Titles such as Mass Effect 3, in which players can enter into a same-sex relationship storyline, and Star Wars: The Old Republic, which offers similar possibilities have been the focus of the anti-gay protestors criticism.
While developers Media Molecule stated that they would be ‘stepping away’ from the LittleBigPlanet franchise, it’s clear from the trailer below that Sackboy and friends aren’t done with the video game world just yet.
LittleBigPlanet is getting some wheels and taking on the genre of karting in the way only it can. With the focus once again on the Play. Create. Share mantra that made the first two titles so unique, it’s looking like this PlayStation 3 exclusive has the potential to breathe fresh life into yet another genre.
Recent financial results from Surrey-based developer Media Molecule show that the LittleBigPlanet creators have invested more than four million pounds into research and development during the fiscal year ending in March 2011.
Ah, Mother’s Day. The day where mums can relax and take their minds off keeping their spawnlings in check (for a while, at least). That day of the year where mums around the country are guaranteed presents from their young ones, breakfast in bed and a night out to their favourite restaurant – or a combination of all three if they’re lucky.
But what do you do to whittle away the time between these events? How do you fill the gap between the morning box of chocolates and the time your restaurant reservation is booked for? Never fret, there are plenty of games that are perfect to play on Mother’s Day. Here are five of the best.
Super Mario Galaxy
Everybody loves Mario. The plump Italian plumber has inspired and ignited the imagination of millions of gamers around the world since his first appearance in Donkey Kong nearly 30 years ago. While it’s undeniably always good fun to play as him, jumping all over the colourful worlds (where seemingly everything has eyes), watching doesn’t come anything close to the interactive experience. It’s a good thing then that Super Mario Galaxy allows a second player to aid the first, by using another Wiimote to shoot stars at enemies Mario may have been too busy to deal with otherwise. Hand your charge that second controller and have them be your stellar wingman.
If you can look at the faces of LittleBigPlanet’s sackpeople, no matter whether they’re smiling, sobbing, fuming mad or scared to death without cracking a smile, then all hope is gone for you. Media Molecule have created the cutest and most loveable characters of this generation (so far, at least) and placed them in one of its most charming platformers. With its playful design and floaty physics, it’s easy to pick up and hard to put down. The fact that four people can play simultaneously only helps to sweeten the deal. Playing this with your kids will ensure you’ll all have a great experience, filled with fun, laughter and the occasional frightened face.
Lego Rock Band
Lego has been entertaining millions of children (both toddlers and bigger ones) for decades, so it was only natural that it would gradually make its transition to the interactive medium. It’s proved a massive success, with some of the coolest franchises, such as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Batman and, er, Harry Potter being translated into some respectful and briliiantly irreverent platformers. The announcement that Rock Band, an already awesome party game, would be joining with the world’s premier brick manufacturer only made it even more awesome. Knowing its target audience perfectly, Lego Rock Band is perfect for children, incorporating features such as super-easy difficulties and automatic kick drum modes, meaning you’ll be a family force akin to The Jackson 5 in no time at all.
Battlefield Bad Company 2
If you’d rather have a break from the kids, then you can’t go far wrong with DICE’s Battlefield Bad Company 2. Focusing on the ongoing struggle of Marlowe, Sweetwater, Haggard and Redford as they try to redeem themselves in the eyes of the U.S military, these four boys certainly swear like the troopers they are. With f-bombs being dropped casually throughout, along with its fine shooting action, Bad Company 2 is strictly a no-child zone. It’s also great fun online – its exquisite squad-based gameplay lending itself to one of the finest multiplayer experiences you can find today. Find three other like-minded mummies and you’ll be showing younger generations how it’s done in no time.
As you can imagine, the miracle of birth is integral to the foundations of Mother’s day, so this list would feel a little empty if it didn’t contain a title featuring one. However, perhaps unsurprisingly, precious few examples exist in the medium. In Fallout 3, the life of The Lone Wander begins at, well, the beginning. After being born, you’re told by your daddy what sex you are, what your name’s going to be and, through the marvel of futuristic technology, even shown what you’re going to look like when you’re all grown up. Although many mothers may happily remember the day of the children’s birth, events soon take a sobering and tragic turn for the worse, reminding us that unfortunately not everyone’s experience can be happy and that this is a day to remember the loving mothers in our lives we have lost.
What are your favourite games to play on Mother’s Day?
