• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Nov 6, 2012
Metascore
73

Mixed or average reviews - based on 69 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 69
  2. Negative: 3 out of 69
  1. Nov 6, 2012
    50
    A lack of confidence seems to define LittleBigPlanet Karting. The game pulls from both the LBP and ModNation universes without ever finding its own voice. In the end, that leads to the game feeling like a forgettable kart racer.
  2. Nov 6, 2012
    70
    Thankfully, the core racing is exciting, and the lengthy story mode offers a variety of well-designed courses to compete in, so even if the community never takes off, there's still plenty of entertainment to be had.
  3. 92
    It offers both a substantial kart racing experience and a heaping serving of that LBP flavor we've grown to love. It's not perfect, but it's an absolute blast.
  4. Nov 6, 2012
    80
    A fun racer that almost feels more like a LittleBigPlanet game than it does a kart racer. This is more than just a vehicle for Sackboy's mascot potential. It's a new LittleBigPlanet game.
  5. Nov 7, 2012
    60
    There are glimpses of a game worth loving tucked away in the folds of LittleBigPlanet Karting's chunky lop-sided weave, but it too often goes out of its way to bury those simple joys under fussy distractions and needless obstructions.
  6. Nov 14, 2012
    83
    Taken purely as a kart racing game, LittleBigPlanet Karting isn't quite the deepest experience out there. Factoring in the Create and Share functionality more than makes up for that lack of depth, if you're into the more creative and community aspects. LittleBigPlanet fans and kart racing fans will definitely enjoy the game and everything it has to offer.
  7. Nov 6, 2012
    80
    If you're a fan of wacky racers, LBPK will satisfy your itch on PlayStation 3, complete with Move support. Likewise, if you're a long-time LBP creator, I'm probably not capable of steering you away from Karting. Regardless, all gamers would do well to expect something less than LittleBigPlanet 2, but something more than they might expect from United Front and the ModNation series.
  8. Dec 18, 2012
    60
    Not as fun as LittleBigPlanet's platform offerings, but the track editor impresses. [Jan 2013, p.71]
  9. Nov 23, 2012
    70
    LittleBigPlanet Karting is a decent racer with plenty of potential, but ModNation Racers was way better in terms of gameplay.
  10. Nov 6, 2012
    80
    The customization features alone can have you spending hours playing with costumes and decorations. The races and events are thrilling and the rewards are gratifying. LittleBigPlanet Karting does an great job of mixing franchise's creative features and delivering strong racing gameplay to make one of the most adorable and enjoyable kart racers you can find.
  11. Nov 8, 2012
    80
    Some people may thing it's just an adaptation, but there's much more behind it. It mixes up the racing gameplay with the creative essence of LittleBigPlanet, resulting in a good karting title with a great potential for content creation, and offering more than we expected.
  12. Nov 13, 2012
    67
    If you're a big LBP fan then it might be worth it, but if you've played ModNation Racers, I don't think the slight makeover is enough to warrant a full price tag.
  13. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    The toolset is immense but you're not required to use every feature to make a basic track. The familiar, albeit modified LBP user interface will make it easy for longtime fans to hit the ground running.
  14. Nov 15, 2012
    70
    With the level of creations online now you can see the frustration caused by the editor. Tracks are not nearly as inspired as those found in ModNation. It just seems like LBP Karting took more shortcuts in its design than the two games that make up its core.
  15. Nov 8, 2012
    80
    Media Molecule's sense of pure creation sits perfectly with the karting genre and we'd even go as far to say that players will find it easier to be both player and creator here than they would in the previous games. Just don't expect to find Mario looking over his shoulder anytime soon.
  16. Nov 6, 2012
    70
    LittleBigPlanet Karting is an enjoyable game, but it's far from a great one, and it doesn't feel like it's had the love and attention previous games in the series have clearly benefitted from. Play it, mess around with its tools, and have fun, but LittleBigPlanet Karting's lack of personality will result in no long-lasting impression.
  17. Nov 7, 2012
    75
    Sackboy on karts should be an interesting new universe for the franchise but, sadly, the game is not as fun as expected in terms of driving appeal.
  18. Nov 6, 2012
    65
    It's not a bad game by any stretch of the imagination, and can even manage to be quite fun in the right environment, but it's altogether a fairly meaningless release that seems to exist just to ensure Sony has something out in time for the holiday season that isn't All-Stars.
  19. Nov 7, 2012
    88
    LittleBigPlanet Karting sports no big innovations, but it does everything quite well. Tons of levels, a nice atmosphere, multiplayer modes (local & online), the LittleBigPlanet air and good old Sackboy transforms the fun-arcade-racer to a highlight for all fans of this genre.
  20. Nov 13, 2012
    70
    No sense of speed, basic track design and badly designed power-ups: LBP Karting is a clumsy experiment that fails to deliver CrashTeamRacing-style entertainment.
