Wednesday, August 27, 2008

This Has Got To Be The Wackiest Game Coming Out This Year!




Seriously, it's odd as all hell. And I likes! It's called LittleBigPlanet, created by U.K. developer, Media Molecule, and exclusive to the PlayStation 3. The game is certainly a strange one, using realistic physics and intriguing puzzle elements to make this one of the most innovative platformers I've seen in a while (move over Mario Galaxy!)

But what's so unique about this game? In LBP, players can select between two customizable characters--dubbed "Sackboy" or "Sackgirl." As the names imply, these characters are basically thumb-sized sock puppets ala Fraggle Rock or the Muppets. And like Fraggle Rock, the diminutive figures get to act out their adventures in an adult-sized world, which is created from scratch by the player.

That's right, you heard correct: the player designs the levels! Or plays levels designed by other gamers. The option's up to you. The way this works is that LBP is connected to an online global community, where players from around the world create and submit their own levels to be ranked. The best, most innovative levels get bumped to the top of the online leaderboards, where they can be accessed, played-through, and rated by all. Players are given a wide-ranging toolkit of templates, shapes, and textures to manipulate in creating their sandbox world. Truly your imagination is your only limit.

The game allows for up to 4 players at one time, either sitting together in the same living room, or separately via the online option. It's possible to play LBP without an online connection, as the game comes pre-loaded with select stages already built-in. However, the real meat-and-potatoes of the title will come from its online global community, where the interactive possibilities are staggering.

In the above trailer from last year's Game Developers Conference, you get a 4-minute glimpse of what a typical stage in LBP can look like. Take note of the interesting ways in which the 4 players have to interact with the environment in order to progress through the various levels. You'll quickly pick up that this game's strength lies in the co-operative mode, where carefully executed assistance from your friends is necessary so that the whole team may advance together.

LittleBigPlanet is scheduled for release in Europe on Oct. 29, 2008, with the North American release set for close to, if not on, the same date.

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