Excerpt: I had such high hopes for LittleBIGPlanet Karting. On paper it had everything going for it. It had the potential to be a wonderful game for families. Unfortunately LittleBIGPlanet Karting turned into the biggest disappointment game from Christmas 2012. To be blunt, LittleBIGPlanet Karting was a flop. Sadly for Sony it was not the only flop they had trying to reach families during the Christmas season.
Summary: When LittleBigPlanet Karting was announced, the first thing I felt was pity. Pity for ModNation Racers , the build-everything karting title that Sony presented under the same "Play Create Share" banner as Media Molecule's critically acclaimed series. An LBP kart racer renders ModNation obsolete. That said, LBP itself may be deserving of some sympathy, considering it's launched on the same day as Halo 4 and hasn't had a shred of marketing weight put behind it.
Excerpt: I can only imagine how the pitch meeting for LittleBigPlanet Karting went. I'm sure that Sony called the team from United Front Games into some boardroom and I'm sure that they praised the team's previous game; Mod Nation Racers , and told them how much they loved it. In fact, they loved it so much that they wanted them to make it again. A sequel? Sort of.
Circle The Track with the LittleBigPlanet Karting Review
New Gamer Nation
26 December 2012
Conclusion: If you’re a fan of LittleBigPlanet, you will undoubtedly love Karting and all it has to offer. On the other hand, if you don’t care much for the franchise and you just want a good racing game, look elsewhere: there are far more satisfying games out there.
LittleBigPlanet Karting shows off Sackboy’s serious driving skills (review)
23 December 2012
Conclusion: LittleBigPlanet Karting is in a weird place. It’s technically a spin-off, but it has enough features to rival the first two LBP platforming games. United Front Games has done a phenomenal job of re-creating the look and feel of the Craftworld while applying its kart racing expertise with imaginative tracks and responsive controls. And the Create mode is nothing short of stunning, even if I don’t have the patience for it.
Pros: The driving controls are tight and responsive, so much so that I’m convinced LittleBigPlanet is far better suited as a kart racing game rather than a platformer. Even the sound of your wheels hitting the digital pavement (assuming you’re not using any hovercraft karts) is satisfying; it lends a sense of weight to your vehicle, and you do feel like you have full control as you drift through tricky curves or attempt to do a 720-degree aerial spin. It only takes a few se...
Cons: It feels a little too familiar Parts of LittleBigPlanet Karting can feel like you’re playing through a “greatest hits” selection of levels from previous LBP games. Some familiar faces, along with song choices, make a repeat performance. As you progress from planet to planet, you’ll also notice a consistent layout of races, battles, and objective-based minigames (such as boss fights). The number of these levels vary, but it makes the game feel predictable after a short...
Excerpt: LittleBigPlanet Karting is a spin-off of the popular LittleBigPlanet games. As the name implies, the game is a departure from the series’ typical 2D gameplay. Instead, it is a 3D go-kart racing game. Though it’s not as fun or as well polished as the other LittleBigPlanet games, LittleBigPlanet Karting is an entertaining game that allows you to use your imagination in many ways.
Pros: Mario Kart-like gameplay is very fun; customizable characters, karts, and levels; detailed, yet colorful graphics; level creator allows you to make almost anything; short community loading times; the narrator
Cons: Respawning takes too long, performing tricks is harder than it should be, character customization isn’t as polished as the previous LBP games, level creator is mind-boggling at first, some of the music is annoying
Excerpt: Games like this are all about the personality. I think back about my time playing the numerous Mario Kart titles over the years and it's not the gameplay I remember - although that's always been good - but the characters and tracks. LittleBigPlanet Karting has a fun, drift-heavy driving model, an expected roster of weapons and loads of tracks, but it's almost completely devoid of character.
Conclusion: LittleBigPlanet Karting jumps ModNation Racers up to the next level and gives the PS3 a viable competitor to the Nintendo karting powerhouse. The creation tools shine as the best in the business.