LBP Euro beta starts tomorrow, EG giving away keys right now (update)

Tuesday, 23 September 2008 17:56 GMT By Patrick Garratt


Hit this quick. Eurogamer’s giving away 5,800 LittleBigPlanet beta keys right now. The European beta starts tomorrow and runs until October 12.


Update: The file’s 906Mb and you can play as soon as you download it, apparently.

Update 2: Eurogamer’s getting absolutely twatted. Good luck with that.

Update 3: Keep trying. It’s 8.27pm now and we’ve just been told there are about 1,000 keys left.

Update 4: EG tech man says all keys are now gone. Just filmed the first 15 minutes of play. Will sort now.

Update 5: Posted the video. You can watch the full intro, the tutorial and the first level here. There’s 14 minutes of footage in total.


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  1. Truk

    Got one, but I have to spend the evening helping the lady do stuff…

    Going to be a late night.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Gekidami

    Got it, thanks for the heads up.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Gekidami

    Its 906Mb big in all.
    Ofcourse seeing as the game is already gold this really is nothing but a demo…

    #3 6 years ago
  4. patlike

    Got mine \o/

    #4 6 years ago
  5. deftangel

    You guys rock, thanks for the heads up! :)

    @Geikdami – Yeah but it’ll also stress test their network infrastructure so they won’t be completely surprised when it goes tits up Day 1. It’ll give em a head start on the inevitable patch at least :P

    #5 6 years ago
  6. patlike

    No worries :)

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Syrok

    :( I am probably too late already

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Panipal2005

    Try for it anyway, you never know!

    Got a key, downloading now.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. Whizzo

    Oh so that’s why EG is broken.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Panipal2005

    Yep, I’ve gotta thank Patlike but I bet the Eurogamer people don’t ;)

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Syrok

    \o/ Got one!

    #11 6 years ago
  12. ecu

    Seems like I missed out. Looks like I picked the wrong time I watch both episodes of Heroes back to back.

    #12 6 years ago
  13. Maioran


    #13 6 years ago
  14. trav

    click the link and wait for the hamster to power the server

    #14 6 years ago
  15. Wadey

    Got mine, still plenty to go around…
    There are currently 3963 keys remaining for this giveaway.
    (refreshed 2 mins ago)

    #15 6 years ago
  16. deftangel

    Eurogamer’s site is dead!

    What happens if we put the key in now…does a client download waiting for activation tomorrow or should I keep my powder dry till tomorrow as it’s a one use only key?

    #16 6 years ago
  17. ecu

    Oh wait, I did get one. Looks like the crippling slowness of EG actually worked in my favour for once.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. trav

    managed to get my code.

    Seems you can download now, but more than likely won’t go past the title screen until tomorrow.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Wadey

    I’m downloading it now deftangel, its going about as slow as eurogamers site.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. morriss

    I’m still trying to get on!!!!

    please please please please please please please please please please

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Syrok

    Yep, it’s a bit slower. Took about 5 minutes to download.
    And it’s possibe to play now. :)

    #21 6 years ago
  22. ecu

    There’s loads left morriss, open it in a few tabs and one might get through. It eventually loaded for me but without the stylesheet so it looked all crap, like.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. morriss

    Hah! Got one. Mentalzzzz

    #23 6 years ago
  24. ecu

    It’s downloading now. \o/

    So, will I be able to play right away?

    #24 6 years ago
  25. patlike

    Going to start downloading when Little Pat’s gone to bed in about 10 mins. Excited!

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Syrok

    Yes you are. So far I’ve only seen the tutorial, but maybe it goes further than that. If not, I don’t mind waiting 12 hours. 8)


    #26 6 years ago
  27. XDamage

    Blast! I don’t think I have an account on EG, so I guess it’s pretty hopeless to register an account AND get a key before it’s empty. :D

    #27 6 years ago
  28. morriss

    8Mb internet connection DON’T FAIL ME NOW!!

    #28 6 years ago
  29. Tiger Walts

    EG is creaking under the strain.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. morriss

    Already at 20%. Woohoo!

