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A video game for Playstation 3 from Sony Computer Entertainment

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Among the Best Games You Can Find on the PS3

  • Sep 5, 2009
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Time and time again we've talked more about the potential of the PS3 than about the quality games on the system itself. When we begin to talk about the PS3 years later, one game will stand out as being among the best in the library: Little Big Planet. The platformer genre seems like a dying breed. Little Big Planet makes platforming fun again. It's a big expansive game that anyone can pick up and play. Best of all, it can be customized in almost every way.

In Little Big Planet you take control of a Sack Boy (or girl). Little Big Planet doesn't have a story. But it does have some very intricately designed levels. Throughout each level you'll find yourself running and jumping and taking down enemies. On occasion you'll control of vehicles and other contraptions, usually that must be done by taking hold of a switch and flipping it in one direction or another. You'll also find yourself having to grab hold of other objects to get to your destination. Each level is filled with complex puzzles and paths to go down. As you go you'll be able to find items you can use to dress up your Sack Boy in, or to use in level creation.

The main campaign isn't too long. It'll keep you busy for probably 8-10 hours at best. Just because you've completed the main story, however, doesn't mean it's over. The biggest attraction to Little Big Planet is without a doubt its customization. As mentioned earlier, you'll collect items throughout the main campaign that you can use to create your own levels. What makes the level editor unique is that anything that was used within the game can be used in the level editor. This gives creative minds a chance to really let go and do whatever they want. Just the same, there are literally millions of levels put online by users already and even they are filled with other items you can use as well. There are always new and exciting levels to play through and so there are so many ways to make them. The main campaign will eventually grow old, but playing through newly created levels never does.

Along with creating your own levels you can also customize your own Sack Boy by giving him different clothes to wear, different hair styles, facial hair etc. The amount of customization is almost limitless. Even more than that is what your Sack Boy can do. You can make him smile laugh or frown and cry. You can make him angry or worried. You can even take control of his arms and flail them around.

Another great thing about Little Big Planet is that you don't have to go at it alone. Up to four people can play through Little Big Planet at a time and they can do it either locally or online. It's really fun to let a bunch of friends customize their own Sack Boy. Not to mention that when flailing your arms you can hit them.

Little Big Planet isn't the most difficult game around, but it can give you trouble in certain areas. Some of the user created levels can be brutal but during the main campaign, your mileage will vary. Luckily, there are plenty of checkpoints scattered throughout each and ever level regardless of how long or short they are. In some cases there may be too many checkpoints. Sometimes you'll run by one only to run by a second one just a few short steps later--sometimes not even encountering a single enemy, pitfall or trap in between. In spite of that, you may appreciate the number of checkpoints given the challenge of some of the games more intricate puzzles.

Visually, Little Big Planet is unique. It's a side-scroller at heart but it makes excellent use of the Playstation 3's capabilities. Each and every level is vastly decorated. The game also has a very unique art style. There's also a lot of humor found within the game. From the humble narrator who provides you with all the tutorials, to some of the games more unique level designs. The physics are also very well done.

Without a doubt, however, the best part of Little Big Planet's productions is the soundtrack. It has some of the best music of any video game. There are some incredibly catchy tunes here as well as some authentic sound effects. Video games have rarely sounded this good.

If there was any problem with Little Big Planet it would be that it has a couple of networking issues. Some levels have so much in them that they lag while some people have experienced problems even just uploading, not to mention that some levels will be taken down without any warning from developers.

In spite of the networking issues, Little Big Planet is an astonishingly original game. Regardless of who you are, you've more than likely never played anything like it. Every PS3 owner should, at the very least, give Little Big Planet a try.

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review by . November 06, 2008
posted in The Gaming Hub
Little Big Planet is essentially two different applications in one   1) An incredibly addictive and accessible platforming side-scroller    2) A powerful physics engine and game development system  The game starts out with a few simple levels which act as the introduction and tutorial for the game. The controls consist of the standard left stick for movement along with one button for "jump" and another for "grab" -- super easy, right?  You play as a "Sackboy" which looks like …
review by . January 10, 2010
 Old fashioned side scrolling with depth., and a million levels. Well the later is a bit of an exaggeration but not by much. Little Big Planet by Media Molecule is one of the great and most original games that has been created. Easy to play but even non playing grand parents get a chuckle out of watching a sack person run through the world.      Little Big Planet is a a user generated game every day there are new levels that are being created buy hundreds if not thousands …
Quick Tip by . March 12, 2010
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review by . November 10, 2008
Little Big Planet is the first game I got with my new PS3 and I am instanly hooked. The game play is very unique. You get to create your own little character, then explore all these crazy levels, picking up new outfits, designs, and other creative tools along the way. You get to customize your character, create new levels, and even add to exisiting levels with stickers. You can connect the eye camera to add images of yourself or whatever you would like. The best feature, however, is the online gaming. …
review by . December 12, 2008
LBP is a great co- op game filled with inventive graphics and character customization. I was lucky enough to demo the game at comic con last year and I was hooked. The game is fun for all ages.   
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LittleBigPlanet, sometimes abbreviated to LBP and developed under the title The Next Big Thing, is a puzzle platformer and user generated content video game for the PlayStation 3, first announced on 7 March 2007, by Phil Harrison at the 2007 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. It is developed by Media Molecule, a British company founded in part by Rag Doll Kung Fu creator Mark Healey, and published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

The game revolves around the player's control of small avatars, known as Sackboys owing to their appearance, in a variety of platforming scenarios. Though the game features a set of pre-built levels for players to explore, of equal importance is the game's customisable nature, from altering the player's character and personal space, to building entirely new objects and levels, and then sharing and playing them online as part of the LittleBigPlanet community.

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Number of Players: 1-4
Developer: Media Molecule
Console: Playstation 3

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