Sideswipes are attacks made by moving the right stick in the direction you want to sideswipe. In ModNation Racers for the PlayStation 3, sideswipes require 2,500 Boost Points, while in ModNation Racers: Road Trip there is no boost cost. If somebody using a Sideswipe attack hits an opponent and the racer is not using a Shield when in collision with the sideswiping user, the player who is sideswiped is knocked out.
Successful Sideswipe attacks cause the user to emit yellow rings like a Sonic Bomb. Successful attacks will also give 3,750 points. Players that successfully sideswipe a racer will hear an interface sound confirming the player sideswipe. The player will also see sideswipe text on the right of the screen, confirming that the sideswipe was successful and who the player Sideswiped.