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Merrill  +   1190d ago
Ouch. I didn't enjoy the Beta very much, but I didn't expect this.

This review seems to be pretty well below the average score, typical IGN I guess; either way too high a score or too low.
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Abash  +   1190d ago
Well it's just a score but the reviewer was way too hard on this game. I have been playing the story mode as I got my copy today and this has all the charm of the main LBPs. The racing is fun, I dont see where he got 'lack of excitement' as a reason to penalize the game because it's pretty awesome especially in the car combat levels.
piroh  +   1190d ago
i see IGN is trying really hard, it seems they are in trouble
i wish them all the luck and many hits to stay relevant

as for LBPK, i'll buy it anyway
Outside_ofthe_Box  +   1190d ago
I didn't like the beta so I was expecting low reviews, but a 5 out of 10? Damn, IGN is essentially saying the game is crap.

***"it's pretty awesome especially in the car combat levels."***

Agreed. The combat levels is where I had most fun during the beta.
ShinMaster  +   1190d ago
ALL other reviews scored it much higher.
IGN's is the only low score so far.
Dee_91  +   1189d ago
How come most of the time a game gets a low score ( mainly a ps3 game ) the author always go on about an inner soul thought spiritual mind inner being-esque type of reasoning as to why the game is bad.Never a real solid reason.....Hell you could say you just didnt like it and id be more okay with that than " without ever finding its own voice."type of crap
You go on to make all the little changes from the original 2 LBP some how seem bad yet criticize it for being the same ..
Its little big planet kart racing nothing more...
I dont expect it to get 10's or 9's but a 5 .. Im not even surprised IGNornant
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knifefight  +   1189d ago
I love how, when some website posts a low review score of a highly hyped game, forumers come in with the defense of "Yeah well IGN gave it a _____" like it negates the other review, and then when both websites agree, people say "Yeah and I saw IGN gave it a _____" as if that validates the other review somehow. Now there's a low score in which IGN is the minority and people are like "Yeah well IGN sucks anyway."

Here's the thing about reviews...they're all written by humans. Keep that in mind when reading, no matter where it's posted ^_^
Sono421  +   1189d ago
I agree I didn't enjoy the beta too much either.. :/ One thing that I noticed no one really touched on yet was that the driving was SO slow...
killerhog  +   1189d ago
Yeah they gave halo which is still lacking inspiring environments (still bland), innovation (still the same-o same-o) a 9 I believe, but this (lbp karting) lacks "excitement" lol. Everything in halo 4 is predictable and the same. I know different reviewers, I'm using it as a point that reviewers are lacking professionalism and standards.
Army_of_Darkness  +   1190d ago
And the graphics look very outdated and disappointing as well...
Merrill  +   1190d ago
But a 5? I mean that's a borderline unplayable game at that score; according to IGN.
GribbleGrunger  +   1190d ago
How can cloth, wood or metal look outdated? You DO understand the nature of LBP games, don't you?
ZombieNinjaPanda  +   1190d ago

if 5 is unplayable to you, what do you consider a 2 or a 1? Does that suck the life force out of you and kill you? A 5 is a game that is average, it does nothing very well, but its not a terrible game. There are more numbers on the review score table.
Phoenix_GenmaKen  +   1190d ago
better looking than most xbox 360 games anw so hate more
MattyG  +   1190d ago
@Merrill No, according to IGN's scale a 5 is mediocre. I don't know when a 5 became unplayable. Now a 2.5, THAT's borderline unplayable.
Army_of_Darkness  +   1190d ago
What if I said that the wood, metal and cardboard graphics and textures of LBP2 looks much better than this crap? Would you still disagree?
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Reverent  +   1189d ago
@ZombieNinjaPanda, meant to give you a disagree (Accidentally gave you an agree). While yeah, TECHNICALLY a 5/10 means average, the way EVERY scoring system works, dramatically screws things up when they're that low when it comes to an averaging percentage. So if you have a game that gets a 10/10, two 9/10's, and then a 5/10, the first three scores are going to set the average, but that 5/10 is going to dramatically lower the final percentage. So when you take all that into account, yes, a 5/10 is a very low score.

It literally does not matter if the reviewer even states that a 5/10 is meant to indicate an average game, when that score is calculated in a percentage, for example, the way Metacritic works, then that reviewers score is going to lower the final score to a pretty decent extent.

I really hope I don't need to explain that a third time.
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-Alpha  +   1190d ago
Well they seem to hark on the new mechanics not being as fun as the MNR mechanics.

