Guess what was just released for LittleBigPlanet, LittleBigPlanet 2, LittleBigPlanet Karting and LittleBigPlanet PS Vita? Sony recently rolled out a pack of costumes from Mass Effect (ever heard of it?), which includes skins for Shepard, Liara, Wrex, and Garrus along with a few in-game stickers. Just the sort of thing you needed to remind you that the LBP series still exists!
Do you climb bedposts and swing from spools of thread? Do you ride station wagon-sized skateboards? Do you find stairs daunting and garden gnomes conversational? If so, then you're probably acquainted with the likes of Sackboy, Buzz Lightyear, and Slinky Dog.
I think that we can mostly all agree that the leaps-and-bounds improvement for the PS Vita is the addition of a second joystick. Visions of downloadable PlayStation 2 games dance in my head when I sleep. Many of the games and ports targeting the PSP suffered without that second stick. But tilt control? Touch screen? Rear touch pad? Are these just some Sony gimmicks designed to drive up the price, or are they viable gameplay enhancements?
Little Big Planet's PlayStation Move compatible spin-off, Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves, will be available for free download to PlayStation Plus subscribers. According to Eurogamer.com, the game will be available to Plus users a week before the game's release, which is December 15th. Let's see here, the 15th, minus a week, correct for wind, carry the one... That's today!
The Sony Playstation has really enjoyed the success of Media Molecules Little Big Planet since its initial release. So much so that the new Playstation Move is getting a new downloadable segment called Sackboy's Prehistoric Moves, only it takes the idea of friendly co-op one step further by requiring co-op to work.
Legend of Little Big Planet 2: A Sackboy to the Past
You remember our Top 5 Most Anticipated Co-Op Games This Fall? Several readers wondered why LittleBigPlanet 2 wasn't on that list. The general feeling among the staff that was while LBP was great, it wasn't the co-op that we loved; it was the amazing creation options, so we left it off the list. Sadly, it would appear that LittleBigPlanet 2 should have been left off for another reason: it's now been moved to a January 2011 release.
You've gotta love Sackboys, but they are an odd mascot for the Playstation 3. While the PS3 resembles an onyx monolith with it's slick surface and shiny edges, Sackboys are warm, fuzzy, and cuddly, with huge appeal to atypical gamers. Then again, Sony is apparently aiming to cater to that more casual market with Move, and Sackboys likely appeal to that demographic.
Sony announced yesterday, via their Sony Playstation Blog, that they have acquired Media Molecule, the development studio behind the co-op friendly and creative LittleBigPlanet, lock, stock, and sackboys/girls. Given Sony's previous goodwill in providing LittleBigPlanet with the IP from other games they've published or released on their system, this kind of merger certainly seemed to be one of those "long-time coming" deals. Hopefully, it will prove to be more co-operative than others.
After a long year of creating and sharing new Little Big Planet user created masterpieces, Playstation blog and LittleBigPlanet.com have teamed up to bring us the community "Sackie" awards. The Sackie Award winners have been acknowledged for things like "best use of audio in a level," "Best innovative creation," "Best use of story in a level," and other such amazing creations.
A couple of interesting pieces of DLC are headed to cute, casual, and co-op friendly LittleBIGPlanet. The first is the Pirates of the Caribbean costume pack. The pack has six costumes for $5.99, including an adorable "Sack Sparrow" and squid-faced Davey Jones. If you're short on treasure, the six costumes will be available separately for $1.99 each.
A year after Little Big Planet's release on the Playstation 3, the developers Media Molecule have added a hefty patch that will allow for some streamlined online co-op play. First, the connectivity is better, with matchmaking nicely streamlined for better communication and less lag.
LittleBIGPlanet is a natural choice for Co-Op Casual Friday.You'd be hard pressed to find a game more fun, enjoyable, and still appropriate for everyone, from the very young child who's never held a controller before to a seasoned gamer who has played it all.
We've got a nifty little update for you regarding LittleBIGPlanet, recently released in a Game of the Year edition. First of all, Sony is giving away free codes that allow you to download the Norse Mythology pack for the game. Should be fun to recreate "What's Opera, Doc?" in LittleBIGPlanet form. (What, I'm the only one who had that idea?)
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