Hands on: LittleBigPlanet Karting
It should probably be taken as a truism that any videogame franchise with a sufficient sense of whimsy will, at some point, eventually spawn a kart racer. And if there's one thing that the LittleBigPlanet series has in spades, it's whimsy. The karting mechanics in the incomplete beta were sufficient, feeling more like Sony's ModNation Racers than the tight fluidity of Mario Kart, but they retained the floaty feel that mark the LBP platforming games. Where LBP Karting will look to differentiate itself from its competitors is with its content creation, customization and sharing tools, which are shaping up to be wild. Not content to just allow the creation of tracks, the developers have created tools to create completely customized tools and "adventures," which function as objective-based levels. The reality is that the success or failure of LBP Karting is going to be very dependent on how much support it gets from its mod community, but the array of tools available for creative play is as impressive as the core driving mechanics are familiar. LittleBigPlanet karting is scheduled for a November 6 release.