The team behind LittleBigPlanet, Media Molecule, has been discussing the background to its eye-catching game in an exclusive Develop interview - and has plenty of good things to say about host format PS3...
I hope they can live up to the hype with this one.
How much hype is there? It isn't an impossible game to make. It is, however, new. Sony will make it thei poster child for HOME, developers will love it, gamers will love it, and we will love it. However, the hype for it isnt that unrealistic...
very interesting, I can't wait for this game. Its a good view of a developer that had come to develop for the ps3 with no legacy code. They seem to enjoy coding for the ps3. Yes it is a change in development, it could be a good thing, getting people to think outside the box rather than just repeat the code they have always used. This can only be good for the industry.
Excellent, I can't wait to play LBP.
start from sratch on any of the new consoles it will be more rewarding than expecting to bring last gen tools and engines. only the unreal engine is overuses... and i think that will fade away when edge is widely distributed
I watched the littlebigplanet videos and I din't get it. What is so exciting about this game? Honestly, I'm not trying to bag it. I just seriously don't get what even looks fun.
We don't know, but who cares! It's Sony so are used to it! Hype Machine! We don't much about the game or it's game play but those freaken PR agents are just too good to ignore.
the physics man, the pure physics of gameplay. The user created content. Make your own levels, load them up for other ps3 users to play. All you really gotta know to understand is... the DEVELOPERS at the DEVELOPERS CONFERENCE, went absolutely nuts when this game was presented. I would think DEVELOPERS would be the harshest critics, not fanboys that don't even own the console.
doesn't every game have physics? The physics in forza are awesome! Okay, there are physics. There is user created content, Okay. How are you going to create it? Do you have to own a dev kit? All I know is little muchkin people were playing around with big stuff. If I wanted a non-game I would just make some lame 3d environment, where I could "user create" my own furniture and apartment, where all my friends could visit. Of course they could only visit while my machine was turned on. that's fine though, I would make another non-game that made people want to keep their system on all day. I'll tell them that they are going to solve world hunger....or cancer...something of that nature. Once again...I ask...what looks so fun about this little big planet?
dude what the hell are you talking about?? I think you are getting like 4 seperate things confused into one. LBP is a game, and no you do not need a dev kit. It has tools withing the game itself, to create a level. It is a platform game with the most amazing physics that are offered in that type of game. I'm not sure what you mean by the physics in forza.. you mean the way you turn a corner? I think you are seriously misguided in the programing of physics in a gaming world. Also you are confusing HOME with LBP, two totally separate things, one is a game, the other is an online service.. wow, why am i even bothering, do some research before you spout some asinine question.
little big planet isn't a game. It's a tech demo. The physics weren't spectacular. stuff moved and fell. Congrats on the wonderful physics. If you want to talk about a game with great physics, you'd talk about Forza. (that's why I referenced the game). What was the spectacular gameplay? people walking (and skateboarding) in a world (you can do that in home). It looked like they were playing around (just like playing some frames of bowling in home). So the "user created content" (I think home has that) is cookie cutter. You don't actually make anything! You just use assets that the developers give you. Excitebike did that in the 80's. So, everyone can make the same levels out of the same assets and they can share them with the rest of the world. Then everyone can compare whose world looks like the others.....fun!
Yes. ^^^^ all of the above. What is so spectacular about this game? Physics? No. Gameplay? No. Hype? No. the main point of this game is user shared content. Jolly... I know you are talking about physics, but what the hell does forza have to do with LBP? ( Plus what does forza offer thta GT doesnt?) IT IS ABOUT USER CONTENT. Not about physics... if someone says it is about physics, well.. that is just wrong.
i read your post again... just to make sure the forza part made sense. What is so great about forza's physics engine that you need to speak of it?? I am sorry to stick to this point.. but what about forza?
Go play Excitebike, cause I know I will be playing LBP.
"Excitebike did that in the 80's. So, everyone can make the same levels out of the same assets and they can share them with the rest of the world. Then everyone can compare whose world looks like the others.....fun!" You see, there's this little thing called and eye toy now. Seriously though, you act like we have a minimal set of things that can be done. I'm pretty sure the # of different combinations one can conceive is much greater in this game than in excite bike. And like another poster has said, the internet adds a lot to the game.
Nothing is spectacular to biased hyprocritical idiots, like jolly and bladestar. If the 360 does not have it they disagree.
appear in every single post about ps3?? i don't mean to be rude but why is bladestar obsessed about the ps3 even when he doesn't own one - infact he hates it.. hmm. this can't be normal nor healthy behaviour..