We’re here, we’ve counted down from 50-31 and 30-11 and now we’ve reached the best 10 games of the last decade. Whatever your opinion on the final standings there is no doubting these titles are some of the best to grace consoles, ever.
Here’s to the next ten years.
Little Big Planet
10 – LittleBigPlanet
LittleBigPlanet can safely put itself up there with the elite titles – those that not only stand out amongst the crowd, but also change the games that follow it. LittleBigPlanet changes things not via its satisfying platforming, but by also using its heavy emphasis on customisation – not just in the small scale of character looks but also in the capacity to create levels from scratch to build the game how you see fit. Placing the creativity in gamer’s hands was massively innovative and although it may not has been the first to offer the ability to create custom gaming experiences, it certainly made it far more accessible than ever before.
Platform: PlayStation 3 Developer: Media Molecule Year: 2008
9 – Guitar Hero
Almost single handedly reinventing the rhythm game genre and the first in line in the series, Guitar Hero was a sleeper hit. With over 1.5 million sales on release the arguably small genre hit big in the living room. Pioneering with an actual guitar controller, it paved the way to 13 other titles in the franchise to date, and inspired many others to follow suit. It also made everyone feel like they could play guitar. Almost.
Platform: PlayStation 2 Developer: Harmonix Music System Year: 2006
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
8 – Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
The top selling game of 2007, Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was a shooter that included a well written and intense storyline with realistic graphics and an incredible online experience. This game saw Infinity Ward turn the series from World War 2 based to a more modern, gritty gaming experience which gave us a realistic look at the brutality of modern war. Add to that a well crafted multiplayer and you
have one of the best first person shooters ever.
Platform: Multi Developer: Infinity Ward Year: 2007
7 – Halo 3
Finish the Fight. In what may have been the most hyped game – and some might say over hyped – to ever grace a console, in the final instalment of the Master Chief’s fight against the Covenant and the flood, you finally get to the end of an emotional roller-coaster ride to the climax. Along with its single player campaign, Halo 3 also greatly expanded upon the popular – and still played today – Halo 2 multiplayer. With brand new maps, weapons and tweaks in the dynamics Halo 3 definitely improved upon its predecessor, and has been the most played game on Xbox Live of 2007, 2008 and even 2009. So, Call of Duty? Eat your heart out.
Platform: Xbox 360 Developer: Bungie Year: 2007
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare 2
6 – Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Modern Warfare 2 could be the most anticipated game of all time. It has certainly lived up to the hype. Infinity Ward took everything that made the first Modern Warfare so great and stepped it up a notch. It provides the player with an over the top, explosion heavy, gun blazing single player. Surpassing that though is it’s fast pace, challenging and more importantly rewarding multiplayer, which is almost perfect.
Platform: Multi Developer: Infinity Ward Year: 2009
Half Life 2
5 – Half-Life 2
Half Life 2 saw the return of Gordon Freeman, a scientist from City 17 fighting for his life to survive. Building upon its predecessor, this game gave the fans everything they wanted, from cutting edge graphics to an incredibly engaging single player campaign. The detail and perfection found in every aspect of this game ensures that it will become a timeless title.
Platform: Multi Developer: Valve Year: 2004
Gears of War
4 – Gears Of War
While Gears Of War certianly didn’t bring anything new to the table it did refine already existing aspects to create one of the perfecylt crafted titles of the last decade. It’s cover system was without fault, it’s shooting system had the realistic feel that is often lacked and it’s story provide the hook that brought it all together. If you could forgive the clunky-ness it’s multiplayer also provided hours of gory fun. A special mention should also go to the chainsaw. Best weapon ever.
Platform: Xbox 360 and PC Developer: Epic Games Year: 2006
3 – Portal
“Welcome to the Aperture Science Computer-Aided Enrichment Center.” Are the first words you’ll hear when you first play this game – bar some cheesy yet catchy music out of a radio. Portal is a First Person Puzzle game in which you have a gun called the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, or “Portal Gun.” This gun has the ability to shoot two portals – an entrance and an exit Portal – that you need to use in order to traverse the various levels of the game. And did I mention you have a slightly psychotic AI guiding you called GLaDOS? Portal is an immensely fun game and most definitely worth a play for all game lovers out there. Oh and by the way… the cake is NOT a lie.
