Format reviewed: PS3
Other formats available: None
Developer: United Front Games
Everyone's favourite SackBoy is back and this time he's travelling at high-speed in some crazy karts with some equally crazy opponents, tooled up with crazy weapons.
I think it was a few years ago that I came up with the idea that there was a whole new genre when it comes to racing games and that is the one that Mario Kart created and everyone else copied. Well LBPK is another of these. It's not quite as shameless in its copying of Mario Kart as SEGA's Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, but it's not far off.
The setup is much the same as with LBP and LBP2 in that you have a pod and world's where the action is and also where you can build your own courses in this case, not levels as in the main games. As with the levels in the games, you unlock new tracks by completing them. In this case, by getting a podium finish.
On each track are the usual things to collect; the blue orb things that increase your score and also the collectable things such as stickers and extra thingamajigs. And this being a fighting driving game, there are also weapons so that you can shoot the other drivers. All sound familiar? Well yes this is definitely another one in this new genre.
On the whole the game is fun, there are a number of game modes. Your usual race mode, battle modes where you have to get as many hits as possible plus versus levels too. The driving mechanic is solid and it's fun to see little SackThing in true 3D instead of the usual 2D version that you get in the LBP games.
The weapon system is a little annoying in that there is very little point in trying to shoot anyone in front of you. You can fire the weapons backwards too. This is because you do really need to keep any projectile weapons, rockets and other such things are available, in order to try and fight off being shot from behind. Doing this is still a fiddle and we spent most of the time missing and getting blown up.
As this is LBP one of the main aims is to customise your SackThing and its kart as much as possible, and of course you can really go to town with this. And if you get bored of all the tracks that are available in the game you can download more or make your own.
With the latter we wish you more luck than we had. The game comes with instructions on how to make your own, which we diligently sat through. However, when we tried to make our own the game would only let us make a boring oval track and the tools available made no sense at all!
Being big fans of the LBP games we awaited the release of LBP Karting eagerly. In some ways it doesn't disappoint, in others it does. Although it's called LBP, it isn't a LBP game really. It's a driving game with a LBP theme.
Yes you still get the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry to talk you through it and yes you can customise SackThing until the end of time if that's what tickles your fancy, but it's just a driving game.
Review by Tuckski for BCS