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  • Community Spotlight Episode 138



    Welcome everyone to Episode…erm…138 (you would not believe the debate we’ve had behind the scenes about the numbering of this Episode xD) of the Community Spotlight, featuring the very best of the levels in the Showcases and Recommendations forum here on Central. It’s an Episode rich in colour, creativity and humour…and the levels are pretty good too :P In all seriousness, we owe a big debt to the creators featured here. Their wonderful levels prove that there’s a lot of life left yet in the existing games, while we wait for LBP3 to hit later in the year.

    A couple of notices. We would also like to say a hearty welcome back to Ria who is re-joining the Spotlight after an absence of a year or so. It’s great to have her back. Also, there’s no Karting Episode this time round as we hit some technical difficulties but don’t worry all the levels posted will be held over until the next Episode.

    Without further ado, on with the Spotlight!


    Link to Hubbie and the LBPC Spotlight hubs for LBP2





    FROM THE LEVEL SHOWCASE:


     
    JLA Little Brain Production
    by  yu-kamone
    Cyborg who is a scientist of a Justice League of America establishes this manufacture company. Various heroes are doing special training here every day. Let`s challenge record of the heroes of a Justice League of America!! Yu-kamone is hiding in somewhere in this level.(1~4player)

    After all this time away, somehow I'm not at all surprised to see yu-kamone's name still popping up on our spotlights. As on-form as ever, this level is an awesome display of fun innovative mechanics and visuals that'll make your eyes water. Bounce about on the Littre-brains around the level in a race accompanied by a pumping soundtrack. If anything was ever going to get me accustomed to wall jumping, this was it!

    rialrees

    Who said you need bounce pads to bounce and boing all over the place, now with the added effects that brains offer, I was hoping to see more of them in LBP2 and Yu-Kamone blew them up figuratively and literally. This was a no-brainer to put on my list of highly replayable levels that I can visit time and time again. The level scheme was intelligently designed to have you wall jumping to brain bashing without the wince of a migraine. Creativity comes from the mind and it is apparent Yu-kamones brain is geared for uber great platforming, that has great themes, special mechanics, and incredibly well thought out contraptions.

    L-I-M-I

    Brains brains and more brains, Yu-Kamone blows us out of our DC style levels with super powers to bring us this. Mortal mode. just cause we are not superman and have mega powers that rock harms us, we become mortal and use our Sack wits to do this. This level was such a delight to play as I was so happy I beat it after like 1 hour then realizing im not such a super sack after all. if you have played Yu-Kamone's levels before then be ready for what he has in store for you if not go fill your que like NOW!

    WESFUN


     
    Melienz vs Pascisches [1 player only]
    by  Five-Ate-Five
    Pascishes are attacking Melienz due to misunderstanding their peace letter. Solve this problem and save the day. / Music by

    I realised how much I loved this level about two minutes in. I'd just finished watching a very pleasant mini-intro, was surrounded by colourful Jetsons-esque decor, including some very cutesy hints in the form of holographic posters. Suddenly, the wormholes... Oh the wormholes. Five-ate-five has taken a bag full of the things, but rather than dumping them all on the table as many of us may be tempted to, they've gone and made a masterpiece. I'm sorry, I drooled a little. Let's just say, I had loads of fun here. The gameplay is spot on, and the level made me laugh till I cried. I rarely ask for more.

    rialrees

    I don't even know how to categorize 585 anymore, maybe I will just slide him over to brilliant department. This level is spewing with retro funk that tingles sackboys senses to cause him to automatically eliminate the left, right, and down functions of the D-pad. Double Tap Up on the D-pad and that his how my sackboy's grin held from 5 seconds after plopping thru that entrance gate to the scoreboard. I think Ria almost summed up the gameplay with the handy wormholinator that executed without failure. 3 words to describe this level: Funky Cold Medina

    L-I-M-I

    what a beautiful day in space, traveling around without a worry i the world. OH GAWD NO! Who ever hit my pod is gonna pay! I have been playing Five-ate-five's levels for a long time and I have enjoyed a lot of them and this one is no different. This wormhole shooting level is full of so much fun and challenge it just make me stick out my tongue and focus even more. This level is worth checking out so add it to your que like now the Aliens need to be brought to justice!