Platform: Multi Developer: Valve Year: 2007
2 – Bioshock
One of the most beautiful games created last decade, Bioshock, spiritual successor to 1994’s System Shock, mixed lush Art Deco-inspired surroundings with a strong sense of unease and discomfort to devastating effect. The sub-aquatic dystopia of Rapture is both absorbing and agitating, since any one of the city’s monstrous inhabitants could jump out at you at any time. Hugely post-modern, Bioshock contains some of the most memorable characters in videogame history, alongside perhaps the most shockingly brilliant plot twist ever to be found in any form of media. The thinking person’s shooter, Bioshock thoroughly deserves its place near the top of the list.
Platform: Multi Developer: Irrational Games Year: 2007
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
1 – Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves has been the winner of numerous Game of the Year Awards in 2009, including our very own, and has become widely regarded as having the best graphics to come out of a console so far. In the main protagonist’s second outing, you follow Nathan drake on his quest to find the ancient city of Shambhala in his quest for the Cintamani stone. Going from a war-torn Nepal to the heights of the Himalayas you jump, climb and fight your way to find out the dark secrets contained within the ancient city. If that wasn’t enough, Uncharted 2 offers 5v5 multiplayer action and a 3 player co-op objective style game play. All in all, Uncharted 2 is a masterpiece and technical marvel of what the PS3 can do. With a story worthy of those multi-million dollar Hollywood films – along with the cheesy jokes to go with it – this game definitely deserved every single bit of praise it received.
Platform: PlayStation 3 Developer: Naughty Dog Year: 2009
Shigeru Miyamoto has just been involved in a media round-table event to promote New Super Mario Bros Wii ahead of its launch next month and has let slip some juicy info on Mario’s future, HD gaming and his disappointment at Wii Music’s reception.
Miyamoto, Mario and Luigi
When asked about Mario levels created by users of Little Big Planet, Miyamoto had this to say: “This is something I have an interest in exploring, and Mario levels are well suited for it. Mario vs. Donkey Kong made by NST is one I’m involved in, and that’s a game that we’ve explored level creation. I’ve always had an interest in these kinds of creation tools.” If this means future Mario games ship with level editors then colour us excited.
Gamebrit.com opened it’s doors back in August of 2008, but us as a team have been gaming for a large number of years, so, in a incredibly late fashion, it’s with pleasure that we present to you the first annual Gamebrit Awards.
The Gamebrit Awards aim to celebrate the best in videogaming from the past twelve months, and not only are we honoring all games on all major platforms, we will also be selecting the best home grown title; along with the best game developed right here in the United Kingdom.
All the titles in the categories below were pre selected by Gamebrit’s staff team and after much further debate an overall winner was chosen. We hope you agree that our choices are deservedly awarded, if not be sure to join the debate on our forums to discuss the awards and the industry as a whole with like-minded gamers.
So without further a due let the awards commence:
iPhone Game Of The Year
Winner – Sim City iPhone
Super Monkey Ball
Crash Bandicoot Nitro Kart
The visuals of SimCity 3000 combined with the gameplay of SimCity 2000 gave us the biggest and most ambitious iPhone app of 2008: SimCity iPhone from EA. With the ability to pinch in and out of your custom-built city to edit those fine details, this rendition of SC is both pretty on the eye, and pretty damn playable. The fun, addicting gameplay that you remember from the PC version remain intact to give great value for your £5.99 to provide hours of high fun.
Nintendo DS Game Of The Year
Winner – Professor Layton And The Curious Village
Nominations: Advance Wars: Day of Ruin
The World ends with you
It took its sweet time to arrive here but Professor Layton and the Curious Village was worth the wait. After a clever ad campaign and word-of-mouth it became one of the most sought after titles over the Christmas period, selling out across the country and fetching stupid prices on eBay. This popularity was no accident as Professor Layton is one of the most addictive and engrossing games of the year and a great bridge title to bring together new and old gamers.
Playstation Portable Game Of The Year
Winner – Patapon
Nominations: Loco Roco 2
God of War: Chains of Olympus
Space Invaders Extreme
The people behind LocoRoco have once again delivered a game that’s crazy, original and downright addictive. Patapon built on the idea of simple 2D graphics and combined it with a rhythm led, side scrolling, fighting game. This may sound like an unusual match but it’s an instant hit and has won critical acclaim across the industry. It covers all bases providing artistic visuals, perfectly mapped controls and a soundtrack that will get stuck in your head and won’t let go. This is not only one of the PSP’s finest but a game that should be experienced by everyone.