  21. Dec 12, 2012
    85
    One could think that Sony is trying to ride on Mario Kart's reputation, but fortunately Sackboy's own karting game stands on it's own two feet. The feel for driving is great, there are plenty of tracks and the easy to use editor makes sure that there's legions upon legions of race tracks to play in the future. [Dec 2012]
  22. Nov 7, 2012
    80
    Media Molecule team up with United Front Games to transform the mediocre ModNation Racers into LittleBigPlanet Karting. The result is good but apart from the usual, awesome editor, there's nothing special in the gameplay. Still a solid kart game, destined to live (or survive?) thanks to the community and the powerful tools generously available.
  23. Nov 11, 2012
    45
    Be careful what you wish for. Everyone who wondered why ModNation Racers wasn't a LittleBigPlanet game to begin with, gets an answer. LittleBigPlanet Karting misses a lot of the elements present in ModNation Racers, a few of which are spunk, depth, well implemented social elements and well-built editors for karts and racers. Even the narration of Stephen Fry can't save this disaster.
  24. 60
    The customisation and creation tools are impressively powerful, but the disappointingly dull racer that's been built around them doesn't provide much inspiration.
  25. Nov 12, 2012
    68
    Quotation forthcoming.
  26. What it might lack in terms of raw driving appeal, LBP Karting compensates for with a charmingly unhinged single-player, chaotic multiplayer and all the customisable bells and whistles you could ask for.
  27. Nov 10, 2012
    76
    Take LittleBigPlanet 2 and put some karts on it. This is what LBP Karting brings to us, the exact same level of freedom when it comes to design & the creation of new levels in the form of speedways or arenas, mixed with the emotion of kart races. It's a shame that some menu decisions and the enemy AI take part of the fun of seeing Sackboy racing its enemies enemies. But rest assured that all missing pieces of fun will be found in the multiplayer.
  28. Nov 6, 2012
    94
    The stupid grins on our faces, the uncontrollable laughs and the humming of the music long after the race was over, show that his game is fun right through to its adorable little core.
  29. Nov 30, 2012
    85
    Just pure, solid fun. [Issue#225, p.74]
  30. 80
    The visual formula and overall game stylization may seem a bit of a used-up concept but the frenetic and addictive gameplay is still present. [Dec 2012]
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 138 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 44
  2. Negative: 9 out of 44
  1. Nov 8, 2012
    5
    When I heard the creators LittleBigPlanet and ModNationRacer were teaming together to make a kart racer, I was hyped. My expectation instantly skyrocketed to the sky! Sad thing, however, is that these expectation weren't met. Don't get me wrong, LittleBigPlanet Karting is a good game, but if you buy this game thinking it's gonna be an upgrade from the ModNationRacer engine, like I was thinking, you're gonna be very disappointed.
    The racing engine is simple. You get all your classic racing game accelerate/break/turn command. you can drift for better turns, go on rocket panel to get a brief boost of speed and collect item to send them to your opponent or protect yourself from the one they send to you. It's basic, too basic. There not enough variety in the weapon you can collect and, while the tracks are well decorated, they feel kind of empty. There's an occasional boost panel and weapons, that's it. After a while, it becomes boring. The problem with the depth of the racing engine in LittleBigPlanet Karting is that it's not even comparable to the one in ModNationRacer. There you had a nitro bar that you could build up by making drift or attacking your competitors and then use it for a shield or a speed boost. They also had several levels of items, which mean if you collected more you had better items, with a risk of losing it all if you get blasted. All in all, these little feature added a layer of strategy that is very rare to see in a racing game. LittleBigplanet Karting on the other hand decided to remove the nitro bar and leave the boost panel the job of speed boost and the job of the shield to items. Also, items don't level-up or stack, which eliminate a lot of options or choices a limit the strategy factor. You could say that they took a simpler approach to the engine, but to anyone who played ModNationRacer, this is a clear downgrade.
    There is however a redeeming factor: customization. You can build your racing tracks, customize your karts behaviors and looks, dress-up your sackboy. But this is not something new, ModNaitonRacer also had a deep customization system. Both has their shortcoming and strength. My final comment is: Not a bad game at all, but it could be better. ModNationRacer Fanboys, stay away from this game. For others, rent it first, it might save you some dollars.
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  2. Nov 6, 2012
    10
    I was really skeptical about this game at first. I didn't think that it would have the look and feel of an authentic LBP game. Boy was I wrong. The narration, music, and style is all authentic LBP. Once I played the beta that this game would deliver and it did. Full Review »
  3. Nov 6, 2012
    10
    this game is crazy. the editor is amazing- way more involved than mod nation racers or little big planet. you can build everything. everything that you can imagine! spaceships flown by dinosaurs! toasters that shoot popsicles! flying games! racing games! top-down games! whatever you want! Full Review »