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Clip Analysis: Little Big Planet 2

Clip Analysis: Little Big Planet 2 (photo)

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Video game teasers tend to stick to a certain formula: dazzle the viewer with awesome graphics, show off some of the games’ abilities and maybe dribble a little story out to tantalize would-be players. But every so often, one piece of video-centric marketing will float above the rest or sink to join the sludge.

In Clip Analysis, I’ll be looking at trailers, teasers and just about any game-related video in an effort to call out what works and what doesn’t in terms of communicating a particular game’s coolness.

This time, I’ll be taking a look at the Adventure trailer for “LittleBigPlanet 2”.

The first LittleBigPlanet captured hearts with its intrepid burlap hero Sackboy and scissors-and-Elmer’s-glue DIY aesthetic. Its “Play. Create. Share” slogan inspired players to craft hundreds of thousands of stickers and levels. LBP won that and The love for LBP saw Sony following up with this year’s “ModNation Racers”, a kart racing game with similar ideas about heavy customization as a game mechanic.

So, the coming of LittleBigPlanet 2 this fall is a big deal. Dev studio Media Molecule is promising easier and more expansive game-making tools and a deeper single-player experience. The new trailer is supposed to be all about the latter, so let’s take a look.

• The music is classic LBP: energetic, guitar-centric pop with a load of screaming kids in the background. I don’t know who the band is but their sound’s a perfect fit for the game.

• The first few snippets of gameplay are confusing to look at. A problem with a fast-moving trailer for a content-rich game like LBP is that the camera needs to be pulled back at a wide angle. It’s not the best choice for appreciating a game where half the fun is picking out the little touches designers have put in the levels.

• Another reason the wide angles don’t work is you don’t get to see the changing expressions on Sackboy’s face. Any game where you can change the character’s emotional state at will should show it off in a promo clip.

• But the wide angle does work for showing off how busy, manic and fun multiplayer session on LBP can be. And the cosmic scope of the new story mode does come across. You see a spoofy version of a Star Trek spaceship going into warp drive and some sort of odd chicken mount for you to ride around in.

• Honestly, the montages of new mechanics and in-game gadgets is the most exciting thing about the Adventure clip. In a game that’s essentially about making new games, new tools and toys are the money shot. The Creatinator and the AI Sackbots look the most intriguing.

For a trailer focused on story, Adventure doesn’t do a lot to tell you about LBP 2’s plot. The Alliance you’re joining on makes quick cameos in the clip. Of course, plot’s never mattered much in LBP and it’s really only a reason for you to jump from point A to point B. November 16th’s the day Sackboy comes back to PS3s everywhere and the day when we’ll see just how engaging LBP’s new Story Mode actually is.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.