    WESFUN

    I have to say that Five-ate-Five just seems to get better and better with every level he publishes. This is my favourite so far. So assured and accomplished both visually and in terms of gameplay. The level just oozes style. There’s a retro, swinging Sixties, feel to it; it’s full of bold colour, creativity and panache- just like the Sixties, in fact xD He makes inspired use of wormholes too. Just when they might have seemed a little old hat, this level brings them back into fashion with a bang. And it has that combination of platforming and puzzling that I like so much, as well. Yup, great theme, great gameplay and fun to boot. It’s a mad, mod world that I was very happy to spend some time in.

    shropshirelass


     
    Printz Chapter 2: Pumpkins and Slippers (Part 1)
    by  rialrees
    The Point & Click adventure continues! Hello? Is anyone still there? Ah well... Printz embarks on the next part of his quest, to rescue Cinderella from her abandoned mansion. ----- This level requires a certain amount of patience, and the willingness to explore. You will not finish it in under 15 minutes - I do not hold your hand (and neither does Tink, for that matter). L Stick to move the cursor, X for most functions, including movement. Enjoy! -------- Huge thanks to radio_statik for all his help!

    Well, it may have been three years since the last one but it was worth the wait. Printz is back, yay! And even better, so is Tink! Such sarcasm, such ego and such grumpiness - she has got to be one of my favourite characters in the whole of LBP. I found myself clicking on items in the inventory, not for the points (though points are nice xD), but just to see what wisecracking, blistering remark she’ll come up with next. That, of course, is where the genius of the level lies, in the writing and acting. There are genuinely laugh out loud moments involving obsessive paperclips, computers who clearly have no aesthetic appreciation and Printz himself, truly a hero for the modern age. That’s not to downplay the gameplay, of course. I had fun with the puzzles, particularly the click and play elements where combining seeming oddly assorted items can produce that vital tool to get you on to the next stage. It’s intelligent, absorbing and funny and really there’s no higher praise than that, in my book, anyway.

    shropshirelass


    Hooray! It's here! I remember when the first one got picked and then the teaser and now it's here! I really enjoyed coming back to the world of printz as he continues his point and click adventures with some really awesome puzzling and fantastic voice acting! It was nice to see tink once more as I missed her personality. :P For those who haven't played the first one yet, I suggest you do so you do not miss out on the story and some of the great virtue it has to offer that makes it stand out from the rest. You'll be meeting some very well crafted characters with quirky and neat impression as you discover them and your brain will get a kicker finding and combining items along your adventure. What are you waiting for? Go out there and start pointing and clicking at things!

    hyperdude95


     
    SLS10's Infinite Party

    by  SLS10

    The party lasts forever in my glorious shrine to revelry. One player ascends this lofty tower - but for what purpose? Do I have something super-awesome planned?

    Oh wow that's a lot of pink... Erm, I mean... PINK! SLS10's new level will thrill and delight you... and possibly cause you to blow up in a spontaneous rage once in a while... But in a good way! Using some clever tweaks on the Attract-O-Tweaker, SLS10 has come up with a really intriguing and fun gameplay mechanic that sees you attracting and swinging, jumping and bobbing, and in my case... dying. A lot. But I was smiling while I did that, so we're all set here. If you're up for a challenge, you'll love this one.

    rialrees


    I think I will just sling shot myself over here and dang nab it, why didn't I hold L1, err guess I will happily replay this section. You know why I didn't mind replaying that section over and over again, which is contrary to what I am about to say: SL10 did a uber great job of level progression. He could have just said "fugget about it, I am just going to dive you in to some icky death defying maneuvers boomeranging around me", but he didn't. He slowly built you up and at a fantastic difficulty progression that once I got to the areas where timing was key, it seemed like a piece of cake, but in reality if he would have started me there I probably would have a controller fastened to the middle of my tv. So for that. I thank you for the awesome job you have done and for preventing me from figuratively destroying 1 tv and possibly the controller.

