ModNation Racers is a system-exclusive kart racing game that allows users to create, customize, and share levels with the PlayStation 3 community. Viewed from a third-person perspective behind your go-kart, the game involves effectively using drifting techniques to fill a multifunctional boost meter. Depending on the meter's level, you can use the boost for a temporary surge of speed or for a shield to defend against enemy projectiles.
Weapons scattered across the tracks include missiles, lightning strikes, sonic waves, and more. Each weapon can also be powered up to new levels, allowing for enhanced attacks. Similar in concept to LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers features a robust set of tools to customize characters, vehicles, and tracks. Players can choose from an assortment of terrain types and then modify the environment by adjusting elevation and adding water, mountains, houses, trees, animals, ramps, and other objects.