As much as I really like seeing Sackboy in a different genre like kart racing, I think I'd have preferred an MNR 2. It had a really unique thing going with its hub, creation, and style that the LBP tone lost. Still, a 5 seems extreme, and the review was expectedly brief for me. Seems to be getting 7-8 everywhere else
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Wigriff  +   1190d ago
I liked everything about MNR except for the loading times.
despair  +   1190d ago
I agree MNR 2 would've made a lot more sense, more polish, fixing the issues with the original and enhancing the current karting and creating systems would've made it a potentially amazing game. But this one seems more just trying to capitalize on the LBP name.
Jobesy  +   1190d ago
Typical IGN? They just have Halo a 9.8. How is 9.8 below average? Oh meant that they hate Sony right? Smh, get your fanboy the hell outta here. So now unless a game scores 9 even they get called out. Some of you are sad cases.
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KentBlake  +   1190d ago
It's not that they hate Sony. They gave Uncharted 3 a perfect 10.

What seems to be happening lately with IGN is that they only seem to like some specific titles from specific publishers. Every single CoD and GTA are perfect games in their book.

And lately they seem really jaded, and complain about everything in games from publishers that don't, well, PAY them. I used to think all this "paying reviewers" was only conspiracy theory, but in the last few months the IGN reviews look really suspicious.
GribbleGrunger  +   1190d ago
Mentblake, if you check out Metacritic you will see something very interesting. Look at the scores they've given to all the recent so called 'console sellers' on Vita and PS3 and it makes for an interesting discussion.

He also says that you can't fully customise your racer which is wrong. You can make any vehicle you want and adjust it to your liking.
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StreetsofRage  +   1190d ago
Gribble, you used to be a typical troll but did a huge reversal. Now you sound like a real gamer. So please don't go back to the conspiracy theories or the excuses. Its just an opinion. And you should know by now that metacritic doesn't carry any weight.

Only thing you should read in reviews is too see if the game is buggy or glitchy.
kane_1371  +   1190d ago
you are just acting silly!
Go to Meta critic.
This game has 15 reviews so far, 1 is 5 by ign.
3 is 7 and 7.5 Points and amongst them is gamespot.
The rest are all 9s and 8s.
Something is stinking here.
all those people liked it, but this guy, he just didn't!
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Old McGroin  +   1189d ago
Funny role reversal in the space of a few hours.
First Halo 4 receives mainly good reviews; it receives a couple of low scores that have strayed from the general concensus and when 360 fanboys cry foul play all the PS3 fanboys only focus on these couple of low scores and talk about how all the high scoring reviews were paid off and how the low scoring reviewers are only being honest and genuine.
Now, LBP Kart receives a good few high scores and when some sites mark it down PS3 fanboys call foul play and discuss how those reviewers are paid off or 360 fanboys, completely forgetting their argument that the low scoring reviewers are only being honest.
I'm not aiming this at anyone in particular above me by the way, just wanted to point it out somewhere!
I wouldn't be getting my knickers in a twist over a karting game anyway, Mod Nation Racers was one of the first games I got for my PS3 and, while it had it's moments, it taught me that when it comes to karting games the only ones that seem to have a bit of magic star a certain Italian plumber.
mcstorm  +   1190d ago
I agree I was not impressed with the Beta it just felt too slow and flat.

I am a big MNR fan I got it for the PS3 and did get it for my PSV but I felt not having MP on it let it down on the PSV so I sold it.

I was also looking forward to getting this on the PSV as I thought All Stats and this were going to be cross PS3/PSV but then I found out it was not on the PSV.

Im not quite sure how United Front Games have managed to mess up LBP Karting as it sounds like they have used the same formula as MNR but some how gone wrong with it this time round.

I think ill be getting Sega All Stars for the PSV rather than this for the PS3 this time round.

But that said this is the 1st review I have seen of the game so have to have a see what other people say.
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NeverEnding1989  +   1190d ago
Personally, I'd give two additional points (7/10) if the price was reduced to $40, which I think better represents its true worth
csreynolds  +   1190d ago
Having watched/listened to the review, I'd say it's a fair score. I don't think you can just say "typical IGN". The reviewer does justify his criticisms, and being a massive fan of ModNation Racers I would say that LBP Karting is a step backwards - in many respects. Why limit car customisation options? Why is there no auto-populate in Course Creator? Why make multiplayer more difficult to access than it was in MNR? Why is there no online ranking system or progression?

