posted by burntice61 (APPLE VALLEY, CA) Nov 9, 2012
Member since Apr 2010
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Lets get this out of the way, yes this is a straight up copy of Modnation Racers with the LBP theme...with a few improvements and flaws. Overall, a decent game, but the too similar elements and bad choices in design, keep this game from standing out. Lets break it down:
-Narrator: As per usual in LBP games, the Narrator steals the show with his witty humor and charm.
-Driving mechanics: Everything you loved about driving in MNR is kept intact.
-LBP style Creation Station: VEEERY deep track creator with plenty of tutorials for the novice track builder, just wished it had Auto Populate...
-Why oh why did you take out the upgradable powerups and optional mines?: That mechanic made racing in MNR exciting and balanced(for the most part) I don't understand why United Front took it out...
-Installation woes: While mandatory for most PS3 games these days, its especially painful for this game, you gotta update AND install.
-I miss the drivable menus...: LBPK doesn't have the much loved main menu, instead we got a pod and a VERY similar menu to LBP2.
-Clone: They needed to add SOMETHING different that isn't cosmetic, to make it stand out as its own game, everything feels too similar.
-Where's the challenge? The excitement?: Because of the powerup mechanic change and the fact that you have to collect prize bubbles, racing in the story mode to unlock everything is a chore. On top of that, racing itself isn't as challenging as it was in MNR. Might be a minor gripe for others however, considering the amount of flak they got for the insane difficulty in MNR's single player, but they definitely learned they're lesson this time around.
Overall: If you're an LBP fan and haven't played Modnation Racers, definitely try this out, BUT if you want a better karting experience, go pick up Modnation Racers. I really hope this is the last spinoff LBP game, I really enjoy the series and I don't want it milked to death.
First thing's first, the game is effectively ModNation Racers with a new coat of paint. Not the least bit shocking since it had the same developers, the folks at United Front. But there are a couple of major problems. The first is the physics engine. The floaty physics from the LittleBigPlanet platformer games have made their way over to this title, resulting in extremely floaty karting, which means your kart handles sluggishly and sloppily, and is enough to quickly frustrate younger players. Worse still is that this game requires the now seemingly standard online pass, meaning that, unless you want to shill out an extra $9.99 on top of your monthly Gamefly rental fee, you will not be able to experience the heralded LittleBigPlanet user-generated levels, nor any other online content.
For those reasons, I strongly urge you to look into other karting games. There certainly aren't a shortage of them coming out this season.