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So, as you may have heard, I scored a copy of Little Big Planet today. I've played a bit and have some initial impressions on Sony's mega-system killing game for the holidays.


The above picture of what is obviously Sackboy, illustrates how amazing this game is

Okay, there's a lot in this game. A LOT. They thought of shit I didn't even think of and then some. Jetpacks will seem like amateur hour after you see some of the neat stuff the builder can do.

I didn't play much of the beta so I don't know how much was in the beta build. I've played through all of the Garden levels, a few levels into the Savannah.

I guess... I've heard the Q'uran song, I have no idea. Frankly they could stick just about anything in there and you'd never know. I'm too busy playing the game to care.

The levels you played in the beta are identical in the final build. Same as what's been available to play since at least PAX that I know of.

The level builder is quite robust and has a lot to see and do. The tutorials are VERY long and tedious, but they cover a lot, so if you want to know about and use all the tools in the game, sit down for a good hour of tutorial levels or so. Thankfully you can pick them up and put them down at your leisure.

As of right now, the game says that the LBP servers are down, so you can't upload or download any levels. Whatever this does for the multiplayer experience, I'm sure will help build onto a well designed game.

Pros I've seen so far:



- Level builder is identical to the demo. People will be up and running again in no time.
- It's really easy to clean up on trophies very quickly in the level builder.
- This game screams upgrades and DLC, so expect to see a lot of new things to keep the game alive.
- Stephen Fry is a fantastic addition to the game and helps make the experience work better than I previously expected.

Cons I've seen so far:



- The game is 720p/480p. There's no 1080i/p upscaling.
- Building tutorials are retarded long and necessary to actually do anything in the level creator.
- It's lonely all by yourself.
- Sackboy is REALLY slow compared to other heroes we've seen. He ain't going to be going toe to toe with Sonic anytime soon.
- One of the trophies will be impossible to get. Actually 2 will be.

Verdict so far: If this is Sony's effort to engender community and online with a game, I think they'll succeed so long as our attention spans hold out on the game. I see there will be a lot of shelf life out of the game from now until through the new year, but afterwards, people are going to be looking to other games unless the community just catches ablaze with the level builder and developer made levels. This game as is, feels incomplete as a retail title, but there's clearly building blocks in place to make it something fantastic if it does as well or better than Sony hopes it will. At the very worst, there could be a good deal of niche support for this title for many years, as Sackboy is incredibly iconic. I've never seen a shit-eating grin feel so charming from the get go.


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About BluDesignone of us since 11:49 AM on 11.10.2006



I own a FamPuter, which is a 100% fake Famicom. And I do own Super Mario Bros. and Rockman 2 for it, which you don't. :P



I'm a 34 year old gamer. I cannot hang out with most of you, and you should not contact me to buy you cheap wine or cigarettes. I do not like jail. Seriously, I own all three consoles and I don't discriminate. Gaming is for fun, not for sissy slapfights. If you consider yourself partial to a particular console, I don't care why you don't own other consoles, I don't want to hear about it. If you're going to bitch about something, you'd better bring some hard evidence of why you're complaining if you want to cry on my shoulder.

Enjoy this wonderful picture of 2 generations coming together at last...



PS - I eat trolls.

PPS - I've been to Japan. Maybe you've heard about it? If not, read up here:

Part 1: Introductions
Part 2: Yamagata's Hanagasa Festival
Part 3: Harajuku Girls and the lack thereof
Part 4: You're not in Kansas anymore, Niero (TGS07)
Part 5: Fresh from the farm to your mouth
Part 6: Going to Japan is hard
Part 7: 30 days takes forever
Part 8: Rape, Rocks, and Alliteration
Part 9: Small Town Nightlife
Part 10: Bling Bling, Hundred Thousand Yen Bill Ya'll
Part 10 Part 2: Mount Yamadera
Part 11: The Japanese Wal-Mart
Part 12: Goin' Down to Tokyo Town
Part 13: Ghiblit Gravy
Part 14: Air Sex
Part 15: Ganguros of New Tokyo
Part 16: The Contest Announcement
Part 17: The Contest
Part 18: The Trip Itinerary
Part 19: Tokyo Day 2
Part 20: Tokyo Day 2 Part 2 (of 2)
Part 21 is no longer there, but it wasn't all that great anyway, so you're not missing out.
Part 22: Happy Picture Montage Time!
Part 23: I have arrived.
Part 24: I have returned.
Part 25: The Case for the American Cheeseburger
Part 26: Random pictures are random
Part 27: A Free Gift for Those Who've Been Paying Attention
Part 28: Nintendo, no seriously, NINTENDO
Part 29: Racists in Japan, Discriminating against the handicapped
Special Report from Cheapy D at CAG
Part 30: The Secret Truth About Japan
Part 31: Oz-Matsuri
Part 32: The Japanese Don't Have Antiperspirant Deodorant

Part 33: There's this Disney character named Stitch in Japan...
Part 34: Trainspotting: Live From Kyoto
Part 35: Kyoto for Beginners
Part 36: Kyoto Smash: Advance Lesson in Fun Time
Part 37: Some Japanese people are alcoholics
Part 38: Hardcore Otaku know where the real action is
Part 40: My attempt at getting the Oscar for Best Japanese Picture
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 42: I sneak into a movie studio to pitch my movie
Part 41: What heaven is like.
Part 43: My film idea is shot down in favor of yet another Power Rangers TV show
Part 44: Excessive Male Nudity in Japan
Part 45: The Japanese grocery store has no deli counter
Part 46: How the Japanese language is worked into Japan's society
Part 47: Izukayas and you: How the Japanese drink in public
Part 48: All you really need to know about the Tokyo Auto Show
Part 49: Gyudon Rocks.
Part 50: Tendo is the coolest place in all of Japan
Part 51: I really did poop immediately after that shot
Part 52: A Beginner's Guide to Tokyo Disney Sea
Part 53: There is no comparison. Cheeseburgers win.
Part 55: You've never had Tonkatsu, so you wouldn't understand
Part 56: Japanese iTunes for the Mac addict
Part 57: The other kind of Curry
Part 58: Popular Pop and "Lock" music in Japan
Part 59: I sing like how cats have sex
Part 60: The Iron Penis Festival
Part 61: A sad bit about racism in Japan
Part 9001: Electro Lemon's whirlwind visit to Tokyo
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