The PS3 exclusive ModNation Racers is itself getting modded. Released in May, this kart racer was a frustrating experience for many. An otherwise solid game, it was plagued by a few simple but glaring issues. This is all due to change with the patch scheduled to be released tomorrow.
The patch should fix the painfully long and numerous loading screens, which is by far the biggest complaint and burden gamers have with this title (See Ben Kendrick’s ModNation Racers review). In addition, United Front Games has announced via the Playstation Blog that they will directly address the game’s most other glaring issue: the punishingly difficult AI in the single player game, via a “casual” difficulty mode.
I am very interested to see how UFG will deal with these two issues. When the game first came out, I always thought that the load times simply had to do with the RAM limitations of the PS3. Apparently, this is not the case. Will players need to install more of the game onto the HDD, or will we simply get a better build of the game? If this was just a programming issue all along, one wonders why the game wasn’t made this way in the first place. Load times like this really shouldn’t have made it passed the QA stage. Also, regarding the single-player game AI, most gamers don’t want the game to simply be easier. They want the game to be fair. Hopefully they can deal with the “rubber band” AI racers, and still keep some challenge to the game itself.
With every announced patch release, there is a gamer’s wishlist of items they want to see included. ModNation Racers is no exception. I for one, would like to see the exorbitant trophy requirement of 250K Create XP for the “Star Creator” trophy addressed. This does not appear to be listed on the announcement from UFG, however, we will have to wait and see what other things are included in the final patch. In any case, this will be a much needed, but more importantly, much appreciated patch to a great (but slightly flawed) game.
What do you want to see included in the upcoming patch for Modnation Racers?
ModNation Racers is available now for for PS3 and PSP.
Source: Playstation Blog