Hi everyone. It’s an exciting day in Sack-land – from today, LittleBigPlanet 2 will roll out across the PAL region. Woo hoo!
It’s been fantastic to see LittleBigPlanet 2 receiving such enthusiastic and thoughtful reviews across the web – with an average score of 92%, Media Molecule have done a fantastic job of living up to the high standards they set with the original LittleBigPlanet.
The chaps over at the fantastic fansite LittleBigPlanet Central have been helpfully collating reviews, so check out their thread to get an overview of the great scores LBP 2 has been receiving from the likes of Edge, Eurogamer, GamesTM, Game Reactor, NowGamer, Jeuxvideo and 3D Juegos.
We’ve got some fun news and content this week to get you even more excited about LBP 2, or persuade you if you’re still sitting on the fence (get off there – surely it’s just uncomfortable?)
LittleBigPlanet.com and lbp.me
First up, how about some exciting interweb-based news? The smart cookies among you will have noticed already that, just before Xmas, we launched some brand new Share-based functionality. LBP.me is a powerful new part of LittleBigPlanet.com that gives you the chance to browse the fantastic user generated levels that have been shared with the world.
You might want to use it to build up a shortlist of the coolest levels to play when you get home – and if so, you can even log in with your PSN ID and add levels to your queue, so they’ll be ready and waiting for you when you get back. Browse trending levels, check out stats and reviews to see what sounds appealing – and then get playing!
Or maybe you’ve created something awesome that you want people to bow down before in sheer amazement? From your profile page you’ll be able to find unique pages for each level you’ve already shared – meaning that you’ve got a handy URL that you can use to promote your creation all over the place. Mail it to your friends, tweet it to your followers, plug it in forums – do anything short of tattooing it on your forehead (definitely DON’T tattoo it on your forehead – it’s a very inefficient promotional device). There is even a nifty widget creator on the site, to help you share the word on your fansite or blog.
The awesome LittleBigPlanet fan community is filled with helpful, friendly and creative folk. But it’s also pretty darn huge, and spread out across the world and the web – so if you want to dip your toe in, it can be hard to know where to start.
That’s where the brand new ‘LittleBigMap‘ comes in…
The LittleBigMap collates LBP discussions and content from across the web, and plots some of the latest and best videos, pics and tweets on a handy and familiar map interface.
So, at a glance you can see that thousands of people are contributing to the LBP community from all over the world – and then you can zoom in, navigate around and take a look at some of the content they’re sharing. There are some nice photos in Hawaii, for starters.
The extra cool thing is – the LittleBigMap notices when lbp.me URLs are included in video descriptions, screenshots and tweets, and automatically pulls in stats and information about that level. It’s another way of discovering the most fun and creative levels that people are talking about around the world, and it’ll grow as more of you start to make use of lbp.me URLs around the web. So check it out!
Check back later in the week for a final brand new trailer that shows Sackboy’s tribute to the history of videogaming, a behind the scenes look at the Media Molecule studio and a sneak peak at the LittleBigPlanet 2 advertising – featuring creations from some of the stars of the LBP community.