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
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
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!