"What was the spectacular gameplay? people walking (and skateboarding) in a world (you can do that in home). It looked like they were playing around (just like playing some frames of bowling in home)." DUde you did not watch littlebigplanet! You watched HOME. You were watching HOME my friend. Little big planet has some of the best graphics I have ever seen in a video. Please search out the HD video and find the amazing textures it has. Everything is physics based in this game...everything has the weight you give to it. You create it as you go along. Look watch this video Jolly and everybody else stop jumping on the Jolly train when he hasnt seen the relevant demonstration of the game. Here's the demonstration... http://www.gametrailers.com... Here's the HD video. Enjoy http://www.gametrailers.com...
Why I'm I here? Cause I can... then again I am willing to make a deal. I will not comment on PS3 articles if you and all Sony fanboys don't comment on 360 articles... yeah.. that's going to happen. (though I didn't say anything that's not logical. Take what I said about this game for example... I never say it will not be great game... but it's hyped. We don't know much about this game, what will users be able to do or how extensive it will be. The game play, etc. Sony display a few minutes of a tech demo and pull the PR hat and started to talk about how great the game will be.. That's it. That's all you got. Not hyped? You Sony fanboys are always acusing xbox 360 games or being hyped yet the most anticipated game on the PS3 is a tech demo where not even a story line or objective is defined. right....
Jolly1 Although I agree with you on your premise that says, "Little Big Planet doesn't seem to have amazing game play." You're still being a little ignorant. You can't compare excite bike from the 80's to Little Big Planet user created content. That's a huge leap of reason. There's quit a difference between the two. Now I do think Little Big Planet seems like it could get old pretty fast. Great physics will only push game play so far, and that's not even that far. It seems to me Little Big Planet lacks any real solid game play from the videos I've seen and what I've read. Running through multiple user created puzzles would get old very quick in my eyes. I do love these developers though. They're very creative and original. I'm a little sad to seem to get bought by Sony because rag-doll kung fu was great. I do wish them the best though.
It isn't running through a level that's the fun part. While I think this should be fun, it's not the main thing that will grab people long term. It's rating that level they just played. Trying to build the most hyped level. It's making cool themed levels using pictures from your HDD. It's the amount of freedom one has to experiment that makes this game fun. Sure some people may suck but, I'm sure there are some super creative people that can and will make this game shine.
LBP has amazing physics. Physics is about object/character interaction, not just about things exploding. The video showed both hard and soft dynamics, self-collision for one of the character's very long cape (this is extremely CPU intensive; watch Warhawk multiplayer during CTF and you'll see flags without collision-detection). The physics also seemed very accurate, and enhanced the gameplay significantly since all of the puzzles are physics-based (gravity, inertia, deformation, chained objects, propulsion, etc). Hell, even Lighting is physics-based. I've seen the Forza 2 videos and still haven't seen anything significant other than the tire system (whoo, tires). The gameplay looks amazing in terms of the potential of having online players cooperate and compete at the same time. Having the level-editor as an inherent part of the gameplay is awesome too (i.e. making this feature online cooperative as well).
Well, it's probably a fun game, but he's right about the hype. What's the hype about? It'll probably be just a fun game. But Genji 2 would also be great according to Sony. That turned out to be a bummer. Plus, this game is fun, but it's not a big gun in terms of driver of sales of the PS3. It has a kiddy image to it and I don't see so much kids or their parents buy a 600 dollar/euro machine for it. And I don't see adults buy the console for this game. The PS3 needs other games, more games but it doesn't seem to bright at least untill fall/winter this year!
mart ever played genji? no of course not. But wait again you are a hyporcrite because in another post you say all these games for your 360 but they are not out for months so you are playing the waiting game aswell. Also dont come back with we already have games because all your 360 trolls are always on this site so how can you be playing your 360?
Everybody who watched the on stage demonstration of the game was impressed...also everyone was impressed by the graphics. I was amazed we could get that level of texture and physics in a game. The demonstration is key to understanding little big planet...as it looks like Jolly was actually watching HOME!! lol
I have a question for you Jolly1.... What are you doing even commenting on this game if you really have no interest in it besides knocking it?
A tiny developement team. The best integration of physics into gameplay yet. The closest thing I've seen to photo-realistic graphics outside of Square CGI or the Heavy Rain demo. A genuine attempt at creating an online community that doesn't just involve killing each other. Charactors that can actually emote and express your feelings. Unlimited creativity with the potential to turn any gamer into a game designer. Media Molecule have talent in spades, and they are such a small team. I dont believe anyone anymore that says PS3 is hard to develope for. Just change that word "hard" to "different" and then suck up the challenge. The results might be staggering.
