The time is at hand, the moment has arrived, and the game is quite literally afoot. After two years of impatient waiting, the first part of Sony's two-pronged attack on this console generation is finally upon us. Like Home, LittleBigPlanet carries a weight of expectation that few games could ever hope to justify. Even Peter Molyneux – a Microsoft stalwart for as long as we can remember – has stated that this is the moment PlayStation 3 has been waiting for; when the Sony faithful will finally be rewarded for its loyalty and patience with a game that will be the envy of the entire industry; a stiff two-fingers to Microsoft, and a warning for Nintendo that the real race starts now.
However, as with any wait of such agonising length, there has been ample space for doubt to creep past PLAY's defences and linger in the back of the mind. LittleBigPlanet is, without question, the most important PlayStation 3 release to date, including the venerable Solid Snake in that estimation. Sony built an entire brand on the diversity of its videogames, consistently feeding the idea that, whoever you are and whatever your tastes, there will be something on PlayStation to push your buttons.
LittleBigPlanet is endemic of that belief, but two years is a long time for a sensible person to wait without questioning the nature of the reasons for their excitement.