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  • Community Spotlight Episode 131


    Welcome everyone to the latest Episode of the Spotlight featuring levels posted in the Level Showcases and Recommendations forums in the past fortnight. A big thank you to everyone who rallied round and posted recommendations for us to try. We had great fun replaying some old favourites and discovering some new ones too. Great job and keep them coming xD

    A couple of bits of good news to announce. First, we are very happy to welcome yugnar to the Crew. He will be playing and reviewing Vita levels for us. Awesome to have him on board!

    Secondly, Cogmonkey has very kindly put together a really cool video showcasing the levels featured in the LBP2 Spotlight. It’s awesome of him to do this for us and we hope you enjoy sampling the spotlights this way. Cogmonkey is very keen to get any feedback on the video, suggestions for improvements, what you would like to see featured etc. so please let him and us know what you think! He will also be uploading the full videos for each level over the course of the week. A big thank you to him for doing this! Just a note to say that the Ghost Ship is not included in the video because we only reached a final decision on that level late in the day due to erm...OHLOOKANOTHERSQUIRREL!






    Without further ado, on with the Spotlight!





    FROM THE LEVEL SHOWCASE:

     
    The Ghost Ship
    by  Psyclownpath
    During the "Black Plague" epidemic, a team of researchers were sent out to sea to discover a treatment for the disease, however their safety once again became threatened when the Black Plague joined them onboard their ship, leaving only one survivor. Not recommended for the squeamish.

    She may be as big as the Titanic but this ain't no ship of dreams. Well, bad dreams maybe. Climb aboard the SS Get Me The Heck Out Of Here! and experience a rich and creepy atmosphere like no other. Seriously, you'll constantly be looking over your shoulder and with every little noise spin around going, "whatwasthat?" You are the soul survivor on board this ship and very much wish for this nightmare to be over. As you sneak about trying to avoid the plague victims, you have one thought on mind. I. Must. Get. Out.

    biorogue

    They are out to get you! You find yourself alone on a huge deserted ship…well deserted except for whatever horror it is that lurks in the darkness, intent on your destruction. Poignant notes from the crew only add to the growing sense of dread. How on earth are you going to make it out alive!?! This is a fantastically atmospheric level; it will genuinely get your heart pumping as you scurry through the bowels of the rusting ship, jumping at every moving shadow and hearing the pounding on the door and watching it shake in its frame…too creepy for words! This is a cracking ghost story set in a wonderfully detailed, decaying ship. There are some clever environmental puzzles, plenty of stealth gameplay and some spine chilling thrills to be had. Just try not to panic and you’ll be fine…

    shropshirelass


     
    DUNGEON DAY [1 player only]
    by  Benj21000
    It's Dungeon Day ! It's time to explore an old, huge, dark dungeon, defeat the Boss and get the treasure. Have fun ! 1P only.

    It's been a while since I've played a good "dungeon crawler" type game, so when I played this level it reminded me of why I loved them so much. Warning: Exploring this dungeon could be hazardous to your health, but if you're lucky enough and brave enough, untold riches could be yours. This dungeon is as a dungeon should be, it's dark, it's dank, and it's beautiful. Manoeuvering around here can be tricky though as you'll encounter many locked doors that require specific keys, pesky walls that can only be destroyed by well placed bombs, oh, and let's not forget some bad guys who really would rather you NOT find the treasure. So, if you're in the mood, grab your dusty fedora and whip and get in there and show 'em who's boss!

    biorogue

    Played this, Loved this, and will enjoy recommending this to others!! A damp dark dungeon in some words could be said is a full fledged "Guantlet" turned platformer. A great escape for those looking for an excellent place to explore and implore your brain for sure. Cause to make your way to the prize at the end, you must gather keys strewn throughout this dark and musky place that's riddled with nasty wizards and ghoulish fiends, but don't worry you'll garner a few extra abilities to help you along your way.

    L-I-M-I

    So this is what a dungeon crawler is like! I’ve always wondered. Well I might just have to start looking out for some more of them to play, if this is anything to go by. I had a great time exploring the winding corridors and halls of this dungeon, which managed to look both suitably dark and dungeon-like and somehow gorgeous at the same time. There’s a great sense of decaying grandeur and richness about this dungeon, what with the stained glass, carved pillars and crumbling statues. I’m not surprised there’s treasure secreted in the heart of it. You will have to work hard to find it, though. It’s hidden behind a series of locked doors which only open with colour-coded keys and it’s defended by some fierce guards too. All in all, an enthralling and brain teasing adventure awaits you, full of traps, oubliettes (always wanted to use that word!) and flying daggers! If that doesn’t whet your appetite then there’s something wrong somewhere.

    shropshirelass


     
    Dark Earth Chapter One (1P ONLY) (alpha) By Unexpecter
    by  Unexpecter
    [PLAY IN DARK ROOM] Story of a lone survivor on destroyed Earth. What's behind this catastrophe? And is there a way to heal the world? Long journey for the truth just begins. This is alpha version, so you'll encounter bugs and glitches everywhere.

