LittleBigPlanet (Video Game Review)
LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation Vita offers up a simple but effective storyline--you play as Sackboy on a quest to save a nearby planet known as Carnivalia. This new world is occupied by some of the strangest characters seen in the LittleBigPlanet series in one of the most twisted environments. Still, the silly humor and classic LittleBigPlanet charm shines through to deliver a light hearted story all can enjoy. Sackboy will have to use all of his platforming skills and even some new items in order to save Carnivalia from the dreaded Puppeteer and save the day. This brand new outing contains more than 40 stages that will need to be cleared and can be accessed again to complete special challenges and unlock everything the campaign has to offer, but the game's storyline is only half the fun you'll have with LittleBigPlanet.
If you've played any game in the LittleBigPlanet series, or any platformer game in general for that matter, you'll know what to expect in gameplay. Progress through increasingly difficult stages by running, jumping and using any equipment at your disposal until you've made it from one end of the stage to the next. The really noteworthy part of the LittleBigPlanet series has always been the ability to customize your own creations for use in the game, and it's never been better than in LittleBigPlanet for PlayStation Vita. While the smaller screen may be a turn off for some, the game's fantastic controls and fantastic use of the front touch screen, back touch panel and cameras with augmented technology makes it easier than ever to make your own creations that are completely your own. To make things even better, you can share your creations on the LittleBigPlanet community site to connect and share your creations with fellow gamers and find and queue up your favorite creations from gamers around the world for use in your own game. LittleBigPlantet's creation tools allow you to create nearly anything you'd like if you feel like putting in the time and effort to learning the trade, and endless hours of fun can be had with custom creation and new mini-games alone.
LittleBigPlanet looks spectacular on the PlayStation Vita with only a few graphical errors popping up over long sections of gameplay. Of course the game's presentation is almost flawless with charming characters to be found throughout the game and superb voice acting for many of these as well. The game even features some fun multiplayer games to enjoy for two players on one PlayStation Vita system. The only real reason you could have for not picking up LittleBigPlanet is if you don't own a PlayStation Vita, and it's a great system seller if you are still debating whether you wanted to purchase the handheld or not. If you've owned any LittleBigPlanet games from the past, you'll be thrilled with this game and excited to know all of your purchased costumes from the first two games are completely compatible with the new release. Run out and purchase LittleBigPlanet as soon as possible, and get ready for even more Sackboy action in LittleBigPlanet Karting and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale coming soon!
LittleBigPlanet is now available for preorder from most major retailers for the MSRP of $39.99 and is scheduled to release on September 25, 2012 for PlayStation Vita. LittleBigPlanet is rated E by the ESRB for Mild Cartoon Violence. For more information on the game, check out the official LittleBigPlanet website.
Game Information: Developer: Media Molecule
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Available exclusively for PlayStation Vita
Release Date: September 25, 2012