    #30 6 years ago
  31. morriss


    #31 6 years ago
  32. Wadey

    Took flippin ages to download on my 20mb connection !
    Installing it now, woot.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. morriss


    dun dun dund dun

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Psychotext

    I wondered what was killing the site.

    #34 6 years ago
  35. morriss


    Not bad. Whole thing down in 20 mins.

    #35 6 years ago
  36. BartonFink

    LOL – EG is dead.
    Got one (or maybe two) earlier :D

    #36 6 years ago
  37. Maioran

    it wont connect

    #37 6 years ago
  38. Maioran

    ill give home beta key 2 any1 wit extra LBP Beta key

    #38 6 years ago
  39. BartonFink

    That would be nice but how would I know it’s genuine?

    #39 6 years ago
  40. sickpuppysoftware

    Just had a quick go. It’s rather lovely.

    #40 6 years ago
  41. patlike

    Going to start downloading now…

    #41 6 years ago
  42. XDamage

    Holy hell, I managed to navigate the capsizing servers to register, log in and get the damned key! Excellent! :D

    #42 6 years ago
  43. Robo_1

    I’m having a belated stab at getting a key, but I’m not hopeful… but then I’m not so fussed either. Looking forward to playing the game, but I’ve just got stuck into Yakuza 2.

    Send your impressions gang :)

    #43 6 years ago
  44. patlike

    morriss is going to get something up as soon as he can, I think.

    #44 6 years ago
  45. BartonFink

    If any EG regulards are looking for a key and don’t want the heartache of trying to get to EG … have a spare.

    #45 6 years ago
  46. Robo_1

    Good stuff.

    Well I think that’s me finished with trying. Just a mess of server errors and blank pages at the mo. Ho hum, I hope you’re all enjoying it anyway… I’m off to kick some more Yakuza bottom :)

    #46 6 years ago
  47. chrissygreen123

    I have tried for over 2 hours now and im almost about to give up :(. BartonFink I have nothing to offer you in the likes of demo or beta keys but i would really appreciate it if you could help me out lol with the extra key you are talking about? If youre feeling kind my email is :)

    #47 6 years ago
  48. patlike

    I’ll do a movie of the first 10 minutes of play when it’s downloaded.

    #48 6 years ago
  49. ecu

    Just been playing it for the past 30 minutes, it’s great. Controls are lovely, Mr. Fry is lovely, I’m pretty sold on it already. It’s hard to tell much after playing just the tutorials, but I can’t wait to play more.

    #49 6 years ago
  50. pjmaybe

    Moz & Pat in “changing their tune now the beta’s out” shocker :)

    #50 6 years ago
  51. chrissygreen123

    :(:(:( u have to rub it in dont you patlike haha.

    #51 6 years ago
  52. BartonFink

    Gone to a regulard.

    #52 6 years ago
  53. patlike

    chrissy – Sorry :D

    pj – I’m like a child at Christmas ;)

    #53 6 years ago
  54. BartonFink


    #54 6 years ago
  55. chrissygreen123

    why on earth wont it work :(
    does anyone have any useful tips pleasseeeeeeeeeeeee?

    #55 6 years ago
  56. BartonFink

    I have been trying constantly to get back in and nada.
    It’s dead as a doornail. If you are not already registered forget it you will never get past the registration.

    #56 6 years ago
  57. chrissygreen123

    im registered and logged in it just wont show the actual page with the button to press to get the beta key :(:(
    im so frustrated at the moment :@:L:L

    #57 6 years ago
  58. morriss

    I’ve played it. It’s ok.

    #58 6 years ago
  59. morriss


    #59 6 years ago
  60. ecu

    I only got as far as the first level, there’s a lot of introductions. Seems very promising.

    #60 6 years ago
  61. XDamage

    I don’t have the time to use my key today, but once it’s downloaded, can it be played offline?

    #61 6 years ago
  62. patlike


    #62 6 years ago
  63. Tricky

    Gah. What a time to be late home from work ‘cos of a meeting :-(

    Looks like EG’s going to be down all night and I’ll never get a key now. Boo.

