Little Big Planet Update: Metal Gear Solid 4 Pack Impressions

We try out the upcoming content pack for Littlebigplanet featuring Solid Snake.

Sony and developer Media Molecule hinted at the potential ways Littlebigplanet would evolve in the weeks before the game's launch. There was vague talk of new content in the form of downloads that would keep the title fresh. The weeks that have followed the game's release haven't quite yielded anything that's been all that impressive; there have been new costumes and, most recently, seasonal objects to use in the level creator but nothing too exciting. A penguin costume is fun to look at but doesn't do much to affect the core game experience. However, with the upcoming Metal Gear Solid 4 content pack, Sony and Media Molecule are finally making good on their promises of new content for the game.

While fans may have been expecting the MGS content to consist of just the Solid Snake Sackboy costume, the upcoming MGS4 content pack offers a whole lot more. We had the chance to try out the upcoming pack and were genuinely impressed by what it's going to offer. While the pack will offer players four Metal Gear themed costumes--Old Snake, Meryl, Screaming Mantis and Raiden--you can also expect four levels with new items, stickers, and construction object as well as new trophies. Most significantly, you can expect a new gameplay twist: the Paintinator.

The four levels consist of four themed "acts" that offer a scaled back, tongue in cheek version of key MGS4 moments. The first act is a mildly interactive segment that sets up the MGS4 story and follows a truck, carrying you as Old Snake, across a battlefield with narrative text bubbles. The second act, VR Training, has you racing through a wire frame style VR course, guided by Otacon, in the same vein as the PlayStation One game. The unique hook to the level is the introduction of the Paintinator, a paintball gun you can wield to pelt things with blobs of paint.

This addition to the standard Little Big Planet gameplay becomes a key component through the remaining acts. You'll have to use it to trigger paintball specific switches and take out targets in the rest of the second act, which will get you comfortable with the new accessory. The third act, The Mission, morphs the action into one part shooter, one part stealth platformer, as you'll have to maneuver around moving spotlights to avoid detection, a la classic MGS, and take out enemy weapon emplacements. The fourth act, Level Factory, has you platforming and paintballing your way through a meaty level filled with paintball switches, tricky weapon emplacements, and moving enemies. The level winds down with what feels like the longest, most enemy-filled elevator ride ever. The final act is an alternately cute and challenging battle with Metal Gear Rex, done up in proper LBP style, that requires some careful paintball shooting and dodging.

Overall the levels have a good feel to them and manage to retain the spirit of LBP's story mode while mixing in some great Metal Gear flavor. The sound effects are all straight from the MGS series, from the alarm if you're discovered to the Codec beeps when Otacon chimes in with helpful info. The same is true of the score used for the levels which adds a hilarious bombastic complement to your adventuring. The paintball gun is fun addition to the LBP mix and the assorted items, which include paintball switches, that you can collect and use in the level creator open up a whole new world of possibility for budding creators.

If you're a fan of Little Big Planet you'll most definitely want to consider picking up the Metal Gear Content Pack. Above and beyond the novelty of the MGS character costumes, the new levels, construction materials, and paintball accessory, offer a clever new twist on the game's formula. The new trophies are a nice bonus as well. Fans of LBP and MGS will want to pick up the pack as soon as it hits the PlayStation Store, which we expect will be next week.

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189 comments
Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

I've barely played my PS3 since I got another 360, perhaps I should pick up this content and get back into LBP ;)

j666hul
j666hul

anyone know how to get the helicopter sound?i need it for a level im making.

zero5link
zero5link

jasopan. it's $6.00 and you could get it with credit card or buying prepaid cards like the 360's MS points

-KU-
-KU-

Its basiclly theres PS store icon under the internet icon in the XMB bar you go to it there'll you'll find the expansion and you buy it with credit card number or in advance bought tokens i believe. (not sure about the tokens)

jasopan
jasopan

Hey anyone know the price of this? How do you pay? Sorry but thinking of getting a PS3 soon and just wanna know in advance thanks

Echo742
Echo742

Cant wait for the FF pack, guess we will be getting more than seph...*crosses fingers for auron*

Rickie_Green
Rickie_Green

WOW.....This sounds great! I've got MGS4 and absolutely love it but I havent got LBP yet :( But now i REALLY need to get it!!! :D

chappy_man
chappy_man

this just adds to my wanting that ps3

wii-boy1
wii-boy1

do you have to buy this with a ps3

acountddd
acountddd

Psycho_Pro that is a rhetorical question right?

Psycho_Pro
Psycho_Pro

it is worth buying for those who love cute stuff and crash bandicut

dj_omid1
dj_omid1

AWESOME! I Bought It 2day And I Got Mostly All The Trophies! Thx For The Review!

shaved_sheep
shaved_sheep

This genuinely looks more fun to me than MGS4. I'd love to get LBP. One of the best looking games I've seen (not just graphically, I mean it looks like it's so much fun). Shame I can't afford a PS3 really...

j666hul
j666hul

i was a bit unsure about this game before i bought it, but it is good, just the level creator alone is worth the price.gets a bit tricky at the end of the solo game, but nothing to too taxing.

