There are some game that look great on paper. And sometimes, those great looking, great ideas of games actually translate to phenomenal games. Sometimes.
LittleBigPlanet Karting is not one of those games.
I got into the LBP scene quite late, playing the second game earlier this year, and then playing the Vita game a few months back. While I didn't fall in love with LBP 2, I did really enjoy the Vita version - whether it be because I played in while taking a vacation down to California and I had nothing else to play on the long drive down there and back, or because I really enjoyed it.
Either way, when the LBP Karting game was announced, I was actually quite interested in it. The world of LittleBigPlanet that I was starting to really enjoy combined with the awesome game play style of Mario Kart - what could go wrong?
Well, nothing really went wrong with the game, per say, but nothing really came out as hoped, either. I played the Beta before the game came out, and immediately realized that this game wasn't going to be all it was cracked up to be. I held out a little bit of hope for it, as I'm not usually one to play Betas or demos anyway, but when the reviews came pouring in for the game, I knew my first inkling about it was correct.
It wasn't until tonight that I actually bothered to try out the game, in it's full version - sans for the online function, for two reasons: PSN is STILL down for maintenance, and since it is a rental game, I don't have an online pass. I still gave the story mode and creation mode a whirl ... and was utterly bored with it. It's not as fun as LittleBigPlanet games, and not even close to being as fun as Mario Kart games. In fact, the only thing I got from it was the desire to actually play Mario Kart instead.
Just goes to show that some games may sound good, but usually, if they sound too good to be true, they usually are. Especially when it comes to mash-up types of game play.
Good thing I have my SNES handy. Might have to dust off the original Mario Kart, for old times sake. Maybe the creators of LittleBigPlanet Karting should have done the same thing.
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