    #63 6 years ago
  64. patlike

    Just added an update: EG tech chap just told me there are about 1,000 keys left now.

    #64 6 years ago
  65. chrissygreen123

    omgggggg ive got one praise the lorddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)
    it better be worth it, im presuming it is for now though :)

    #65 6 years ago
  66. patlike


    #66 6 years ago
  67. patlike

    There are 1245 left, says EG tech man.

    #67 6 years ago
  68. Tricky

    1179 now – managed to get one. :-)

    Guess that’s this evening’s entertainment sorted once I’ve given my son his last feed.

    #68 6 years ago
  69. patlike

    Nice :)


    *glares at TV*

    #69 6 years ago
  70. Psychotext

    Testament to just how poor EG’s servers are that these keys could still be there after this amount of time.

    Replace the hamster you numpties.

    #70 6 years ago
  71. ecu

    Yup. I got here at 5:38 and couldn’t get on EG, so assumed I’d missed out on it. I’m sure all the keys would have been gone had everything held together perfectly.

    Although it’s quite funny to see people on GameFAQs complaining that they can’t register for EG because it’s so slow.

    EG is surely going to have to do something about these beta giveaways though. EG will probably be out all night now.

    #71 6 years ago
  72. cookiejar

    I like it alot.
    Steven Fry seems to go well with this kinda jiggery pokery :D

    #72 6 years ago
  73. patlike

    Ja, it’s certainly an “issue”.

    Download speed on the client’s slowed to a crawl now.

    #73 6 years ago
  74. Khanivor

    You’d think EG generated no income seeing as they seem to be running on a K6 with 128MB of RAM…

    #74 6 years ago
  75. XDamage
    Lol :D

    #75 6 years ago
  76. scuz

    god bless gremmi’s “oh fuck post” otherwise my 3 buddies wouldn’t have gotten it =]

    #76 6 years ago
  77. BartonFink

    Stupid thing is it will probably be down now for the rest of the night … and tomorrow it will be nothing but … pleeze giv me a ky.

    #77 6 years ago
  78. patlike

    EG tech man says all keys are gone. Just filmed the first 15 minutes of play. Will sort now.

    #78 6 years ago
  79. Gekidami

    Playing the beta is an invite to get bombarded with messages from courious friends lol.
    I’m likeing it up to now, alot of tutorials in the creators.

    #79 6 years ago
  80. captaineurogamer

    Is the game good anyone

    #80 6 years ago
  81. Maioran

    i have an extra home beta code im willing 2 trade 4 extra LBP code

    #81 6 years ago
  82. Maioran

    my PSN is Maioran add me if interested

    #82 6 years ago
  83. Xephon1970

    Oh, ffs. I’m at work all day and come home to this. What’s the f@*£ing point of that – posting beta keys at 5 in the afternoon? Wtf?

    Little big annoyed.

    #83 6 years ago
  84. scuz

    maioran. how do i contact you?

    #84 6 years ago
  85. Psychotext

    lol… EG completely offline now.

    #85 6 years ago
  86. ecu

    Probably just trying to get the message through that the codes have all gone. As long as the site is failing to load, people will keep coming.

    #86 6 years ago
  87. scuz

    ps3 fans kill eurogamer shocker

    #87 6 years ago
  88. morriss

    Played extensively now. It’s “alright”. Can’t see myself playing for hours upon hours, but then it’s only a small portion of the game.

    #88 6 years ago
  89. patlike

    Movie’s going to be up in about an hour, I reckon. It’s pretty big.

    #89 6 years ago
  90. Syrok

    Made a friend to come over to my place to test the offline multiplayer. Was really great fun, much better than playing it on your own or online.
    Seems pretty good so far, don’t know how long it will last and how much more there is in the full game. I think I will pick it up on launch.

    #90 6 years ago
  91. morriss

    One thing that’s really annoying is if you have Blu Ray remote, the game keeps on asking you to sign it in.

    So I have to sackboys but I only want one.