    Thanks for Unexpecter for blowing my head off! Instant WHOAH right when I got acquainted with the environment and the dark ambiance feel throughout the journey! Playing it with the lights off definitely increases the immersive experience as you go across a city with a gun that has a flashlight and laser pointing attachment and enjoying a great story at the same time. Hit me up with more of the awesome visuals with that kind of detail and I'll be set in LittleBigPlanet for quite some time.

    hyperdude95

    If there is one person in LBP who could really suck you into a level it is definitely the Unexpecter!! This level is wicked crazy good. Man, I loved blasting away all the zombies and such, the animations were uber cool and so is the environment. Why am I just mentioning the environment now, if anyone knows Unexpecter they know his ability to created environments that just suck you in and grab ahold of you as if they had hands of a Sasquatch. In conclusion, this level is riddled with eye popping graphics, excellent gameplay, and an opening that will just leave you breathless.

    L-I-M-I

    *reads Hyper's review* What! *calls my lawyer, Saul* "Yeah, unauthorized use of my patented 'Whoa!.' I want justice! What? No, he didn't spell it the same. Well shoot!" Next time Hyper, next time. Alright, now that that's out of the way. WHOA! I've long been a fan of Unexpecter's but man, he completely caught me off guard with this one. I mean, if this is the "Alpha" version, I can't wait to see the full version. As Hyper said, the atmosphere is incredible. So many little details help to create this lonely environment and just when you think things are going ok, BAM! You better buckle up because this ride gets bumpy. Man, play this level!

    biorogue


    FROM RECOMMENDATIONS:

     
    This song for God
    by  koknsun
    The Pieta(1498-1499) is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti , housed in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City. The concept of this lvl is one of the legend of Christ reborn. best for1~2p :) worst & terrible happens for 3~4p x( (sorry... there are cases where the sculpture of ending isn't displayed well ;( )

    Koknsun, you have given me unbelievable experiences and pure enjoyment from your well made levels ranging from both quality and quantity! I am honored to write a review for this level, and you NEED to be noticed more, goodness you need a Sackie! I guarantee when you play this level for the first 30 seconds you will be hooked to it and the way it is executed it just very ambitious! Just when I think the level is over more and more happen and the design is pure art! I do not want to spoil, I do not want to budge, but please take some of your time to try this out. This song for god is also the best song I have heard in LBP, and yes I am speaking metaphorically. But this is also a song of prosperity - the magic will sing to you and it is time for you to play the song.

    hyperdude95

    This guy never fails to impress me. Each and every time I play one of his levels, there's always this moment when I stop, stare at my screen and let out this whispered, "Whoa." This level is absolutely brimming with gorgeous, intricately designed machinery whose purpose is to convey you ever higher to your goal. Actually, the entire level is like one giant contraption full of platforming goodness. Climb it and you will experience some of the most beautiful art you can find around LBP. No matter your religeous preferences, you have to see this level and appreciate the hard work that went into crafting this well made masterpiece.

    biorogue

    Koknsun is one of the unsung heroes of LBP. A true craftsman, no an artist. Playing his levels is like being part of a work of art; you touch buttons and pull levers and magic happens, beautiful set pieces unfold before your eyes. It’s not a passive experience at all, however. There’s some tricky platforming thrown in as you battle your way upwards , building more and more intricate structures filled with jewel-like colour and rich decoration. I may have said this in an earlier review but at times you feel as if you’re looking into a particularly lovely kaleidoscope! I think one of the ingame level reviewers put her finger on it when she said that he is one of the few creators who makes you love the cutscenes in his levels! Anyway, as ever, it is all accompanied by some glorious music and builds to an impressive finale which I won’t spoil. Do please play this level! It's medicine for the soul.

    shropshirelass


     
    The Heist
    by  bigsurf77
    [Best as 1 Player] "The Heist" is a cape based level. Get out of the bank, as soon as possible! Can you escape before the police arrives? ----- [Difficulty: Medium - Hard] ----- Special thanks: Music by @buddydestruction

