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LittleBigPlanet review

AT A GLANCE
  • Looks better than any game
  • Infectious humor
  • Robust platforming
  • Campaign levels a mixed bag
  • Sorting through bad user levels
  • Deciding to build or play

LittleBigPlanet may be the best game Nintendo never got around to making. There’s the fuzzy little mascot, colorful worlds, a charming story and an unending barrage of innovation. It’s Nintendo to the core; except the core is made by Media Molecule and it’s on a Sony console.

The clues are there, though… LittleBigPlanet looks better than any game pretty much anywhere, has a licensed soundtrack to die for, and doesn’t shoehorn in motion controls where they’re not required. LBP delivers constant laughs. It’s a game where you’ll sit through every tutorial just to hear plummy Fry scold you about creating ‘rude’ shapes or cuss-laden levels with the warning that every naughty you make causes a little Sackboy to die. And then there’s the Sackboy himself – a blank slate upon which you stamp your own personality. Squeezing the triggers will let you gesture with both hands independently, while tipping the Sixaxis will make the little fella look around or swing his pelvis like a wooly Elvis Presley. He’s an endearing little chap, and all the better for being tarted up with paint, stickers, and costumes.

Much of the hype surrounding LBP will focus on the ability to create and build, but all that crumbles if the core experience is more Bubsy the Bobcat than Jak and Daxter. LittleBigPlanet’s greatest strength, then, isn’t the creator, or the beautiful presentation, or the lengthy campaign, or the millions of downloadable levels, but the robustness of the platforming – the way the Sackboy moves and interacts with his environment. 2D platformers have fallen out of fashion so badly that, even if it were just average, LittleBigPlanet would still be the best platform game since, er, 2006’s New Super Mario Bros. on the DS; but with the fully physics-powered environments laden with outlandish contraptions and wonderful toys, LBP distances itself from what competition it has before even cracking into the level editor.

While other platformers throw focus on the protagonist – loading them down with new moves and gimmicks, Media Molecule give the Sackboy just enough moves to let the environments shine. With only a jump and a grab button, Sackboy has all the tools he’ll ever need. Jumping will take him over obstacles; grabbing will have him pull objects aside, hang from ropes, flip switches, and start up vehicles. Use your imagination a little, and that grab becomes something special. Take a concrete cube; attach rockets and a length of string with a spongy handle on the end; hook up the sponge with a switch attached to the rockets and drop the whole thing into your world. Then grab the sponge and hold on tight – you’ve just built a rocket-powered, land-based, water-ski thing. Put a ramp in front of it, and things start to get special.

More Info

Release date: Oct 07 2008 - PS3 (US)
Available Platforms: PS3
Genre: Platformer
Published by: SCEA
Developed by: Media Molecule
ESRB Rating:
Everyone: Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence

53 comments

  • croatianmaniac232 - September 7, 2010 1:22 p.m.

    sweet never really got to this but i probably should... PS3 4 life
  • mdiaz033 - March 27, 2010 6:05 a.m.

    i've played this game with many a folk and never have i encountered someone who didn't end up saying after playing one or two user-made levels: "dude, that's it! i'm getting a ps3!"
  • farewellandgoodnight - October 15, 2009 1:49 a.m.

    Bought it and got bored very quickly. If you're a creative type and enjoy designing your own levels it's utterly stunning. For a single player platformer it's endlessly imaginative but IMHO just not engaging. Best 2 platformer's still Mario World without question.
  • toasteez - November 4, 2008 2:41 a.m.

    I am completely and utterly addicted to this game. Where did my life go?
  • sinster_sign - October 30, 2008 8:25 p.m.

    wtf?? i hav no idea abt this game what the game is abt how to play it lookin at it's screenshots doesn't look so interesting can anyone tell me abt this game??
  • HAIGHY94 - October 30, 2008 5:57 p.m.

    lol a got a ps3 n xbox 360s suck n i have already preorded this game
  • vic88 - October 28, 2008 2:49 a.m.

    does it have local multi player?
  • Thegreenslob - October 25, 2008 10:16 a.m.

    Is this game only going to be online or does it have a story or something? plz explain to me
  • rumpsteak08 - October 24, 2008 4:23 p.m.

    i so can not wait for this game!!!!!!!!!:):):):)
  • georgeguy - October 24, 2008 12:26 p.m.

    i want this game!! but i also want cod 5...
  • BigBlastBoom - October 23, 2008 11:18 p.m.

    as much as i hate when games are delayed, i gotta say, this game is probably gonna be worth it, seeing as it gets perfect scores from tons of places can't wait till i get it
  • bilstar - October 19, 2008 3:18 p.m.

    That's my christmas present to myself sorted then. The reason I needed to get a PS3 to play it on too. Roll on christmas!!
  • solidsnake_5552000 - October 17, 2008 3:58 p.m.

    I hope this game becomes the killer-app the PS3 needs if sony wants to stay alive on the console wars this generation. I'm sure this game is a must have like MGS4 for all PS3 owners. Great review !!
  • xXgodlypunkXx - October 17, 2008 2:40 p.m.

    this game looks pretty cool, but i still prefer xbox 360
  • key0blade - October 16, 2008 10:47 p.m.

    YESH 10/10. DEFINITLY A LAUNCH BUY!
  • jamboy199three - October 16, 2008 6:28 p.m.

    the game looks cool but im not the most crative person and building stuff is half the pricetag
  • Gonri 13 - October 16, 2008 9:46 a.m.

    Looks amazing. It's gonna have to wait till christmas though, I have to conquer Fallout 3 first! :D
  • mfwahwah - October 16, 2008 1:16 a.m.

    I don't even know why I'm buying other games before Killzone 2. LBP should be enough to last me this whole damn console generation "apartment men's"
  • Defguru7777 - October 16, 2008 1:04 a.m.

    I wish I had a PS3 right now. But not one that'll leave me bankrupt.
  • Rattlehead - October 16, 2008 12:43 a.m.

    The PS3 owners deserve a great game like this. I kinda wish I had a PS3 now

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