Video Game Review: LittleBigPlanet 3
Sackboy, a name that’s associated with cute platforming fun, is back once again with another installment in the hugely adorable and massively popular LittleBigPlanet franchise. But with big names such as Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie involved with voice acting, can the game live up to it’s predecessors, or does it fall just flat of knitted character goodness? Read on for our full LittleBigPlanet 3 review!
|Platforms||PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
|Windows Release||November 2014|
|Price on Amazon
||£15.84 as of time of writing (Amazon link)|
Sackboy has been called back to action in this colourful world, full of villainous manipulators and titans. Through a world spun of yarn, odds and sorts and cute trinkets, Sackboy must help to stop the titans power from spiralling out of control. Leaning on the support of the villainous Newton’s mother, Nana Pud, Sackboy must restore the balance he accidentally tipped out of control in the world of Bunkum…
… and to think, Newton seemed like such a nice, trustworthy chap too!
LittleBigPlanet 3 is a platformer with a little twist. Allowing you to collect pieces for your very own levels, you must uncover the secrets, the weapons and make contact with the people of the world. With such an emphasis on collecting, it’s no wonder that many people think this is just a cute little platformer with little else to it. Fortunately, the story is quite involved. The game is ultimately a platforming sandbox, which is great fun. You need to collect, you need to power-up, you need to find secrets and you need to do all of this to defeat Newton. Of course, the story isn’t everything with this game.
As it’s a sandbox game as well as a normal platformer, you can go ahead and create your own levels. The joy of this is if you created a level from LittleBigPlanet 1 or 2, you can still have your level played on LittleBigPlanet 3. So any work you’ve previously done will not go unplayed: So go out there, make your levels, share them with the world and show off how joyous your creations can be. I know I’ll be looking out for great user-made content once I’ve finished all the challenges!
Speaking of challenges, there’s an extra little challenge mode called Poppit Academy, where you can play through some special levels and learn to create levels along the way. As well as this, there are actual challenges for you to complete as well. There’s plenty of replayability because of this. Don’t worry too much; You can unlock loads of items simply through the main story, if you want, or you can just explore other peoples levels. Along with all this, you’ve got extra DLC, in case extra content from the makers of the game is what you’re looking for. But in all honesty, the main joy is exploring another players level; much like Mario Maker.
Graphically, this game is cute and it knows it. Sackboy is cute and he makes many different little faces, just to show you how cute he really is. If you don’t believe me that this game is cute, then check out our gallery below:
A humongous up from me here – The sound from LittleBigPlanet is amazing. Let’s start with the music. It’s happy, it’s jolly, it makes you want to explore. It’s got enough atmosphere to the more serious levels that you know it should be taken seriously, but it still gives you that sense of safety. All in all, it’s very sweet to listen to and it’ll always leave your ears ringing with a pleasant feeling. It’s quite an extraordinary experience really. However, the audio excels for a different reason.
Forget sound effects, this game is narrated by the legendary Stephen Fry. All of the LittleBigPlanet games have been narrated by Mr. Fry, so if you do love a proper British accent, then this game has one of the best! Furthermore, if you like House, M.D. then you’ll love this, as Hugh Laurie plays Watson. Their accents alone make the game feel a lot more eccentric and colourful; the words they employ are colourful and full of life and they’re not the only stars in the game. Other stars include Lewis MacLeod, aka the advisor in Theme Park World and also Postman Pat and Nolan North. It’s best to just read Nolan North’s career if you want proof as to how big of a star he is.
The game leaves me with a sense of true elation. I was left with my mouth gaping open, with nothing but pure, unbridled joy. I felt like I was experiencing a journey; a wonderful journey into the wonderful world of Bunkem. I felt like the narrator was giving me a tour with his words alone and the expressions that Sackboy was giving was not only apt, but they were truly perfect for the situations. Slightly over the top in everything it does, LittleBigPlanet is a LittleBigAdventure and it’s one that lovingly invites you in. It’s innocent; it’s sweet; it knows it’s all of these things and it lulls you into a sense of security and comfort. It’s the ultimate feel-good game, so I’ll give it a huge thumbs up.
Some of the little finer details of the game can be a bit fiddly at first, but overall it plays incredibly solidly and it’s a really smart, beautiful experience that if you’ve not seen yet, you should. Make the effort to go and look this game up, or better yet, go grab it for your PlayStation 3 or 4. It’s great fun and although it’s a game made for 7 and ups, it feels like a game that I can have as a 20-something without being told “That’s a kids game”. No. This, dear reader, is an adventure in it’s truest form. It’s a fantasy adventure… And it’s fantastic. But hey, that’s what I think of it – What about you? Do you like the LittleBigPlanet franchise, or do you think it’s just too cute? Do you like Sackboy as a protagonist? Do you like the voice acting in the title? As always, let us know in the comments below, or over on Facebook, Twitter or Reddit.