ModNation Racers Patch Made My Load Times Longer

This week's patch to PlayStation 3 game ModNation Racers was supposed to make load times in that otherwise delightful, customisable racing game as much as 50 per cent shorter. I tested the patch today. It made my load times longer.

I shot five videos of a pre-patched ModNation Racers running on my PS3 today and five videos of similar content after I downloaded and installed that patch. You can watch and time the results, too.

Pre-patch ModNation Racers, from Title Screen to ModSpot: 23 seconds.

Post-patch ModNation Racers, from Title Screen to ModSpot: 52 seconds.

Pre-patch ModNation Racers, from ModSpot to Create Studio: 11 seconds.

Post-patch ModNation Racers, from ModSpot to Create Studio: 14 seconds.

Pre-patch ModNation Racers, from Create Studio to ModSpot: 23 seconds.

Post-patch ModNation Racers, from Create Studio to ModSpot: 34 seconds.

Pre-patch ModNation Racers, from ModSpot to Quick Race: 42 seconds.

Post-patch ModNation Racers, from ModSpot to Quick Race: 42 seconds.

Pre-patch ModNation Racers, from Quick Race to ModSpot: 23 seconds.

Post-patch ModNation Racers, from Quick Race to ModSpot: 32 seconds.

I'm not sure why load times would be lengthened, which is the exact opposite of what publisher Sony and development studio United Front Games were trying to do. The folks at Joystiq did see their load times shortened. I've checked with Sony to see what's up and whether this is a known issue. I'll update this post when I hear back.

Have you tried the new ModNation Racers patch? Are you experiencing faster or slower load times? Here's hoping I'm the exception...

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Comments

    Sigh. This game has so much potential. I got it on release and became fed-up with the ridiculous load times.

    I was so keen for this game, but I've only played it once since the load times were a deal breaker for me.

    Well I got to the point of wanting this game so badly I travelled to 10 different stores in my area, all were sold out. So by the time that they fix this issue I hope that the price would have come down a fair bit.

    I just did a few tests of my own, on average it took me 40 seconds to load from modspot to quick race and 19 seconds from race back to modspot.
    After the patch the averages went down to 28 seconds and 18 seconds respectivly.
    Not quite the 50% but I'll happily take it as the load times was a pain.

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