    #91 6 years ago
  92. El_MUERkO

    i didn’t get one :(

    #92 6 years ago
  93. ecu

    The beta is huge, according to someone on GameFAQs.

    #93 6 years ago
  94. morriss

    Well before I out pen to paper I’ll have to finish it, although I’m already feeling like I’ll have to push myself. Shame I couldn’t create a level.

    #94 6 years ago
  95. DrDamn

    can’t you just hold down the ps button on the remote and turn it off like a normal controller?

    #95 6 years ago
  96. morriss

    Ah ha!!!!

    Top man Dr Damn!!

    /is an idiot

    Well, that one minor annoyance out the way.

    EGs back, although it’s not registering my posts.

    #96 6 years ago
  97. ecu

    Same here. They’ll probably appear though, so don’t submit them 20 times.

    #97 6 years ago
  98. morriss


    So what do you reckon so far ecu? Will this the system-seller mega-game that it’s billed to be? Has your excitement been justified?

    #98 6 years ago
  99. ecu

    Well, you asked for this. :P /essay mode

    I’ve only played the tutorial and the first level. Seems very good, the platforming is nice and responsive, I got straight in to it and found it all very intuitive. I’ll try and play a bit more tonight, and I wouldn’t mind giving the multiplayer a go, but I don’t have a headset or keyboard so I reckon it’d be a bit shit.

    A particular highlight for me is the various levels of mood that you can set for your sackboy, and nice touches such as holding X when you restart, the sackboy sort of strains and then zips off. It’s very polished, I like it. Nice subtle use of the motion controls too.

    It’s still way too early to say if it’s lived up to the hype. It’s not like a big action game, where you can tell from the explosive, action packed first level whether the game is up to scratch or not. This is evidently going to be a grower, and you’ll get more out of it, the more you put in. I can’t see it being the type of game I’ll play for hours on end every night until it’s done, but it’ll be more of the ‘stick in and play for an hour’ every now and again. There WILL be some truly brilliant levels in this game, I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.

    Sales? I don’t normally like to be drawn on sales, I’m not Psychotext. :D Sales of new IP’s are extremely hard to predict, but given the money Sony are ploughing in to promoting this, it could be huge. It won’t get your average Wii owner interested in PS3, the machine is still to expensive for this, but it might push a few regular gamers over the edge. Alright I’m done. Sorry. :P

    #99 6 years ago
  100. morriss

    I find it strange you find it so responsive. People I’ve spoken to have complained of the lack of responsiveness and how clunky and jerky it feels. Also, the whole moving to the foreground and background is again, unresponsive and doesn’t seem to work. And I agree with them. In fact, that’s my main complaint.

    Sackboy’s cute. The pre-made levels are nice, but I’m gonna need a lot more.

    #100 6 years ago
  101. Truk

    Goddamn it. Finally get back from work/wife-helping and my code is stuck in the pits of a broken Eurogamer :-(

    I was one of the first to get it too.

    /kicks things

    #101 6 years ago
  102. Truk

    And suddenly it’s back! Complaining *does* work! :-D

    #102 6 years ago
  103. morriss

    Just keep refreshing the site, Truk. It does work.

    #103 6 years ago
  104. Psychotext

    /shakes fist at ecu

    #104 6 years ago
  105. patlike

    The video’s of the tutorial and the first level. It’ll be in flash in 20 mins then got to upload it. Goddamn you, video.

    #105 6 years ago
  106. Truk

    Cheers chap. Got there in the end. Any idea where I go about activating stuff? The instruction page is down to a single text line, unsurprisingly. :-)

    #106 6 years ago
  107. morriss

    Site is 100% working for me.

    Anyway, Account Management – Transaction Management – Redeem Code

    #107 6 years ago
  108. Truk

    Ahh. Cheers morriss. On its way.

    #108 6 years ago
  109. patlike

    I’ve posted the video. It’s at the top of the site.

    #109 6 years ago
  110. Blerk

    God damn it! There goes another golden eBay opportunity. :mad:

    #110 6 years ago

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