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Posted January 17, 2011 - By Dana Leahy



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LittleBigPlanet 2

LittleBigPlanet 2
PlayStation 3
MSRP: $59.99
ESRB Rating: E

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What kind of game is it?

LBP 2 is a puzzle platformer where you guide Sackboy through colorful and fun levels. As a follow up to the original LittleBigPlanet, LBP 2 expands the universe and gives you the opportunity to build your own game with more robust customization options and improved level building tools. Adorable to its core, LBP 2's focus on user-generated content means that the world is constantly being updated. 

Who's the Developer?

British-based Media Molecule. Founded in 2006 by ex-Lionhead Studios employees, LittleBigPlanet was MM's first release as a studio. Building off the success of the indie game Rag Doll Kung Fu, which was developed by the team while they were still at Lionhead, Media Molecule hit a home run with the creative world of LittleBigPlanet and thankfully, they're giving us much, much more.

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LittleBigPlanet 2 Dated, Collector's Edition Detailed

CheapyD at CheapAssGamer.com scours both the online and offline world for the best deals on video games, and to help out your wallets, we're bringing his weekly recap to you!

Best Buy is holding a buy 2, get 1 free sale on all in-stock $29.99+ games. PC games are excluded. Also, buy a PS3 160GB, get LittleBigPlanet 2 or Gran Turismo 5 free.

Kmart will sell you Disney Epic Mickey for $19.99 when purchased with Donkey Kong Country Returns. Buy Mass Effect 2 or LittleBigPlanet 2 and get another $59.99 game 50% off.

Target is throwing in a $50 gift card with the purchase of a PS3 160GB console. Gran Turismo 5 is discounted to $44.

Toys R Us will knock 50% off any $59.99 game when purchased with Assassins' Creed Brotherhood. LittleBigPlanet 2 includes a $10 gift card and the Playstation Move Bundle includes a $20 TRU gift card.

Visit CAG for more details and the rest of this week's Sunday ad deals.

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GDC 2010: Sony Motion Controller Officially Called PlayStation Move

As the dust settles and smog clears on holiday sales in the game industry, we're getting more of a feel for the game industry, including who won and lost and in the game of the new motion-controllers. According to industry analyst Michael Pachter, Microsoft's Kinect outsold PlayStation Move 5 to 1 in the all-important holiday buying month of December.

“About one fifth of PS3 sales included bundles with Sony’s Move controller, suggesting a modest third month,” said Pachter. “About half of Xbox 360 sales included bundles with Microsoft’s Kinect peripheral, as Xbox 360 Kinect console bundles outsold PS3 Move console bundles by 5:1."

Not only that, but according to Pachter, the top two selling Kinect software titles outsold the top two Move titles by over 13:1.

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LittleBigPlanet 2 To Set Five Guinness World Records Next Week

If you’re in the New York City area next week, and you want to witness history literally being made before your eyes, then you’ll want to stop by the Sony Style store on Madison Avenue and watch as a group of steely souled Sackboy-hards attempt to set five Guinness World Records using Media Molecule’s forthcoming LittleBigPlanet 2.

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Sony Ships 1 Million PlayStation Move Units To North And Latin America

CheapyD at CheapAssGamer.com scours both the online and offline world for the best deals on video games, and to help out your wallets, we're bringing his weekly recap to you!

Best Buy is offering a $50 gift card with the purchase of a 160GB PS3 console (Amazon has price matched). Wii consoles are discounted to $179.99 and include your choice of a free $19.99 and under game. Buy a select Move game, get a 2nd for 50% off.

GameStop is offering an extra 50% trade-in credit, when put towards a purchase of used games, accessories, or consoles.

Target is throwing in a $25 gift card with the purchase of an Xbox 360 4GB console. Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, Fable III $39.99, Halo Reach are $39.99 each. The Sims 3 (PC) is $19.99

Toys R Us is including a $15 gift card when you buy Kingdom Hearts Re:coded.

Visit CAG for more details and the rest of this week's Sunday ad deals.

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  • Rock Band 3 $32 at Amazon
  • Mario & Luigi Bowser's Inside Story at Amazon
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CES 2011: The Video Games of the Sony Booth - Killzone and and MBL 11: The Show Dominate

Sony's massive booth at CES was dominated by their 3D offerings, while a gigantic screen blared 3D images and trailers, and ladies walked around handing out glasses, cigarette girl style. Even the games were all presented in 3D, although Sony's PlayStation area was fairly modest. They had Killzone 3, inFamous 2, MLB 11: The Show, LittleBigPlanet 2, and a couple of PlayStation Network titles. What they didn't have? The PlayStation Portable or the PlayStation Phone. Plus, the inFamous 2 demo was the same one we'd played last year, although it was extremely buggy and kept dropping frames or chugging through busy scenes. We'll chalk it up to a busy unit of a bad build, but ouch ... it looked bad.

What did look good was MLB 11: The Show, which now has built-in Move and 3D support. 3D Support is throughout the game, but Move only works with Home Run Derby. At first I thought this would feel gimmick, but after finally nailing a few homers into the stands (428 feet, thank you very much), it's something I wish carried over into the full game. It will read left or right-handed batters and puts a bat onscreen held by an invisible batter that you can waggle back and forth. Pointing towards the outfield to call your shot is optional. It takes a few tries to nail the swing mechanic, but once you do it feels natural (and is a workout) and lots of fun. Sony is hoping to bring more Move integration to the next iteration of the title.

