The LBP Community shot me down

I’d like to start off by saying that first and foremost, my experience with LittleBigPlanet as a whole, and more specifically, the community, has been really good.  Great, in fact.  I’ve been making my way gingerly through the story mode; loving the visuals, level-design, and uniqueness of the whole LittleBigPlanet universe.  I’ve even ventured online properly, playing a couple of levels with other people, playing user-created levels and passing judgment.  Then I created my own level…

The rating system is out of 5 stars, then you can sum up what you think of the level with a one-word answer, which gets rid of any profanities I guess.  After doing a few story levels, I was itching to create something.  However, due to being away at University for most of the time, I admit it has taken much longer than I planned to get my first level out of the door.

After working my way through some of the tutorials, I started to piece my level together.  I admit though, that because I haven’t completed the whole story mode yet, I don’t exactly have a full list of parts to select from!  I created a fairly short level, named it “Life’s A Beach“, and provided a description saying something along the lines that it was my first level, please be kind. I put some sand castles in it, added a bit of humour, an obstacle or two, and offered some prizes.  Fairly reasonable, no?  So I uploaded the level…

I checked back a few hours later and my level received 3 stars- hooray!  But the words I got describing what people thought of the level was: horizontal, empty, rubbish.  Fair enough with the first one, probably the second as well, but rubbish?!  That struck me as being a bit mean.  I did state, didn’t I not, that it was my first-ever level?

I suppose what I’m after, Is some support here.  Of course, there are some great levels out there, and I’m just starting off with my first steps into LittleBigPlanet level creation, but was a label of ‘rubbish’ really required?  I’ve seen some pretty dire levels myself, but would never dream of labelling them rubbish.  I only go so far as calling them empty, or horizontal.  Am I being too nice here?!  I want answers dammit!

Any thoughts my fellow sack people?

Your LittleBigPlanet questions answered

Your LittleBigPlanet questions answered– In the first instalment of “SACK IT TO ME”…Weekly Answers to the LBP Community’s Questions, many topics are covered such as moderation, the state of the servers, and the ‘week 1 t-shirt’ issue.  It’s from an American perspective, but should an interesting read for LBP fans everywhere.

Hands-on with LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet is here, and gamers everywhere are giddy with excitement- and that’s just the adults!  Children are going to love this game, as in fact, will anyone really.  From what I’ve experienced, I can totally see how this can be a cult classic for the cool, hardcore gamers, but still be fun for all the family.

You’ll be glad to know that my woes with Amazon did not last long.  The package was waiting for me when I arrived home.  As I hadn’t been on my PS3 for quite some time, the usual formalities were required: download firmware update, install update, restart PS3.  Time for some LittleBigPlanet goodness then?  Apparently not: two updates needed to be downloaded and installed before I could so much as look at the loading screen.

Continue reading Hands-on with LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet European TV spots are genius

LittleBigPlanet European TV spots are genius– Wasn’t too keen on the first one, but the second one ‘rocks’.  Get it?  Looks like marketing has found an excellent way of describing the undescribable, and communicating across what LittleBigPlanet is all about.  A job well done, I’d say.

LittleBigPlanet: Out now in the UK

After a short delay due to an offending soundtrack, LittleBigPlanet is officially out now in the UK.  I had been wondering when exactly to post this, as across different markets, retailers in some instances have chosen to sell LittleBigPlanet early anyway.  So I’ve settled for the official (revised) release date in the UK, which is today: November 5th, 2008- Bonfire Night!

Now, I have had my copy of LittleBigPlanet on pre order with Amazon for quite some time.  Last week, I received a disturbing email from them:

Unfortunately, the release date for the item(s) listed below was changed by the supplier, and we
need to provide you with a new estimated delivery date based on the new release date:

“Little Big Planet (PS3)” [Video Game]
Estimated arrival date: 12/11/08 – 19/11/08

We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes.

As you can imagine, I’m not particularly impressed with this.  I was hoping that I’d be able to have a mess about on it when I go home for the weekend.  I’m just praying that Amazon are somehow mistaken and my copy will be there when I arrive home.  I mean, what kind of pre order arrives a week or two after release date?!

So, if you don’t see any LittleBigPlanet hands-on thoughts from me round here, you’ll know why.  I am 100% behind the game.  Other than that, I’d like to mention that this game should be a system seller and Christmas hit this year.  It comes quite highly recommended as well, so it’d probably be a good idea if you snagged a copy yourself.