Two distinctly different kart racing games have recently hit the store shelves, Little Big Planet Karting for the PlayStation 3 and Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed across just about every modern gaming platform.
The soothing oration of Stephen Fry introduces us to the Imagisphere, an area in space created by the random thoughts of grid-locked motorists. Within the Imagisphere SackBoys and SackGirls live out a creative life, but the Horde has arrived to ruin their fun. The chosen form of harassment seems to manifest simply as racing against, or trying to blow SackBoy away in weapon arenas.
The guts of LBP Karting is more than the racing experience, thankfully, because karting in the LBP world feels very loose. In a similar way to the parent platforming games, the karting controls in this release are somewhat spongy.
Other LBP quirks are present; the grappling hook helps navigate karts around the imaginative tracks, and bubbles containing all manner of collectibles can be gathered. These are then used to customise karts, Sackboy racers and the Pod that Sackboy inhabits. Beyond that, the creative building side of LBP kicks in; the ability to create your own tracks and arenas, and share them with the world is a big part of the game.
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