...the Playstation gets graced with another fun looking platformer. The PS has a real track record with getting fun games such as Crash Bandicoot (which sucked by the time it hit Xbox), Ratchet & Clank, Jak & Daxter. LBW looks totally unique and 100% fun (although the fun factor has yet to be fully determined). Anyway, for the record I own a 360 but its games like LBW that make me umm and ahh about also getting a PS3....but then reality gives me a great whopping kick in the pants before I spend $1,199 (NZD) on a games console to play a kids game...not bl**dy likely! When the PS3 is priced for kids thats when I'll get one for my kids to play games like this.
So of course you will be telling people to stay away from xbox 360 Elite. It's nearly as much as a PS3 without the extra goodies Sony offers(worth at least $2000). So be consistent and warn people away from Elite due to its ridiculous price. Next gen consoles are always expensive on first release. And if you buy a console based on one game then you're rather foolish. Unless you buy all three consoles then you then you have to chose one or the other. I'm going to exclude wii as it's not next gen. So, xbox 360 or PS3? Which one? xbox has the larger library and a number of great titles. Yes it's cheaper but it's been out a year longer and doesn't offer as much bang for the bucks. I'm a kiwi so a $1200 Ps3 seems ridiculous compared to a $750 xbox, especially when there's few games. But you have to be looking at the future. Bluray is winning the DVD war and will become the standard. Players alone sell for at least $1000. xbox has had a years head start and is reaching its full potential whereas Ps3 is still two years away from doing that. With LBP, Home, the current releases as well as anticipated new games, are showing things are moving slowly in Sony's favour after a very slow start. Backwards compatibility bonus especially with PS2's success. I've chosen not to buy PCs anymore but instead will be buying a PS3(as a PC alternative) and a laptop(mobile workplace). Most PC users don't need high spec PCs. I'll be installing Linux and using it as a PC(media centre, gaming, internet, productivity) with 1000s of FOSS such as Firefox, OpenOffice, NVU, The Gimp, Scribus, Inkscape, Blender 3d, MythTV that are worth thousands if bought commercially. You can't do this with xbox. And my PS3 will last at least 5 years with any expensive upgrade. Just buy the PS4 when it comes. So.....$1200 for PS3? It's a bargain long term....to intelligent, sensible, logical people.
...I had no idea the PS3 could do all of that, wow, how could I not already have two of them. Maybe I need to get a 3rd to put in my bathroom so I can use "Home" to check my messages as I search for bellybutton lint. I don't care how much you can mod a PS3 its not why the majority of consumers will buy one. Its games and price point that secured the PS2 the top spot during the last round and it will be the same for the winner of this round...which so far is the Wii. Oh, I'll bet my house that you will have gone back to a PC in the next 10 years as by the time the PS4 comes out low cost PCs will feature specs that will make the PS3 look like a ZX Spectrum. Ok, the PS3 does pack a lot of features in for the asking price however, as for the blu-ray argument, who cares. Regardless of what you think its still a technology, like HD-DVD, that has not been accepted by the masses. Apart from the PS3 there are very few consumers actually jumping into HD movies on either format. The HD war is a long way from being won however, the first camp to release a sub $200 player will be well on the way to being the victor. The PS3 won't win the HD war on its own so until it has been won, there is a risk it will fail and you'll be left with yet another Sony format destined for the scrap heap. As for the 360 Elite I agree 100%, the price is too high and consumers will now start to ask why would I not spend a little more and get a PS3. However, I'll bet by Xmas the price differential is a lot greater as the Elite will drop in price significantly. Why charge so much for it now? Well, why not when your only competition in that space is still $250 (NZD) more expensive. Again, you can list out all the bells and whistles of the PS3 but to most consumers they simply won't care. As a final note its interesting how the trend lately is that Sony and PS3 owners are now pulling the "extra features" of the PS3 out of the bag to try differentiate it from the 360. Why is that? is it because they have to justify the significantly higher price tag as from a pure gaming point of view the 360 and PS3 are not that different? By the way, next time you imply people are of lesser intelligence because they are not buying a PS3 you just come across as being a jerk.
Anyone who doesn't understand why people are excited about this game should go watch Phil Harrisons keynote at GDC, this shows off starting a level from scratch then how you upload the level and how it get's rated. The reception he and the studio got was unforgettable i've never seen anything like it, same with home there are lot's of possibilities for developers with that one. So yeah that video is a must see because i've never heard everyone cheer so much...
