Today’s Play: LittleBig Sim Kart Wheels

May 31, 2009

I haven’t played anything for a few days (which is why there were no Today’s Play entries).  Nothing in my collection particularly excites me at the moment, mostly because I’m tempted to buy something new.  Today, however, I did put some time into Mario Kart Wii, LittleBigPlanet and The Sims 2.

Mario Kart Wii

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Being somebody who doesn’t generally like racing or enjoy driving, I’m fairly easy to please with the Mario Kart games.  As long as there are the familiar characters (especially Wario, my personal default choice), a healthy selection of tracks and the ability to race in the cups with friends/family then I’m happy, so Mario Kart Wii is exactly what I wanted from it.

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Today’s Play: LittleBig Noby Saints

May 23, 2009

A little more variation in today’s games, with a bit of LittleBigPlanet and a lot of Saint’s Row 2 added to the regular Noby Noby Boy excursion.

LittleBigPlanet

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LittleBigPlanet is another of my nephew’s favourite games right now, and he has spent a considerable amount of time on it getting every item, completing every level without dying, playing levels online and spending hours making his own levels and experiments.

The DLC for the game has been plentiful, but varies in value.  On the one side there’s the fantastic Metal Gear Solid pack that added the paintball gun (which radically transforms the game) and had several levels, culminating in an incredibly complicated boss encounter (that’s complicated to make, not to defeat), while at the other end there are just costumes.

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LittleBigPlanet

April 10, 2009

About:

Released on: PlayStation 3

Developed By: Media Molecule

Who Also Developed: Nothing. Parts of the team have worked on Lionhead games (Black & White, Fable) and the indie Rag Doll Kung Fu.

Published By: Sony

Players: Up to four, local or online.

Additional Content: Many costumes (some free), one level pack and several sticker packs.

Ben’s Progress: Game completed locally with two other players and a couple online. Many community levels played, level editor experimented with. 37 of 48 trophies earned in the base game (non-DLC), 10 of 11 in DLC.

Quick Opinion:

Buy if:

You like 2D platformers, especially when played with friends.

You enjoy creating your own content or enjoy playing the efforts of an active community.

Try if:

You quite like platformers but aren’t interested in making your own levels, or place little value on user-created content.

Skip if:

You don’t like platformers at all.

You don’t like platformers that lack perfectly precise controls.

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