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Since: 10.12.01
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
I played the demo. It gave me a little bit to write about.

Little Big Planet, originally scheduled to release 10/21 in the US and now pushed back a week until 10/28, is going to be Playstation3's game of the year. There are other games that have been and will be very positively reviewed, but this platform/puzzle game is both a great game and a great showcase for the PS3 abilities. It's not just about it being an exclusive, it's about it full realizing the special capabilities of the system; beautiful HD graphics, integration with the media server (turn photos into game play objects) and the power of a free-for-all always connected community. The gameplay, at least for the opening levels in the demo, was just the right mix of easy to pick up but hard to put down that'll make it accessible to everyone, and the ability of users to make and publish their own levels should allow for for replay value many times over what's actually in the game.

I was skeptical of the game the last few months, I'm not sure I even understood what it was trying to be until I played it. Once you you play it, it's not hard to figure. It's a side scrolling platform (with an iffy 3D), with coin collecting and secret path finding. It's not the most punishing game; there seemed to be plenty of automatic save points as you went thru the example levels, and even losing a life isn't that damaging. The stress is more on solving puzzles, interacting with the game environment in ways that aren't always easy, but more intuitive over time and never seemed cheesy. We only got to play the first 'world' on the demo mode, which took me a couple hours, and the whole game is supposed to play around 20 hours - surely a lot more if you want to go back and grab every item and get a perfect on every level.

20 hours is only the iceberg tip. Besides picking up coins, your character also picks up items. You can use some to customize your character, and others to customize your own levels. That's going to be the real draw, the creative levels players make up on their own, and then publish (easily) for everyone else to try and beat. You can also create your own items for these levels, including grabbing pictures off the system's hard drive, or play any of these levels with a group of characters at the same time. (I had no idea how much fun/challenging this was going to be until there were four Sackboys trying out race each other to the next coin or reward. I did have a crash doing one of these, but I think it might have been an issue on my side.)

Like I said, I think this is going to be the PS3 game of the year; unless you're allergic to the briefest hint of cute, or all you want out of your system is to shoot noobs in the face, you ought to try out LBP. The thing is, I can't help but think about how PS3's undersized user base affects the ultimate potential of this game. All the levels that won't be made because those people decided to go elsewhere or are still waiting for the next price cut. Many really cool user-created level will end up popular, but how viral can you be in a small community? (Sony needs to make it easy to upload gameplay videos ASAP.)

LBP is a going to be a great family game, a great introduction into video games, a great game for casual players to pick up and not feel lost. PS3 doesn't feel like it's hitting those markets yet, and the game can't reach those markets unless the system arrives first. If the PS3 was a bit more affordable, better comparatively priced to the other systems, you could bundle it with the LBP and they'd contend for the xmas gift to get/find. This could've been a tipping point, if treated right.

Console owners benefit from more people owning their console (this game more directly than others.) I'm hoping there's a change from previously stated plans and they make the price cut, because I think it'd change the landscape. I don't expect it to happen, and mourn those who will miss out until Sony gets around to that price cut months after it matters.

(The game being postponed due to passages from the Quran appearing in an included song is something I feel like I could talk for days about yet have the desire to write zero words for the permanent internet record. Disappointing.)



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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.02

I was in gamestop this afternoon looking for something new to play on the DS and I heard at least 3 people come in and ask for this game while I was in there.



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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.03
People are poking around various stores trying to find one that's willing to break the recall and sell the game anyway (or are ignorant of the recall and don't realize it's not officially out yet). That's why you see a lot of folks asking around. Hopefully that's also indicative of the audience the game will have later on.

Even with a small audience, though, there's gonna be plenty of content out there. The beta alone produced hundreds of levels, dozens of which were actually really high quality and provided interesting things to do. I was really impressed with the fan efforts and I'm looking forward to Amazon getting off their asses and shipping this thing (which supposedly ships the 27th, but Amazon claims Nov 4th, argh.)

One thing I'm wondering is if there's an easier way to bring artwork into the game other than the Playstation Eye or a digital camera. Can the 'media server' be configured to receive JPGs and such from your computer? If I could pre-gen some good (original!) artwork for my levels it'd help a lot.
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
If you run a media server on your computer - Google Desktop does this, I'm using Azureus/Vuze to do it right now - and have it publish content to your home network, the PS3 can read it directly off of there. Or, you could always just use a thumb drive to walk it from your computer to your PS3.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by Twoflower

    One thing I'm wondering is if there's an easier way to bring artwork into the game other than the Playstation Eye or a digital camera. Can the 'media server' be configured to receive JPGs and such from your computer? If I could pre-gen some good (original!) artwork for my levels it'd help a lot.


Just use the SD, USB or CF slots to move JPEGs over.



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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.26
    Originally posted by Twoflower
    People are poking around various stores trying to find one that's willing to break the recall and sell the game anyway (or are ignorant of the recall and don't realize it's not officially out yet). That's why you see a lot of folks asking around. Hopefully that's also indicative of the audience the game will have later on.


I pre-ordered the game from BestBuy online (to get the Nariko costume) and got both the game and promo card in the mail on the 22nd. Both the promo and network stuff don't work yet though (come back as invalid or can't connect) which I'm guessing will be the case until after the 27th.

I've played through the first 4 stages of the game and while it's definitely fun and full of potential, some of the platforming gets a little irritating considering sackboy doesn't jump all that far. Also, moving between the foreground and background can get a little tricky. That being said, definitely recommended for a purchase based on the fun factor alone.

EDIT: Got an email from BestBuy about the game being recalled, and the process for returning it if I choose. I wonder if I really need to though as Sony just pushed down an update to LBP when I went to play this evening.

(edited by Jericholic53 on 27.10.08 0035)


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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
I think if you have the 1.02 patch, you have the same game as on the new disc. The disc swap is just there for those who don't hook up a PS3 to the internet.

I got the game early and was worried when I could get onto the servers, since that occasionally came up playing the beta. Turns out, they just turned them on this morning. The redemption code stuff is still TBA, but I don't know that I really need to play as Kratos or whomever else Gamestop gave me.



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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.26
    Originally posted by thecubsfan
    I think if you have the 1.02 patch, you have the same game as on the new disc. The disc swap is just there for those who don't hook up a PS3 to the internet.

    I got the game early and was worried when I could get onto the servers, since that occasionally came up playing the beta. Turns out, they just turned them on this morning. The redemption code stuff is still TBA, but I don't know that I really need to play as Kratos or whomever else Gamestop gave me.


My redemption code worked, but I still haven't been able to connect to the LBP servers for some reason ("Unable to connect"/ "Unknown error").

Edit: The "official" word: http://littlebigplanet.us.playstation.com/post/2008/10/LittleBigServer-Message.aspx

(edited by Jericholic53 on 29.10.08 0126)


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