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Sony Computer Entertainment UK has today revealed details of a search for PlayStation’s next intern – sure to be sought-after by anyone looking to gain experience in the gaming industry. The month-long position, hosted by Swedish Studio Tarsier, will be awarded to the applicant who can create the best mini-game using upcoming PlayStation Vita title, LittleBigPlanet™.
Sackboy’s first PS Vita adventure will be let loose on September 19th. Once the game is launched, would-be interns will have one month to get to grips with the all-new minigame creation feature and submit their efforts for consideration.
To test and review each entry, PlayStation has assembled a crack team of portable gaming aficionados from across Europe. These PlayStation Judges will put each minigame through its paces before selecting a top five from each country. The final decision will then be handed over to the team at Tarsier – the studio behind LittleBigPlanet™ (PlayStation Vita) to choose the overall winner. Submissions will be judged on gameplay, originality, and commercial appeal.
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I know, some of you think that LBP Karting is putting ModNation Racers on the backburner, but honestly, is that really a bad thing? As much creativity as you could put into ModNation Racers, it didn’t have the type of tools that the LittleBigPlanet series of games had. If you watch the E3 trailer for this, you’ll see how open the creation suite is for this karting game as well. If you’re into those types of racing games, I think you’re really in for a treat with this one. If the creativity of the user base in the platforming titles is anything to go by, I expect to see some ridiculous, over the top, and cool, tracks, karts, and weapons created by people. Remember those relentless shark levels in the first and second LBP? Imagine firing one of those things and watching it chase down that sack creature directly ahead of you. Also, preorders receive the Kevin Butler with Executive Golf Cart DLC for free!
As for LBP Vita, the game takes place in the world of Carnivalia. Of course, there will be Vita-specific tools and controls, which is an awesome way to utilize them. Not only that, but the game looks great. Almost like the original LBP. Level design seems inventive as always and, again, the user generated content will result in some top notch levels. Be sure to check the E3 trailer for that as well.
Also, something that is overlooked, but important in its own right, you’ll be able to do some cross platform play on LBP2 with the Vita and PS3 with the Cross Controller DLC. You can design levels on the PS3 and then switch to the Vita to use platform-specific tools. Even play the levels with one player on a Vita and others on the PS3. Check this out for an article describing an excellent example. Sound familiar?
A rumored LittleBigPlanet Kart game was the talk on a few gaming websites based on a tweet made by a Canadian games retailer called Future Shop, who claims that they were shown the game at a PlayStation event in the US.
According to Future Shop, the title is in development by United Front Games the “studio behind Modnation Racers”, and it will feature some kind of Move compatible wheel that has not been reveled yet.
Sony held a great press conference tonight, and afterwards, lifted the walls, brought out Jane’s Addiction live on stage, supplied us with all the food and drink we could handle, and better yet, had multiple stations set up to let us try out the games they had just talked about. There was even an entire area set up for the newly named and priced PS Vita (formaly the NGP).
Eddie and I headed straight for the PS Vita, but still had to wait a bit in a line. There were 5 stations set up, each with a different game. We were limited to 5 mins at each station, but it was definitely enough time to get a decent feel for the Vita and the games.
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If you’ve watched some of the gameplay demonstrations of the Vita during the conference, besides the obvious hit that will be Uncharted: Golden Abyss, a couple other titles were shown based on PS3 franchises, namely LittleBigPlanet and ModNation Racers, the two games that really spearheaded the Play, Create, Share movement we’re starting to see from other developers. And I gotta say, these titles seem to be right at home on this handheld. Much more so than PSP. I would even go so far as to say that these versions of the games may very well be the best versions.
ModNation Racers was shown first, showing off much improved load times over the PS3 version. But that wasn’t the coolest bit. What really stood out was the use of the touchpad on the back and the touchscreen. You can literally draw out your track on the screen, and when you’re editing the track after drawing it out, you can easily use your fingers to create jumps, or raise or lower the background scenery/terrain. Although it looked a little jumpy, being able to do that is still a very intuitive way of editing tracks. You even have access to all of the creations from the PS3 version as well.
And then you have LittleBigPlanet. After seeing the trailer for this one, I was awestruck. It looks great (could pass as PS3 quality), and the new types of play mechanics available (that, from a gameplay standpoint, aren’t even possible on the PS3 titles) instantly makes this a must-have. From using the system’s tilt functionality to being able to play little board games with friends on the same screen, there’s a lot of possibilities as far as creativity goes, and I will definitely have to pick that title up upon release. Be sure to watch the videos below!