BREAKING DLC NEWS!
Ever feel like something was... Missing?
New information on the Water Pack!
- Release date is December 22
- US $5.99
- 1 new costume
- 4 new music tracks
- 5 new levels
- 8 materials
- 1 new level background
- 14 decorations
- 27 objects
- 11 new PlayStation Trophies
- 133 stickers
This is easily day one for me.
please resume business in an orderly fashion
is a 2.5D platforming game developed by MediaMolecule for the PlayStation 3. It has garnered massive hype and near universal praise, along with heaping dollops of controversy. Its iconic main character, Sackboy, represents the game's beautifully rendered craft-world aesthetic and endless customization aspects, while the game itself supports much more than simple customization; players are encouraged to build and share creations with a design kit that is both incredibly easy to use and oceans deep.
LittleBigPlanet's story mode spans over 20 full levels and a multitude of smaller tasks, races and challenges. The gameplay thrives on collection (with secrets and unlockables under every flowery upholstered platform), chaotic physics (with oodles of momentum built up in springs, pistons and explosives) and 'co-opetition' (every bit of gameplay supports 4-players, and encourages working together as much as it encourages battling for bubbles full of points). The flexibility of the physics engine and the openness of the level-editor means that for a long time to come you'll be bouncing over platforms, shooting away aboard rocketships and dragging unfortunate (cardboard) peasants into pits of spikes and fire.
LittleBigPlanet's editor offers you a blank canvas to build whatever motor-driven contraptions and cardboard-box level layouts you can dream up. If the 'blank canvas' bit sounds daunting, don't worry! There are a stack of MediaMolecule created-templates for you to mess up with stickers, objects gifted from the story levels (or shared levels), adjustable music and colour-correction tools. Still sounds tricky? Learning's an absolute charm, with the dulcet tones of Stephen Fry providing witty instruction on the Pop-It menu, and everything it can be used to conjure up.
It's been called the Youtube of videogames, and for good reason - LittleBigPlanet has an incredibly easy system for sharing content, built right in to the same sub-menu you use to play story levels. An easy tagging system means levels are labeled with relevant information after every play, and the 'heart' feature works both as a personal seal of approval and a bookmark for later use. In the short time that the game's open beta was running we saw homages to everything from Mario to WipEout, along with gritty noir crime levels and bubbly worlds of colour. There's no imaginable end to the kind of content we'll see, so there's only one thing left for it - start up those servers!
Current MetaCritic score
LittleBigPlanet sets out to resurrect the simple fun of a game you control with left, right and jump. It sets out to make the side-scrolling platform game relevant and exciting again. And it succeeds ... at their most ingenious and surprising, the systems of cogs and tunnels and traps that the Sackboys tumble through are worthy of Nintendo's best designs.
It’s a multiplayer riot, a visual landmark, a feat of engineering, and one of the most charming games ever made. But even those accolades are dwarfed by its scope, its potential, and the apparent endlessness of them both.
We all figured it would be good, so the question was, just how good would it be? The answer is that it's absolutely fantastic, an instant classic that actually turned out to be better than my expectations.
This is a beautifully assembled game, with a patchwork visual style that covers the technical achievements underneath... Little Big Planet is a startlingly imaginative take on the platforming genre, and its story mode, while short, is truly outstanding.
Controversy and Recall
You will become obsessed. You have been warned.
LittleBigPlanet was originally scheduled for release on the 21st of October in North America, and on the same week in most other regions. Unfortunately it was brought to Sony and MediaMolecule's attention that one of the licensed tracks in the game featured verses taken from the Quran; an issue which grates with some Muslim beliefs. The decision was made to recall the game from game store back-rooms across the world, and a version with the offending phrases removed will be on sale in very late October / early November. It's frustrating for everyone, not least of all the people who worked so hard on the game - but it happened, it's not going to change, so it's best to think about our long future with Sackboy, rather than be bitter about this short, painful period.
While the future of LittleBigPlanet was always going to be a very long one, with constant community levels injected into every net-connected copy of the game - for free - MediaMolecule and Sony have also promised to keep the game relevant and interesting with new tools and features. And yes: the L word. Licensed content has already been confirmed for the game from franchises as big as Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid, with rumours saying there's a deal underway with Disney.
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Level pack includes:
New Costume: Gurlokovich Soldier
New Building Tools: 72 Stickers, 12 Materials, 10 Decorations and 18 Objects, plus 3 Music Tracks, a sound object, an interative music track, and a new 'Plasma Ball' danger element
New Developer Levels: 5 Story Levels & 1 Challenge, from MM and Konami
New Gameplay: Functioning !
searchlight, a 'Laser Sight' gadget and the Paintinator Paintgun, for making a mess and killin' mechanised goons!
Feeling poor? That's alright, because Media Molecule are generous
- Non-MGS Level Pack owners can PLAY the MGS Story Levels by joining a “host” who owns the pack and play the levels online together. Now you won’t be able to keep any objects, but you can have tons of fun just PLAYing.
- MGS Level Pack owners will be able to CREATE levels with any of these items (including the Paintinator) and SHARE them online for everyone to play.
More information here
. Get ready! ...the game has changed.