LittleBigPlanet 3 - PlayStation 4

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21 November 2014

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In LittleBigPlanet 3 on the PlayStation 4, get ready for an all-new LittleBigPlanet experience as Sackboy teams up with his best friends in his biggest hand-crafted adventure yet. Players will be able to discover a world of endless creative surprises as you explore all corners of the Imagisphere. Meet the inhabitants of the mysterious planet Bunkum and face the nefarious Newton in this rich vibrant world.

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LittleBigPlanet 3 dropped on the PlayStation 4 in late 2014. The game was developed by Sumo Digital and published by Sony. As the third entry in the famous 'Little Big Planet' series, the game had a lot of weight on its shoulders. Coming to a brand new console, which promised to further evolve gameplay as we know it, there was even more stress put into place to get the game going right. With that being said, can you expect LBP 3 to be an evolution or a regression? Let's take a look at a few of the positives, and negatives, regarding one of the quirkiest games on the PSN.

So what do we have here?

This game takes place on the planet of Bunkum. Bunkum is another planet in the universe that the other games establish and it is currently being besieged by three absolutely evil and destructive Titans. Sackboy, are stalwart hero, must join up with his good friends in order to put a stop to the wanton destruction as well as the work of Newton, the unskilled creator. With the universe hanging in the balance there is more at stake than ever in what many consider to be a lighter series. The plot of the game isn't exactly unique but it still performs well enough to get us caring about the characters, because that is really where the heart of the game can be found.

The hallmark in platformers has arrived.

We live in the day and age of open world, sandbox style video games. Players want more than ever the ability to explore from one edge of the games boundaries all the way to the other while seamlessly running into random, gradient events. So with this huge, almost obsessive desire, how can we believe that another platformer will satiate gamers? Platformers should, by all accounts, be extinct in the world o modern gaming yet they stick around. Sony has done their best to keep the gameplay style alive by putting major money into LBP3 and, for the most prat, their work and monetary input pays off.

Sack Boy is back for another adventure and he looks as iconic as ever. He is one of the few new IPs that can lay the claim to having a true mascot to stand in front of their experiences. The game pushes players to really dig into what Sack Boy can do and the experience is better for it. The game almost feels nostalgic without being old, and we attribute that to the charm that Sumo Digital has cast over the game.

A beautiful experience.

Sack Boy is back and looking better than ever. The series recently made the jump to the PS4 and in doing so it has pushed its graphical boundaries to new limits. The game is rendered in full HD and it looks gorgeous in 720p or 1080p. The colours are vibrant and the maps are deliciously designed. The game is the wonderful mixture of both cartoonish, old school, and new school all at the same time. The characters bounce, float, jump, and fly off of the screen as they navigate through various intriguing levels. The textures that the team at Sumo Digital decided to employ look as good as anything on the system. From the walls to the little objects that our heroes have to scurry over, everything looks fantastic. We particularly enjoyed the lighting effects that the different levels force us to see.

So how does it handle on the PlayStation 4.

LittleBigPlanet has always been a game that wants the player involved in the process. There aren't many times where you are sitting back, hands off, waiting for something to happen. So with that in mind it is easy to see why the team decided to amp up the amount of puzzles available to do. You'll go through various platforming sections where you must run, jump, dive, and fly. These segments are broken up by sophisticated puzzles that push users to really think about how they should move next. You can't just blindly push your way through a puzzle and expect everything to go according to plan. You must take a measured approach to the tasks at hand.

A great supporting cast.

The cast of LBP decided to grow a little bit with this new entry. You'll see three new characters by the names of Oddsock, Toggle, and Swoop. They each have their own curious little personalities and special abilities along with them. Toggle can grow and shrink. Oddsock can strategically bounce from wall to wall and Swoop can fly while carrying things. We haven't forgotten that Sackboy has learned a thing or two, either. Sackboy can now carry power ups in his inventory as he explores the various levels at hand.

You'll meet this trio of new characters during a series of s levels that force you to learn the ropes. These maps, almost like tutorials, ensure that you are in the right skill bracket to appropriately be ready to hunt down the evil Newton and his minions. In order to really get through the rest of the game you will need to figure out a way to jump between the different abilities of the new characters. There is a whole new style of play to be enjoyed in the game thanks to the diversification of the cast. Old fans of the series should find the change quite refreshing.

A few thoughts in closing.

What we love about the LittleBigPlanet 3 is that it seems to be irreverent in an industry that demands some level of cynicism. In an age where everything must be 'darker and grittier', LBP 3 gives us a game that makes us feel good about ourselves. The level structure reflects that in the campaign mode and often times you will find consecutive levels to have no relationships or bearing with one another. still, the team at Sony made sure to develop a platforming game that can proudly be displayed next to any of the classics.

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