It's impossible not to get swept up in the comforting arts-and-crafts scrapbooking aesthetic that oozes from a LittleBigPlanet game. Its charm, wit and accessibility resonates with players of all ages.
With its third iteration upon us, LittleBigPlanet is ready for its PlayStation 4 debut. Available on PS3 too, it's replete with the most content the series has ever offered. Not only does LBP3 have a shockingly robust set of level-creation tools, but it also lets players experience any of the 9 million and counting user-generated levels from all the previous games in the series.
Developed primarily by Sumo Digital, LBP3 is the first console version of the game without studio Media Molecule at the helm. Nevertheless, all of the controls and finesse of the series remain intact. Sure, there's some fine-tuning here and there, but even diehards will feel right at home.
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So while there's plenty of familiarity between LBP3 and its direct ancestors, there's much that's fresh too. In the adventure that comes pre-created for you to play, LBP3 has a much more focused progression than in previous titles. Quests can begin to pile up though, so new to the game is "The Organisertron," a helpful pop-up list that manages your quests or objectives and can guide you to points of interest.
Of course LittleBigPlanet can be enjoyed alone, but LBP3 makes it more enticing to play with friends. In addition to the usual levels and side quests that require at least two players, for the first time LBP3 introduces new characters alongside Sackboy, our hero: Oddsock, a dog-like character who can jump off walls; Swoop, a flying sack; and Toggle, a sack person who can transform between a big lush or a tiny, speedy racer.
The adventure will have you unlock these three new sack characters through various expertly designed levels where you'll meet adorable secondary characters, all with their own loveable personalities. These levels are true works of art, with a wonderfully realized sense of style -- and great music.