It's not easy launching a brand-new title into this world of endless sequels - especially when said franchise is a cutesy platformer. After all, how are you going to tempt gamers away from the console joy of blowing stuff up?
Well, if LittleBigPlanet is anything to go by, it seems you do it by creating a game that matches its simple premise and artistic style with surprisingly challenging gameplay, huge levels of customisation, and vast community support and interaction.
A sacked man
The basics of the game are really, well, basic. You're given a Sack Person that you can customise with different patterns and outfits, and then you basically travel from one end of a level to the other, collecting as many points and items along the way as you can. So far, so Sonic the Hedgehog.
But inside this simple, cute outer-shell beats the heart of a taxing puzzler. The whole environment is based on real-world physics, so simply getting over a wall can be a real challenge, but think about it logically and there'll be a way to do it using the items around you.
Make your own planet
Just getting through the developer-made levels is a real challenge, but that's only the tip of the iceberg.
LittleBigPlanet's real depth lies in its community features. You can use absolutely any item you see in the world (providing you've collected it) to create levels of your own, and you can combine individual parts to produce contraptions as simple as a seesaw or as advanced as a space ship.
Once your masterpiece is finished, you can upload it to the LittleBigPlanet servers for the whole world to play and rate.
Obviously this means you get access to all the levels other users have created, extending the life of the game indefinitely. The fact that you can play any level with up to three mates is the icing on this already very tasty cake.
Put simply, this is a never-ending game that taxes your brain, encourages creativity and social interaction, but most of all, makes you smile from ear-to-ear with its cute graphics and overall charm. That makes it the very best kind of game, and an instant classic.
Sony LittleBigPlanet (PS3) reviewOld-school platforming with depth, challenge, customisation and cuteness. LittleBigPlanet's the place to be
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