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LittleBigPlanet 2 game review

Sackboy is back. But the new game isn’t just a platform game. It’s a platform for you to make all kinds of games. In other words, this game is GINORMOUS.

LITTLEBIGPLANET 2
Sony for PS3

Gameplay: 8.8
Graphics: 9.0
Sound: 8.5
Replay Value: 10.0
Overall Score: 9.0

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Pros: Many challenging levels; make your own RPG games; online multiplayer

Cons: Making a level can take a while; community Web site is too complex; too much freedom

The first edition of LittleBigPlanet was one of the great gaming experiences. If you bought the game, you had a terrific time getting to know the engaging little characters.

In addition to playing through levels in story mode, you were able to play game designer. You met the very cool Sackboy and made your own platform-style game. He ran. He jumped. He rocked your 2D gaming world.

SACKBOY IS BACK

In LittleBigPlanet 2, here’s what happens: To get you in the mood for game making, go for the single-player missions first. There are dozens of challenging levels with all kinds of powerups, weapons and stickers to collect.

In Sackboy’s universe, the things humans find to be normal appliances can be big monsters to the toys. When the game begins, the skies over Craftworld are blackened by something mysterious. Sackboy and the town’s innocent residents are sucked up into a big, noisy vacuum cleaner called the Negativtron.

It’s not just a cleaning device. It’s a crazy robot that has interdimensional powers!

But all is not lost. Sackboy joins The Alliance, a motley group led by Larry DaVinci, a wise old man with a beard made of shredded documents. He also wears weird 3-D glasses, and he comes to Sackboy’s aid throughout the game. The characterization is smart and surprising. For instance, you eventually meet a wild-eyed character called Dr. Higganbotham. That’s obviously a nod to the real-life scientist who made the first video game way back in 1958.

LUSH, FUNNY AND CREATIVE

The graphics are occasionally more impressive than those in “Toy Story 3” (the movie), and that’s saying a lot. They’re downright lush, so much so that you want to live in Craftworld and its surrounding areas.

LittleBigPlanet 2 can be royally funny. It’s not just the adorable look of the characters that makes you smile. You use desserts as weapons. And there’s a huge robotic turkey gobbling along. You can even command wacky fireflies.

The quirky, beautiful revelations of the story mode make you really want to create your own game. When I started to construct a level, I marveled at all the choices. Particularly, I liked creating beings called Sackbots. In addition to programming how they move and where they move, there are other cool options: You can have them guard a treasure. You can give them personalities and make them dance. You can make them your loyal followers.

THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS

With over 1,600 new things to play with, there’s just so much to do here. The possibilities truly seem endless. It’s all up to you and your imagination.

You can fly on a paper airplane. You can play the old-school way and make a Space Invaders game. You can string your levels together to make a longer game.

You can make racing games and role-playing games. You can compose your own music on a variety of instruments. I even made my own basketball game with a super-high basket. Generally, this is great. That’s why I gave it the highest replay value I could.

Once you make your levels or even a full game, you can upload them to a community Web site for others to play. I found the site a little too cluttered with stuff, though. It’s great to play new levels made by other people, but the site should look a lot simpler and cleaner.

A LITTLE OVERWHELMING?

I wonder if there’s a little too much in this ambitious game, though. Do you really want to take the time to make your own cut scenes for the game and record sound effects to add as well? I guess you do if you’re an aspiring game designer or movie maker. (While the tutorials are good, they don’t explain things in the most kid-friendly way.)

And even game designers have a whole team to help them out. So LittleBigPlanet 2 can be a little overwhelming due to the vast number of choices available.

There’s an easy solution though. You can savor LittleBigPlanet 2 and enjoy the game’s brilliance the whole year round by playing a little bit at a time. Just don’t try to do everything at once. You’ll give up.

Finally, if you have the money saved, think about getting the Collector’s Edition. Packed with cool stuff, it even includes a Sackboy figure and intricately detailed Sackboy bookends.

54 Comments on LittleBigPlanet 2 game review

  1. Y CANT THEY MAKE IT FOR WII??!! >:( (the game is cool cuz im at the negatrivatron but i didnt defeated him yet. oh and btw i played the game at my friend dana’s house)

  2. The_Almighty_Prince // September 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm // Reply

    I have the first one and i RLLY want the 2nd

  3. SO GOOD I’M HOOKED ON THIS GAME

  4. My favorite game of all time.

  5. Those of you who have a ps3, would you reccommend buying one over an xbox 360? PLEASE REPLY.

    (p.s., I’m not allowed to play shooting games)

    • Yes. While they are equal in many places, the PS3’s online is free, which is much more convienient in the long run.

  6. one of the best games ever! =)

  7. boys life reader 45 // May 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm // Reply

    i have both games you should get both but this one is better i give it a 10/10 :)

  8. Awesomator // May 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm // Reply

    I played this at my friend Collin’s house and it was pretty cool because you could have a spear and pull people around

  9. this wil be a great game for my friend

  10. the game is pretty cool but i would never give up my xbox 360 for a Ps3, I’m too big of a Halo Reach fan.

  11. Its ok but its not the best like MW2

  12. i like it

  13. I give this game 10/10

  14. awsome so cool :) :) :)

  15. The Killer. // April 7, 2011 at 9:32 pm // Reply

    I have a xbox 360 but my mom won’t let me get it.I do love this game.everybody shood get this game………………FYI MEEEEE.

  16. dude i love this game me and my sister play online bomb levels

  17. LBP 2 ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. sporty&gamer // March 20, 2011 at 7:28 am // Reply

    little big planet 2 lookss awsome but i dont have a ps3 i have a ps2 though

  19. The levels that are on the trailer aren’t in the game.i have it

  20. I beat it in 2hours and 50 min. It ROCKS!!!(get it now!)

  21. Awesome,but I don’t have a ps3. :(.

  22. LittleBigBoss // February 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm // Reply

    I have the 1st 1 & it was BEAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this looks 10 times better.(why don’t they make games like this more often ???

  23. Why don’t they make it for XBOX360?????

  24. this game needs to be on the must have list of every hardcore gamer

  25. I NEED THIS GAME

  26. AIR FORCE says // February 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm // Reply

    I wish I had a ps3 so I can play littlebigplanet2.All I have is the OLD XBOX.And it has some pritty ausome games………….. if I could I would buy an XBOX 360………

  27. its awsom

  28. littlebigwierdo1 // January 29, 2011 at 2:18 pm // Reply

    i dont own a PS3 ):

  29. I loved the first one!

  30. i don’t own a ps3

  31. The Spaceman // January 28, 2011 at 10:42 am // Reply

    What systems is it for? i have 360, xbox, and gamecube

  32. Aw man! I wanted that! I only have a Wii and a DSi

  33. Collecters edition is awesome all my freinds love the sackboy plushie, and yes even the guys: HE”S AWESOME

  34. Neon Sack Ninja // January 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm // Reply

    That game is A-W-E-S-O-M-E!!!

  35. AWSOME!

  36. littlebigdude // January 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm // Reply

    i got the collectors edition and it rocks solid gold baby!!!

  37. The first was awesome I’ve got to preorder!

  38. This is my most favorite game ever

  39. 1st one was good so i will pick this one up.

  40. i is awesome // January 21, 2011 at 2:41 pm // Reply

    wow looks cool!!

  41. it sounds like a cool game

  42. Stompin' Bob // January 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm // Reply

    I wish this was on the computer.

  43. sounds like a fun game!

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