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ModNation Racers: Road Trip

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ModNation Racers: Road Trip
North American box art
Developer(s)San Diego Studio
Publisher(s)Sony Computer Entertainment
SeriesModNation Racers
Platform(s)PlayStation Vita
  • NA: February 15, 2012
  • EU: February 22, 2012
  • AU: February 23, 2012
Genre(s)UGC, Kart racing
Mode(s)Single player, ad hoc multiplayer

ModNation Racers: Road Trip is a kart racing game developed by San Diego Studio and United Front Games for the PlayStation Vita. It is the sequel to the 2010 PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Portable game, ModNation Racers.[1][2] On July 1, 2017, Sony Interactive Entertainment terminated the online functionality for the game.[3]



Gameplay is similar to its predecessor on the PlayStation 3. Players are able to accelerate and drift, successful drifts allow players to fill their boost meter. The meter resembles a multi-tiered thermometer which allows players to the choice of activating a turbo boost to increase the kart's speed or a shield to protect their kart from incoming attacks. Players are able to collect weapons as they race which can be upgraded to up to three levels of power, weapons include sonic attacks, missiles and lightning strikes. New weapons are available in ModNation Racers: Road Trip bringing a total of seven types. The game also includes ad-hoc mode.[4]



ModNation Racers: Road Trip received "mixed" reviews, according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[5]

James Stephanie Sterling of Destructoid criticized its lack of content, writing, "...ModNation Racers: Road Trip is about as shamelessly rushed and sloppily executed as any spin-off you can imagine."[7] Eurogamer and GamesRadar+ thought that the game lacked soul.[9][21] Eurogamer also liked the customization and controls, concluding, "...Road Trip is a surprisingly enjoyable instalment nonetheless. It's colourful, cheerful and a decent showcase for Sony's brand new hardware."[9] Game Informer did not recommend the game due to its lack of online multiplayer and criticized the chaotic design of the tracks, writing, "The later tracks, while impressive on a technical and creative level, are packed with so many obstacles and pitfalls that races devolve into chaos. This pandemonium is compounded by the worst rubberband AI I've ever seen..." while going on to praise the utilization of the touch and handheld controls.[10] IGN disliked the load times, as well as some technical issues, writing, "Yes, the courses are tougher and as beautiful as ever, but the game stumbles at showcasing that. The framerate drops regularly when the action is intense. It doesn't become unplayable, but it certainly doesn't look silky smooth."[15] Pocket Gamer similarly took issue with its lack of content, technical issues, and chaotic gameplay, and wrote, "ModNation Racers: Road Trip...is not only inferior to the home console release but also to the PSP offering.[16] GameRevolution similarly wrote negatively, stating, "Despite the well-executed customization suite and some entertaining gameplay, it feels like too many good ideas were buried under mountains and mountains of [bad ideas] you never asked for and you'll never use."[11] GameSpot adored the first half of the campaign, robust creation and sharing suite, and the tone, while lamenting the long load times, chaotic races, and lack of online multiplayer.[12]


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  3. ^ "Decommissioned servers". PlayStation UK. Sony Interactive Entertainment. Archived from the original on April 18, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2023.
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  7. ^ a b Sterling, James Stephanie (February 13, 2012). "Review: ModNation Racers: Road Trip". Destructoid. Gamurs. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  8. ^ Camron, Marc (February 24, 2012). "EGM Review: ModNation Racers: Road Trip". EGMNow. EGM Media, LLC. Archived from the original on March 10, 2019. Retrieved January 20, 2023.
  9. ^ a b c Donlan, Christian (February 13, 2012). "ModNation Racers: Road Trip Review". Eurogamer. Gamer Network. Retrieved January 20, 2023.
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  11. ^ a b Bischoff, Daniel R. (February 28, 2012). "Modnation Racers [sic]: Road Trip Review". GameRevolution. CraveOnline. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  12. ^ a b VanOrd, Kevin (February 15, 2012). "ModNation Racers: Road Trip Review". GameSpot. Fandom. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  13. ^ "ModNation Racers: Road Trip Review". GameTrailers. Viacom. February 15, 2012. Archived from the original on February 16, 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2023.
  14. ^ Workman, Robert (March 23, 2012). "ModNation Racers: Road Trip Review (PlayStation Vita)". GameZone. Archived from the original on April 2, 2012. Retrieved January 20, 2023.
  15. ^ a b Miller, Greg (February 13, 2012). "ModNation Racers: Road Trip Review". IGN. Ziff Davis. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  16. ^ a b Willington, Peter (February 13, 2012). "ModNation Racers: Road Trip". Pocket Gamer. Steel Media Ltd. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  17. ^ "Review: ModNation Racers: Road Trip". PlayStation: The Official Magazine. No. 57. Future plc. April 2012. p. 57.
  18. ^ Ingram, Christopher (February 21, 2012). "ModNation Racers: Road Trip Review". Push Square. Gamer Network. Retrieved March 20, 2022.
  19. ^ Parkin, Simon (February 17, 2012). "PS Vita launch titles – reviews (Modnation Racers [sic]: Road Trip". The Guardian. Retrieved January 20, 2023.
  20. ^ Jenkins, David (February 15, 2012). "ModNation Racers: Road Trip review – road to hell". Metro. DMG Media. Retrieved January 20, 2023.
  21. ^ Hall, Alexandra (February 13, 2012). "ModNation Racers: Road Trip review". GamesRadar+. Future plc. Retrieved March 20, 2022.