LBP3 BETA HORROR
At one point, Sackboy finds himself in a dark room, with only a candle in his hands to light the way. Shame, because LBP is bloody brilliant. Have you been playing the Beta? Unusually, for a series that was positioned as ‘game-changing’ back on PS3, the buzz for LittleBigPlanet 3 has been relatively slight. It’s a big step towards making the creation of levels simpler and more appealing to those who aren’t quite motivated enough to dive in. So, there you have it:
Well, on a basic level you can create dark levels, and challenge players to navigate platforming with limited knowledge of their surroundings. The creator uses the new camera angle to replicate the look and feel of classic survival horror, and employs the new transition system to let players open doors and appear in new rooms. So I can only guess at the new options that allow things like ship upgrades, regenerating health bars, and enemy ship attack patterns. Sure, you can just build a connecting section, but sometimes you just want to teleport Sackfolk straight to the next part of your level. What really adds spice, though, are mid-mission objectives and user-created pins. Similarly, Toggle has the ability to push large blocks while in his ‘larger form’, simply by walking into them.
Oh, and Swoop can glide by tapping R1 too, which is a little less useful, as tapping A makes him flap anyway. Combined with smoother transitions between areas, and the ability to better hide spawn-gates, creators can now build proper stories rather than just isolated levels. And, if you fancy a little flourish, you now have proper breakable textures to crash through. Holding R1 makes Sackboy climb ladders and cargo-nets etc. However, the community has already been using it for more ambitious purposes.
The creator uses the new camera angle to replicate the look and feel of classic survival horror, and employs the new transition system to let players open doors and appear in new rooms. It helps you create more of a flowing, almost cinematic, narrative to horrro levels.
Only with cute mascots made of wool. What does this mean? You can now create worlds that are fully 3D, shifting the camera behind the player, and making them the centre of the experience. There are a bunch of new features designed to make lnp3 easier in user-created levels.
I’ve been playing the Beta for LBP3, and while it’s already a veritable wonderland for the creatively minded, there are clear signs that new developer Sumo is trying to make the do-it-yourself stuff more user-friendly.
Image above taken from: Here, you’re given an Illuminator yeah, it’s a torch and tasked with navigating Sackboy through a dimly-lit library. So, one of the most impressive things people do with existing LBPs is make entire mini-games, not just straight platform levels.
In other words, most people just can’t be arsed to make decent levels. What really adds spice, though, are mid-mission objectives and user-created pins. Not only does it make learning more fun apologies for the horrible clichbut it shows you how to use the game’s Create features in context.
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Just know that, if you have the talent, it’s possible in LBP3. To become a truly great Hordor creator, you need to understand how layers work. You can also insert objects into the world while playing, and add other decorative bits and pieces as you see fit. You need to keep your Illuminator beam trained on the switch to make them activate well, here anywayso this really adds an extra dimension to the puzzle solving.
In LBP and LBP2 it always feels like you’re crafting continuity via an elaborate use of technical smoke and mirrors, but LBP3 appears to forefront the idea of joined up levels and narrative.
Perhaps it’s because the tools for level-creation have become so vast and complex that only a significant investment of time neta ‘learning the ropes’ coupled with a flair for creativity could unlock the most satisfying LBP experience.
No longer do you need to continually switch between Play and Create modes to test and amend your levels. Then there are layer bounce-pads, that can push Gorror both in a specific direction and through layers. There are more smart tricks with light here.
The LittleBigPlanet 3 Beta shows off 9 small but significant changes
It really is a time-saver, and allows betw to edit in context rather than within the weird technical area of the Create space. And it’s really easy to use. It’s tough to overstate just how important this is. Let me know in the comments below. Here are nine smart, exciting things that I discovered while messing around with Create and playing other vastly superior levels made by the community. Have you been playing the Beta?
Are you now inspired to try to make your own levels? This is also a really, really important addition. One thing I noticed in a few levels is Sackboy’s new climbing ability.
Similarly, Toggle has the ability to push large blocks while in his ‘larger form’, simply by walking into them.
The increased toolset in this Beta has already lead to more accomplished mini-games, as created by the community. Sure, you can just build a connecting section, but sometimes you just want to teleport Sackfolk straight to the next part of your level.
It’s by no means an exhaustive list, and there are loads of improvements that Beat probably haven’t spotted. Bera third game gives you loads more options for transitioning players through various layers, which should–in theory–make your levels easier to design. Well, in LBP3, that’s now a thing.
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Similarly, there are switches that can be grabbed, pushing the player bea any layer the creator chooses, and rail-rides, as seen in ‘Iced Over’ by SE-MI92 above. In fact, don’t be surprised if there are a bunch of Mario betq already online when you get the game. You can now make changes while playing, using the Power-Up tool. However, light can also be used as a trigger. Oh, and you can pause and rewind in Play mode too, just like in Create.
One thing that has always been more of an annoyance than anything is the way creators are forced to transition players between sections of their levels. So you can actually see the benefits of moving something back and forth through layers, or having a texture that dissolves etc.
There’s a slide that pushes players from the back to the front automatically and doesn’t allow them to return to the back layer. You actually navigate levels while Larry Da Vinci talks you through the game’s extensive tools.
The glow horeor the flame, and the way it flickers and bends as you move, is a wonderful visual touch, and here it’s used as a trigger to light-up a whole new area without the need for a clumsy transition. Think NFL players smashing through that paper wall when they run onto the pitch at the start of a game.
Yeah, this is a biggie. Unusually, for a series that was positioned as ‘game-changing’ back on PS3, the buzz for LittleBigPlanet 3 has been relatively slight. At one point, Sackboy finds himself in a dark room, with only a candle in his hands to light the way. Well, on a basic level you can create dark levels, and challenge players to navigate platforming with limited knowledge of their surroundings.