ModNation Racers: Road Trip is a 2012 launch title for the PlayStation Vita. The game was created by San Diego Studios and published by Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE).
Mod and Kart Studio
Mod Studio and Kart Studio are practically the same as the PS3 versions, except the controls are different and uses the Touch Screen of the PlayStation Vita.
Track Studio has almost all of the features of the PS3 version and a few features not existant in the PS3 version. These features and tools are designed for use with the Touch Screen and the Rear Touch Panel of the PlayStation Vita. However, some things from the PS3 version are renamed.
When creating a new track, players can chose to use a new tool to create the track path, where they can use the Touch Screen to draw the track. They can also take a photo using the PS Vita's camera or use aready saved ones and use them as a template, dragging and placing pictures onto the screen and changing the transparency.
The Sculpt Terrain tools have an additional mode where players construct mountains with the PS Vita's Rear touch pad and creating Rivers with the touch screen. There is also the old way to edit Terrain, called Edit Brush.
From day one of release players are able to use and download already published content from the PS3 version of ModNation Racers, and new creations published to the PS3 servers. Players are also able to publish creations to the Road Trip Servers, but published creations from ModNation Racers: Road Trip are not playable on the PS3 version.
Postcards are pictures with Mods and Karts in them created in ModNation Racers: Road Trip.
ModExplorer is a feature that requires you to create a Postcard in an area to unlock Props and other creation items.
You can send Gifts with certain unlocked Props to other nearby Players using near.
The gameplay is slightly modified from the PS3 version, as Sideswiping requires no Boost.
ModNation Racers: Road Trip has slightly modified Weapons, such as the Sonic Rift being fixed in position after being launched. The game also features new Weapons related to nature, such as Ice, Fire, and Earth.
There is also a Career Mode, but unlike the other versions, there are no cutscenes, and the grudge matches are missing as well, and players unlock the Elite Mods as they complete challenges.
|Metacritic||62 out of 100 (Mixed or average reviews)|
|IGN||7.0 out of 10 (Good) (70 Mixed)|
|GameSpot||6 out of 10 (Fair) (60 Mixed)|
|CCC||3.2 out of 5 (Fair) (64 Mixed)|
|Game Informer||7.0 out of 10 (70 Mixed)|
|Eurogamer||7 out of 10 (Good) (70 Mixed)|
|Gaming-Age||C- (42 Negative)|
|GamesRadar||1.5 stars out of 5 (Disappointing) (30 Negative)|
ModNation Racers: Road Trip received mixed reviews. The game was prased for it's impresive creation tools that are practically exactly like the PS3 version. The game was also praised for the PS3 creations the game could access. Reviewers criticized the game for it's frequent frame-rate drops, unreliablablity, long loading times, and missing online multiplayer.