Product Type: Sony PS3 games
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LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)
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LittleBigPlanet 2 (PS3)
Advantages: Has a charm that is rare in modern games
Disadvantages: Not a big leap from the original
However, with this simple charm was a surprising amount of depth. The simple to use level creator gave the game life years after its release with over 3 million user created levels released. And if you wanted to collect all of the materials and stickers, you had to collect them in the Story Mode, which encouraged multiplayer.
The first game was kept active by DLC, with Metal Gear Solid and Pirates of the Caribbean level packs, which leads you to wonder if there was even a need for a sequel. What the sequel adds is a full new story mode - seven new worlds full of side scrolling levels and mini games for you to jump into, and with it, new things to do.
What the sequel adds is power ups. Early on in the game you are granted access to the grapple hook, which allows you to swing through levels or pull switches from far away. Later on you will get the 'grabinator', a Ratchet and Clank style glove that lets you pick up items that are far heavier and throw them. Throughout all of these worlds you are introduced to the new items of LittleBigPlanet with the story mode revolving around them. Whilst they are only power ups they add a great amount to the game. LittleBigPlanet has always been great - the simple charm and narration by Stephen Fry gave it a cute quality that few games can manage, and this charm is still there. Much of the game is the old school platforming gamers will be used to. The power ups just add to this experience. The grapple hook for example offers faster paced gameplay than expected - perfect for timed races, and the newly added 'Sackbots' slow down the pace, allowing for more in depth puzzles as you gather a following of small robots that can be used to open doors. It's the kind of gameplay familiar with those who have played the Clank sections in the Ratchet and Clank series.
Once you have completed the story mode there is still plenty to do. For a start, collecting all the prize bubbles to 100% complete the game - which includes needing to ace all of the levels. If you are interested in level creation this is something you'll be looking to do to get all of the materials and stickers and it isn't easy. It is fun however.
The level creation remains largely the same - you get to use all of the tools you picked up in the first game and those you picked up in the second to create levels. The new tools such as the grapple are easy enough to use and many things have been made easier. The addition of spring boards for example saves you from having to create them yourself. For those looking to create a deeper level however with a greater experience, there's so much extra to do. The Sackbots already described in the story mode have such great potential. You can use them as allies in inventive ways, or use them to create enemies - enemy creation was perhaps the biggest limitation of the previous game.
You can also play online. This lets you play through the story mode with other people online, or play through user created levels. The Story mode is far more fun when you play with others, having to navigate tricky puzzles together and watching each other die.
User created content varies. Some of the levels are, as expected exceedingly average, though some user created levels rival those of the story mode. The developers, Media molecule pick out the best levels they have played making it easier to come across some brilliant levels - which were a problem in the first game. All of the user created content from the first game is also available to play, meaning you won't be short of levels to play.
The graphics are brilliant and only help to create a wondrous atmosphere, with brilliant lighting and I have similar praise for the music. Music will never make a bad game good but it will certainly make a good game better.
The controls are much like the original and this means the floaty controls of the original. I love the floaty jump of the sackboy character I don't consider it a problem but to those who complained about it in the original game - nothing has changed.
It's quite possible that all the new features of this game could have been sold as DLC for the first game or patched into it. However, there's enough new content to justify a new game. A new game itself will renew interest in the franchise far more than downloaded DLC, so with some brilliant user created content out already, and a charming new Story Mode, there's little to complain about. If you want something different, or if you just miss the platforming genre, a genre that has got little love in recent years, this game may be for you.
Available exclusively for the Playstation 3 console, it can be purchased for £33.95 on Amazon (new).
Summary: Excellent game, and provides something different to most modern releases
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