This review is below the 'average' score, but that doesn't automatically mean you should discount it. I too had my concerns in the Beta, and by the looks of it United Front Games has made a kart racer its indirect predecessor supersedes.

*anticipates disagrees for not following the herd*
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PinkFunk  +   1190d ago
I don't understand why Modnation Racers wasn't better received. I thought it was really great. Had such a blast playing it with my friends - all of us yelling and hollering at the screen. Whew man, was good fun.

I think going for LBP Karting was a silly idea. I suppose they thought they'd merge the two franchises and because of the popularity of LBP it would work better in their favor, but I think going with MNR2 (as Alpha suggested) would have been a better idea. It had everything going for it and could have been improved upon, bolstering another unique IP.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1190d ago
yeah i agree, just trust reviews for what they are. i mean halo 4 got 5/10 and even a 2/10, people are going to have disagreements on littlebigplanet karting, its just the way it is. im not mad, its someones opinion.
JaredH  +   1190d ago
The same reviewer gave Modnation Racers a 9 and Uncharted 3 a 10 so I don't see how he's a fanboy. He describes it as basically average but on IGN that usually means around a 6-7. I think the review is fair though but now they're actually using the full scale just for this review which is odd. In the beta the game just felt empty to me and I didn't really have much fun playing it. But yes I do know the beta isn't the full game either.
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GribbleGrunger  +   1190d ago
IGN wasn't an App on LIVE back then. That's something we can't ignore in my opinion.
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Blankman85  +   1190d ago
Gribble, was IGN an app when they gave Twisted Metal and Starhawk 9's and Witcher 2 8.5? Genuine question.
What about when they gave Journey 9 out of 10 as well? Unfinished swam too. . .when did IGN become an app on xbox live?
GribbleGrunger  +   1190d ago
No. It was recently. The same goes for Gamestop who gave this game 7/10. Both of these sites are currently the lowest scores on metacritic and both of these sites have recently been given an App on LIVE. It could be coincidental but it's worth noting.
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NeverEnding1989  +   1190d ago
You remind me of N4G c. 2006-07.

"M$'s check must have cleared" re. Heavenly Sword reviews.

I thought N4G has evolved past that conspiracy theory?
Simon_Brezhnev  +   1190d ago

TBH 8.5 is to low a score for Witcher 2. LOL

I'll be honest when i played the beta the only thing liked was the combat fighting other than that. It did feel like MNR again.
SilentNegotiator  +   1190d ago
Meanwhile, similar games add "driving under water" and gliding segments and get a bunch of 8+ scores every year.

"This is a step backward. Building up the ModNation meter meant you could defend yourself from multiple attacks. Requiring me to have an item equipped and ready to use as a shield means I'm vulnerable a lot more"
"I love kart racers and understand that cheap shots are a part of the genre, but I can't remember the last kart racer I played that frustrated me as much as LittleBigPlanet Karting does. There are a number of issues here. I'd deploy items like the Boxing Glove or Fast Forward Button (both of which propel you forward on the track), and I'd be slammed into obstructions at the end of the animation that instantly killed me. When I'd respawn, I'd be invulnerable for a few seconds, and as soon as that ended, I'd be blasted with a missile from a computerized foe and have no way to defend myself as I had just used the item I had equipped -- the item that led to my death and my subsequent spiral into last place"

.....aaaaand he just described Mario Kart. Yet somehow it's some terrible game.

Greg Miller is a terrible reviewer.
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georgeenoob  +   1190d ago
Wow what a weak year for ps3
stage88  +   1190d ago
Not at all, we've had quite a few great exclusives this year :)
Eyeco  +   1190d ago
I hate to admit it being a fan of the system but he's right this has been arguably the weakest ps3 year, with the exception of Journey everything else has been BLEH!!! and before you disagree , look back to the previous years the PS3 has had better, this year was horrible
slapedurmomsace  +   1190d ago
I didn't really like the Beta either, but mario kart in 2 player mode was my wife and mine favorite game to play together back in the day on the Gamecube, and since we don't have a Wii or Cube anymore, we're both hoping LBPK will fill that slot nicely. Here's to not giving a rats about IGN cause damn it, we're gonna have fun anyway.
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1190d ago
You could tell by the beta that the game was going to suck.
showtimefolks  +   1189d ago
this was a bad idea in IMO and wasn't a game that needed to be made. This was more of Modnation racers DLC than anything else
Muffins1223  +   1189d ago
Not surprised....this racing like feature could of easily been possible through adding it to another REAL little big planet... like little big planet 3 or something.
THESHAUNZY  +   1190d ago
I played the demo at SDCC.. this game is lame!
MRMagoo123  +   1190d ago
Arent you the one that made that awful halo4 killing cod article? begone bug
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guitarded77  +   1190d ago
What I learned from this review -> Greg miller is easily confused.
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CaptainSheep  +   1190d ago
What? A 5? Hm, that's interesting. I REALLY liked the beta. I think it was really fun and really enjoyed it. :/
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Adva  +   1190d ago
AVG scores 7's and 8's. Go with the majority or?
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1190d ago
5/10? what's with the troll reviews all of a sudden?
I played the beta and my only complaint was the karts needed speeding up but apparently you can alter the speeds to how you want for your own level in the final game.
Anyway I'm still getting this the game looks great.
Kinger8938  +   1190d ago
Who didnt see this coming?

