GamesRadar E3 2011 Special Award: Most Shameless Rip-off

Disney Universe, you magnificent bastard! Yeah Disney, one of the biggest creative forces on the planet, is definitely aping from somebody… however, the biggest hornswoggle going down here is that Disney Universe is not the LittleBigRipoff you think it is. Oh, it certainly owes Sackboy a debt (and perhaps an intellectual property licensing fee) as those little blue stem cell creatures look to be built very deliberately to suckle at the successful teat of LBP, but it’s actually ripping off something else entirely… Want a hint?

Above: Nobody "borrows" like the House of Mouse

It’s a total LEGO rip-off! Ha! Did you see that coming? Oh… ya did? WELL, I DIDN’T! When it looked like Disney Universe wouldn’t be a place where all the company’s stable of memorable characters would come together to live and play, a la Kingdom Hearts, I was a bit disappointed. But once I learned that it doesn’t really feature any familiar characters, and it’s just a fluffy smash-and-collect co-op crib that’s not even developed by Traveller’s Tales (who just made a Disney game?!), this Disney nerd’s heart sunk another 20,000 leagues.

Above: Here, this screenshot is the most representative of what Disney Universe actually is

Seriously… They’re just androgynous Smurfs with licensed hats! Man, leave that kind of shit on Facebook where it belongs.

Jun 21, 2011

Most graphics | Coolest character reinvention
Best response to fan feedback 
Best trailer | Most satisfying gore | Guiltiest pleasure
Most shameless rip-off 
Best new game we know nothing about
Worst first impression | Best game for masochists 
Most likely to consume our lives | Artsiest-fartsiest
Most tasteless 
Might not actually suck | Proof that 2D isn't dead | BEST OF SHOW 




  • JohnnyBullet - June 23, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    I agree it is a shameless LBP ripoff.
  • FauxFurry - June 22, 2011 2:45 p.m.

    How is this surprising? Didn't you ever see the Lion King? Besides the Kimba-like thing going on in that movie, most of Disney's movies either use a public domain cast or adapt a previously existing book or short-story into a 'new' franchise. That's not to deny the creativity needed to re-invent or re-interpret an old story in a fresh new way. Just look at the works of Shakespeare. Not an original tale among them but not many people even remember the originals that he 'ripped off' or care that there even were originals to be ripped off from. We'll all have to see if this game ends up on a follow-up to Jim Sterling's list of the best rip-offs.
  • CH3BURASHKA - June 22, 2011 2:12 p.m.

    It's also a big fuck-you to anyone who cares about the characters - instead of getting down and dirty with the actual characters they're going for stand-ins so there won't be any problem with cross-universe meetings or whatever. I bet they're planning to sell those foam puppets with Disney overalls.
  • NotBraze - June 22, 2011 2:57 a.m.

    Between this and Disney's re-skinned version of Kinect Adventures I am very disappoint in Disney Interactive right now. Epic Mickey was fantastic, and as a result Disney lays off half of Junction Point, so instead of more quality work like that, we get nonsense like this. Chris, I'm nominating for the position of new head of Disney Interactive, you'd be the perfect man for the job.
  • DaveGoose - June 22, 2011 2:15 a.m.

    ....Do I get a hug to?
  • PanzerDSS - June 22, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    Any form of fuck off!? Well, I must check this out! I have piles of fuck off that I haven't been using!
  • bigwill1221 - June 22, 2011 7:15 a.m.

    Looks like a tiny bit of rip off, but can;t say till I play the game
  • crumbdunky - June 22, 2011 6:35 a.m.

    Disney have been defunct a a creative force, nearly totally, for decades imho and Epic Mickey was a last hurrah of missed chances and unfleshed out ideas which should have been the re-start of something but, sadly, proved little but a distraction at the wake for Disney's imagination. Christ, they continue to lay off staff while making derivative fluff with zero gameplay and zero Disney appeal-they couldn't be further away from the plot if they tried and every time I same anything connected with them from E3 I shuddered. This is merely the most obvious mash up of theft you could find.
  • LIAMthescot - June 22, 2011 4:20 a.m.

    @ chicgods96 Wonderful. Share a website with you, put this url in google search ( Belive you will love it. We accept any form of fuck off.
  • GringoStar - June 22, 2011 2:29 a.m.

    As much as I wish to show displeased taste, Little Big Planet (as well as Mega Man Powered Up) have created a new genre. Now I really don't know what to call this genre, so I'll just say Casual Platforming. Many people were stoked with New Super Mario Bros. and Donkey Kong Country Returns, but all in all didn't it have that Little Big Planet flavor? No doubt this is definitely a much more casual platformer than the lather but we wouldn't have many other games without the first innovation. Where would we be without Wolfenstein or Doom? How about Tetris or Mario Bros.?

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