LittleBigPlanet 2 Packs Little Big Surprises
LittleBigPlanet 2 marks the come back of Sackboy as players play and create games beyond their wildest imagination. Find out what's great and what's not with our game review.
One of the most creatively-driven, user generated games to ever herald the world of gaming is back and better than ever as LittleBigPlanet 2 arrived with the promise of more content, more user-friendly toolbars and experiences, and much, much more. And although the game has been around for a little while, the world still has plenty of love to give to the awesome Sackboy as he makes his comeback. So what’s the deal with LittleBigPlanet 2? If it’s mostly user-generated, wouldn’t it be enough to own the first LittleBigPlanet? Can we see any differences from the prequel or are we having the very same thing? Let’s stitch together the pros and cons of this Media Molecule PlayStation 3 exclusive as we dive further into Craftworld.
Craftworld is in deep trouble as the Negativitron threatens to consume everything it touches (it’s a vacuum cleaner, go figure). Sackboy and his buddies must run through 30 different levels to ultimately defeat the giant cosmic vacuum cleaner before its too late. So as you jump, tumble, swing, shoot and grab enemies and items on the way, the story barely becomes engaging at most points even with the addition of pretty creative and interesting support characters called the Alliance. However, the environment and gameplay is a good enough reason to why you’ll keep on playing the game as you try to get every single thing or enemy that comes across your path.
The main game aka story mode still has the 2D platform feel to it which makes it a little dull, but what sets this apart from the first LittleBigPlanet is the addition of several itineraries such as platforms that make your Sackboy jump into the air, grappling hooks that allows you to swing from one cog to the next, and ofcourse the Creatinator which can shoot anything you want it to. And if that’s not fun enough, you can always hook up some friends to join your quest in finishing the 30 levels either locally or online.
But in all seriousness, a real LittleBigPlanet fan knows that no matter how fun the story mode is, the main point of LittleBigPlanet 2 is the option to create your own content. And what’s fun with this latest sequel is that everything is almost simplified so that players won’t waste any time trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t.
The Create mode immediately introduces you to a bunch of useful tutorials that you can access anytime you want, and what’s more fun is that some of the tutorials pop out (not annoyingly) once you’re starting to create your own content. It’s like a teacher holding your hand while you cross the street. However, when things go complicated like adjusting the projectile of your shooter, the tutorials aren’t enough and sometimes you have to fix/modify stuff under the dark, yeah that bites.
Once you’ve created your own content, it’s pretty easy to upload and share it to the rest of the LittleBigPlanet 2 world. But if you’re more of the Play-only type instead of a do-it-yourself, you can easily access other people’s content for you to enjoy. However we still have to endure the demon called “Loading” time. So far, there are about 3.5 million game content available created by the whole PlayStation universe, and the numbers will just keep on growing once everyone’s adept with LittleBigPlanet 2.
If you really want to push it, LittleBigPlanet 2 also allows you to create your own series, music videos, and even movie using a wide variety of tools at your disposal. All you need is a little creativity and you’re well on your way to be the next Oscar-winning director (of course, the Oscar equivalent in Craftworld).
LittleBigPlanet 2 further pushes the boundaries of user-generated content and customization as it allows the players to go wild with their imagination and the drive to make some awesome content. Again, the main story mode still leaves less to be desired overall, but gameplay wise, it’s something that’ll make you beg to play all over again.