• 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 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.
  2. Nov 13, 2012
    80
    That's what I call a positive surprise. With only a few exceptions the sackboy-races run smoothly. Unfortunately online there are no challenges or ladders, the focus here is put on fun racing. A big plus is the powerful editor that allows creations from anything and everything between WipEout and a top-down racer.
  3. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    Multiplayer races do capture a bit of that spirit, but the Single Player gameplay is more exploratory in nature - and the true heart of LBP Karting lies in its creation mode. Making tracks and playing them with friends and checking out the awe-inspiring work of others is what LittleBigPlanet has always been about - and LittleBigPlanet Karting is no different.
  4. 65
    The creation experience is as simple or as deep as you make it, but strip away the LBP veneer and you have a rather basic karting game.
  5. Jan 6, 2013
    70
    Worth checking out, especially if you're interested not only in racing with your kid on split screen, but also in tackling the powerful but not very friendly editor. [1/2013, p.65]
  6. 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.
  7. Nov 28, 2012
    45
    LittleBigPlanet Karting is the epitome of a missed opportunity. All the right ingredients (LBP's grounding in customization, United Front's history with making good kart racers) were right but have all come together to make a wrong. Whether you are a fan of the franchise or not I would stay away from LittleBigPlanet Karting and gravitate more towards the plethora of better options out there (Sega All-Stars Racing Transformed, Mario Kart etc.). This poor use of a good license is unfortunately destined to finish in last place.
  8. Nov 27, 2012
    60
    LittleBigPlanet Karting makes no bones about the fact that it's a kart racer with familiar series hooks thrown into the mix. The racing itself is fine, but as ever, you come to LittleBigPlanet to revel in the madness of its community creations – and this is a lure that still works a treat here.
  9. Nov 25, 2012
    70
    Fans of LittleBigPlanet will surely enjoy LittleBigPlanet Karting, as it manages to take the essence of Media Molecule's platforming joy and translate that into a solid and enjoyable kart racer, with all the charm you would expect. It's a shame the developers felt that they needed to take every aspect of LittleBigPlanet and use that as a base to create this game, as it has hurt it in some regards and has made the online multiplayer an awkward mode to participate in.
  10. 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.
  11. Nov 15, 2012
    60
    LittleBigPlanet Karting succeeds in applying Media Molecule's 'create and share' formula to the racing genre, offering almost the same level of creative freedom as the core platform series. As a racing game in its own right, it struggles to compete with the genre's leaders such as ModNation Racers and Mario Kart, but at least manages to impress on the innovation front.
  12. Nov 6, 2012
    70
    If you can look past the fact that it's essentially ModNation Racers with a Sackboy-colored coat of paint, LittleBigPlanet Karting is an enjoyable enough vehicular romp. Still, it's hard to shake the sense that United Front has already made this game once-and they did it better the first time.
  13. 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.
  14. Nov 23, 2012
    70
    LittleBigPlanet Karting is Sony's equivalent to Mario Kart's Wii-Version. Not bad by any means, but hamstrung by unbalanced extras and an all to conservative driving-model. With some friends, this is still a lot of fun, but special this one ain't.
  15. 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.
  16. 70
    This is not a LBP 3 at all, seems more like a 2.5 version with racing Sackboys.
  17. Dec 6, 2012
    70
    A good game that never finds its place: Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed is much better, and ModNation Racers offers the same build/share/play philosophy.
  18. Dec 11, 2012
    70
    Sony offers us a more casual karting experience along with all the tools you need and more for the creation of levels. LittleBigPlanet Karting is good fun for the youngest and inexperienced, but hardcore gamers will probably give this a pass due to its lack of challenge.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Nov 23, 2012
    50
    The right ingredients, a known recipe, but the cooked result doesn't work. It's slow paced, and one must rely on the community remaking the Mario Kart circuits to start enjoying himself... but still not that much.
  25. Dec 6, 2012
    80
    A game far superior to United Front's Modnation Racers that takes the true spirit of LittleBigPlanet to a whole new level.
  26. Nov 21, 2012
    65
    However, while LittleBigPlanet Karting's polish makes it a solid racer, it is nonetheless flawed and inessential. Despite heavy handling, few corners require anything close to deceleration let alone braking to negotiate, and it's the weapons rather than crashes that significantly alter a final placing anyway. That makes it perfect as a party game as experienced players aren't hugely advantaged, but it also sucks the drama from even the closest finishes, and those seeking a balanced, competitive racer should look elsewhere.
  27. 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.
  28. Nov 13, 2012
    70
    LittleBigPlanet Karting offers great fun for the creative and those who love karting games. It can at times feel a little empty, the characters a little flat, but the driving experience is good, albeit a bit chaotic. As always, the online community has great potential and will decide the success of the title.
  29. 80
    This is a brilliant use of the Little Big Planet license and Sackboy feels so natural in a tiny kart. The driving is pure fun, the party feeling is great and with all the downloadable user created tracks available for free - this is a must buy.
  30. Dec 18, 2012
    60
    Not as fun as LittleBigPlanet's platform offerings, but the track editor impresses. [Jan 2013, p.71]
  31. 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.
  32. Nov 6, 2012
    79
    United Front Games has done a phenomenal job of re-creating the look and feel of the Craftworld while applying its kart racing expertise with imaginative tracks and responsive controls. And the Create mode is nothing short of stunning, even if I don't have the patience for it. Depending on how the community of players respond, it might be the only kart racing game you'll ever need.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. Nov 12, 2012
    68
    Quotation forthcoming.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. Jan 24, 2013
    40
    Clunky, unpolished and altogether flimsy. [Feb 2013, p.73]
  39. 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.
