Little Big Planet 2
The original Little Big Planet title for
the PlayStation 3 was a true arcade revolution. Not only did it create
an interesting and surreal arcade experience that merged both 2D and 3D
successfully together but it also allowed the player to create their own
These gaming worlds or "levels" could then be shared with
the online Little Big Planet community which spawned some amazing
creations from around the world. The game was original and more
importantly, very entertaining. It was a true gaming revolution thanks
to Sony's Play, Create and Share premise.
However the question on most of our minds was whether developers
Media Molecule could actually better the first game and somehow through
alien technology or arcane rituals (probably just good old fashioned
storyboards and programming)? The answer is YES! With new
gaming features, snazzy graphics and the wonderful return of Sack Boy,
the protagonist and hero of the first, it's time to pick-up your
DualShock controller and return to 21st century arcade gaming at its
For gameplay, Little Big Planet 2 supports three modes of "play"
that include Play, Create & Share. Play allows you to play the
single-player game with Sackboy as you attempt to rid your world of the
Negativitron, a nefarious machine that threatens to vacuum everything on
his planet and once again you are called to duty.
As you move yourself through this sidescroller, you will
notice that quite a few things have changed since Sackboy's first
adventures and somehow they have even improved the graphics. The
single-player campaign also works as a tutorial to teach you the basics
of the game and to hopefully inspire you to create your own levels. Not
to mention download other peoples as well. Some of the level design in the single-player
mode is quite out there and will mess with your senses... in a good way.
If you delve into the create area of Little Big Planet 2, you'll find a
wealth of customisation options from creating all facets of the gaming
world from your characters to backgrounds and even objects. The new
creation tool has received a revamp and is more streamlined and easier
to use as opposed to the original that unfortunately turned a few people
off. However the star of the show is the ability to create your own
control schemes in the game. This includes everything from your
characters to vehicles and lots more.
The control you have over the
environment is quite unparalleled and already, there are some impressive
gaming environments available to download. But what this means for the
player is that their gaming world is not just limited to the "arcade" so
you could virtually create your own super racer or bizarre RPG title.
You can also make cutscenes, cooking games,
shooters, racing games... it's almost endless what you can create as you
unleash your inner muse. Add in the ability to create your own menus and HUDs (heads up display)
and I'm really excited to see what the future holds for Little Big
Planet in terms of it's share feature. Although some share levels may blur
copyright. Mario Bros? Halo? I think so!
Creating your own gaming worlds does take time and I'm surprised at how
well it has been mapped out on the DualShock controller. Some aspects
are a little tricky and at times I craved a mouse but for the majority,
the PS3 controller is just dandy and quite accurate. Another interesting
feature is that the game monitors those gamers using the creation tools
and sharing their creations like some kind of leaderboard. It's
definitely a great way to get recognised and who knows, some might even
come to the attention of game developers. Perhaps the game is like the
Graphically, the game has this strange
almost real-world quality from its bizarre levels and realistic
characters that look like they have been made from every day items.
Sackboy and his friends interact surprisingly well with the world they
are as do your creations. With some beautiful lighting and perfect
texture details, this is one good looking game for the PS3. Matched with
a haunting soundtrack and some pretty amusing sound effects and voices,
Little Big Planet 2 is almost the perfect game.
Community is the spirit of Little Big Planet 2 and even though the
single-player mode is fun, the unlockable potential of the creation
tools will inspire a whole wealth of gaming options. Given that
community is the spirit behind Little Big Planet 2, there are some
heinous designs available but when you find those gems from online,
you'll definitely be pleased that you purchased this game. Over time, this will be one game that you
can continually come back to thanks to the relatively easy to use
creation tools and great online accessibility. Little big Planet Planet will take time to master but if you have the
patience, the rewards will be endless. Highly Recomended!