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A video game for Playstation 3 from Sony Computer Entertainment

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Little Big Planet is Super Mario Bros. for 2008

  • Nov 6, 2008
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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 a small hackie-sack with arms, legs and a zipper who must navigate through amazingly detailed levels.  As you progress, you realize that the other buttons give your character even more personality as you can wave your arms, shake your butt, smile and frown, or even slap other "Sackboys" playing with you.  Some of the movements respond to the Sony Dualshock Sixaxis motion sensor -- a very subtle but well executed touch.  The first time I played, I got two others to hop into the game with me, and all three of us were immediately hooked.

While the initial levels are rather straightforward, it immediately becomes evident that the levels are designed to be played cooperatively which is necessary to unlock more advanced puzzles, but more importantly makes the game infinitely more fun.  The simplicity of the controls makes it easy for anyone to join in and pick up the game without having to be a "hardcore" gamer, but the more advanced puzzles will offer a sufficient challenge for more seasoned gamers.  The game supports up to 4 players simultaneously either through a single console, or played over the network.  Another fun feature is decorating your Sackboy with stickers and decorations you unlock throughout the game to give your character a personalized look and feel.  Each level has a very unique look and feel and incorporates different obstacles and challenges... and in some cases, vehicles which you must master in order to reach each end goal.

Of course, after playing for a while, you realize that the levels primarily serve as inspiration for the second main aspect of the game -- creating your own levels.  Little Big Planet has an incredibly advanced game development kit to guide you through building your own levels.  After watching a few tutorials, you can jump into building your own level using the items, decorations, and tools that you unlocked while playing through the original levels.  The possibilities are truly endless as the physics engine at your disposal provides endless hours of tinkering.  Once you've created your level, you can upload it to the Playstation Network to let others play it -- as well as test out creations from other gamers.  After sampling just a few user created levels, it is really easy to see how much power these development tools wield.  

This game really is an amazing accomplishment. Not only is the standard game fun to play, but it gives you the tools to create even more levels or try out any other creations online for free.  The accessibility of the development tools allows anyone to be a game developer and immediately test out ideas on a live platform.  This is the "must have" game for PS3.

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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 …
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review by . September 05, 2009
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 …
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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