From what i played it offered nothing that new and just felt borig unfortunatly :(
madjedi  +   1189d ago
"From what i played it offered nothing that new and just felt borig unfortunatly"

Do you have any idea how foolish a statement this is to make as a gamer. I could rip into a just released blockbuster title for the 360, with the same exact mindset. It offered nothing new or unexpected so it is a bad game.

This whole mindset needs only 2 words fucking duh.
Kinger8938  +   1189d ago
Whatever :3 cant remember saying it was a bad game..

Why mwntion the 360 im on both sides im just stating that when i first hesrd about this game i felt it wasnt needed and didnt see why they were doing it..

Then upon playing the demo thing i didnt like what i played and decided to give the game a miss when released.

Im sorry this has hit a nerve with you and hope you enjoy the game, im more looking forward to all stars which suprised me in the beta

Again sorry and have a plesant day
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live2play  +   1190d ago
Mario kart kille-oh wait
DigitalRaptor  +   1190d ago
this game goes above and beyond what Nintendo have been doing with MK for a long time. they've been riding on it essentially. just cause one guy didn't find it fun doesn't mean it's not fun or even good.

5/10 is a joke anyway. a game has to be broken or just awful to get a score that low.
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josephayal  +   1190d ago
I'm playing LBP-K now and yeah it's good, it's not revolutionary, but it's really good better than M
aquamala  +   1190d ago
Waiting for the 2/10 or 1/5 review
BigStef71  +   1190d ago
I wish Colin would have reviewed this game
dafegamer  +   1190d ago
so true Greg just seem to keep comparing it to modnation racers, which is very sad. I think thats why devs are afraid to create new IPs(big kudos for toyama-san for creating the amazing gravity rush) cause all new games are now compared to the other one in the same genre
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BigStef71  +   1189d ago
I agree completely
dodo101  +   1190d ago
Why does the reviewer keep comparing this to modnation racers???
I know it using the same engine but still!
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csreynolds  +   1190d ago
Probably because United Front Games made both...?

dodo101, meet Logic. Logic, this is dodo101. Make friends.
MrDead  +   1190d ago
Like all LBP games outside the main story the only limit this game has is your own imagination...... looks like the reviewer has very little at his disposal.

Also reading the review it sounds like old Greg just sucks at this game
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Nutsack  +   1190d ago
It is just simple

Modnation Racer > LBPK

Game is simply better at being competitive, the reviewer wrote out perfectly on what points MNR is a better Kart Racer than LBPK.

"dodo101 + 2m ago
Why does the reviewer keep comparing this to modnation racers???
I know it using the same engine but still"

Because it is basically its sequel? It is MNR with just a LBP sauce over it and taken out the parts that made MNR a good Kart Racer...

