Yay, LittleBigPlanet Karting!

Sackboy returns in the latest addition to the LittleBigPlanet franchise: LittleBigPlanet Karting! This time, he’s got to stop a group of interstellar go-kart riding visitors called the Hoard, who have come to steal prizes. With a kart of his own, heroic Sackboy has to save Craftworld once again!

Our hands-on experience with LBP Karting was unfortunately limited to just the racetrack and the new PS Move Racing Wheel, but the game promises to deliver everything creative that its siblings have. You can expect to create any unique racing experience you can think of, from simply adding epic powerups to the tracks to removing gravity from the race. After that, share your track with the rest of the world like you always have.

Sony claims that if we were to place all current user-generated levels from LittleBigPlanet side by side, Sackboy would take eighteen years to run through them! I wonder how much more LBP Karting will add to that number?

LBP Karting will also support the Cross Goods feature, which means costumes you’ve purchased in LBP, LBP2, or LBP Vita can be used for free in Karting.

The PS Move Racing Wheel was an interesting way with which to play the game. Not your traditional mounted steering wheel, the upsized controller combines your usual analog controller bits with the PS Move wand, and adds two handles on either side of it. The right handle can be revved like you would a motorbike’s, but it didn’t seem to do anything for LBP Karting. It might come in handy with your Gran Turismo games, though.

The Racing Wheel was light enough to hold in the air for long periods of time, but was a little unwieldy. You have to keep it upright in order to steer properly; tilt it the slightest bit and your kart will veer madly across the track. The PS Move sphere changes colours when loading missiles, landmines, boosters, or when switching weapons – handy for you to plan your assaults with!

LBP Karting is already in stores, having launched two days ago for the Asia region. Purchase it now and receive a limited edition download card that includes the Kevin Butler Costume and Kart, the United Front Games Costume and Kart, and a Headstart Pack.

This Headstart Pack gives you early and immediate access to 900 downloads spanning costumes, racecars, materials, and music. LittleBigPlanet Karting retails at a suggested price of S$69.90. The PS Move Racing Wheel debuts next week on Nov 13 2012, and will retail for S$49.90.