altered_confusion's LittleBigPlanet (PlayStation 3) review

LittleBigPlanet Review

I've been trying to hold off on this review for a while now because every time I played I felt like I was getting opened up to new stuff. This is a game that starts off as a platformer where you will take yourself through a story mode and unlock goodies that you can then customize your starting spot with and your character. Your character is affectionately called a sackboy, but once you start getting items that you unlock by going through levels you'll see that you can definitely reinvent  it.

The graphics look great, for a sometimes very simplistic game, and draw the player into wanting to play more. The different obstacles, levels, and items look great and fit with what the game is about. The characters that you'll interact with are also quite unique.

The controls are the one thing that hold this game back from possibly being one of the best games ever. At some times the controls are a little sluggish in response, also there are times where you need to change depths on the screen where you're left frustrated. Let me explain that a bit more, this game is a side scrolling platformer, but it is also 3D so there is some depth to the screen which will sometimes hide objects or secret paths, but there are times where its all about timing and sometimes the sackboy and you don't quite go at the same speed and as a result you're left cursing.

The gameplay, with the exception of the controls, is novel, innovative, and fun. I keep getting drawn back into this game not just because of the fun that I have while playing, but the challenge that it presents. There is also a chance that you'll get to see amazing levels that were created by your peers. Now some of them are indeed on the edge or over for IP infringement, but I'm not going to tell anyone because those are usually the levels that are the best.

My recommendation for this game is go get it, try to get through the story mode to unlock all the goodies, then check out some of the created levels, and then get to work on one of your own. If you are willing to put in a good amount of work getting feedback from peers is so rewarding. Even with the slightly faulty controls I can't knock this game down, its too much fun. 9.3 out of 10.

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