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Platform PS3 Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment Developer United Front Games Release Date 2012-11-06

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LittleBigPlanet Karting review: backseat driver

When it is allowed to be, LittleBigPlanet Karting is actually a pretty competent racer. It has the components you'd expect: tons of drifting, speed boosts (powered by the aforementioned drifting), not-so-random weapon drops which become more potent as you fall back from first place, and so on. There are environmental oddities to mix up the action a bit — the most exotic of which being humongous jumps and pre-determined grappling hook swings — but for the most part, becoming competent with the mechanics won't take too long. The combat mechanics of ModNation Racers (United Front's last, UGC-driven racer) have been streamlined somewhat in LittleBigPlanet Karting. Weapons no longer charge through several ranks of increasing potency, and defending against attacks no longer...

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LittleBigPlanet adds new costume pack this week

LittleBigPlanet players will be able to pick up four new costumes when the Warriors of the World Costume Pack 2 goes live in this week's PlayStation update, community coordinator Steven Isbell announced via the PlayStation Blog. The pack adds a European Infantry, Hoplite, Samurai and Zulu Warrior costume to LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet Karting and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. The costumes are cross-buy, and purchasers will be able to access them on any other version for free. The first Warriors of the World Costume Pack, which released earlier this month, added Viking, Cossack, Mayan and Saracen costumes.

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Best Buy PlayStation sale: PS Vita $199.99, PS3 Greatest Hits $14.99

Best Buy is holding a PlayStation sale this week, with deals on the PlayStation Vita as well as the Greatest Hits versions of a variety of PlayStation 3 games. The PS Vita is available for $199.99. That applies to the standard Wi-Fi model, which regularly costs $249, but there's an even better deal: The launch bundle with the 3G model, which usually costs $299, is also on sale for $199.99. That bundle comes with a 3G-enabled PS Vita, an 8 GB memory card and a promo code good for 250 MB of data on the 3G network that AT&T provides for the handheld. (It also includes a code for a free PlayStation Network game, but the voucher appears to have expired in May 2012.) Best Buy is also offering a bunch of PS3 Greatest Hits titles for $14.99 each. The discounted games include Gran Turismo 5:...

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LittleBigPlanet series reaches 8 million user-created levels

The LittleBigPlanet community has now created more than 8 million levels across all the games in the series, said franchise creator developer Media Molecule yesterday. The milestone comes less than one year after the total number of levels reached 7 million, which happened last August, although the pace of growth has slowed — the community went from 6 million to 7 million levels between January and August 2012, a span of less than eight months. According to Steven Isbell, community coordinator for LittleBigPlanet, the series' next major landmark is its five-year anniversary this October. The release of the original LittleBigPlanet on PlayStation 3 in October 2008 kicked off the franchise, which continued with LittleBigPlanet on PlayStation Portable in November 2009, LittleBigPlanet 2...

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PlayStation Plus Instant Collection gets LittleBigPlanet Karting, Uncharted 3 and XCOM: Enemy Unknown June 11

PlayStation Plus members will be able to download LittleBigPlanet Karting, Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception and XCOM: Enemy Unknown free through the service June 11, Sony announced today. Both LittleBigPlanetKarting and XCOM: Enemy Unknown will sell for $39.99 this month for non-PS Plus subscribers. Earlier this week, Sony announced that Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Machinarium, Orc Attack, Saints Row: The Third and Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward would join the Instant Game Collection in June. The games will replace Infamous 2, LittleBigPlanet 2 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One in the Instant Game Collection, so if you're interested in those games, you'll have to sign up for PlayStation Plus or add them to your cart before June 11.

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Mass Effect costumes landing on LittleBigPlanet May 21

Four beloved Mass Effect characters will make their way to LittleBigPlanet tomorrow in the Mass Effect Costume Pack, publisher Sony Computer Entertainment announced today. Skins for male Shepard, Liara, Garrus and Wrex will be available in the pack, along with accessories like armor and gloves and a bunch of in-game stickers for Mass Effect. Like all costume packs, the DLC will be compatible with LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet Karting and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. The costume pack will sell for £4.79 in the U.K., where it will go on sale May 22. No price for North America is available yet, but the most expensive costume packs have all cost $5.99. You can check out images of the content in the pack on the LittleBigPlanet website.