2w-sephiroth
2w-sephiroth

Is LBP this good? oh man I will have to buy... another game :P

omnislash_13
omnislash_13

I got the pack and I have to say it was definitely worth it, costumes and levels alike. The story levels are brilliant and I only wish there were more, who knows maybe they'll put together MGS1,2 and 3 versions? Wishful thinking probably. I think this concept makes LBP an even greater game, knowing they have the potential to colaborate with other studios and create these kind of self-parodies, I hope they do so with other franchises such as FF7 (with the upcoming Sephiroth and Cloud costumes, who knows) or God of War, I think a Sackboy Kratos would look cool and they could do some good stuff with the story.

j666hul
j666hul

did you buy it from the ps store or little big planet? i bought mine from the ps store, once i purchased it, i downloaded it, then i couldnt find it. i was then looking on the store, and i did what i wrote below, and there it was. sorry if its no help.

j666hul
j666hul

ive just checked what you have to do, go to little big store, then on the globe it sent me first to the mgs costumes, then the next location was the mgs level pack, select it, and the levels should be there. dont mean to be patronising, but you did buy both the costume and level packs?

Dave64
Dave64

i have gone onto the lbp shop in the game and there is nothing on the globe

j666hul
j666hul

dave, youve got to go on the lbp shop, if you look for the metal gear level pack, select it and the levels are playable from there.

shani_boy101
shani_boy101

@Torchman4ever i don't think they will, they'll probably just make some sort of parody.

Dave64
Dave64

ive bought and downloaded both the costumes and levels but dont know how to access them! can anyone help me?!

Torchman4ever
Torchman4ever

Will it sounds amazing but what am worried about is whether it would have the same story as MGS4.

burstlimit514
burstlimit514

Bought the costumes and level pack but havent tried it yet. Darn it Sony! you got me switching from LBP to R2 to Rainbow vegas!

FraserFlave
FraserFlave

nice to see a final relase from BP which involves something different and content which will effect how good gameplay will be.

fabz_95
fabz_95

Just played it through up until act 3. Absolutely brilliant, perfectly mixes the charm of LBP with the stealthyness of MGS.

KingWev
KingWev

Yeah it out now in EU

lloydsloan
lloydsloan

The goodness of this game has really changed my opinion of the PS3 in so many ways. I'm seeing the light!

slammedc
slammedc

BuckGame, you don't have to play the story mode levels first. Just go to the LBP store in your Pod and you can play it there after you have purchased it.

Jayesler12
Jayesler12

LOL at JBjazzbo one post below me "Solid Snake JUST GOT SOFT" Thats what she said!

BuckGame
BuckGame

I just got it and I guess I have to beat the story mOde Levels to play it 1st but i i really wanted to play wit RAiden i am Upset that it is 5.99 to get all tha characters too.

JBjazzbo
JBjazzbo

Metal Gear Solid.... JUST GOT SOFT I'm such a genius that should rlly be in the game It works with Solid Snake as well: Solid Snake... JUST GOT SOFT

sdhanna88
sdhanna88

just downloaded this and about to play.....i'm excited :D

Spider-man-23
Spider-man-23

i got it nd its really fun but some of the trophies are hard to get

redsnake9111
redsnake9111

I just got it. Defiantly and easily worth $6!!!!

keyblade42
keyblade42

Worth the cash. You're getting extra levels, new costumes, new stickers and parts it's all worth it. It's sort of like an expansion but not really.

squarejp
squarejp

It's expensive. Each character is $1.99. Bundle Characters is $5.99 with Snake, Meryl, Mantis, and Raiden. Basically buy 3 get one free. The extra content is $5.99. So if you want to buy the MGS4 thing together, it's $12 man. Wow I paid $55 for LBP now have to pay extra $12 to get MGS cuties? What about the upcoming Final Fantasy Sephiroth Sack boy? Expensive !!!!

sdhanna88
sdhanna88

we will have to pay but i think it's worth it....i mean just look how awesomely cool it looks :)

Top-A-Gamer
Top-A-Gamer

isit going to be free or do we have to pay?

sdhanna88
sdhanna88

i thought this was out today :s ???

blue4avenger
blue4avenger

I just so very much desperately want to get LBP!

zian202
zian202

I wonder when will sepiroth be available

lukemularczyk
lukemularczyk

how much will it cost in uk money, and will it actually be released for us (considering when i last checked we are still waiting for ps3 SF2)

OCE1OT
OCE1OT

@puppiemaster, 1. LBP has FREE yes i said free DLC every Thursday also it has some stuff that has to be paid for 2.LittleBigPlanet is a very good game as you can see by the reviews and avg score. as sdkingsht said you have no business here.