With friends LittleBigPlanet reaches another level of fun, when the camera behaves itself.
With friends LittleBigPlanet reaches another level of fun, when the camera behaves itself.

With friends LittleBigPlanet reaches another level of fun, when the camera behaves itself.

Playing with friends is a great way to get maximum enjoyment out of the game, with four sackboys creating moments that wouldn't happen if you were playing alone. There's also a decent competitive scoring system running as you make your way through each level, ensuring you're always trying to get as many orbs as possible. The problem comes when the levels get trickier. We found that the sections that required millimetre perfect jumps to be nigh-on unplayable with friends, down to the way the camera shifts about and has a tendency to focus on the wrong part of the action. It's a real shame as multiplayer with some friends around the same console is great fun when it works (it should be noted that we haven't been able to test these levels online with other players).

When the levels work LittleBigPlanet shows its brilliance, with creativity on show here that shames the majority of titles hitting the market this year, but there are too few levels in the story mode that reach this high standard. It won't take you long to beat the 20 or so levels (with a further truck load of challenge levels unlocked if you collect keys) and unless you really want all the items only a few warrant repeated play. Thankfully a lot of people will want to get all those items, as without them you're limiting what you can make in the level creator - arguably you shouldn't have to hunt every item down if you just want to create levels, but it's a design decision we can live with.

Judged as just a technically impressive, artistically brilliant platformer LittleBigPlanet would rank high on the PS3's best games list, but not terribly near the top. It's not until you factor in the level creation tools that the true depth, creative brilliance and longevity of the game shine through. Let us first point out that this isn't a tool for everyone. If you have no artistic flair you're not going to be able to create great levels - and Media Molecule has excluded features like using digital camera snaps (PlayStation Eye photography only) and user-generated audio that would have pleased more casual creators - but if you're willing to invest the time and have a little flair, this could be the only game you'll need to play in some time.

LittleBigPlanet looks simple, but the level creation tools have been made almost entirely for the hardcore to get hold of. As much as Sony might market LittleBigPlanet as a game for everyone, this aspect isn't going to get much love from your non-gaming partner, mother or little sister. If you've dreamt of making your own games (ideally 2D platfomers with floaty jumping, but there is room for some creative game design) the tools here will make that dream come true. It's complex stuff for sure, with the well delivered tutorials from Stephen Fry only really introducing you to the basics, but stick with it and truly great things can be achieved. The test server our review build connected to could only see a few handfuls of levels, but even these showed the kind of creativity that's hopefully going to be in even more abundance once the game hits stores.

These tools will ultimately determine LittleBigPlanet's place in video game history

These tools will ultimately determine LittleBigPlanet's place in video game history

Of course, if you don't care for level creating you can simply play the levels that others have created. Sure, a large number will be terrible and you'll only finish a handful, but you'll often find small moments of brilliance within what appeared to be a complete mess of a level - we can see cooperative level creating online being a big bonus for creative types once Media Molecule patches in the unfortunately excluded feature. A clever tagging and heart system lets you see what others think of levels too, so it's relatively easy to find levels that are worth your time.

LittleBigPlanet may well save the PS3 (if it indeed needs saving), it may be the most creative game of all time, it could well usher in a new era of user-generated gaming, and has a chance of bringing about a 2D platforming renaissance, but all those things are down to you. The game Media Molecule has created won't do these things alone, but if gamers create the levels we think they're capable of, we might be looking at one of the most important games this console generation has seen. As it stands it's an entertaining platfomer, highly polished training tool and potential gateway to greatness. We're hoping it will end up being much more.

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I haven't played it but from what I have seen it looks great. I plan to get it and mess around with the level creation although anything I make only I'll appreciate haha. It's nice to see a 2D game still able to compete.
Posted 12:00 on 04 March 2009
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little big planet is crap
Posted 14:31 on 19 February 2009
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mydeaddog

Yeah, I was just messing around. Sorry! Chess would clearly be a 10.

