It may just be me, but I believe the current state of games is rather stagnant. It seems to be flooded with shooters. This isn't a really bad thing, but it does help to have a little variety. After all, we may love burgers, but if we're fed them everyday we do get sick of them.
Enter LittleBigPlanet, Media Molecules attempt at something new. A 2.5 dimensional Platformer that gives players the power to create their own levels. And as an added bonus players can then publish their levels on the internet and let other players from around the world play them too. Sounds wonderful doesn't it ? It is my friends, it is.
Now I'm giving my honest thoughts here. When I first played LittleBigPlanet I was severely underwhelmed. I was seriously considering taking it back and trading it in for Resistance 2. But after I spent a bit of time with it I started to see the real charm and character of this game. The controls at times seem a little awkward, but that's only because we haven't had too many side scrolling Platformers in the last 10 years. Had there been more then the controls of LittleBigPlanet would of been fine. I liked the controls.
There is no denying the sheer brilliance of the gameplay. As a fan of old school 2D platformers LittleBigPlanet filled this much needed gap. The physics in this game are unbelievable. I believe that LittleBigPlanet is the game that truly showcases the power of the Cell Processor. Not from a graphics point of view, which are absolutely gorgeous, but from the physics point of view. It executes everything flawlessly. The other surprise is the amount of customization available to Sackboy. Get through levels and you can use different materials, new accessories and all sorts of new things. It gives you the incentive to find everything in the game.
I don't speak for everyone when I say the level building kits are difficult to use. For anyone interested in making your own levels I thoroughly recommend you go through all the tutorials on how to build a level because you will be stuck and confused if you don't. It isn't my favorite feature of the game. The only reason I used was to unlock trophies.
The single player experience was rather short, but very challenging in parts. Some of the levels will test your patience and your platforming ability. There is an abundance of levels and side challenges that will provide many hours of entertainment.
As good as the single player is, the real gem of LittleBigPlanet is the online. The amount of levels available are phenomenal. And alot of the available levels are sheer genius. To see the creative minds of fellow gamers out there is a real pleasure. If you like the gameplay, and some of you might not, then you will spend hours upon hours playing online. Whether with friends or on your own, there is alot of great levels online in LittleBigPlanet.
It is a real pity that there aren't more games like LittleBigPlanet. This game proves you don't have to have a gun to have fun. It is a fantastic game that gets better the more you play it. Older gamers will enjoy it for sure. I did. Great Job Media Molecule. I hope for more games like LittleBigPlanet. It's a wonderful change from the abundant amount of shooters available.