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LittleBigPlanet Karting - Playstation 3

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  • Your favorite customizable Sackboy returns with new driving abilities to guide you through a completely new fast-paced adventure.
  • Race through a whole new 3D world filled with a mix of familiar and unique Craftworld environments and themes. Experience competitive races, objective-based missions, boss battle challenges and the ever-competitive arena modes.
  • Share your creations with the rest of the community and contribute to the inevitable thousands of new tracks and experiences created by fans just like you.
  • Compatible with PS Move controllers (but only when used with PS Move Racing Wheels)
  • In the creative mood? Customize your Sackboy and Karts with tons of options unlocked throughout the game. And for all you future game designers, take control of the new CREATE tools and create your own tracks, missions, games and adventures, just like you did in all the other LittleBigPlanet games.
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  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B0050SX00Y
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (269 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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LittleBigPlanet Karting is a unique Racing game exclusive for PlayStation 3 that blends the "Play, Create, Share" standard set by earlier LittleBigPlanet games, with the addictive fun of classic kart racing. The game features a whole new adventure set in Sackboy's Craftworld universe, as well as extreme customization options for user generated content in the form of characters, tracks, mini-games and so on. Additional features include, the ability to share user generated content with the greater LBP community via PlayStation Network, compatibility with select 3D TVs, PlayStation Move compatibility and online and offline multiplayer support.

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Fast-paced kart racing action meets the extreme creativity of the LittleBigPlanet game franchise.
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Fast-Paced Karting Meets Extreme LBP Creativity

Sackboy returns in a completely new adventure where players' fast-paced karting skills will be the key to saving the Craftworld universe. Get behind the steering wheel and get ready to race through fun-filled tracks, discover unlockables in open-world environments, and battle in karting arenas filled with pick-up items and LittleBigPlanet-esque weaponry in a karting game like no other.

Gameplay

LittleBigPlanet Karting is a Kart Racing game that incorporates the familiar Platforming, and user generated content elements of the LittleBigPlanet universe, that sets the game apart from all kart racing games before it. The campaign of the game features a racing game mechanic in which players compete across tracks, with the goal of saving the Craftworld universe. The tracks of LittleBigPlanet Karting are filled with unique challenges, obstacles, mission objectives, boss battles and mini-games, which require much more than standard kart racing games. Along the way players gain access to a wide variety of weapons and power-ups that can be used increase their progress and/or impede that of opponents.

Along the lines of creativity, LittleBigPlanet Karting is also a true LittleBigPlanet game, firmly embracing the "Play, Create, Share" of the game series. Players can customize their Sackboy, as well as their karts, tracks and the rules to races. With this extreme freedom, races can be molded to be as constricted or open as the player chooses, and include as many obstacles, platforming challenges and mini-games as can be dreamt up. The game also incorporates familiar LBP grapple hook functionality, adding exciting platforming options to track/game design. Once tracks/games are created, they can be shared online through the PlayStation Network with other players in the LBP community. Multiplayer functionality includes four-player support in local play and support for up to eight players in multiple modes online via PlayStation Network.

Key Game Features

  • LittleBigPlanet Fun Takes to the Track - Your favorite customizable Sackboy returns with new driving abilities to guide you through a completely new fast-paced adventure.
  • 3D Compatible - Race through a whole new 3D world filled with a mix of familiar and unique Craftworld environments and themes. Experience competitive races, objective-based missions, boss battle challenges and the ever-competitive arena modes.
  • LittleBigPlanet Customization - In the creative mood? Customize your Sackboy and karts with tons of options unlocked throughout the game. And for all you future game designers, take control of the new Create tools and create your own tracks, missions, games and adventures, just like you did in all the other LittleBigPlanet games.
  • Interact with the LBP Community - Share your creations with the rest of the community and contribute to the inevitable thousands of new tracks and experiences created by fans just like you.
  • Multiplayer - Share the fun in local multiplayer with up to three other players, or play online with up to seven additional kart racing friends.
  • PlayStation Move Compatibility - Optional PlayStation Move control system compatibility allows players to extend the creative, kart racing fun.

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The Fastest LittleBigPlanet Ever
Sackboy returns in a completely new adventure where your fast-paced karting will save the Craftworld universe. Get behind the steering wheel and get ready to race through fun-filled tracks, discover unlockables in open-world environments and battle in karting arenas filled with pick-up items and LittleBigPlanet-esque weaponry.

