LittleBigPlanet Karting


Game Info

GAME NAME: LittleBigPlanet Karting

DEVELOPER(S): United Front Games/Media Molecule

PUBLISHER(S): Sony Computer Entertainment


GENRE(S): Racing, Arcade

RELEASE DATE(S): 9 November 2012

There are a lot of karting games doing the rounds lately, and next off the starting grid is Sony, who want a piece of that miniature track action. Sony has joined the talents of Media Molecule (LittleBigPlanet) and United Front Games (Modnation Racers) and the resulting kart racing love-child is LittleBigPlanet Karting. If you were worried that this is a quick cash-in on Sackboy’s tongue-waggling smile then you can rest easy.

Everything from the live-action intro, narrated by the Gandalf-sounding Stephen Fry, to the in-depth creation section is on par with, if not better than, previous LBP platform games. Players will once again do everything from their pods, which are customizable just like before. You can also access your Poppit from your pod to let some of your creative juices flow and cook up some fashion disasters. Nothing screams winner like wearing a pair of Sebastian flip-flops while styling a Vegas jump suit and rolling on some slick bottle caps.

Once you’re all kitted out you can jump into the story mode. There is a lot of variation when it comes to the races, some levels are arena matches, others are quirky mini-games. All of the tracks maintain that unique visual style that you will instantly feel at home with if you played other LBP titles. You unlock the VS. mode tracks in the process so the more of the story you play the more options you and your friends have for split screen as well as online. There are plenty of boxes filled with more customization goodies littered around all the tracks, as well as boost pads and, most importantly, the tools of destruction.

The weapons are over the top and crazy, just like they should be. Some pickups will let you ride on top of a massive boxing glove, others will let you shoot missiles, and some will fast forward you ahead of the pack. There’s a nice twist on the weapons and that is that you can use a weapon to either attack or defend with. There is a warning system in the form of a shield that flashes moments before something is about to hit you. Miss the prompt and your kart is smashed into pieces. You will lose all your pickups after being hit, which makes taking the defensive option risky. Also: smashing  your opponents with a well timed missile is always more fun.

Holding the X button on turns powerslides you around any corner and tapping it lets you jump, which comes in handy when using your grappling hook. A first for a karting game, the grappling hook is one of the coolest gadgets you get and you will want to use it constantly. The karts can tend to feel a little sluggish compared to other karting games but the slower pace does give you a chance to take in the mayhem around you.

The real ace up LittleBigPlanet Karting’s sleeve is the track creation mode. Surprisingly it is very simple to pick up and use and within 30 minutes I was grappling and power sliding my way around my very own creation. Sure, it had giant pictures of horses everywhere and more ramps than the X-Games but it worked. That’s the biggest appeal in LittleBigPlanet Karting, the endless track selection that you or some stranger on the internet can come up with. That and the fact that it is highly addictive.

LittleBigPlanet Karting is a solid karting game but when you add in the amount of customization and the creation tools it moves up a notch. The A.I. might be a little too trigger happy in the story mode, leading to many cheap losses meters from the finish line, but racing around crazy tracks you designed while your handlebar moustache, cape and bunny ears blow in the wind more than make up for the difficulty. LittleBigPlanet Karting can easily keep up with Nintendo and SEGA around the track, and it looks like this competition might just be a photo finish.

8 Overall Score
Look and Feel: 8/10
Extras: 8/10
Value for Money : 8/10

Endless tracks | Very user-friendly editor

Lacks the breakneck speeds seen in other karting tiltes


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