Little Big Planet PSP Hands-On

We grab a PSP Go and check out the two-level E3 demo of portable Little Big Planet.

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The PSP Go was only officially announced today, but Sony is wasting no time in letting this year's E3 attendees get their hands on it. Sprinkled liberally throughout the dozens of PSP stations at Sony's sizable E3 booth are a number of stations at which the PSP Go (which we found surprisingly comfortable, even when using the oddly positioned analog nub) is being used to showcase upcoming games. One of those games, which we had an opportunity to check out, is Little Big Planet.

The E3 demo version of LBP features only two levels: a story-style offering titled Gift of the Grab and a surfing minigame. Gift of the Grab, which may or may not be featured in LBP's all-new story mode, has a distinctly antipodean theme, sporting kangaroos with pouches that you can jump into, koalas that climb trees when you grab them, and boomerangs that spin around really quickly so that you can use them to launch into the air. The level didn't really look any different than those on the PS3, and areas where you're supposed to place stickers (as well as the usual selection of switches, levers, and the like) were clearly visible, even on the PSP Go's relatively small screen.

Sticking with the "down under" theme, the surfing minigame saw Sackboy stepping onto a surfboard that rocked on a pivot as he moved between the front and back. Staying on the board was easy, because although there were waves in the foreground and background, none of them appeared to be having any effect on the board. Even the giant shark giving chase didn't appear to pose a genuine threat, though its appearance certainly added a sense of urgency. The goal in the level was to collect point-scoring orbs, arranged in wave patterns throughout the level in such a way that you have to jump up and down to reach them. If you fall off your board, or fail to collect enough orbs while staying on it, it's game over.

It's unclear at this time exactly how level creation and sharing will work in the PSP version of Little Big Planet, but the impression we were given is that it will be as close to the PS3 experience as possible. With that said, the demo version on show here is plagued with some pretty excruciating load times, which appeared to be even worse on the original PSP systems than on the Go. It's still early days though, so we're hopeful that those will improve when LBP--which doesn't currently have a release date--arrives in stores and online.

Discussion

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haxyou
haxyou

the developers of lbp for the psp sayd you cant move sackboys arms...im sad too i know but if you press the d-pad buttons he can do a salute,wave and so on and so on and so on

pac-man35
pac-man35

i wonder how you hit other sackboys if there is only one analog stick.

killa_grunt
killa_grunt

Thats right Sony, give me a reason to keep playing my psp. I cant wait for more. Now if I can get a version of Drake's Fortune on psp...

calebcop
calebcop

Don't worry guys, It will be on UMD because they said at E3 they were still making original PSPs (1000, 2000, 3000) if they still are making these PSP the only games they play are UMDs so why would they get rid of UMDs if they are still making Original PSPs? And man I'm so preordering this game.

Liamguy01
Liamguy01

I'm totally getting this game, although I really hope It comes out on umd too, as I want to keep my psp 3000 and I want to save as much room on my 2gb memory stick as possible, but even if it doesn't I'm still getting it.

ryuu-drako
ryuu-drako

is little big planet good, cuz ive never played it

ryuu-drako
ryuu-drako

the only reason anyone would buy a psp go, is because it slides

ryuu-drako
ryuu-drako

it comes out on both umd and dc(downloadable content) i recommend staying with a psp that has a umd drive, cuz if ur psp go crashes, the games and stuff r gone too

wertypop
wertypop

to karateboy199 it is on the psp go for download but it is also coming out on UMD

karateboy199
karateboy199

cool but if it comes out for the psp go does that mean it will be downloadable only?

wertypop
wertypop

i dont know if i should get a psp go or a 3000 can sum1 help me out?

zj_pyro
zj_pyro

I hope there will be remote play between the ps3 and psp

SkeithHaseo122
SkeithHaseo122

it would have been better if the psp had 2 analog sticks

lonewolf1196
lonewolf1196

sweet just got a psp this should be awsome

zskrabs24
zskrabs24

they have already announced a LB2 for PS3 i am pretty sure.

zskrabs24
zskrabs24

i have lots of faith in media molecule that they will create a very good and easy to use level creation control scheme. in fact, if it turns out how i think it will, it could be even easier than on the PS3.

nixxl15
nixxl15

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rockstar964
rockstar964

good game i cant wait for it but i agree that editings going to be hard without the second analog stick

evil_code
evil_code

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paddy-mac
paddy-mac

Looks good but it will need lots more levels and sony will have to sort out the controls to make it work as well as it did on the ps3

wertypop
wertypop

how would you be able to edit your own levels without a second analog stick?

Genodude
Genodude

Would be cool if you could transfer PS3 data to the PSP

Nova_Luenros
Nova_Luenros

@nadaljr94 Same here, I heard about this like last year and am still excited for it!

nadaljr94
nadaljr94

i cant w8 although i didnt get little big planet on ps3 this will be pretty good

Omann69
Omann69

I dont even own a PS3.. So the arrival of LBP on the PSP is a big plus on my end.. Loved the game play with in the E3 demo.. Hope a demo will come soon for us as well.. MotorStorm~Little Big Planet= Great move on Sonys end!..

Jack_240
Jack_240

the Little big planet for the ps3 is awesome from what i've heard so far. i own a ps3 but i don't have LBP.. this should good move for the psp

dennisvlachoz
dennisvlachoz

I can't wait for it to come out ! I love LittleBigPlanet, and I don't have a PS3. So, I think that it would be a very good idea to release LBP for PSP. They say that Sony Cambridge with Media Molecule will release it ? NICE ! I can't wait for it to come out ! I LOVE this game ! It's the best game for me :)

Eman2t3
Eman2t3

_If you want to understand what I am saying read the whole thing_ LOLBRBQ I think the handled consoles are being remade like every two or one years! I mean look at the ds it has gone to the ds lite then to the very crappy dsi. The psp however is being IMPROVED but it just seems like they are doing it way way to fast. I mean why the hell did they make the psp-3000, the 2000 was fine and now this psp go. Come on! But yeah at least Sony is still sticking with UMD making because it would be terrible if they do not stick to their word. Well Sony did one good thing good games and still UMDs. I am not totality flaming on the psp go, it looks pretty cool! But yeah this LBP FOR THE PSP LOOKS BEASTLY!

jazzyrider
jazzyrider

would love to see some gameplay video as well as people playing it. btw, will the psp version be multiplayer too?

Jak_Napier
Jak_Napier

looks really cool, don't think that it will disappoint @ all.

BaronSector
BaronSector

Seems pretty good... Problem is i don't have a PSP yet!

noheartsniper
noheartsniper

i sold my psp but im considering the new psp go although if i do decide to grab the psp go it wont be until christmas which bundles and price drops will exist

giggidy8008
giggidy8008

more fun=more money for media molecule= a sequel?

gamefreak1521
gamefreak1521

Wonder if it will have some type of DLC like the ps3 version.