by Chris Scott
reviewed on PS3
Collect prizes to customize and create (cntd.)
The second aspect of the LittleBigPlanet slogan is ‘Create’ and the game offers you an extensive suite of tools that will allow you to create anything your imagination can come up with. Do you have a desire to recreate the Battle of Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back? Or maybe you have always had an idea for a game locked in your brain that you want to create. If you do, the tools are there in the game to allow you to do just that. Of course, doing so won’t be easy but thankfully the game has in-depth tutorials for everything imaginable. The possibilities on the creation side of things are only as limited by your own imagination.
But what if you have as much creative juice in you as a dead battery? Well, don’t worry, because you can take part in LittleBigPlanet’s final piece of the slogan ‘Share’. Sharing doesn’t necessarily mean you need to share your personal creations with anyone, although it certainly is an option, but rather it means for you to share yourself and become part of the LittleBigPlanet community. That can mean everything from playing with others in the story mode, or commenting on someone else’s creation (hopefully constructively). The community is open and entirely inviting, so players will most likely never feel like they don’t belong.
Complimentary to the community features, LittleBigPlanet is entirely inviting to play with other people, and to get some of the prize bubbles in story mode you will have to team up. But regardless of if you are teaming up with a friend over the Playstation Network to build a level together or if you are randomly meeting up with three strangers as you attempt to take on a story mode level, the game encourages and rewards you along the way. In fact I’ve rarely seen a game that is so rewarding to its players. Of course, the community aspect of the game is limited somewhat by the stability of the LittleBigPlanet servers and at this time they have been quite hit or miss. The server situation is improving from the rough launch but for a game which invites and encourages its players to take part in its robust community the stability needs to be top notch, all the time.
It is truly the sign of a great game when you spend an entire review talking about the gameplay and not the graphics or sound but it needs to be said that LittleBigPlanet looks and sounds great. From a graphical standpoint, LittleBigPlanet is beautiful. The stylistic choices made by Media Molecule help to give the title its whimsical attitude and I dare anyone to not find Sackboy cute. LittleBigPlanet is not a graphical powerhouse but it certainly is one of the best looking Playstation 3 titles to date. Musically the game is just as endearing as the art style. The soundtrack for LittleBigPlanet is light-hearted and I personally found the music to be quite soothing.
LittleBigPlanet is an ambitious experiment and the gameplay possibilities are almost endless. In the short time the game has been out, I’ve played user-created levels that far exceed the ideas that the developers seem to have had for the title. Regardless of if you own a Playstation 3 or not, gamers need to find a way to spend a little time with this game. Media Molecule can stand proud of the fact that they have crafted one of the best games of this current generation and that players will continue to use the game to craft their own masterpieces for others to play.
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