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123 of 130 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun, Ignore Bad Reviews November 7, 2012
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
First off, I've been playing kart racers for years (since the N64 days). Nothing will top Mariokart because it was (and still is) the cornerstone of this kind of game. That said, if you go into LBPK with an open mind and not expect some sort of revolutionary experience, you will have a ton of fun. The charm of Little Big Planet is all here with the cute visuals, the bubble popping, the unlockables and the character customization. Everything is nearly identical to the LBP games, all the way down to the home hub, the planets etc. Racing is quick and the controls are responsive. The game is built on an altered version of the Modnation Racers engine which was already very solid. Story mode is very long and yes, there are some challenging (OH MY!) parts but it has great lasting appeal. The in game track customizer/builder is amazing but they definitely could have done a better job at teaching you the in's and out's of using it. A little trial and error and you'll eventually be creating some killer tracks (just like in LBP).
The reviews I've read of the game seem to be harping negatively on factors that I don't quite understand. IGN complains about the menus/interface not being as easy to use as ModNation Racers. Seeing as the game runs and is created exactly the same way as all the other LBP games, I'm not sure how this could be a complaint. You have your hub, you click on the planets and you race. Not that difficult. They also complain that the game focuses too much on defense, again, not sure how this is such a big deal when the majority of your time in Mariokart, you are trying to avoid being hit with shells etc.
For me, a guy who has a small child, I can tell you, for a family game, this is excellent. He can play along and it's not so complicated that he gets frustrated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LBP Karting Hits a Home Run ! November 6, 2012
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I picked the game up this a.m. & have now completed 71%, so have a fair idea of what the game comprises. It's levels are vibrant & creative, the soundtrack matches the mood & level themes beautifully; which range from western themes to futuristic flying ... the grapple hook, bounce pads & weaponators have all found their way into the charm & whimsy of this offering. They provide a diversity of challenges from battle arena levels to hold & keep egg captures. This game is neither a pure karting or LBP experience, but rather a hybrid blend of what makes each so enjoyable. The customization features are bountiful & deep ... right down to your engine & horn sounds. I have already over 80 skins for my sackboy, endless kart pieces, & my goodies bag over flows with a bounty of choices.

The game is a 2.2gb install & provides 71 levels. Story mode provides variety & replayability is endless between collecting the loot from each level, placing in the top 3 for each level, which then opens the vs. level for online MP & continues the player through story mode. You can set your controller to either the R2 or X acceleration scheme to allow the player control over how they play, it also supports move control & steering wheel.

The possibility is limited only by the player ... the create function & level editor awaits the brilliant & imaginative community who will create the UGC ... offering a fresh & innovative karting experience with each new published level.

My 8 yr. old son came home from school & had to be repeatedly prompted to leave the game ... he was creating karts & costumes & racing through levels with glee. This game should not be missed !

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I spent a couple hours playing online against other players & it was a lot of fun - the players cast a vote for the next level to be played & then 1 level is the winner - I didn't notice any lag, was never dropped from the race, & thought it looks to be a pretty flawless interface.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Karting "Adventure" more than a Karting "Racer" November 8, 2012
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Little Big Planet Karting (LBPK) is a karting game developed by the same studio as Modnation Racers (MNR), and it brings a kart racing experience to the Little Big Planet universe.

For background information, MNR is a karting game for the PS3 developed in May 2010 for the Sony Playstation 3 (PS3) and Little Big Planet is a series of 2 dimensional platformers for the PS3. Both titles focus on play, create, and share, where users can develop their own content and share it with everyone else online. Personally, I spent far too many hours of my life playing and creating tracks on MNR and have tons of experience with the editor. I have also created in Little Big Planet 2 and feel that I have some competency with the editor.

LBPK is a game that sits awkwardly between a 3 dimensional platformer and kart racer. If you go into the game expecting a solid racer like MNR you will be disappointed. However, if you accept the game as what it is, a "Karting Adventure," there is much fun to be found. On normal difficulty the game suffers from relentlessly aggressive AI creating some frustration (easy difficulty is supposedly much more accessible). LBPK forgoes the boost/shield system of MNR for a standard block using your current weapon, similar to Mario Kart. The speed of the karts is reduced from MNR and the handling feels "floaty". The handling options and kart speed options are not readily adjustable (they can only be adjusted based on the confines of a specific track). The track design is fantastic, even without the user created content. Load times have been much improved over MNR. Online play is functional but limited thanks to some strange game-flow and interface decisions. It follows the LBP formula where you choose a level and start online play from that level.
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