LittleBigPlanet (Retrospective Review)

In 2007, Media Molecule gave people their first look at LittleBigPlanet, a game that showed as much promise as it did charm. Over the next year, the game was highly anticipated up until launch. People were mesmerized by it’s beautiful graphics and it’s then mind-boggling creation tools. LittleBigPlanet garnered critical acclaim, and for many was the main reason to buy a PS3. Nearly three years and one sequel later, has LittleBigPlanet withstood the test of time?

The gameplay is simple and accessible to players of all ages. The protagonist “SackBoy” flings himself across ditches, jumps onto platforms, and completes simple puzzles. The controls are a tad mushy to start , but feel better as you progress through the game. Enemies don’t play a huge role; most can easily be subdued by a simple tap on the head. However, the bosses are a force to be reckoned with. The only real notable problem is that the last few levels may be difficult for younger gamers due to a very strange difficulty peak. That said, LittleBigPlanet is a great example of perfect minimalism.

If you’re looking for a deep story, LittleBigPlanet isn’t the game for you. While it delivers a silly tale, there isn’t much texture to it. But then again, it doesn’t particularly need texture; it’s a game about dolls, after all.

The graphics are still gorgeous after three years. Although the PS3’s lack of hardware anti-aliasing is pretty apparent, the game still looks beautiful. With deep looking fabric textures and a very colorful art style, children and adults alike will be charmed. The sound fits the tone of the game perfectly, from the soft-voiced, and sometimes hilarious narrator to the beautiful tunes played throughout the game. Annoying J-pop is not something gamers will have to worry about.

Although the single-player is great, online is where this game really shines. With the ambitious creation tools Media Molecule packs in with the game, players around the world have created a near-infinite amount of quality levels. It’s incredibly easy to jump into any user-created map with a friend. And although it’s recently released sequel has gained much praise for being a big step up, LittleBigPlanet is still well worth checking out. With its creation tools, and user-created content to add longevity, it’s hard to believe it’s only $20 used.