PS Nation writes: "ModNation Racers uses many of the kart racing standards like drifting, turbo boosts, shortcuts & weapons. MNR introduces a few new twists which help increase the depth of gameplay considerably.
Performing drifts and other maneuvers fills an on-screen meter that represents up to three levels of power. This power can then be used for turbo, weapons and/or a shield. Deplete the meter and perform more drifts or tricks to refill it."