It's funny how times change. I don't remember sack racing been half as fun as this when I was at school!
LittleBigPlanet Karting is available from Tesco Direct for £4.80 with free delivery or store collection should you prefer.
We gave LittlebigPlanet Karting a 6/10 when we reviewed it said:Click here to read more...
It may not be in the same league as Mario Kart, but for a fiver LittleBigPlanet Karting is a great stocking filler for those with a PS3 and spare controllers for local co-op action. By using the voucher code below, it beats the next cheapest deal by £5.
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Sony's super-generous premium membership package has once again seemingly paid for itself in a single month with another bevvy of games for your collection. Members will be able to download the following titles for free from Wednesday: Uncharted 3, XCOM: Enemy Unknown and LittleBigPlanet Karting.Click here to read more...
We have so much love for LittleBigPlanet here at Dealspwn. Maybe it's the absurd amount of content in the box. Perhaps it has to do with cultivating a spirit of innovation and creativity on the PS3. Or maybe it's down to the reams of user-generated content across dozens of genres that Media Molecule have helped to amass, making it arguably the only game you'd ever need.
Sony are pretty proud of it too, and have slashed a load of price on LBP products - including full games as well as DLC - from now until March 13th.Click here to read more...
There's still life in the racing genre yet, as this year proved, but we saw well established franchises taking risks with spinoffs in new directions. The likes of DiRT and Forza took on new challenges to try, particularly in the case of the latter, to blow the restrictive pigeonholes of "arcade" and "simulation" wide open. Criterion re-emerged once again at the head of EA's premier racing series to deliver a typically frenetic and engaging experience, and there were a fair few titles to please the more casual racing fans, with F1 Race Stars, LBPK, and SEGA's fantastic Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed delivering karting goodness towards the end of the year.
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NB. Click on the thumbnails for price comparisons and the game's title for the relevant review where available.
Still furiously addictive, still wholly engrossing, this year's F1 underlined the need for an overhaul to the career mode, but in providing a superb tutorial and expanding a few of the game modes, Codemasters proved that their still the finest exponents of the Formula One experience.
orza Horizon is what you'd get if you crossed a Sunday afternoon drive with Project Gotham Racing. At its best, Forza Horizon approaches being one of the purest embodiments of the sense of wellbeing that driving can instil - be that from the thrill or the serenity of being behind the wheel - that gaming has produced. Ever. Just bring your own soundtrack to the party.
United Front Games teamed up with Media Molecule to give PS3 fans something we'd secretly been craving for some time. Sackboy's racer might not quite have been mechanically perfect when it came to the art racing itself, but the sheer magnitude of the creation suite and the simple joys of tearing it up as Sackboy and chums gave us plenty to rejoice in and return to time and time again.
The cheapest of the Vita's launch titles turned out to be one of the most enjoyable. A fantastic retro-flavoured racer with some wonderfully futuristic elements, MotorStorm RC proved that Sony's handheld could carry off sub-£5 games with aplomb, and pointed towards some very interesting cross-platform opportunities to come.
Need For Speed: Most Wanted
Combining the fun and frivolity of Burnout with the slightly more discerning reflection of reality that the Need For Speed name brings with it, Criterion served up another huge playground and a truly impressive range of vehicles to muck about in this year, combined with a fantastic UI that ensured we never had to abandon the merriment for a second, and a multiplayer component that was built for party fun, both locally and online.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
With no Mario Kart out this year, and LBPK proving a little disappointing for some, SEGA stepped up to the plate to deliver some anarchic karting fun this year, building upon the success of Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, and giving it the Diddy Kong treatment. Taking to the skies and diving onto the waterways, SASRT produced a thoroughly engrossing party racing title that served up some fine SEGA fan service too.
The Vita played home to a number of utterly cracking racers this year, not least WipEout 2048, which brought the blistering speed for which SCE Liverpool had been renowned to Sony's shiny new handheld. Dazzling visuals, a great sense of progrossion, more vehicles than before, and a wealth of online modes meant that WipEout became a firm favourite for Vita racers.
Our newest recruit Chris takes a look back over a long year that saw the second year in a row won for him by Bethesda, a surprisingly muted launch for the Wii U, a flawed gem in Capcom's Dragon's Dogma, and a glorious Platinum in Skyrim at last!
