Circle The Track with the LittleBigPlanet Karting Review
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.
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.