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WeAreLegion  +   1190d ago
No. Absolutely not. This is a fantastic game. It's even better than Mod Nation Racers! It's not limited to just racing tracks. You can do any type of battle you want and any type of open arena. It's fantastic.
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Digimortal  +   1190d ago
Complaining about Review scores isn't going to do the game justice. Go out and buy it. Ignore the scores. Ignore reviews and go with your gut instants.
KevPC  +   1190d ago
i found the beta to be okay...a little boring but mainly because it was only single player, had it been split-screen i could of seen myself having a blast playing against my cousins...Overall i dont think this game desrves such a low score i would of give it a 6.5-7/10 and that's just on what i played.
YoungPlex  +   1190d ago
Wow! Mario Kart can't be messed with. I wonder how PS Battle Royal will do next, really looking forward to that! I already reserved that one but will wait for a couple of reviews first...
DivineAssault  +   1190d ago
This got mediocre scores.. Its new & im sure its fun too but i wont pay $60 for a kart game.. Mario Kart may score better but its the same tired old formula since n64.. This adds new elements to kart racing that nintendo is afraid to explore.. Im sure if they ripped mario kart completely by simply having different karts n tracks w little to no customization, it wouldve scored just as well..
doogiebear  +   1190d ago
Yeah, even if it scored higher, $60 is a bit of a stretch for a kart game during this busy holiday season. I mean: Assassins Creed 3, dishonered, halo 4, etc just came out, and Sony wants full price for a kart game at a time when there are all these big name games coming out? $40 would have hit the spot just right for me: Just about the price of a new ps move game or a sony hd collection game. Plus, black ops 2 is coming up soon, so with all these new games, plus the fact sony barely advertised LBPK (The commercial just dropped yesterday on tv, kinda late -_-), then i'm not feeling inclined to pay for a $60 game that most people havent even heard of (thus no one will be playing on it's online multiplayer for long).
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KingOptimusAscend111  +   1190d ago
Wow just ignore all the other reviews giving it 7/10 & 8/10.
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doogiebear  +   1190d ago
Mod Nation Racer is better than any Mario Kart in history. Plus it may not have the old mario charms, but if one wanted to, you can use a customized mario or luigi, etc character made by users of the MNR creation community.

But when it comes to shear gameplay mechanics, MNR crushes Mario Kart. It's shiled ability, power racing boost, ability to turn weapons into road obstructions, etc turns a genre of games know for it's random, crazy enounters (cart games) into a game that gives u a bit more control over the random mess of shooting projectiles at each other.

MNR is a thinking person's Kart Racer. Mario kart is just a party game (which is fine when having guests over), where the guy in first place can end up lasting a matter of seconds. MNR however, is both that, and a game where the ultimate winner actually earned his/her victory by staying sharp and focused, timing his attacks, boosts, and drifts properly, while still maintaining the fundamental ease of play known for in the kart racing genre.
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ShaunCameron  +   1190d ago
Nah. Actually, MNR is more of a poor man's SASR with generic level-designing and non-descript characters.

<MNR is a thinking person's Kart Racer.>
beerkeg  +   1189d ago
Lol at making MNR out to be more than it is. Mario Kart is more fun to play than MNR, it has much better gameplay.

Thinking person's Kart Racer? Haha, you comic.
MoreRPG  +   1190d ago
Im pretty sure it isn't a 5/10 but is his opinion. Looks fun to me so Im gonna buy it anyway.
b-dash  +   1190d ago
IGN and gamespot have put the app on the XBOXlive.
They do a good job.
Sketchy_Galore  +   1190d ago
People are getting a little ridiculous here. Even if this game was an improvement over Modnation racers it would still be a surprisingly uncreative use of the Littlebigplanet franchise, which has been perhaps the most creative franchise this generation up to now. The sad fact is that this game has dialled many things back from Modnation racers, all of which are thoroughly explained in this review, from the major downgrade in customisation to the major dumbing down of the tactical aspects of racing.

I'm a PS3 only owner and Littlebigplanet is one of my most treasured games. The game Media molecule are working on for the Vita makes me excited in a way no game has for a long time. This game however appears to be a dud. It happens. Not everything is a conspiracy.
arbitor365  +   1190d ago
reviewers have been making a concerted effort lately to erode all of their credibility
Feldman9000  +   1190d ago
Honestly, I agree with their review. No i don't have the final version, but in beta, the handling mechanics were terrible, and he still says it's an issue. The whole time I played this, I'd rather be playing modnation or mario kart. Modnation is a very underrated game, and they should focus on giving more content for that.
smashcrashbash  +   1190d ago
Another strange score from IGN. I really have to stop listening to them completely.
ItsTrue  +   1190d ago
Just wait for more reviews and find an average score out of them. Or better yet, don't worry about what 'they' think of the game.
If you think it looks fun, buy/rent it and find out for yourself.
Ryo-Hazuki  +   1190d ago
I didn't like the beta much either. It felt stiff and not fluid enough
TristanV1  +   1190d ago
He only gave the game 5/10 to show you he is not a fanboy it has nothing to do with the game
VideoGameJimmy  +   1190d ago
Better not say I didn't like the beta or else the disagree brigade will come for me :O
Jihaad_cpt  +   1189d ago
The point of the disagree is to indicate that people didn't agree with your opinion. Or do you feel that your opinion is the only one that matters?
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