LittleBigPlanet ReviewWill Stiles
When LittleBigPlanet was first announced for the PSP I had my doubts considering MM wasnt taking the lead but passing off the development SCE Studio Cambridge. Anyone who has played the PS3 game knows what to expect. You just have to run from one side of the level to the other with some challenges and crazy level design. The original is easily one of the best games on the PS3 with great graphics, game play and multiplayer. What we ended up with from the makers of Medievil and the 24 hour game is cute but missing what made the first so great.
On the PS3 while some people criticized the online multiplayer but getting 3 friends in the game you could have hours of fun just running around trying to slap each other. With the PSP you not only lose multiplayer and the hand movement that had been tied to R2 and L2 are gone. The levels also are missing some of the charm of the PS3. On the PS3 the levels had a good flow but now you keep coming across parts that just involve you moving items to the corresponding color. Sure they have an order that you can access the items but its easy to see what theyre getting at and it just seems like killing time and lazy level design. Many people said the jumping was a problem on the PS3 but the PSP takes it to a whole new level. The first game tried to put you in the correct plain while jumping but they must have decided to increase the difficulty so when youre trying to make a jump youll end up landing in the least convenient place. The jumping also doesnt feel responsive but floaty and if youre right by the wall just stop hitting right on the control pad because if you dont youll never make it. You have to release jump then at the top of the jump hit right again. Sound like fun? Yeah its not.
The part they seemed to work the most on is the level designer and considering that it wont be hard to design something better than the single player game this might have been a good move. Just select the moon and great ready for 20 minutes of instructions then start designing. Then share your creation with the world.
The music in the game while some will just give you a headache some can be catchy. Steven Frys voice acting is great as always. You can still hit the arrow keys to change you emotion but with the screen size its hard to see the facial expressions so they now focus on the sack persons stance.
What more can I say about LittleBigPlanet PSP? They should have kept it in house at MM making another great game but what we have here is an average platformer. If you buy this game expecting a great game like the first one you might be setting yourself up for disappointment but if you just want a decent game to play on the go you might have some fun. It might be a good idea to put it on the list for 2010 giving people time to build the online community so you can truly see what the game can do and hopefully a patch or two for the jumping issues. I hate to do this to something with the LittleBigPlanet name but companies have to be careful with who they trust with such a large project.
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