LittleBigPlanet – the PS3 Attitude Retro Review
Welcome to the PS3 Attitude Retro Review, where we take another look at titles that were released at least six months ago and discover whether they still ought to garner your attention. This time, it is the turn of LittleBigPlanet.
LittleBigPlanet is a unique and imaginative game that arrived on the PlayStation 3 over a year ago.
Since then we have seen countless amounts of downloadable content released that still keeps on coming even today, some for free and some with a price tag.
We will now take a look back and see whether LittleBigPlanet lives up to what was promised and if it should still be considered one of the console’s best offerings.
We haven’t seen a game like this before. Each player can create a number of Sackboys or Sackgirls that they take control over in the forever expanding universe. The game comes with more than 50 levels made by the developers Media Molecule that test your Sackboy’s skills in speed, durability and intelligence. But this game wouldn’t be anywhere near as special without the thousands of levels created by the public. The imagination that some of these gamers have is unbelievable, and many even surpass the creativity shown by Media Molecule.
Unfortunately many times the levels that you actually want to play can be hard to find. Even after you get past the levels promising free trophies in less than thirty seconds, the success rate can be hit and miss despite the rating system and tags. But it is worth the effort as there are so many hidden gems. Even real games such as God of War, Mirrors Edge, Killzone and Uncharted have been replicated many times over in the LittleBigPlanet universe. There is so much talent to be found online, and we’re certain that many of them have great futures ahead in game design – perhaps some will be working on future spin-offs for this very title!
Of course the downloadable packs released can also be credited to creating these impressive levels. Thanks to the Metal Gear Solid Level Pack, a paintball gun was introduced, adding a cool new way to play. And just recently we saw the Pirates of the Caribbean Level Pack that added water!
Media Molecule could have easily forgotten about the gamers who invested in their game, but they didn’t. Yes they obviously do make some good cash from these offerings, and some of the content is a bit on the pricey side, but it enhances the experience extremely. Even if you don’t buy outfits yourself, you still reap in the enjoyment of seeing someone online running around in a King Kong outfit!
LittleBigPlanet received enormous praise from critics worldwide. It currently holds a Metacritic score of 95/100, the second highest rated game of 2008 behind GTA IV. Furthermore, according to VGChartz, the game has had great success at retail too with sales of over three million. This success in reviews and sales numbers are massively deserved and Media Molecule couldn’t have asked for much more.
Last September Sony released a special Game of the Year edition in North America, which included costume packs and the MGS Level Pack. Also included were eighteen exclusive levels created by some of the finest members of the LittleBigPlanet community. This is a fantastic deal for gamers who have yet to put the game into their hands. But we’re still waiting for a release in Europe, so Sony, please get a move on!
LittleBigPlanet is more than just a game as there are so many different experiences available for you to play. Certainly the title will keep on going for a long time, even when Media Molecule lose interest in it. As long players keep on creating new levels and Sackboys are still running around, there will always be more enjoyment to be had. If you haven’t bought it yet, why not! You’re missing out on a lot of fun and if you live in North America, you should definitely pick up the Game of the Year edition.