Since it was unveiled to a cheering crowd at the 2007 Game Developers Conference, LittleBigPlanet has left one lingering question in the back of GamesRadar's minds. Sure, it's cute, and yeah, it looks easy to use. But is it really? Will new players be instantly able to create anything that pops into their heads, or will it take hours of learning and frustration before they can so much as recreate the first level of Super Mario Brothers?
Last week, they had their first real opportunity to find out, as Sony gave them an invitation to join in the game's extended beta trial ahead of LBP's Oct. 21 release. After a few hours of play, they discovered that LBP's creation features actually are about as easy as they look. They're not quite as versatile as some people seem to think they are – you can't, for example, use them to "make any game you want," as some PS3 fanboys have insisted – but with a little effort and practice, players can create amazing things within the game's limited space.