosts get me excited Jimmy. This is Mario Kart 64 all over for me right now.
I’ve tried the XP race a few times now and just can’t get into one. Impossible. Lost connection again. The load times are unbelievable. The time trials are super fun. I was just racing my ghost and then I smoked him by like 8 seconds. Now it’s serious Jimmy!
At the end of the first day I created 3 different cars, 3 different Jimmys and did a lot of time trials. I could never get into an actual casual race or XP race. This “beta” really seemed like an alpha of just the Modspot.
Get it together here. Who’s in charge of this? Sony? WTF PS3.
Looks like all the bitching finally reached the devs.
According to Ars technica blog, the loading is going to be fixed (to what extent is unkown) in the first patch for MNR.
Video of the very long loading times:
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