Review: Little BIG Planet

Posted: March 28, 2012 in Review
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Little BIG Planet

Platform: PS3

ESRB: E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence

PEGI: 7 for seven and up – non realistic violence toward fantasy characters, pictures and sounds likely to be scary to young children, and you can play online with one or more people.

         Little Big Planet is the first game in a large group of “Play Create Share” games then was followed with games like Mod Nation Racers. This is the first game of the two Little Big Planet series and it is well put together for Media Molecule’s first “big” game, and it sure was a hit! The game set you in control of Sackboy whom you can customize with clothing you can unlock in the story levels. You could dress up as a soldier, or a ninja, or even a turkey headed birthday cake with sunglasses and mittens. Yup, that much customization. So Sackboy is a living sown sack with feelings. you can quite literally change his expressions with a push of a button. So he lives in Craft World a collection of planets that pop up into existence from hopes and dreams that float up into the air.

Just hangin' with my peeps in LBP.

          The story mode is quite fun and travels from area to area and person to person you are trying to help. All the while you are trying to stop the evil Collector who is kidnapping people and items from the story and eventually you have to save them. You start the story in the Gardens where the King and Queen teach you the basics in this world all the while you see things that aren’t right. Such as you see fleeting glimpses of the collector or things get sucked into the sky. When you start the game you have no idea who the heck is doing this until later in the game. Once you are done with his levels you get sent to the Savanna to do levels there and go on through the worlds. During the levels you can find prize bubbles which can hold stickers, materials and decorations, and costume pieces. You use Stickers to place in levels and to decorate your levels. You use materials and decorations for making your own levels in create mode. (More on that later.) Finally if you didn’t figure it out already, you use costume pieces to customize your Sackboy. Also in the story levels you might find a key. The keys unlock little side fun levels like races and stuff. One of the coolest things of the story mode is that the levels in the story are made with things that you use in creative mode. So you could basically you could create one of the story levels!

          Creative mode is really the shining jewel in this game and the game’s centered around it. You watch some tutorials so you know how to use the tools and materials. If you watch all of them you unlock many things to use during creative. In this mode you can build nearly anything. You could build a giant castle level. Maybe a high-speed racing level. Even a huge military training level. This is where you use materials, stickers, and decorations the most. You use them to make the things that you want to make. If you want to make that castle, you should have the cobblestone material and such.

Ah, the joy of making puffy rainbow trees.

          Online mode is really great. You can post your newly made levels into the community to be rated, hearted, and tagged. Even more so you can play other people’s levels, so you basically never run out of levels because there is usually a new level posted every ten seconds. You can check out your friend’s levels and heart other creators so you can get to their world quickly to check their levels and such. You can even play with up to four players over an online connection with almost any level you want! Also to make things easier for you the developers created the cool wall, which shows the top played and top hearted levels so you can try some good levels that way.

           Sadly this game is not without it’s flaws. One of the big ones is that there is quite the limitation to gadgets that you can make compared to LBP2. Furthermore some of the community’s levels are worse than par. I know that it’s a family game and most of the people that create levels are six year olds and people don’t get that, but some of the levels they didn’t even try on. The main example of that is a level that starts you at the ending checkpoint with nothing else in it. The story is pretty good and fun but it is kind of predictable and you couldn’t really fall in love with the characters, Except for your turkey headed, birthday cake Sackboy of course!

           Overall this game is a good cheap game that is good with families because the four player split-screen and the co-op elements. If you had enough to buy this or the second you should get the second because the story is better and there is more you can do on it. If you already have the second one I would recommend this to you. I would also recommend this to any one that wants a good family game and has a low budget.

rating: 8.7/10


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