TGS '07: LittleBigPlanet updated impressions

Media Molecule overhauls the Sack family in the latest build of its highly anticipated LittleBigPlanet game. We check out some of the changes.

We'd be lying if we said that every time we see LittleBigPlanet (LBP) we don't crack a smile. It's geeky to admit, but the real-time object collision, physics calculations, and overall cuteness of the characters--in addition to its fantastic gameplay--was enough for us to award it Best Platformer in our E3 Media & Business Summit 2007 Editor's Choice Awards, as well as ultimately the highly coveted Game of the Show gong.

UK-based developer Media Molecule was on hand at the pre-TGS Sony Computer Entertainment event Wednesday night to demo and allow journalists some hands-on time with the latest version of its highly anticipated game.

While the build on show wasn't drastically different from the code shown at Leipzig, reps did let us know that the one being shown at TGS did feature a couple of subtle changes that may not have been so obvious to those outside of the development circle. The most noticeable changes were the addition of new stickers and objects in the "pop it" menu. These give players even more customizability on their avatars and surroundings.

While the game focuses on the environment, as well as the completion and creation of levels, Sack Boy and Sack Girl have also received updated gestures, with the amount of pressure on the Sixaxis analogue producing varying degrees of emotion.

The biggest change to the version on display was the news that in previous demonstrations, Media Molecule had cheated slightly by including objects in the demo levels that couldn't previously have been made with the user-generated tools. This has now changed, and the level was rewritten from scratch. As a result, it is totally reproducible if you have the time and inclination.

The other major new feature to be shown off at TGS was the new globe menu system, which users will use to navigate, as well as enter zones and levels. Badges on the globe will indicate whether the user is viewing a single or a series of stages. Media Molecule is making an effort to specifically avoid users needing to bump heads with menus, and the globe system will help provide seamless transition between play sessions. What planet would be complete without a moon? The LittleBigPlanet world includes one, and here, you'll be able to access your user-created levels.

This new build was also the first we've seen to include a scoring system, and while in co-op play you're working together to complete common goals, successful attempts will reveal a fluff counter, as well as a cooperative score. There are no individual scores currently because the developers believe it's counterproductive for a game that is so heavily focused on two players helping each other out.

Gameplay looks as fun as ever with an emphasis on teamwork and completing environmental puzzles as a duo. Snail shells were used in our demo to weigh down a platform needed to access the next area. Certain objects have been given attributes that make them too heavy to move alone, so you'll need to work together if you want to progress.

With more new features every time we see it, we can't wait to get our hands on it to start completing tasks and building our own challenges. No official launch date has been confirmed for the ambitious project, but the PlayStation 3-exclusive game looks to be worth the wait.

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LPH79
LPH79

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GR33DY83
GR33DY83

keewwlll yes finally i agree something different then shoot em up games

mikewalsh69
mikewalsh69

i know this doesn't have anything to do with the article but sony should release a level editor of locoroco on the ps3. think about it. have people making hundreds of levels. people helping others to improve their ones. it would be cool if they did

theJZA
theJZA

It looks like a good game to play with my girlfriend, and I'm not trying to be funny! She hates blood and guts ( Ironic cuz she wants to be a nurse), and I don't mind playing fun games like this one, so I think I'm going to put it on my list

Shishizaru6
Shishizaru6

@haesuse Heh, I know what you mean about the squeaky voiced 10 year olds playing Halo 3, it's just so damn annoying sometimes. I've given up mic on XBL a while ago, and now I use on Resistance: Fall of Man, and Warhawk, where the little children are not as numerous. And PMatt722, only 10 year olds make such presumptions... LittleBigPlanet is a work of art =).

5FingersOfDeath
5FingersOfDeath

I am one with the universe, I am one with the universe...

assassinX01
assassinX01

If i had to choose between motion sensing innovation and this creative innovation, I'd jump for the latter in a heart beat.

Fraquelli
Fraquelli

and they say Sony doesnt innovate.... lol although Ninty innovated the way we play with the Wii, I cant really say there a lot of creative gamos on it.... but to me, games like LittleBigPlanet and Echochrome are some of the most creative games since Okami my 2 cents peace btw cant wait for this game!! xP

haesuse
haesuse

haha! @pmatt: GS has already clearly stated, and on a side note that is the reason i cant stand halo, that there are ENTIRELY too many little pre-pubescent idiots running around with their squeaky voices ruining the game for everyone. As for LBP, if you actualy paid attention to the game, you would have know by now that while the content may seem very "kiddie" like to the eyes, this is by all means not a game intended for kids, or at least not them solely. Also, kudos to homaru on making a good point about the owners of a PS3. i have a close friend who owns a 360 and he spends time playing on my PS3 from time to time. Some months back, and this was in the middle of the summer (meaning kids are running rampant) he played some R6V and one of the 1st comments about the game was this: "wow dude, there was pretty much no little kids playing. such a difference from XBL, i dont even use the headset there, i cant stand the little turds"...so, do the math buddy!

homaru9950
homaru9950

Well pmatt id have to disagree most ten yr olds dont have a ps3 as its to expensive an 360 is old news an cheap to get so in your case the ten yr olds would defiantly still be playing halo 3. As for big planet looks sweet man a coop game that you play with friends to progress sounds awsome cant wait!!.

