The first thing we thought when we heard ModNation Racers would have LittleBigPlanet levels of customisation was 'Oh shit'. Not that we doubted the quality of creation tools involved, it's more to do with the fact that you need a degree in engineering to build a semi-decent stage in the Sackboy world. But now we have our hands on ModNation Racers our fears have been stomped because it's unbelievably simple to create a masterpiece.
Above: Where all the dreams are made
From pimping your kart to laying the foundations of a super-twisty track, ModNation's edit mode is a piece of piss. This master class below took roughly ten minutes from start to finish and the end result was a thing of beauty. Behold our creativity...
Above: We were tempted to just stick with this sleek design
Step 1: You're given a template like this to work on. It's all pretty simple to get going and there are thousands of combinations to create
Above: Tiger stripes. Grrrrrowwwwlll etc...
Step 2: Like LBP you can choose a skin and an abundance of eyes, noses and mouths to stick on your driver
Above: A toucan/tiger hybrid. Imagine the mess while mating those two
Step 3: There are loads of accessories you can plant on your character from beard styles to animal beaks
Above: The finished product. He looks rightly furious
Step 4: We're done. After matching the rabbit ears with the tiger stripes our freakish mammal is ready to go driving. And be laughed at
Pimp your ride
Above: The frame of your winning (or losing) chariot
Step 1: You're give the frame for which to cobble together your unique kart. You can hit Triangle and get a random selection if you like
Above: Battery-power over petrol because we're environmentally friendly
Step 2: You can choose a number of things for your vehicle including what type of engine it has. Each one sounds like it should so the battery has a RC car sound
Above: Meat paint job with a biohazard symbol? Yeah, why not
Step 3: There are tons of stickers and paint job combos to choose from. You can fully edit all decals too so you can create something completely unique
Above: A satellite dish to complete that ugly car look
Step 4: Once the base is to your liking you can then add cosmetic trimmings to your vehicle. This garish satellite dish is one of many oddities you can put on it
Making a track
Above: Making roads - ModNation Racers style
Step 1: You're given this part cement mixer, part combine harvester to bomb around in, which also lays the track as you drive
Above: Digging deep to create a spectacular route
Step 2: You can change the elevation of the track laying machine by pressing up and down on the right stick as demonstrated here
Above: An easy option to create something beautiful
Step 3: Once you've tied the track together you're given the option to populate the whole thing. For a speedy way to create an environment hit 'yes'
Above: Your two minute metropolis is complete
Step 4: Voila! Your track is now complete and thankfully has all the ramps, turbo strips and weapons already thrown in
Putting it all together
Above: Our car, character and track in perfect harmony. Weeeeeeee!