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LittleBigPlanet Karting to receive Tron Legacy vehicles

LittleBigPlanet Karting players will be able to pick up Tron Legacy-inspired vehicles following this week's PlayStation Store update, LittleBigPlanet community coordinator Steven Isbell announced via the PlayStation Blog. The update will include a Light Runner and a pair of Light Cycles. Tron Legacy has made an apperance in the LittleBigPlanet series before. Last summer, LittleBigPlanet 2 players could pick up Quorra, Clu and Gem character costumes for their Sackboys. The post also includes this week's level and other in-game picks from the LittleBigPlanet team. Check out the full list for a look at a sheep counting game, pinball machine and more.

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SCEA hires crowdsourced advertising agency Mofilm

SonyAhead of the release of its upcoming console, PlayStation 4, Sony Computer Entertainment America has snapped up the crowdsource-driven advertising agency Mofilm, the company revealed. SCEA worked with Mofilm in the past to help support the launch of LittleBigPlanet Karting in the U.S., in addition to a campaign for the PlayStation console in Latin America. Mofilm is a platform for independent filmmakers to submit potential national television advertisements; In the case of Sony's LBP Karting campaign, users helped select the winning video. "We have been incredibly impressed with the creativity and quality of work that the MOFILM community has produced while working with us over the past year," said senior vice president of PlayStation brand marketing at SCEA, Guy Longworth in a...

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LittleBigPlanet Karting Cross-Compatibility Pack available now, transfers costumes across games

LittleBigPlanet Karting's Cross-Compatibility Pack DLC is available today for free and allows players to use DLC costumes from LittleBigPlanet 2 and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita in the kart racer, according to a post on the official PlayStation Blog. All costumes purchased the future will also be available across the range of LittleBigPlanet titles. Only a few costumes — notably those from Assassin's Creed — are incompatible with the update, according to an FAQ on the LittleBigPlanet website. Other costumes may take a while to incorporate, as the developers "literally had to rebuild all of these costumes from scratch again for each game." You can find installation instructions for syncing up the updates and systems on the FAQ. A DLC pack called Emergency Services for LittleBigPlanet 2, L...

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Emergency Services DLC hitting LittleBigPlanet 2, PS Vita, Karting this week

LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita and LittleBigPlanet Karting will all receive downloadable content that transforms Sackboy or Sackgirl into emergency responders. LittleBigPlanet community coordinator Steven Isbell made the announcement on the PlayStation Blog. The Emergency Services DLC adds costumes for a Policeman, Fire Fighter, Medic or member of Sea Rescue for all three games. Isbell also revealed that Karting's first kart pack would include emergency-themed vehicles. The Emergency Services costumes and Emergency Services Kart Pack will be available Tuesday, Feb. 19.

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Japan Review Check: DmC: Devil May Cry, LittleBigPlanet Karting

Here's a quick summary of the console titles coming out next week in Japan, courtesy of the review pages of Famitsu magazine. It's a slow post-holiday week, but there's one hotly-anticipated title on offer, at least: - DmC: Devil May Cry (8/9/8/9, 34 points out of 40): The Ninja Theory-developed reboot of Capcom's stylish action series did pretty well over in Famitsu, although not outstandingly. "The game's core fun of using guns and swords and such to mow down foes is still there," wrote editor Ranbu Yoshida. "The wild side of the Dante you see here really looms large, giving him a cool edge. Once you get used to the controls, which use the L and R buttons for different things, you'll be able to launch a wide variety of combos and expand your attacks." "This looks like a completely...

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  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 11/06/2012
    • Publisher Sony Computer Entertainment
    • Developer United Front Games
    • Score 7
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