It was known that ModNation Racers would come with some pretty sweet creation tools, but they've turned out to be straight up amazing.
The ModNation Racers beta began last friday, a PlayStation 3 exclusive racing game built around character, kart, and even track customization. In one simple weekend, players have already shown off the power of the game's character creation tool. For example, Mario:
ModNation Racers' starts players off with basically a blank canvas in the shape of a little cartoon character, sort of like a Munny. You can go anywhere from there, adding developer created eyes, noses, hair, clothing, etc, and modifying them to your needs, in addition to stickers that can create anything the developers didn't add. I've checked out the beta myself, and the character creator is possibly the best I've ever seen in a game. Extending that to kart creation and track creation is mind-boggling. So far, it's really fun to actually race as well.
Scrawlfx has been posting player creations all weekend and they're really, really cool, especially if you're into super-deformed versions of superheroes and whatnot. Destructoid has a nice selection available to view as well.
Here are some more samples:
My hope is that these creations will be left alone and we won't go through the same debacle that occurred with LittleBigPlanet, where copyright concerns led to the deletion of player-created levels. To get your ModNation Racers beta code, try following the PlayStation Blog or find one in LittleBigPlanet: GOTY Edition. A concrete release date has not been announced, with the game set for Spring 2010 currently.