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MRC is a far better game than one might expect. Sony have taken a leaf from Nintendo's book and rather than trying to make an ultra-realistic racer (like the much delayed Gran Turismo), have opted for a manic arcade racer. Cutesy characters in no way hinder the enjoyment of the game. I have never been too enthralled with modding cars, especially where it has no performance effect, but MRC modding really is rather fun.
I spent the best part of the weekend playing MRC with my 8 year old son. It says something when when a near 40 year old and 8 year old can pick up a game and play. It is a lot of fun. The tracks are very well designed, and the learning curve is perfectly judged. It is not possible to just learn a winning route - you also need to learn how to make use of the track, obstacles, power-ups, swipes, drifting and so on. Every run of a race is different.
Where this game is far better than Mario Kart is that it is fast from the first race. I have always found Mario kart to be too slow; it seldom gives that speed rush. MRC ladles it up.
The online play of MRC is also better than Mario Kart, with more options and the sheer number of race types and tracks available - really excellent.
In the career mode, there are cut scenes to unfold the storyline and pre-race "analysis" from the sports show anchors - these are really well done, very well crafted and superbly scripted. Top notch production quality...
My only gripe with the game is the very slow load times. And those cut scenes (above) are one culprit. As entertaining as they are, they take quite a while to load and then, you have to sit through another wait for the track to load and the race to begin. I just feel that this could have been better worked out and it surprises me how long it takes to load considering this is BD technology.
However, that is my only gripe with the game and not enough to remove a star. This is a really well conceived game and a star title on the PS3.