Zero Punctuation: Little Big Planet

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Of all your reviews thus far, this one will be the most scarring to date... I feel... sullied...

Were those googly eyes... doing... oh.

*Runs away screaming*

Excellent, loved the strange interlude.. Your own?

Who's ass was it???

A good recipie for a review.

Bile
Fast speech
Forgetfulness
Stephen Fry
...
Male rear ends.

Needs more fast speech though. Oh, and more rear end.

Was beginning to think Yahtzee started being a massive hypocrit after commmenting on the poor repetetive nature of modern games while only reviewing games like Tomb Raider recently.

At least he gave this a try.

While I agree that a lot of stuff is useless that you find browsing through the content, I also found some real gems...potentially better than the story levels
(The Silent Hill level is awesome, bet he'd like that)

Holy sh!t this was hilarious!!

I agree that it can be hard to find the real gems in the community level, but its not nearly as bad as he would have you believe. Also the game does a very good job of know which planes your trying to reach so he may have been stretching the truth a bit there. A fair review as usual.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to put googly eyes on........something....

heh, fear the power of the googly eyes! I don't have a PS3 so I can't really try this myself, but the user made content thing is also in SSBB. There is potential to make some pretty nice stuff, but most of the levels I download are crap. I don't think that's something you should ever rely on, but it can be a nice little addition.

"I SAID EARHOLE!"

I was wondering if Yahtzee would be reviewing this, and I'm glad to see his commentary on user-made content in console titles. Considering that most of the target audience of LBP is somewhere in junior high, it's unsurprising that most of the user-made content is derivative, juvenile, poorly thought-out, or a combination of all of the above. I never felt like I was missing much, and even if Yahtzee's review had been entirely positive, I doubt he'd have changed my mind.

And those ass-eyes are going to haunt me. HAUNT me. I'll be wandering around the greater Philadelphia area and suddenly an arse with eyes will be in my face.

At least it's a decent arse.

Funny as always, I don't really understand the big fuss or hype over Little Big Planet, but I suppose like most of the casual, simple games it makes a snowball effect.

The googly eyed pants will keep me up all night though : (

The ass dance was awesome!

richasr:

also, what is the big deal about 1st posts?

The video was posted at 12:01 (ish). It lasts about 5 minutes. Technically, if you actualy watched the video (and thus can effectively comment on it) you should only be posting around 12:05-12:06. Anyone posting about 'OMG AWSUM VIDDD' before that tiem clearly didn't watch it and is only here to get on their knees for some guy they've never met on the internet.

StarryXNights:
Today's episode contained more bile than usual and didn't include such fast conversation. Personally I think Yahtzee has finally lost the plot, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

It's currently like... 40 something degrees (celcius) in most parts of australia.
If his air conditioner truely has broken as he said.... I pitty the poor man

Radu889:
Dear god... We need to find a way to kill those googly eyed pants.

I have a better idea; put them on television! Anyways, another great review.

I think his objection to lauding a game based on user generated content is akin to his objection to basing a game around multiplayer: it requires effort by people after release not only to generate a fun situation but also effort on his part to identify worthwhile additions. I liken it to my experience with custom maps from Warcraft 3, where there were very well written user made campaigns with completely functional gameplay tweeks (in some cases correcting issues well before a patch would come along) but it was really hard to tell what was worth it. And in some cases you have to make a few bad ones and have people actually play them just to get the framework down to go and make a good one. Essentially turning the gaming community into beta testers.

I didn't find it too funny...

I was really disappointed with this game when I got it, though. I thought you could cure diseases by playing it..but it seems that LBP suffers from a bad case of the HIV...

How much review was ACTUALLY in there? 3 minutes? It was a long time before the name "LittleBigPlanet" was actually mentioned let alone reviewed.

Decidedly a 'Meh' review, if that, if you ask me. But no one did.

But for the record I actually liked LBP, it was fun and quirky and a nice change of pace from a lot of games. Don't get me wrong I don't play it for hours on end but it's something to relax to and casually enjoy, you wouldn't 'grind' it all night and work for days at a time to be the best or whatever like you would in most games. Besides some of the User made Content is actually really good, obviously there are some awful levels but also some really good ones. A lot of people have a creative bud, even if they don't know how to express it. I'm with the developers on that one.

I thought that this one was just ok. It has some funny parts, but it took him a minute and a half to even mention the game. Add to this the butt waggling and there wasn't much time for him to actually talk about the game.

richasr:
I've wanted to go buy this game for a while now to see what all the fuss was about, and the tv adverts made it kind of intriguing to me. Not sure I will get it for a while now though, seems too frustrating!

also, what is the big deal about 1st posts?

