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LittleBigPlanet

Posted by TurtleGirl On January - 4 - 2010

Welcome to the world of LittleBigPlanet on the PSP. A mind blowing mini-size of the original  Playstation 3 game from Media Molecule, with a few slight differences.

 
You’re invited once again as Sackboy to travel the globe and explore seven locations that are available. As beautiful  it’s PS3 counterpart, LittleBigPlanet on the PSP still keeps it’s cardboard cut out world so that you can explore and discover the wondrous levels that it has to offer. Perfectly polished and well presented, the game gives you the same feeling as the original, it’s still packed full of fun and excitement, and keeps the full use of customization that we all found so generous. Stephen Fry’s  narration is both superb and upbeat, in a way that catapults you back into the LittleBigPlanet so well.

 
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Sackboy begins his amazing adventures  Down Under,  where you’re introduced to Bruce, an Aboriginy who points you in the direction of this new and amazing land. Here you can swing your way through the trees, jump into the pouch of a Kangaroo, and fly on magic carpets.

 
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The Kangaroo at the beginning of the game gives an introductory insight for those of you who may not have played the original game. It guides Sackboy in the right direction,  offering helpful and useful advice on how to proceed through the level, easing you newcomers into the Little Big Planet world.

 
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Through the levels Sackboy can collect a large amount of bubbles that have  rewards in, these can be anything from clothes to fully customize your sackboy, to stickers and construction items. The stickers can be positioned in certain areas throughout the levels that will either help you further in your quest, or reward you with a secret surprise. They are scattered throughout the game, with many being hidden very well,  so keep your eyes peeled. Stickers can also be used to create more decorative backgrounds or for designing your very own LittleBigPlanet level.

 
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Your  little Sackboy and the world you’re exploring can be customized by using the Popit, which is like an in-game menu where you can access all your collected items. There are sections for stickers, Sackboy outfits and items, and the option to retry. The stickers are not only decorative and pretty in design, but they also hold the key to some switches and triggers within the game. The retry button allows your Sackboy to Spontaneously Combust, which may sound horrific  – I can imagine Sackboy fur going everywhere as he explodes -  but it allows players to travel back to a checkpoint,  handy if you’ve become stuck in an area.

 
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Customization of Sackboy is as much fun as ever with the clever design of materials that either make your Sackboy look very cute, or something quite menacing. You can choose to change whatever you wish about your Sackboy, from the colour of its hair, to decorating it with pretty hats. The vast selection makes you feel spoilt for choice, offering such a wide range of accessories to make your character look a little bit more exciting. I spent ages dressing my Sackboy in ancient Far Eastern outfits, to lavishly introducing it to a princess outfit. The choices are unbelievable and make it a complete enjoyment to experiment with. You can of course choose to save as many of the costumes you have designed or if need be, dare I say it. Make him naked!

 
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The LittleBigPlanet world still pays homage to the world of create, share, and play, with the opportunity to share your own creations, and even download levels on the community moon. This is what I feel makes Little Big Planet so successful. It continues to grow and maintain its original format, while expanding in-game content and the constant appeal of creating your own levels. This is where LittleBigPlanet exceeds and where many other titles may have failed. By continuously offering new content and additional levels the game will stand out among the rest, but that is not to say that it doesn’t have its flaws.

 
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Firstly, while LBP PSP is a graphically astounding masterpiece, its cardboard cut out world does run into a few problems along the way. In its shrunken state the sprites do appear very tiny, which is why I sometimes couldn’t always see what Sackboy was doing. The lighting effects made the game dark in some areas, causing me to squint to make out what was going on. I also found the dynamics slightly off when my sack boy got stuck behind some of the background areas. It certainly became a little frustrating as I constantly tried to gain some control over my Sackboy as I failed to complete a jump and ended up  throwing him over the side like some rag doll on a suicide mission. Believe me when I tell you I tried to keep reviving him as much as humanly possible, but he just seemed to fly in mid air with no direction.

 
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With all this said though, LBP PSP is still a brilliant game! It would be a shame to beat the game up when the fun far exceeds the few issues I experienced. Overall, LBP is a fun and exciting game for the PSP. Not only will it have you fully immersed in the levels, you’ll be taken back by how much they have managed to cram into this mini version of the original game. You will have fun solving the puzzles, globe trotting around the 30 levels the game has to offer, dressing up and customising your little Sackboy, and the ability to share and create your own levels. LittleBigPlanet offers you a delightful trinket of surprises that will endeavour to enlighten your imagination over and over again.

 

 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 



 

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