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: Cards on the table time; seeing a game from a well known franchise with ‘Karting’ stuck at the end of it is generally not a good sign. It’s reeks of desperation, a cash in on a type of game that is only usually good when it has ‘Mario’ next to it. How about when LittleBigPlanet is next to the word Karting? First things first; LBP is truly one of the best designed games in recent memory.
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.
Excerpt: The adorable Sackboy returns, but this time saving the Imagisphere requires a bit more speed than what his stitched together legs can provide. LittleBigPlanet Karting takes the adorable aesthetic of LittleBigPlanet’s crafty art-style, adds the tried and true driving mechanics of the best kart racing games, and includes the seemingly unending customization of the lovable franchise--crafting a great racing experience for the PlayStation 3.
Pros: There are tons of rewards to collect, Community sharing options create endless levels to play, Charming, crafty art style and music
Cons: When unavoidable weapon barrages drop you to last place, Lengthy cut scenes and dialogue for unimportant story, Unknowingly losing hours of your life to building a level
Excerpt: It seems that Sony have taken a look at a number of Nintendo’s prized properties and wanted to make their own versions. This year we have PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, which is Sony’s answer to Nintendo’s Super Smash Bros, as well as LittleBigPlanet Karting (the very game I’m reviewing), which has obviously looked towards Mario Kart for its inspiration.
Summary: Sony has given gamers an impressive amount of opportunities for user generated content from Sound Shapes to inFamous 2. For LittleBigPlanet, the next step is a collaboration with the ModNation Racers franchise. The result is not only the deepest user generated racing game ever, but it alsomarks the first step in making LittleBigPlanet a 3D spatial experience.
Pros: Solid kart performance and handling, LittleBigPlanet in the 3D space, Satisfying toolset
Excerpt: When seeing Sackboy, it’s impossible not to smile. You don’t have a soul if a smile doesn’t at least play around the corners of your mouth. This inherent charm is part of the reason all his games are entertaining, and intricately designed, family-friendly atmosphere ups the appeal even more.