Multiplayer Game Of The Year
Winner – Burnout Paradise
Nominations: Gears Of War 2
Left 4 Dead
Smash Bros Brawl
Mario Kart Wii
Despite being out for more than a year, Criterion, another UK based developer, have been supporting Burnout Paradise with a slew of downloadable content since release, it’s this continued support along with a amazingly thorough game to build upon that make Burnout Paradise our multiplayer game of the year. A solid multiplayer experience, different to any other racing game make Burnout Paradise such an appealing multiplayer affair. The open structure of the multiplayer gave gamers a choice in how to play which is still refreshing more than a year after release.
An independently developed title takes the scoop for downloadable game of the year. Braid (available on Xbox Live) married beautifully unique visuals with captivating and thought provoking gameplay. A highly satisfying puzzle challenge with indefinte style. Jonathon Blow, congratulations.
British Developer Of The Year
Winner – Media Molecule
Nominations: Fable 2 – Lionhead Studios
GTA IV – Rockstar North
Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts – Rare
Viva Pinata: Trouble In Paradise – Rare
Coming from a small office in Guildford, newly formed Media Molecule gave the world not only LittleBigPlanet but also a fresh approach to games development. They’ve drawn on 70+ years of combined gaming experience and are packed full of people who love making and playing games. This is incredibly clear from the game they’ve made so far and the community feel they’ve created that surrounds everything they do. The Media Molecule ‘family’ has got a bright future ahead of them and it’s genuinely exciting to wonder what project they’ll embark on next.
PC Game Of The Year
Winner – Red Alert 3
Football Manager 2009
Far Cry 2
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is the famous phrase, but EA went ahead and fixed it anyway, by introducing a fully playable online co-op campaign. Fortunately nothing has stopped the consistency of the Red Alert franchise from being the awesome Real Time Strategy gaming series that we all remember, as the third (if played alongside a friend) could be considered the best yet of the trilogy. It may not do a great deal to introduce new players to the series, but RA fanboys will be drooling over HD Tesla Tanks, heavy naval combat and most importantly… Jenny McCarthy and Gemma Atkinson wearing leather in HD!
Playstation 3 Game Of The Year
Winner – LittleBigPlanet
Metal Gear Solid 4
Grand Theft Auto 4
Fresh from new developers Media Molecule, LittleBigPlanet put creativity back in the hands of players. Combining classic platforming with a do-it-yourself attitude, this game established itself amongst the PS3’s elite titles. Add to this an adorable lead character, limitless customization and one of the most fun multiplayer experiences around and you have an incredibly enjoyable game. With the ongoing content updates as well as the numerous user built levels being uploaded every day, LittleBigPlanet’s hold on the gaming world isn’t due to end anytime soon.
Wii Game Of The Year
Winner – Smash Bros Brawl
Nominations: No More Heroes
Mario Kart Wii
Zack & Wiki
Despite all the massive hype, director Masahiro Sakurai managed to deliver on just about all his promises for this sequel. The impressive selection of playable characters, stages cameos and nods to the company’s glossy past made this a virtual wet dream for Nintendo fans around the globe and it quickly became one of the best selling hardcore titles of the year. The addition of a fully-fledged single player, online options and level editors gave gamers even more reasons to immerse themselves in the Smash Bros universe.
Gears of War 2 was a highly anticipated sequel to a game that has sold over 5 million copies worldwide and had won many awards in 2007 including Game of the Year. It did not disappoint. A compelling story saw the characters progress in the fight against impossible odds with scenes of great atmosphere. Gripping multiplayer with new modes, such as Horde, meant that Gears of War 2 set a new record for the number of simultaneous players on Xbox Live, with over 1.5 million people logging on to play the game.
Gamebrit Game Of The Year
Winner – Gears Of War 2
Nominations: Grand Theft Auto 4
Metal Gear Solid 4
Professor Layton & The Curious Village
Left 4 Dead
Smash Bros. Brawl
As the above mentions, Gears of War 2 offered enough fresh material, coupled with the necessary high standards of graphics and sound, to win both Xbox 360 Game of the Year and Game Brit Game of the Year 2008. Congratulations Epic.
Throughout gaming history there have been many weird and wonderful characters memorable enough to be elevated to the status of console icons. From Nintendo’s Mario all the way through to the Xbox 360’s Master Chief. Not to mention all the bandicoots, speeding hedgehogs, ball dwelling monsters and buxom tomb raiding millionaires in between. It’s certainly an impressive array of diversity but still Sony’s latest offering, Sackboy, seems a little unusual. Why, in the gaming world where anything is possible, would anyone want to play as a sack? They have no personality, are generally dull and are lacking in distinguishing features.