Leave No Game Untouched’s LittleBigPlanet (PS3) Reveiw

LittleBigPlanet looks like a basic platformer game. It has jumping, climbing, grabbing, ponies, rainbows, ghosts, but this is just the beginning. This masterpiece by Media Molecule is about creativity, personalization and cause and effect. You may ask why I am reviewing a game from 2008, and you should. Why would I be interested in this? What could this be for? Well, fellow gamers, if you don’t know already Media Molecule are releasing LittleBigPlanet 2 in January (in Australia) so I thought it was a good idea to review the original to give those who are going to skip straight to the second LBP some background info!

Media Molecule was a small team, a fraction of the average Dev team size, but they had big ideas. They made three different modes in this game, Creative or Level Making, Story mode, and the online community (I will go into more depth later) with unique and inventive controls. They have basic platforming levels but also chuck in the most inventive missions like jumping over the Kings ever rotating tie or fast paced foot races up a castle run by a baby in a car. The graphics are just to die for, everything has texture and the whole game is vibrant. The original sound track is very fitting to the game and adds the most important thing, character. Finally the story is unusual and really has no body, rather multiple separate story lines that are somehow entwined into each other.

Imagine, if you can, the most outstanding and fantastic world, triple it and try to find a better one…… you couldn’t. All imagination is here (LittleBigPlanet), and what you do with it all is entirely up to you! Build new levels and expand the environment, collect the many and varied tools and objects to make your mark on this world, or just simply enjoy the people and puzzles they’ve set. LittleBigPlanet is the manifested embodiment of your perfect dream world! This is what little big planet is all about. This is the whole story. No more main story! Short Eh? Disappointing right!……..wrong! LittleBigPlanet has almost no set story and why should it? If there was a set story it wouldn’t be your story. On LittleBigPlanet you play the levels and make your own story to go along with it (of course there are a few…”nudges”)! But with you making your own story, who is the main character? Why you of course! On the LittleBigPlanet you’re a little Sack Person like this one here, he’s a cute one isn’t he? Sackboy (or girl) is the fun little character that will share your adventures on LittleBigPlanet. This unique story makes for a fun and personalized story, well worth your time!

STORY RATING: 8.9/10 Unnamed units

The controls in this game can be a little complex in the beginning (X: Jump/Select (Menu), O: Back/Close (on first screen), Square: Popit, Triangle: Select (In Game), D-Pad: emotions, Left Stick: Move/Wiggle arm (When holding L2), Right Stick: Wiggle arm (When holding R2), R1: Grab etc.) but once your used to it you realize that the game cannot be played without this many commands. My Favorite control is the SIXAXIS. When you tilt the controller the hips or head (toggled with L3) of you sack boy wiggles to! These controls are defiantly the best option for the game! Well done Media Molecule.

CONTROL RATING: 9/10 Unnamed units

As with most PS3 games the graphics are great in LittleBigPlanet. Think of all the fabrics you can, and then add about 10 different colors to each, make some into clothes and others into coverings for wooden shapes. Put these all into the same room and make an organized (in a disorganized sense) fashion and you have a LittleBigPlanet world. When it comes to the quality of the graphics, just think of every texture being almost real. The graphics on this game amazed me and should amaze you to!

GRAPHICS RATING: 9.5/10 Unnamed units

The soundtrack was a bit controversial at first. There is one song that sounds very similar to an Islam chant (Similar to the Zelda OoT Fire temple song scandal). But otherwise the soundtrack is almost perfect (From a sound engineer’s Point of View). Every song adds atmosphere, every song starts at the right moment and best of all you can use any song you hear in game on your own levels. For the sake of it, they also made it catchy! Trust me, if you have a good ear there will be at least one tune that you will have stuck in your head. I also think I should mention that the in game instructor (voiced by Stephen Fry) is great at making the boring tutorial interesting.

SOUNDTRACK RATING: 9.2/10 Unnamed units

Finally I will look at the ever important gameplay. While for the most of it the gameplay is good there is one thing that lets it down, the checkpoints! In creative mode you are able to do whatever you want from making a foot race to making a level that is only passable by having one person drive a tank while the other is being shot at! It is absolutely marvelous. The community function is great as well. You can download new levels share your levels and even get new costumes. If you are social this is a great game. Finally the bulk of the game. The levels, while being creative have a few flaws. First off, I found there was not much difficulty curve, after the first three levels it gets hard and frustrating to new gamers. Secondly The checkpoints, while recovering all your lives, it got frustrating in multiplayer. If one of you dies you both lose a life. If one player fully dies and the other player (even if they have not died at all) dies before the next checkpoint then it is game over. In other words you share lives. Multiplayer is the next thing. Great if you are able to have friends, you can get extra stuff, have fun and help each other out! Great for those lazy Sundays with friends!

GAMEPLAY RATING: 9/10 Unnamed units.

Now to explain my scores!

STORY RATING: 8.9/10 Unnamed units:

The story is invented by the player, but it gives too many hints. It is like a cross between a select your own story book and a novel. However it makes up for this by having customizable characters.

CONTROL RATING: 9/10 Unnamed units:

While cumbersome at first, you get used to them and when you replay earlier levels you can get a new experience with the new controls learned.

GRAPHICS RATING: 9.5/10 Unnamed units

The graphics are great, very Realistic and vibrant.

SOUNDTRACK RATING: 9.2/10 Unnamed units

Excellent soundtrack! Every sound has a reason (Or every Reason has a sound)

GAMEPLAY RATING: 9/10 Unnamed units.

The gameplay is exciting and chaotic, like a platformer should be! (Though I cannot forgive the checkpoint system easily.)

Finally, would I recommend this game? If you are a new gamer or experiences gamer, social or loner, noob or leet, this game has something for everyone!

VALUE RATING: 9.7/10 Unnamed units

OVERALL SCORE: 9.1/10 Unnamed units

Written by Sephiroth (9/1/11)


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