    L-I-M-I

    I’m not normally a fan of attracto-gel gameplay but in this level its elastic properties are exploited with such ingenuity that I’m converted, well temporarily, anyway xD Although there’s a funny intro (numpty, indeed!) and an…erm…strange…outro, the core of this level has a certain purity to it. It’s all about the gameplay. SLS10 takes momentum as his theme and then weaves wonderful variations on it, starting with attracto gel, moving to grappling and then combining them, and all to evil purpose, of course. It may be a challenge but, as leems so rightly says, the progression is perfect so that at each stage you master *cough* the technique before moving on to the next, more demanding, test. There were a few moments when I was reminded of that bit in a Close Shave where Wallace says of Gromit “the bounce has gone from his bungee” but I battled on to a proud last place on the scoreboard. SLS10 proves again what a master of gameplay design he is.

    shropshirelass



    FROM RECOMMENDATIONS:

     
    Transparent
    by  bing2go

    Fragments were gathered. The invisible, transparent existence. ----------- First part of this level will carry you automatically. Please don't move. I hope you enjoy! THANK YOU!

    ...I'm just going to take a moment. Erm... Wait, I got this. I think I have words. I had words once... Wow. Sorry, sorry I use that word to much.... I'm just gonna stare at the screen some more and... Wow. This is art. Truly, there isn't any other way to describe this. As you find your way through this dazzling level, you may be forgiven for weeping with joy. Not that I did. At all. That was just the chilli powder in my dinner.... Ah come on don't stare at me, go play this level!

    rialrees


    Art: what is art? Splats on the wall, the sunrise coming up over the road hurting your eyes after a night of hanging out with the bros, a jet engine? How bout living art or art that comes alive all around you, such as glowing plankton in the ocean at night reacting to a whale swimming nearby. This level made me feel like the whale swimming thru the plankton. As you progress, the beauty comes alive and surrounds you, engulfs you. A movie played at your pace. No need for rewinds or fast forwards. Just stop to pause this film and discover the beauty of simplicity meets complexity.

    L-I-M-I

    This awesome jaw dropping level of visuals just makes everything in this world make sense like even the meaning of life deep. This great level is one of those levels that really sticks out in the community and makes it say "hey look I'm super awesome and amazing!" This great visual level really makes everything awesome with its great music to its fun game-play that really make you thing because of how well the foreground is with the level.Que this Bad-boy of a level up and play its wonders like now!

    WESFUN

    A level that has finally gotten me to drop a tear from my eye. A level that is expressed with not voices or sackbots nor even advanced gameplay elements, goodness it does not not even need gameplay. Art is used at its best and it tells a story with color and splats of designer in this intrinsic world. There is barely any music or sounds in here and the silent ambiance works well with the full combination that makes you focus on the design more than anything else. Thank sack for sticker panel as it manages to bring this possible soul to the world of LittleBigPlanet, and transparency will fill the missing gaps in those needed-hearts.

    hyperdude95



    Also from the Showcase...
    Played everything in the Spotlight and still looking for more?
    These levels stand out from the crowd for a variety of reasons, so be sure to check them out!

    • [LBP2] Explore and relax to the awesome tunes in Human Contact Album by Craigmond
    • [LBP2] Test your mettle on your own or with a friend in Raiding the Kitchen Highscore Challenge by Hanfi1311
    • [LBP2] Grab a bucket of popcorn, settle back and turn off the lights. Pray for Us by Kaiju___Kid
    • [LBP2] The awesome Two Strikers 2 player by Snakeowl is designed around 2-player puzzling in a decidedly footie-themed environment.
    • [LBP2] Mmm, it seems my sweet tooth is calling me to go play TastyLicious by Snoki69
    • [LBP2] Grungy, rusty, mechanical platforming abounds in Dark Mechanics by Snoki69
    • [LBP2] Grab your cursor and point-and-click your way through the dark and disturbing Shards of Memory by Angel-TLV
    • [LBP2] If you're up for a little nostalgia, and fun simple platforming, head over to Golden Gardens by Hellobob5
    • [LBP2] You'll need a good bit of time to complete JORTH: Journey to the hell by RONALDOSA2012, but if you have it to spare, and epic adventure awaits you!


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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Community Spotlight Episode 138 started by LBPCentralHub View original post
    Comments 3 Comments
    1. Five-Ate-Five's Avatar
      Five-Ate-Five -
      These picks are awesome, i will queue em all! Thx for making my day guys
    1. vusco's Avatar
      vusco -
      Another great Hub of levels guys, thanks so much for keeping the community alive
    1. aratiatia's Avatar
      aratiatia -
      Thanks, Spotlight Team, I admire the effort you put into this sort of thing