LittleBigPlanet was released for the PlayStation 3 back in November
2008, no-one in or out of the video gaming community had seen anything
quite like it. Not only did it introduce us to a wonderfully original
world of crazy adventures and puzzles – and the unforgettable Sackboy –
but it also unleashed our inner developer, giving us the tools to design
our own unique games, challenges and puzzles.
To say that
LittleBigPlanet was a success would be an understatement. Not only did
LBP sell well over 3.5 million copies but, over two years after launch,
there is still an active online community of over half a million
players. Over 3 million games and challenges (commonly referred to as
“levels”) have been uploaded and those levels have been played over half
a billion times.
All this set the scene for the inevitable
sequel. But what could the team at Media Molecule deliver that could
possibly improve on the original?
Faced with the huge success of
LBP, the developers made a wise choice. Instead of introducing different
modes and changing the look and feel of the game, they have stuck with
what works. In LittleBigPlanet 2, both Story mode and Create mode have had serious makeovers but everything builds on the original rather than replaces it.
creators, this means more easy-to-use tools, more power-ups, more
characters to choose from and work with. Creating in LBP2 is as easy or
as complicated as you want to make it. Although some of the more complex
tutorials (narrated by Stephen Fry) might have you scratching your head
first time around, it’s easy to find a level at which you are
comfortable and start from there.
For players, the new Story mode
is both charming and incredibly varied. It is puzzle and platforming
gameplay at its best. You and up to three of your friends can work
through each of the 40-plus levels without ever feeling that you are
repeating something you have seen before. And the expertly hidden trove
of stickers, Sackboy outfits, and other collectibles provide plenty of
LittleBigPlanet 2 is a superbly created and crafted
game, providing literally countless scenarios and challenges for
players of any level of expertise. Even if you’re not interested in
designing or creating games yourself, LittleBigPlanet 2 is a wonderful
LittleBigPlanet 2 is rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB. Check out their video game ratings and content descriptors at ESRB.org Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Platforms: PlayStation 3 Genre: Puzzle, platformer Release Date: January 18, 2011 RRP: $59.99 ESRB Rating: “E” for Everyone
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