For me, Bethesda pulled it out the bag again this year with their stealth, magic, assassin, first-person, action game. The first thing that really works for this game is that its so easy to get absorbed into it. With the first-person perspective, and the “choice” system of how to complete missions that makes a difference, it really does take you in and feel as though your really are Corvo Attano pacing through the streets of Dunwall. It makes you think about how you should continue, and not in a forceful way, like a game like Dark Souls, but in a personal way of how you want to play the game, and how you want it to pan out. And there’s so much fun to be had on further playthroughs to discover where different decisions could have led.
And the way in which you can make those decisions also made this a great game. A combination of weaponry and various powers at Corvo’s disposal provide you with plenty of options to tackle each enemy and situation. I also found the AI to be a step up from most games, where a quick hide in a corner might be enough, but Dishonored is less forgiving of rash movements – in a good and thought-provoking way. To top it off the visual style of the game is also very good and the landscape of Dunwall oozes character, creating an overall gaming experience that for me was the best this year.Click here to read more...
UPDATE 12/12/12: Down to £17.99 today.
Though perhaps not the best karting racer out there, LBPK does have a few things going for it, best of which come in the form of the extensive creation suite. A must-buy for fans of ModNation Racers, it'll appeal to the Builders amongst you too, and at below £20 is well worth a look. Splendid spot from sunnyfiesta on HUKD.
This is one for the creatives out there as the racing isn't all that hot. Fans of ModNation Racers and LittleBigPlanet will get the most out of this kart racer that allows you to build your own tracks, arenas and minigames. Racing against the AI is a miserable experience, but the arena events and multiplayer shake things up enough to pull you back in. There are better kart racers out there to be honest, but at least you'll save a tenner with this deal. Look out for our other deals today and we'll point out some alternatives for you.
Thanks to Dhiraj1 at HotUkDeals.
In a real underdog story, plucky up-and-comer Call Of Duty: Black Ops II has beaten the big boys to the top of the UK charts.
In less sarcastic news, though Treyarch's shooter was the biggest launch of the year, it sold 300,000 less than the original Black Ops, making it the 4th biggest UK release of all time. Bizarrely, its poxy portable counterpart Black Ops: Declassified managed to beat a record - biggest Vita launch of the year - despite only clocking in at 17th place. And being crap.
Wonderbook managed to attain 25th place, impressive considering its niche appeal. The augmented reality experiment managed to beat LittleBigPlanet Karting, which clocked in at a somewhat lukewarm 28th.
As always, we've got the official UK top ten after the break.Click here to read more...
Platforms: PS3 (Move compatible)
Developers: United Front Games | Media Molecule
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Mario, Sonic, Diddy Kong, Crash Bandicoot, they’ve all done it. They’ve all made the apparently natural step from save-the-day platformer to small-time motorsport enthusiast. In the same way that a hit BBC sitcom will undoubtedly have an unnecessary Xmas special, there seems a sort of inevitability now around any key platformer franchise branching out into the kart racer genre. So it’s no real surprise then to see Sackboy – arguably Sony’s flagship platformer mascot - in his very own karting game. But does LittleBigPlanet Karting do Sackboy or the genre justice, or is it just another ill-thought out cash-in for the Xmas period? Let’s see.
The first thing you notice when starting up LittleBigPlanet Karting is that it is very much a LittleBigPlanet game. Right down to the Pod, the Popit menu system, the spherical world map screens, even right down to the calming narration of Stephen Fry. In fact if it wasn’t for the Kart sitting in the Pod with Sackboy, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this game as LittleBigPlanet 3. And whilst branding is important – it is a LittleBigPlanet game after all – if you think back to good karting games of the past (the names at the top of the review should help) then these games take elements of their own games and apply them in a way that works within the karting genre. Whereas it feels like United Front Games and Media Molecule have tried to force the issue with some of their nods to LittleBigPlanet, to the point where those nods feel like a forceful head-butt to the face.
