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POSTED 16/11/12


LITTLEBIGPLANET KARTING

Sony

PS3/Move

Well tally-ho and toodle-pip – although perhaps we should place that second greeting somewhere more fortuitously toward the end of this missive. Welcome one and all as we sally forth (the first three have long retired) to the automotive cavalcadinousness of LittleBigPlanet Karting.

Right, now that it’s abundantly clear that voice-of-LBP, Mr Stephen Fry, has more prosing eloquence residing within his belly button fluff trimmings than we’ll ever possess...

LBPK is a fine example of that marvellous acronymic feat ‘WYSIWYG’. It’s LittleBigPlanet, with karts. Actually, it’s really ModNation Racers with LBP makeup. It was even composed by the same gamey composers.

Now it should be obvious to all but the dimmest that such heritage will mean there’s a DIY ethic at play. Sure there are bountiful oodles of prefabricated levels to frolic within, but the real meat and veg – or tofu and veg, should you not be one to partake in the chomping of meatiness - is in creating and sharing yours with the big wide world. The tools on offer are amazing. Those who can be arsed will experience buildy-buildy nirvana.

However, a karting game has a primary directive to be magnificent in its kartiness. Years ago we purchased a new keyboard, which was called a keyboard then. To test its sequencer we painstakingly recreated every note of Depeche Mode’s ‘Everything Counts’. Yes, even that irritating ‘GLLLLLING!’ sound. We also tied an onion to our belt, which was the style at the time...

Anyway, it was shite, despite the sounds being quite accurate. Why? It didn’t have the original’s ‘feel’. Long story longer, as we’re adding more words every word, LBPK’s karting lacks feel. Little sense of speed, little intimation of buttocks hovering merely millimetres from several things that could hurt them very much, and it cheats like billy-o. It just feels wrong.

That being typed, if you liked ModNation Racers then you’ll adore this. Cheerio!

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