I totally see what you're saying, though, and I agree. The main body of a review is always more important than the number at the end, but unfortunately scores are something that people will always gravitate towards.
Posted 09:52 on 27 January 2009
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CheekyLee

9 OUT OF 10? ARE YOU SERIOUS?

Hopefully, you got the point. Chess could only be a 10, and yet you somehow managed to conspire to rob it of a point. Someone else would give it a 5 for reasons of "It is too slow-paced.", and "You are stuck waiting for your opponent to move." (Though your post was quite lulzworthy!)
Posted 22:23 on 26 January 2009
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mydeaddog@ CheekyLee

Chess:

Pros:

- Huge levels of strategic depth.
- High replay value.
- Nice variety of pieces.
- Huge user community worldwide.
- Features horse-shaped pieces that move in an L-shape. Very unusual.
- Board is backwards-compatible with your old Draughts set.


Cons:

- Most sets do not come with a clock, which is more or less essential for serious play.
- The difficulty curve is very steep.
- There is no element of luck involved, which arguably reduces the fun since there is no real way that a master could ever lose to an inferior player.
- The black vs white theme is a bit racist (perhaps).

I give chess 9 out of 10.
Posted 16:07 on 26 January 2009
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CheekyLee

This is why we should just dump scores from reviews altogether. They are simply meaningless. Here is a challenge for all of you :

Rate 'Chess' out of 10.

Instead of crying over the review score, try reading the review. It is completely fair, and the reviewer gave his reasons for marking it down. Whilst I personally would give the game a 10 as well, I can not argue with the complaint about jumping. Several times I died completely randomly because the game decided I was on a different plane than I actually wanted to be on. Or I got squashed by the scenery.

The major complaint I have is that the review was written before the game was played thoroughly. Stating that you couldn't play the levels co-operatively online means you have missed at least one facet of the games greatness. Perhaps it would be wise to replay some of the levels this way, in order to see what it adds to the game?
Posted 15:56 on 26 January 2009
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omg! a 8! this should be a 10 for gameplay!!!
Posted 15:22 on 26 January 2009
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RORAN

MASS EFFECT 10/10 - Doesnt deserve it even one bit , more like 7.5 rater game

Bioshock - 10/10 - 9 is more than sufficient

HALO 3 - 10/10 - Yes it does

GoW2 - 10/10 - yes it does deserve too

But so do Mgs4 LBP n Fallout3 deserve 10
Posted 08:46 on 26 November 2008
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i love little big planet. it should be atleast a 9.
Posted 04:00 on 26 November 2008
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An 8 for gameplay? I think its more like a 9 or 10. This gameplay is better than GTA or possibly a halo
Posted 14:41 on 27 October 2008
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STFU fanboys

this is nothing more than a dumbed down platformer for casuals, with a level editor.
Posted 22:20 on 26 October 2008
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WTF... Gays Of War got 10!??! ROTFL!!

That was the shortest game I've ever played... no time to get used to controls and you reach the end.

LBP got a 8 in gameplay, because the reviewer can't push the jump button? Cool, you rocks, indeed.
Posted 02:14 on 25 October 2008
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What a bunch of whining idiots.

I own a PS3, but even I wouldn't give this game a 10. It looks fun, but not anywhere near the "best platformer". The gameplay is NOT as deep or precise as games like Mario Galaxy, for instance. I suspect many of these acne-covered, cave-dwelling fanboys would probably be bitching that the same game didn't deserve a 9 if it came out for any system beside the PS3.
Posted 16:56 on 20 October 2008
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Sony fanboys? Give it up - you're embarrassing yourselves. The review is fair. This is one of the best review sites going. So take yourselves and your childish conspiracy theories elsewhere. You're making me ashamed to be a gamer.
Posted 15:42 on 17 October 2008
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Here you go guys, go here for a REAL reveiw and whe i say that i mean gamers! (not journalists)

http://www.play.com/Games/PlayStatio...s.html?cpage=4
Posted 11:19 on 17 October 2008

Game Stats

9
Out of 10
LittleBigPlanet
  • Creative freedom
  • Endless potential
  • Superb art design
  • Jumping doesn't feel spot on
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Release Date: 24/10/2008
Platforms: PS3 , PSP
Developer: Media Molecule
Publisher: Sony
Genre: Platformer
No. Players: 1-4
Rating: PEGI 7+
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