Arch-l
Arch-l

man the possibitiess!! they should hold contest liek everymonth omg!!!! im goin crazy im desiging a ring where your sack boy/girl can fight!!!!! and you have to ring them out like soulcalibur!!!

PMatt722
PMatt722

aqtleast all the 10 year olds wont be playing halo3, they will be playing this.....

xXrebel666Xx
xXrebel666Xx

hell yes for a plain simple FUN game. I'm sick of the 50 000 generic shooters that are on the market at the moment

FluxZero
FluxZero

This game is number 1 on my to get list

steven141
steven141

This game looks like a lot of fun, i can't wait

NinjaMunkey01
NinjaMunkey01

I dunno what I will make when I get this. oh I know I will do loads of suspended rolling pind that spin around that you must get across. or a huse trebuchet or catapult to fire the ragdolls with! that would be funny, if you hit the target then a bridge willl come down so you can progress! cant wait for this.

jimbobb23
jimbobb23

Games like this made the PS3 my first choice. I can't wait.

woofie13
woofie13

I'm gonna be having so much fun!!! oh man!

mccoyca112
mccoyca112

I cant believe it took me so long to find out about this game. Without Killzone2 or this, I am going out of my mind.

chainbladeONps3
chainbladeONps3

im making some plans already for my spike mono car its gonna be awsome !!!! :)

pixelsword
pixelsword

My only regret is that I don't own a time machine, as I can't wait to play this game. Right now, I'm drawing up levels to put into this game. This pwns anything out in terms of modding I've ever seen. The whole game is one big super-mod with developer-level tools at the user's fingertips. Pure Genius.

HellsAngel2c
HellsAngel2c

im still waiting for them to announce sackboy/sackgirl dolls! So cute!!

PMatt722
PMatt722

lol @ this game...wow the PS3 is just plugging out them games isnt it? :)

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

another reason for me to get excited about this game

impulsivity83
impulsivity83

if you haven't seen the HD gameplay movie from the playstation store you should download it. Its about 4 mins of 4 players just playing the game and it looks amazingly fun....its like this weird combo of old school mario, lemmings (in level design), and pure win!

Shinedown220
Shinedown220

I thought they were going to show off the enemies at TGS. I guess we'll have to wait til later.

km1498
km1498

Glad I got a ps3 now, this game looks sweet.

KrazyC18
KrazyC18

Reppin www.littlebigfan.com !!!! We Smile every time! we even got our own Q&A with alex evans from MM!!!

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

I smile too everytime I see this game.

DizzInArms
DizzInArms

I only own a 360 but this game looks pretty fricken awesome! I've always loved what SCEE has done too. Mark of Kri, ICO & Shadow of the Colossus Clever blokes (and chicks ;) )

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

I need a PS3 for this an MGS4 if that does not come for the 360 :p yay my 360! But PS3 now too :)

vgplaya
vgplaya

Im not a PS3 superfan so i know someone might kill me, but this game looks SWEET!!!!

BrUnOdeFeNiX
BrUnOdeFeNiX

One GOOOD different game... will be a success, PS3 is the best for me.

joeyfine
joeyfine

This is one of those games that will define the PS3. its games like this that show off what the PS3 is.

EmperorSupreme
EmperorSupreme

This is the kind of Innovation this industry needs. Cheers to Sony and the team of Little Big Planet. It's looking great. This is what nextgen games should be. It uses all the different technology in PS3 to bring a unique new experience.

dewmandew7
dewmandew7

I can't wait for this game! This probably should be a system seller, but it won't become one...

Cubehouse
Cubehouse

I can't believe they keep holding off on stuff... apparently they're adding 'enemies' to the game and stuff... but they haven't mentioned it... this game could be absolutely huuuge

haesuse
haesuse

the more i see the more i want a damn time machine :P the sheer innovation of this game is unprecedented, i mean with every update these guys have been adding something new that has quite often just been mind blowing. In today gaming race to jack up the graphics and plausible realism feel, this game will wind on top so freaking above the rest when it comes out!

Cono_2007
Cono_2007

Ha ha, sdkingsht i thought the same way, but now i just want it for the level making and make a car for a ride like that skate board 1, that was sick!

sdkingsht
sdkingsht

man...at first i thought this would be some little wierd title to overlook or get bored with after a week. the more i read and see from this title the more i can't wait to get my hands on it. and the create-a-level aspect gives it huge replay value.

spraynard
spraynard

this is what i live for in video games. innovative new concepts, personal creativity and creations you can make, and from the looks of it awesome gameplay alone and, with a good buddy. ill own this game and rot on it....wooooooo!!

welshdragon92
welshdragon92

this games looks so funny just making your own stuff and showing your friends and showing people online what you've made will be awesome

eminem_trick_01
eminem_trick_01

Greating levels and partnership with my partner on some objectives..it's seems a nice game with various jobs.