As the first spin-off of the series, LittleBigPlanet Karting does an excellent job of maintaining the look and feel the franchise is known for while presenting that in an entirely new experience. The actual kart racing action provided in the game is surprisingly good despite some of the tracks being a bit too straightforward and having to contend with A.I. that may not throw banana peels on the track but are still nonetheless annoying at times. With the powerful addition of full 3D in the Create Mode, LittleBigPlanet Karting is an enjoyable game that certainly doesn’t dishonor the franchise as it instead expands it in a rather terrific way.
+ Controls and feel of the kart is perfect.
+ The style of the game falls perfectly in line with past LBP games and still looks good in the process.
+ Create Mode may take some time getting used to thanks to the additional tools, but once again it’s executed perfectly.
+ A nice amount of variety is presented in the Story Mode.
- Enemy A.I. can be a bit too brutal at times.
- Single-player campaign is a tad on the short side, at least for a LBP experience.
- A consistent level of driving skill is missing from some of the tracks.
- Some of the visuals look a bit soft compared to the immediate crispness found in other LBP titles.
Sometimes a particular video game may become so popular that a spin-off is called for. A rarity to occur these days given how full-on numbered sequels are usually considered the way to go, a spin-off may present some uniqueness amidst a product gamers are otherwise familiar with. When, or if, a game does go the spin-off route it can usually go one of two ways: it becomes a welcomed addition as it captures the essence of the property, such as Halo: ODST, or it serves as a cruel reminder that despite how great something may be doing a side project won’t necessarily capture the sam