Easily the most impressive thing to come from Phil Harrison's GDC keynote this afternoon was Little Big Planet, the game Sony reckons is the perfect example of it's Game 3.0 philosophy.
In the game you start off as a small teddy bear-like creature made from wool, and you use your little avatar to construct in-game objects using materials such as wood and cloth. At the GDC conference Media Molecule developers placed a lump of wood, and then attached a cog to demonstrate the physics-based building.
With a bit more time however you can construct entire levels, which can then be ran through in a side-scrolling platformer style. At the conference, Media Molecule developers built staircases from scattered wool objects, jetpacked from a tree and clambered atop a giant skateboard to reach the finish.
Each avatar seems to be fully customizable, and created levels can be published online via a YouTube-like system where users can play, comment and vote on submitted user creations.
There's no release date as yet, but you can see the first screenshots of Little Big Planet below. Be excited - it looks great.
There is a huge entry about LittleBigPlanet over at Edge-Online, originally sourced from the Edge magazine's April edition. While we'd love to go into everything they talk about, we'd bore you to tears and force you into a nap you never expected to take. However, we're going to give you the more interesting tidbits and leave it to you to read the rest, should you deem it necessary.
* The SIXAXIS controls are amazingly intuitive: the D-pad selects a variety of facial features, the analog sticks act as ways to wave your arms (L2 and R2, when pressed, allow independent arm movement with the two sticks), then tilting the controller actually moves the character's head. Combining these all in a variety of ways will cause the character to move differently (dejected shuffle, happy jaunt, etc). * Your character is the game's star and designer, from the article: "A button press brings up a thought-bubble menu system, and a cursor that's tethered to your character by a luminous colour-coded kite string. With this you can place objects in the world, decide their physical properties, move them, reshape them, create new ones from scratch, apply stickers, paint pictures, add sound, import photos, design costumes ..." * No word on a submission process for getting these levels out there for others to play, but the possibilities are huge and there's nothing like watching some friends come over and try to play your impossible level designs. A worry is cost -- copyrighted material (like a Mario Bros. stage remade), porno plastered everywhere, etc., will really add up the cost of red tape and moderating the program.
There's plenty more to read, don't get us wrong. Talk about the game's physics, implementation and more await you. We felt the above three points were pretty cool sounding and important pieces of information to consider. There are also some cool screenshots over at Edge-Online. Who else is excited for this game?
Post by ΨBarnacleBrainBrantΨ on Jun 5, 2007 19:14:17 GMT 6
^^yep me too
Games I Own -
Gears of War | DeadRising | Saints Row | Virtua Tennis 3 | Forza Motorsport 2 | Spiderman 3 | Rainbow Six : Vegas | Defjam - Icon | Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter  | Pro Evolution Soccer 6 | Fifa World Cup : 2006| Call Of Duty 3 : Gold Edition | Oblivion | NBA Street Homecourt (I WON IT IN 360i !)
It seems as if LitteBigPlanet public beta is almost ready and could be hitting PSN very soon, maybe by the fall if the rumors are anything to go by. The game has got many gamers exited and lets be fair it does look fantastic.
There are so many great features being added to LittleBigPlanet, one which I personally like is your character’s different mood changes, which can be changed just by hitting a direction the your D-pad. With these different moods the character will act differently, if he is happy then he moves about with a bounce in his step, but if he is sad then he will walk with his head kept low.
There will be a Player vs. Player mode; there is also a racing mode, so it seems that they are throwing everything in to this game to cater for different gamers needs.