Sackboy and co are back in a fun racer for fans of LittleBigPlanet.
Rather than creating new platform levels, LittleBigPlanet Karting sees all the adorable denizens of Craftworld jumping into handmade karts and racing against each other.
The story mode follows the events of LittleBigPlanet 2 with Sackboy racing against series baddies The Hoard who this time plan on stealing Craftworld’s prizes. Sackboy must race his way to the top to reclaim the stolen goodies.
During races, players can pick up weapons that can be used as projectiles?such as heat seeking missiles, EMPs, grenades and more.
There are a whole variety of race types including a battle mode, that sees players take to the arena to smash each other out. There are also treasure hunts and score attacks for the more skillfull player.
The fast-paced karting game continues its ‘Play, Create, Share’ ethos encouraging gamers to get creative.
Using the same simplistic but deep creation software fans will find familiar, users can create their own tracks to race in with their friends. Players also have control over each level’s rules, which can lead to some truly entertaining races.
Consumers can also share their favourite tracks online with the huge LittleBigPlanet community, which already has over six million user-generated levels created from previous titles.
Each track will be published on the LBP.me website, where detailed pages on tracks and their creators can be found and shared online and via social media.
Popular items from the series return with gadgets that allow karts to bounce, grapple or grab their way across the finish line.
Consumers planning on pre-ordering the game can pick up two different pre-order packs that add new racing karts, outfits and other creative goodies for building tracks. A European-exclusive special edition with fancy lenticular cover will also be ready for launch.
For families looking for a fun racer with plenty of replay value and creative fun, LittleBigPlanet Karting is a great gift for the holidays.
TV & CINEMA
Sony will be targeting kids and family with ads running on Sky, Five, channel 4 and Sky’s movie channels. There’s also a half-term sponsorship of The Simpsons?and?a four week run of ads during the biggest kids movies
There are plenty of online takeovers including homepages of MSN, Miniclip, The Escapist, Cartoon Network, GamesTrailers, community sites and Google’s display network.
PRINT & OUTDOOR
Westfield shopping centres in White City and Stratford are getting in the LittleBigPlanet spirit by displaying ads on LCD screens. Pre-order ads are running right up until launch in Future magazines as well.
The game will be compatible with Sony’s upcoming peripheral the PlayStation Move Racing Wheel. The wheel combines Move with traditional PlayStation buttons.