LittleBigPlanet is a game exploding with cuteness, excitement, creativity, oh and did I mention cuteness? This game is adorable, so much so that every time I play it I am filled with an overwhelming sense of love for that small, hessian sack creature appropriately named ‘Sackboy’. For all the tough guys out there, don’t let that put you off trying and buying this game which, may I add, has won a host of awards including GameZone’s ‘Overall Game of the Year- 2008,’ IGN’s ‘Best Platform Game of 2008 (for PS3),’ and lets not forget GameSpot’s ‘Best Platform Game E3 2008’ just to name a few. To check out the full list of awards, hit up the official LittleBigPlanet website for more details. This is a game for all ages and genders, it’s an addictive platform game which will have you hooked from the moment you insert the disc.
Firstly, let’s have some introductions shall we? Meet Sackboy, the hessian sack filled with love, fluff and ice cream… Don’t ask, that’s his official description!
Oh isn’t he cute? Don’t you just want to eat him up with a spoon?! Ok, enough Jenny enough. Sackboy is our fearless protagonist who you will share all your adventures on LittleBigPlanet with. His appearance can change thanks to the LittleBigBoutique which your Sackboy can access at anytime during game play offering a host of sexy and stylish outfits to kit your Sack person out with. As you progress through the game, you will be able to collect a variety of clothes to turn your Sackboy (or girl) into a fashion icon. Items of clothing can also be downloaded from the Playstation Store, be earned as rewards or even won in competitions. There is also a Downloadable Content section on LittleBigPlanet’s official website where you can find content available to buy or download for free!
Upon first playing LittleBigPlanet, you are introduced to Sackboy and how to move him around by a very well chosen narrator in the form of Stephen Fry. Through a series of videos and demonstrations, Stephen teaches us how to jump, change our emotions and run in only a way that Stephen can. In my opinion, they couldn’t have chosen a better narrator as his voice just suits the game so well and adds to the ‘cuteness’ of the whole experience. It’s a shame he was only a runner up for the award of ‘Best Performance by a Human Male: Stephen Fry as LBP Narrator’ at the Spike TV Video Game Awards in December 2008, as I think the developers hit the nail right on the head when casting Stephen Fry as the narrator.
Once you are comfortable with how to move your Sack person around, you next steps are learning about your POD and the Popit, but more about that later. Your POD is “A cross between your bedroom and your first shed.” Well that’s the official description for it anyway! Your POD is like your mothership, it’s where everything happens and where you first begin every time you play the game. You can access the Story Levels, the Community Levels, your own created levels and see who’s online all from the POD. And just like with Sackboy, your POD is your creation, it’s your blank canvas just waiting to be covered with beautiful stickers. I mentioned earlier with Sackboy that as you progress through the game, you will collect various items of clothing which will then be added to your LittleBigBoutique, well it’s the same for stickers. As you progress through the levels you will find stickers hidden everywhere. If you collect all the stickers in a certain level, you will then obtain a result of 100%.
The Popit is an incredibly useful tool for your Sack person, as it can be used to do just about anything when playing or creating in LittleBigPlanet. It is also the place to come to find all your collected stickers and outfits from previously played levels. When playing, the Popit can be used to heart a level, adorn your current surrounding with stickers and objects, or to smarten your Sackboy up with a new outfit. You can even use it to communicate with your fellow Sackboys in the level, or to get yourself out of a sticky situation by popping yourself! To access the Popit, simply press the square button on your controller to reveal your haven of goodies!
When playing, you have two options; Story Levels and Community Levels. The Story Levels are created by all those clever brains over at Media Molecule, whereas the Community Levels are created by fellow sack folk just like yourself. In the Story Levels your mission is to find out what the devil is going on with the planet’s Creator Curators and their creations, which have gone missing! A Curator only know as ‘The Collector’ is behind it all, and it is your sack destiny to find out what’s going on and to find everything that’s missing!
Your journey begins in ‘The Gardens’, which is a bit like an English Country Garden as you can see in the picture above, where you’ll be taught your first steps in LittleBigPlanet by The King and his wife The Queen, who are the Creator Curators of this green, luscious land. You’ll also learn how to collect prizes, place stickers, interact with different objects and how to avoid sticky situations, whilst all the while enjoying the sheer cuteness that is Sackboy. As you progress through LittleBigPlanet you will meet all sorts of Creator Curators in many different levels who will help you along your journey, until you meet ‘The Collector’ who will do his very best to defeat you!
The great thing about LittleBigPlanet is it’s replay value. Even when you have finished the game, you can still go back and complete it to 100% (which is very hard I tell you!) To complete the game fully you need to do the following on every level; have finished the level, collected all the prizes in a level, and ‘aced’ the level (which means to complete it without dying!) I have been playing this game for months now and I still haven’t completed everything fully but that’s what I love about this game!
Another great aspect of the replay value is the Community Levels. There are over a million community levels published, with new levels being added every 30 seconds or so, which is more than you, me and the whole of your town could ever play! And with it being so easy to browse the Community Levels thanks to the game’s tags and ratings system, it’s easier than ever to find what you fancy! Plus, if you’re feeling a rush of creativity coming on, you can release your inner Van Gogh to the sack world by creating your very own level! LittleBigPlanet does a great job of getting you started and guiding you through the necessary controls needed to create your masterpiece, which involves our favourite tool the Popit! Your level is stored on ‘My Moon,’ which is your very own little moon to store all your unpublished levels. You can also edit from here, and publish your level to the world!
Overall, LittleBigPlanet is a fun, exciting and adorable game for players of all ages, and I challenge any one of you not to fall in love with Sackboy after playing this game!
I cannot recommend this game enough, and with LittleBigPlanet 2 just around the corner, it’s certainly a very exciting time for Sackboys everywhere.
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