And then, we played Killzone 3 in 3D, and with the gun peripheral. Did it rock our world? Read on to find out.

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I admit it; I'm nerding out over Nyko's just announced gun peripherals for the PlayStation Move.

Above is the Power Shot for Move, an "ergonomic tactical rifle attachment" that features "removable and rotating Navigation Controller dock allows the player to hold the Power Shot in various configurations, making it ideal for left and right handed gamers." According to Nyko, the "tactile trigger replicates the Motion Controller button for smooth firing and the aiming sight increases the player's accuracy. The Power Shot also features an extendable stock, allowing for utmost stability and precision during intense action games." It's out on March.

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Sony left us gamers a bit out in the cold at the CES 2011 Keynote, hyping their new 3D products but skimping on any game details. They mentioned Killzone 3 and Gran Turismo 5, and showed us the "already seen round the world" trailer for Uncharted 3, but other than a passing mention at a "Play Memories" photo app that can handle 3D photos and a Music Unlimited feature coming to Qriocity on the PlayStation, there was no gaming information at all. Heck, they didn't even tease Little Big Planet 2 or DC Universe Online, both of which come out this month.

While the show hasn't even started yet, and this was really a platform for product launching, we're surprised that there wasn't any more hype for Sony's "It Does Everything" machine. With the Move just released recently, we thought we heard more about that, for sure, and where was the rumored/leaked PlayStation Phone or the PSP 2 that we keep hearing rumblings about? At any rate, a terrifically gamer-centric Sony Keynote unfolded in the fantasy realm of our heads using pure 3D and Sony's own "Make. Believe." slogan. Read on to find out what we wish Sony would have announced at CES 2011.

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Sony wailed rock music at the audience, most likely in an effort to whip them into a fever pitch with their CES Keynote kicking off the evening before the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show got underway. Sony's booth, located in the Las Vegas Convention Center's Central Hall tends to dwarf other nearby exhibitors, and they had everything ranging from 3DTVs to cameras to the PlayStation 3 to the shot-up Black Beauty car from their upcoming reboot of The Green Hornet

But did they drop any video game news? Read on to find out.

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The holidays are behind us and the new year is just a few days away. I personally plan on ringing in 2011 with a copious amount of discounted games. This week I've covered several post-holiday sales but a few more have popped up. Sony and Pop Cap are having sales too! Keep reading to start saving.

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Knights Contract officially has a release date. Namco Bandai's upcoming action game will be released on February 22, 2011. Knights Contract is multiplatform and will be released on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Along with confirming the launch date, Namco Bandai also released new gameplay screenshots and gamelpay footage. Based on these screenshots, I think the ESRB rating of M for Mature was a good call. 

Knights Contract Gameplay Trailer »


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The Most Unlikely Video Game Heroes: From Mario to Gordon Freeman

We cover a lot of games here at G4, featuring a large selection of heroes and villains, but every now and again we're reminded of how absolutely ridiculous some of these fellas truly are. Italian plumbers and malcontent squirrels, really? So we thought we'd take a look throughout videogame history and conjure up some of the most unlikely gaming protagonists. Starting with the greatest of them all. Read on to find out who.

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Over 1 Million More People Playing Call of Duty: Black Ops On 360 Than PS3

Activision, Nintendo, and Microsoft were the big winners for November according to the last sales figures provided by research firm NPD Group. Treyarch’s ubiquitous shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops took the top spot for software sales, while the Xbox 360 was the best-selling console for the sixth consecutive month, securing its position as the best-selling console in the U.S.  for 2010.

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Not only that, but X-Play will announce the winners of G4tv.com's Videogame Deathmatch, a people's choice award that is the result of a month of voting in different brackets. We've narrowed the final choices down to two, Mass Effect 2 and Starcraft 2: Wings of Liberty. Find out how the rest of the world voted, and check out the games of the year when X-Play presents the Best of 2010, Tuesday at 6PM ET!

For a complete list of nominees and categories, click here.



GDC 2010: Sony Motion Controller Officially Called PlayStation Move

Update: According to Sony, (speaking to game blog Joystiq), the company has shipped over 4 million PlayStation Move units. Their original release specified that they had sold that many, but was, apparently, referring to the number of Move units shipped to stores, not the number that was purchased by consumers. That means that there is an unknowable/unreleased number of PlayStation Move units sitting on retailer shelves right now. 

Sony's representative told Joystiq: "While we don't disclose our exact sell-through number, the key is that our retailers continue to ask for more Move units and are taking every unit we can supply them with based on their sales."

Original Story: According to Sony, over 4.1 million PlayStation Move controllers have been sold since the system launched. The system dropped only two months ago in North America and thirty days ago in PlayStation-happy Japan. Sony says the positive sales numbers show "clear success of the launch of the new motion sensing controller but also indicates positive momentum going in to the holiday season and to the year 2011."

I like the PlayStation motion-control system as technology, but I haven't seen the software to really make it sing yet (or even yodel), so I'm a little iffy on purchasing a Move. Still, Move-enabled versions of LittleBigPlanet 2 and Killzone 3 are on the way, which might be enough to tip me toward purchasing it, particularly if Killzone finds a way to seamlessly, gracefully incorporate Move tech into the shooter.

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