    Now I am sure our parents always tell us "stealing is bad" and "you can get in big trouble" as we grow up. But, no one said creating a level when you have to run away before the police arrives with cape-based and wall-jumping game play is not allowed. Of course : don't try this in real life because sadly we can not wall jump (but that would be totally awesome!) and we would get arrested. The heist is a fantastic level with some really awesome thrill to it and you will have a lot of fun!

    hyperdude95

    I tell ya, this level is more fun tha a pillow fight on Saturday night! Have I told you how much I love the Hero Cape? I love love love it! I just don't think I could ever get enough of gliding around levels. My apologies, I'm getting a bit off track, as usual. This level! Yes, this level is quite enjoyable. You've committed a heinous crime and have been caught the act. Alarms are blaring and now you have to make your daring escape. We've seen lots of "cape" levels already, so we pretty much get how to use the thing and what to expect. That's one of the reasons I loved this level is because the cape is used in a few new ways and it's a blast! Play it.

    biorogue


     
    Alastor : Enemy Of hope
    by  ninja-R
    Hi , I have created this level , in parallel with the level of Anatheme, the hero of his level is the enemy of mine... it make a link between his and mine // salut j'ai cree ce niveau en parallèle a celui d'Anatheme, le hero de son niveau est l'ennemi du mien, cela cree un lien entre nos deux niveau ... allez jouez le sien a la suite ... 1 PLAYER

    Instant Assassins Creed nostalgia spread through my body after the begining of the level. Play as Alastor (a really awesome Assasin name in my opinion) as you swiftly make your way slicing guards and dashing all across the map. Alastor comes equipped with some neat attacking skills especially this charging move which also cleared out some obstacles and even make your enemies float in the middle of the air around you and you slice them down. If you are a fan of the Assassins Creed series, I am sure you will enjoy this awesome adventure!

    hyperdude95

    Take 1 part, kicking butt take names later with 1 part kick even more bad guy but and you get an instant hit that makes you beg to Ninja-R gimme more and more, well at least 1 more!! I did not want this to end, the moves were executed flawlessly, loved the way those fur necked covered goons would bounce back when struck with a wicked Ninja jab or the dash effect was laded with a faden image of yourself.

    L-I-M-I


     
    Little Canyon (platformer)
    by  otkrgm_4
    Platformer * Artistic * Sackbots * Long * Challenging

    Who the heck is OTKRGM_4 and why have I never played any of his/her levels before!! I had some reserve going into this level cause I have actually been to a place called Little Canyon and I left there with a nasty tick stuck to back of my thigh and nearly go bit by a poisonous snake. With all that aside I am glad this dusty adventure loaded up to redeem canyons everywhere. A great adventure thru some rough tundra that is very multi-player friendly, so grab a partner and head on down to the Greatest Little Canyon around, while there snap some photos.

    L-I-M-I

    Unlike Leems here I have a definite soft spot for canyons. Canyons levels always bring back such great memories of LBP1 goodness and this one is no exception. But it’s not just a nostalgia trip! otkrgm_4 has some clever new platforming ideas and you’ll need pretty precise timing and good reflexes to get through some of it. It’s explosive stuff too, as platforms disappear from under your feet with bang, burning boulders trying to run you down and teetering rocks flip you every which way. otkrgm_4 has even managed to put his own stamp on the canyons setting and the level looks fantastic with the gameplay weaving in and out of some awesome stylised rocky outcrops, all bolted and pinned together and featuring some very cool stickering. It’s always a pleasure to play a level as well-crafted as this one. otkrgm_4's levels are just getting better and better with each one he/she publishes; definitely a creator to watch out for!

    shropshirelass



    Also from the Showcase...
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    Comments 6 Comments
    1. Benj21000's Avatar
      Benj21000 -
      thanks a lot for spotlighted Dungeon Day !!!

      Benj21000 the frenchie.
    1. Sharfik1995's Avatar
      Sharfik1995 -
      Thank you fo spotlight
    1. FreeAim's Avatar
      FreeAim -
      I feel like I have personally under-performed for not getting my newest level out in time to possibly be featured here, but I hugely appreciate the nod given to "Shipwreck Hollow." Thank you for that and remember, if you ever need more people to your team, I'm your guy.
    1. peoriaspitfire's Avatar
      Excellent work as always and the new video component is top notch! Just perfect and I also saw lots of fancy new levels for us all to play! Cookies for everyone!
    1. Unexpecter's Avatar
      Unexpecter -
      Incredible! Thank you sooo much for including Dark Earth guys! Mean a lot!!!
    1. Sharfik1995's Avatar
      Sharfik1995 -
      by the way, cool idea with video preview