The first posters are often banned as they post before humanly possible to watch it and are usually nonsensical or pointless and earn a short ban. Its more of the moderators telling them STFU. It is now a staple in comments. First the banned posts, then the ones pointing out them and their predicament, then the actual comments.

The whole bit at the end, the ominous music whilst the camera zoomed in on the eyes made it all the more atmospheric when the "Unskippable" advert came on at the end talking about "Up the Ladder"

Great review again, I actually enjoyed LBP, even though, as you mentioned the user created content typically featured no more than a method of filling up your trophy cabinet, there were some gems among the turds, I can't remember its name (Azure Palace I think?) was a great User Created level with atmosphere coming out the sack.

I deeply feared that we'd be watching the dancing googly-eyed butt for the last three minutes

Brokkr:
I thought that this one was just ok. It has some funny parts, but it took him a minute and a half to even mention the game. Add to this the butt waggling and there wasn't much time for him to actually talk about the game.

Did you not listen to him saying he does not really have alot to say and thus REQUIRED the time eater? The boxers and opening are what are known as filler to take up unused time to fill a general required timeframe.

I was genuinely disappointed that the googly-eye arse-waggling ended, I wanted more.

Kiutu:

Brokkr:
I thought that this one was just ok. It has some funny parts, but it took him a minute and a half to even mention the game. Add to this the butt waggling and there wasn't much time for him to actually talk about the game.

Did you not listen to him saying he does not really have alot to say and thus REQUIRED the time eater? The boxers and opening are what are known as filler to take up unused time to fill a general required timeframe.

I understand that he needed to do it, it doesn't make it any better though when half the time is filled with largely unfunny bits.

I liked LBP, but it does get old after a while; playing the same levels over and over isn't exactly the best, but playing with friends to slap around adds a lot of entertainment :)

I also agree with the bit about the narrator voice. It's so soothing and placid, almost as if Morgan Freeman was narrating your life.

This was certanly one of the best reviews. Good Work!

Honestly the video was awesome. I almost tipped over from laughing when I saw Sackboy with the kill me sign over him. The eyes on the err... well you know... were a nice touch to the episode and I have to admit that Yahtzee's videos are evolving, he's not pointing out the bad things about games anymore, he actually mentions which parts are worth looking into.

Good review, just been playing LBP. Definatly a pick up and play game, but no massive lasting appeal to it. Some of the user made content is good, a lot of it however is generic trash. Good friendly game, just not a lot about it really.

I really liked the googly eyed shorts scary as they were I don't wanna kill them...

Well that's the creepiest version of the "Ring" ever.

And in double-entendre stakes, it's even worse.

The butt was just a little weird but the review was great and entertaining.
I really hate how they take off all the good mario levels as well as other levels made after various games.

I too noticed that the words-per-minute average there was a good deal lower than usual. Yahtzee should move someplace where they have snow at this time of year like normal people.

Valid points are made all around however. I'd disagree with Yahtzee's view on user-made content, if it were not for the fact that the search engine for user-made levels is dismal, bordering on dire (or should that be the other way around?). Even if you know the precise name of the level you want to find and do a search for it... more often than not the first two pages will be filled up with worthless level fodder that sounds nothing like what you typed in - while the level you're actually looking for will be hiding away on the fifth page on a remote Indonesian island, sandwiched between a reinterpretation of Hamlet by a three-year-old and the theme tune to Tetris.

I don't really understand where the Yahtzee I grew to enjoy watching has gone. The reviews are still entertaining, but not quite in the same way they were a while back. Every platforming review has the same jokes. Every shooter review has the same jokes. The originality is completely gone. The reviews still show his disdain for the world of game design, but he is not as completely vicious about the poor aspects of the games he reviews. The positive points of a game used to seem so rare that they would blow his mind, but now he just shrugs them off with a little less enthusiasm. Paraphrasing of course would lead to comments such as, "Yeah I had a lot of fun personally traversing the original levels of Little Big Planet, but is that really what these viewers are interested in?" In short Yahtzee the answer would be yes. Look through some of your older reviews then compare them with the more recent. It seems as the fan base has grown you have resorted to pleasing them instead of providing an interesting review.

sycotik:
I deeply feared that we'd be watching the dancing googly-eyed butt for the last three minutes

That was the best part of...

Okay, okay, I'M KIDDING. Yeesh.

Agree on pretty much everything. I don't know what's the fuss about the game. Sackboy? Geez. That's creative. So basically, it's The Sims + Rayman in 2D/3D hybrid.

And I too hoped that it will be a Little Big Adventure sequel. Damn it.

You managed to freak me out with the last moments of this episode...

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