‘LittleBigPlanet 2′ Review [Game Rant]

Game Rant's Anthony Taormina writes: "When developer Media Molecule first introduced LittleBigPlanet, they brought the world a clever platforming title that held a ton of promise. With LittleBigPlanet 2, Media Molecule has expanded that creativity and brought with them a sequel that promises to be more inventive and more user friendly. Still, the question remains: is LittleBigPlanet 2 the sequel that gamers hoped for, or does it simply contain the same problems as its predecessor?"

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FrankMcSpank2807d ago

There was never a time I didn't control where I was jumping in this origianl or the Beta. This is a BS excuse reviewers. You have 1-2 seconds of airtime depending on if you tap or hold the jump button. These aren't faulty controls. Also stop calling this game a major improvement and better, if you are going deduct points and bash it anyway. Stay consistent. Lastly, stop comparing this game to Mario!!!! Most of these, less-than-perfect reviews, compare LBP2 to mario as if they were anything alike. Mario is a platform game, LittleBigPlanet 2 is a game platform for making games. Just because you can jump doesn't make it a Mario-esk game.

Wiggu2807d ago

Are you saying that you'll take issue with any problems anyone has, and only be satisfied with a perfect score? Seems a bit crazy :S

ajtaormin2807d ago

More than a handful of times throughout the game you will end up miss timing your jump and falling to your death without realizing what you did wrong. It's purely a tactile feedback issue. It was a problem in the first game, a problem in the beta, and still a problem the second.

And furthermore, a perfect score is a game that blows the gamer out of the water; it means the game, for that reviewer, was perfect. Maybe when you play it, you will think it is perfect, but it's not.

GodofSackboy2807d ago

Srsly, underrated again, getting lower marks than the first game, I mean LBP2 is like LBP 1 to the power of 20, and it gets worse reviews...don't care, it's GOTY

mike90772807d ago

GOTY? Its a superb game but its only january a whole bunch of games are still to come.

geodood2807d ago

* a strong contender for GOTY

SpeedyDesiato2807d ago

Hey, I'm Phillipe Bosher, a writer for GR.

We weren't around when the original LBP was released, and, as such, never reviewed the first game. At GR, we pride ourselves on taking full advantage of the entire 5 scale and this means that LBP2 was a damned great game to receive 4/5.

While I agree with Anthony's score, you also must remember that video games are a subjective medium. He completed the game, and felt it was worth the score and written review he gave it. As long as the text matches up with the score, that's all that matters.

oldjadedgamer2807d ago

Before I start, I don't even own a PS3, so this is not some kind of pro Sony rant.

First, an 80% is not a GREAT score. It is a good score, so calling this a "damn great game" is not not reflected by the score given.

This review said the game had problems, but only mentioned the controls. And it was a small paragraph that barely said why they were problematic.

Basically the review was a lot of complements for this game, with one complaint. The score given doesn't match it. If you think the game was good, but not great, explain why and then give it a grade.

The reasons for marking this game down to a 80% were not clear or present enough. If your website is only using a 5 point scale, maybe you should consider changing it. Because if I read the article and had to guess what the writer scored it, it would be in the 90%.

SpeedyDesiato2807d ago

While statistically 4/5 and 80% are the same thing, they do not equate in the vast majority of games ratings. I felt Anthony had sufficiently explained why he didn't think the game was perfect, and considering his (arguably) most substantial complaint was the controls, that can be a pretty big complaint in a platforming title.

ajtaormin2807d ago

Well you stated your problem right there, you don't even own a PS3 and therefore have never played the first LittleBigPlanet.

Saying it repeats the problems of the first game should tip anyone who has played the first game off. But, like I said, you haven't played the first game, so imprecise movement and floaty controls that cause the player to frustratingly fall to their death a lot is a problem. Especially since it was a major complaint.

And by the way, a 4 out of 5 is a 4 out of 5. One thumbs up and one thumbs down isn't a 50% is it. 4 out of 5 is close to perfect, hence the commenter saying it's a damned great game.

FrankMcSpank2807d ago


Hello Phil,
I am Frank. You're review is fine, but the score seems shady. I don't know if you could compare it to it's original, but it is better, and by 100 folds. You said your site wasn't around but I would hope your were still gaming. The first one was on the meta at 95, a few not so AAA reviews but still it is raved all around. This one is still raved on with the exception of a few 80 ranged reviews and Sterling's crybaby fit review. But since you use the 5 star system which is stupid(a game is perfect or B average?) then you have to decide where the game fits. A damn good game to receive a 4/5 sounds like BS to me. In fact, it sounds like you think you are too good for the game. And your text doesn't match up to your score. Your score sucks. Your website sucks, hows that for a rant?

ajtaormin2807d ago

Will you only be satisfied if the game receives perfect scores?

Have you even played the game yet?

SpeedyDesiato2807d ago

First off, please give credit where it's due. While I would like to say I wrote the review (not only is it well written, but that would imply I have the time to complete and review a game at the moment) but it's Anthony's work. I will back it wholeheartedly, but I don't deserve the credit.

Second, when I say that GR was not around yet, I was hoping it would be clear that I meant we hadn't given the first one a review score. While you're comparing our LBP2 score with what others gave to LBP1, it's a comparison that is null and void. We didn't give a score, so you cant compare. Sorry, that's the way it goes.

Thirdly, before you attack my feelings of 'being too good for the game', I'd suggest you check out the interview I conducted with Alex Evans and James Spafford at the end of last year, titled "An Audience With: Media Molecule" in which I gush nonsensically in the first post about how amazed I was by the title.

Also, please take a closer look at our site's review rating system. We do work in .5s as well. Had LBP2 impressed Anthony more, it's possible he wouldve awarded it 4.5/5.

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Makelevi2807d ago

I don't see why people are getting mad with a 4 out 5, it's 1 spot away from perfection. I don't care how you look at it, that's a good compliment on the scale.

Either way, LBP2 is a fantastic game and one I'm going to play for ages. I'm just happy its finally here!