  40. Nov 19, 2012
    82
    If you're a fan of either Little Big Planet or any Karting game than you've come to the right place with Little Big Planet Karting. Not only does it support a robust karting game with a healthy amount of racing features but it also supports the best customisation options available in any game.
  41. Nov 26, 2012
    80
    Despite the fact the developer only uses three different concepts and truly creative and innovative levels rarely race you by, LitteBigPlanet Karting is still a very fun game. The diversity of worlds is impressive and using gadgets of the LittleBigPlanet world make the game feel refreshing. On top of that the creation mode is an absolute joy to play around with.
  42. Nov 20, 2012
    65
    As a clever mix of the universe of LittleBigPlanet and the interesting gameplay of Modnation Racers, LittleBigPlanet Karting had pretty good bases to offer amazing races we can usually find in the Mario Kart IP. However, the lack of dynamism, especially in solo, makes the game a little bit less attractive. Hopefully, the multiplayer mode, with its community-based gameplay, offers enough challenges to spend a great time with friends, but not enough innovations to be one of a kind.
  43. Nov 9, 2012
    80
    A well-tuned kart racer. It cleaves rather closely to the genre's established formula, though it does add a few wrinkles to the equation, namely the grappling hook and the very welcome ability to defend oneself against power-ups.
  44. 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]
  45. Dec 4, 2012
    80
    An ambitious karting game, with the charm of the ordinary LBP-titles. There's a great focus on user-created material, which gives the variation and longevity that is missing in the single player mode.
  46. Nov 6, 2012
    90
    It's got its quirks; playing against the CPU can be a frustrating ordeal, and some of the autopilot weapons too often release you into tricky positions, sometimes even dropping you off the course completely. But the solid racing core laid out by ModNation Racers combined with the universe of creativity, variety and charm that the LBP franchise in known for makes for a karting game with near limitless potential and unrivaled multiplayer racing fun.
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. Nov 23, 2012
    70
    LittleBigPlanet Karting is a decent racer with plenty of potential, but ModNation Racers was way better in terms of gameplay.
  50. 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.
  51. There were even times when we felt like drifting made us go slower, despite the boost you build up while doing it, and that's not what drifting should be like. Drifting gets even more infuriating when you get blown up after a beautiful long slide. [December 2012, p.60]
  52. 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]
  53. Nov 30, 2012
    85
    Just pure, solid fun. [Issue#225, p.74]
  54. 80
    LBP Karting certainly lacks progression for the franchise. LBP2 opened the world of video game development to anyone and everyone, but Karting doesn't allow for the same type of variation in gameplay.
  55. LBP Karting doesn't run a perfect race, but it definitely earns its podium finish thanks to a glorious track editor. It mashes together the approachability of ModNation's DIY editor with the overwhelming possibilities of LBP's 'if you can think it, you can create it' motto. [Christmas 2012, p.77]
  56. 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.
  57. 90
    Great art style, impressive track design, competitive racing and infinite replay value.
  58. Sackboy's latest won't dethrone any kart-racing kings, but it's adorable style, plentiful content, and accessible creation tools make it a worthy competitor to the cup. [Holiday 2012, p.84]
  59. Jan 25, 2013
    70
    LittleBigPlanet Karting includes a toolset which players can use to build visually and mechanically imaginative creations; which I suppose is the most important thing to nail when creating a LittleBigPlanet game. United Front has done that swimmingly.
  60. Nov 26, 2012
    73
    While the racing is good fun, the series' sense of adventure is lacking. [Christmas 2012, p.101]
  61. Nov 14, 2012
    80
    This offers plenty of bang for your buck, the racing flaws aren't critical, the appreciated variety and diversity adds that patented LBP flair, and playing with friends never gets boring. It should make for a worthy addition to any holiday wish list.
  62. Nov 9, 2012
    85
    LittleBigPlanet Karting is the first racer in the LBP universe and it's immediately a success. The game is varied, filled with fun races and other gameplay aspects. The level editor works great, increasing the score even more. The only negative point we could find was the lack of challenge in the single-player, which is fortunately the only negative point.
  63. Nov 20, 2012
    50
    LittleBigPlanet Karting's shortcomings undermine its ability to provide a compelling racing experience. With unbalanced weapons, ruthless AI, and clunky menus, it leaves you pondering what the game actually has to offer – aside from the in-depth creation mode and dulcet tones of narrator Stephen Fry, of course.
  64. Nov 12, 2012
    80
    If you're a fan of Mario Kart, LBP Karting will be thoroughly enjoyable with familiar controls and adorable characters. The planets of the Craftverse are varied enough to keep you playing through the Story mode, while the creation mode gives you all the tools you need to spend any number of days crafting your own unique racing experience.
  65. You may finish the story mode and eventually tire of the wacky tracks built into the game, but it's unlikely you'll ever run out of new tracks and the inevitable weirdness they'll bring.
  66. Dec 1, 2012
    85
    LittleBigPlanet Karting jumps ModNation Racers up to the next level and gives the PS3 a viable competitor to the Nintendo karting powerhouse. The creation tools shine as the best in the business.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 135 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 43
  2. Negative: 8 out of 43
  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 »