1. User-created levels. 2. Posted on net for millions to try 3. countless variety of unique levels - near endless gameplay 4. competing to be the best designer - building an international reputation 5. receiving rankings and comments to boast or hide about. 6. Collaborative gameplay to master a level. Imagine creating your own levels/missions for Halo, Gears of War, Forza, Splinter Cell, Motorstorm, Resistance etc. Developers at GDC 2007 were excited with what they saw because this is the new benchmark for future gaming - user-created content, Sony's Game 3.0 Not only is LBP the future of Gaming, it is Sony's killer application. In terms of popularity LBP will be the true Halo 3 killer in 2008. Yes, it's not a FPS nor has the best graphics or physics; but everyone, who's anyone will be playing this game. Guaranteed It's simply great fun. After all, isn't that what gaming is all about? Well that's what we Sony/Linux fanboys think. Let's see if Micro$oft and its xbots think the same..........add comments now.
I just asked a question. I keep getting physics and user created content. First off it's user created levels. That's cool, it's just not a revolutionary as you think. Like I said, excite bike did it on the NES. Computer games have been doing this for decades. Cool, there are physics. The thing is all games have physics. I think running around with friend looks find of fun, for 10 minutes. The problem is that in 11 minutes they are going to bore me and then I will just want to blow them up. You say you can share your levels with the world. That's cool. The problem is that when my level is #1 everyone will just copy it and add two more cookie cutter pieces, so their level is a little different. I guess that's cool. I will leave you all alone about this game. I will just have to understand it's glory when it comes out.
I'm not exactly sure if any game would keep you interested Jolly1 from what you've written. Are you saying that you bore yourself sometimes? Your imagination is the only thing that bounds you on this game. The things you listed that other games have is correct but not to the extent of LBP and not with the ability to share with others and get their feedback with the world to see. Video cameras have been around for awhile and Youtube found a way to make it fun and profitable for the world to see. This is sort of the same premise but for games. If you have the best level design over and over a company could approach you about level designing their games. This gives untapped talent that may never have the opportunity to showcase their skills the ability to be seen. I'm sure developers for the Wii and 360 will buy a PS3 to put their levels up. Why not? Some body on the Gears team had an idea that they didn't go with. That same person can now freely voice their ideas in this game. I'm not going to say you're an idiot or that you're a fanboy. I think you do like games because you're on this site. This game has everything you need. If you like graphics, they're there. If you like physics, they're there. If you like gameplay, you create it so it's there! If you don't like thinking on your own, you can play other peoples creations! Do you see now that this game has everything. I believe that is where the hype is coming from and peoples excitement about this title. Developers do this for a living and to see that the chains of "direction" are off and at their disposal is an exciting thing. I'm sure if SmallBigStar came out for the 360 they too would be excited about it. (SmallBigStar: The 360 version of LittleBigPlanet for those who haven't had their coffee yet)
Jolly I still don't think you've watched the right video. "people bowling" "people walking around"....that's bloody HOME. Go watch the videos I so kindly posted for you.
not entertained because you can't blow them up??? oh man, I truly fear the next generation wow 31.. that makes it actually worse. Its pretty sad you need to be entertained by mayhem and murder. I remember NES and Genesis, very entertaining games without the need to blow anybody up. And you like forza because its realistic.. you should try grand turismo, much better game. Mmmmmm Cars are good. Expand your world man, games arent all about blowing people up and cars. And get out more, shouldnt you be letting your kids play the video game console at 31. Wow.. 31..no kids.. well hopefully you at least have a wife. I guess you can stay at home and play video games to compensate.. have a good life there buddy.
deep! Here is what I was saying. In the video.....of littlebigplanet. The characters were running around, in a level. They were playing around with their other friends. They all jumped on a skate board and went down a hill. What were the gameplay elements that were so wonderful? Now, the home reference. I was saying if I wanted to play around and walk around in "user created worlds" I could just go into home. There you walk around with your friends, you have your "user created worlds" and everyone can enjoy what you "created". That is where I am getting the home reference. It's the same car with different polish. The Forza reference is because I like cars and if you only knew the amount of physics (in Forza 1) that were involved to make that game drive that realistic, you'd be amazed. Mmmmmmm, Cars! Smokey, I'm 31 *rolls eyes*. I'm not the one that thinks playing around with little kiddy characters is going to be so fun. I worry about your police record! gt....much better game? funny comment. My kids? I didn't think I had kids, oh well. Mario was awesome! I got to stomp on people and blow the up with fireballs. littlebigplanet. I get to walk around levels.....fun.
If you don't get the appeal to this game then I'm glad you won't be playing it. You're creativity level must be abismal. This game is much more free then HOME. Which isn't even a game, or a level for that matter.
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