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MySims Racing - WII - Preview

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Commonly known as a light-hearted building/adventuring franchise, EA’s MySims series has been allowing Wii and Nintendo DS gamers the chance to create and customize a variety of cartoony characters and environments. Therefore, it may come as somewhat of a surprise that EA is looking to take the series in an all new direction with their soon-to-be-released title, MySims Racing.

As you could surmise, MySims Racing is a racing title featuring the art style that the MySims series has been known for. Additionally, the game will include the customization features that the series is known for as well, not only letting players customize their characters, but also their karts. MySims Racing is shaping up to be a fun and accessible racing title that fans of the franchise will enjoy.

MySims Racing Wii screenshots

Before beginning MySims Racing, you must first create your character. You’ll be able to edit their features, including their face, hair, and even the pitch of their voice. Additionally, you can customize their outfits, giving them things like goggles and different clothing options.

Once you’ve created your racer, you can then move on to customizing your kart. You’ll be able to choose from light, medium and heavy karts, with their own benefits and shortcomings in terms of top speed, acceleration, and handling. As you play the game, you’ll unlock new blueprints that allow you to further customize your ride, beefing up its performance abilities and making cool aesthetic changes, adding elements like taillights and specialized wheels.

MySims Racing Wii screenshots

The racing in MySims Racing is easy to get into and fairly casual, feeling a lot like other kart-style racing titles like Mario Kart. The control schemes are changeable, allowing you to use the Wii-mote and Nunchuck combo or just the Wii-mote’s motion controls to race.

The racing element MySims Racing feels a bit derivative, owing a lot to Mario Kart Wii, but the customization features could give this title some legs with fans of the series and younger gamers. Look for it to release this June.

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