I was as suprised as I could have been at replaying the modnation racers demo over and over today and last night... Not only do I not like racing games, but I most definitely do not like playing racing games alone. How shocked was I as I sped and drifted about that I was actually enjoying myself, more or less from the get go?
Drifting is very manageable, I mean you can really drift with ease, in fact, it makes cornering even easier if you land a drift at the right time. What a novel approach I thought (perhaps other kart racers have done it, I wouldn't know), to render drifitng a navigational aid rather than a chore in order to gain precious boost energy!
I think this is the first time since killzone 2 that a demo has convinced me to buy a game. The level editor is just icing on the cake, you can actually go reasonably high with your tracks... the first thing I thought when I heard about the level editor was "edit, sure, but can I get a spiral to go straight up, round and round?" Well, the short of it is, yes, but it stops you after about three full circles... fair enough I thought, anymore and it might get idiotic ('twas my aim, I admit!).
This is the first time I've gotten excited about what an online community's reaction to editing features would be, and let me tell you, I think it's going to be great. What I was able to do in ten minutes got me pretty hot about what someone with talent could do in twenty, which means there are going to be alot of sweet tracks in no time when this game comes out.
Check out the demo if you haven't already, friends.