The first frustrating one of these is the necessity of unlocking each level in turn not only to progress to the next, but also to unlock the option of playing it online with others in a (up to) 8 player VS match. There’s nothing strictly wrong with having a certain amount of content locked at the start of a game, it gives a sense of progression and reward when it becomes available. But when those locked elements become stifling or frustrating to what feels natural, then something has gone wrong. In the same way it is a chore to unlock all characters for Super Smash Bros these days, just to enjoy the game as it was intended; it is also a chore in LittleBigPlanet Karting to expect the single player to be completed for all available VS mode matches to simply be unlocked.Click here to read more...
The latest trailer for LittleBigPlanet Karting gives us a glimpse into the story thanks to a bit of narration from one Stephen Fry. There’s plenty of gameplay on show too, which might get you interested in the new kart racer coming from United Front Games, the studio behind ModNation Racers. Check out Matt’s hands-on preview while you’re here.
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The LittleBigPlanet presentation behind closed doors at Gamescom kicked off with some figures too large to really fathom. Over seven million user generated levels have been created since the series' inception, at an average of thirty-five thousand a week...and rate that shows no sign of slowing down. It would apparently take Sackboy twenty-one years to run through them all, and they would extend halfway to the moon.
Of course, as United Front Games' William Ho pointed out, previous LittleBigPlanet titles have been "shiny happy games", with collaboration and co-operation the order of the day. This karting spin-off brings with it a wholehearted sense of competition. It'll pack a fully fledged story mode - with two player co-op available offline, and four with an internet connection - but really it's all about taking on your friends, and taking them down.
Pleasantly, LBP Karting appears to have gotten the basic tenets of karting bang on. Four player splitscreen is in, with up to eight players er race available online. It handles pleasantly too, and why wouldn't it? After all, United Front Games cut their teeth in this market with the hugely impressive ModNation Racers...even if it was somewhat less impressive on the Playstation Vita. The action is instantly accessible, rip-roaring, anarchic fun, exactly what you want from this sort of game. A Quick Play feature helps you get into the mix even faster, pulling together seven other assorted racers as swiftly as possible, with the ability for racers to vote on the next track from a pool pulled up at the end of each contest.Click here to read more...
United Front Games has officially dated LittleBigPlanet Karting for November 9th in Europe, showing off some gameplay and Olympic-themed stunts in a new trailer. Pre-order customers will receive an exclusive 'Game Maker' DLC pack, which includes three exclusive karts and costumes. If you ever wanted to dress Sackboy up as Kevin Butler - and why wouldn't you? - now's your chance.Click here for the new LittleBigPlanet Karting trailer >>
PlayStation Plus subscribers have an extra chance to get involved with the LittleBigPlanet Karting beta, starting right now. Seriously, you'd better get your skates on, since the client will only be available on the PlayStation Store until tomorrow lunchtime. [EU PlayStation Blog]
Sony have announced that the LittleBigPlanet Karting beta will begin on Tuesday 10th July. Keep a beady eye on your inboxes as the first round of lucky victors will start receiving beta codes in the next week or two, there'll be more to come throughout the month too, so don't be too disheartened if you're not in the initial rush.
The beta period ends on July 31st.
Sony didn't make a huge amount of noise in their presser about LittleBigPlanet Karting, more's the pity, but they did drop a new E3 trailer for the Sackboy-led arcade racer.
United Front and Media Molecule are working together on the title, and it's expected to launch before the year is out.
LittleBigPlanet Karting promises to bring fun arcade racing and an enormous amount of track and character customisation to the PS3 later this year. If this sounds more than a little familiar, however, it's probably because United Front Games are same team who made ModNation Racers, and it will be interesting to see just how different the two games turn out to be.
We've got a new trailer below, showing unseen gameplay and interviews with the UFG team.
However, we've also got some bad news for Vita owners, since game designer William Ho confirms that they "are not working on a Vita version at this time” on the PS Blog.Click here to read more...
After a tweet from US retailer Future Shop appeared to leak the existence of a PlayStation Move-supporting racing game based on the LittleBigPlanet franchise, the first grainy images have hit the internet. LittleBigPlanet Karting is a thing. It's happening. And will ship with a steering wheel peripheral for PS Move. Though details are thin on the ground, the name should be enough to work out what this title is about.
We've got the full promo shot below courtesy of TSA.Click here for the big picture (literally) >>