Little Big Planet 3
Publisher SCE Developer Sumo Digital Format PS3, PS4
Little Big Planet’s an unusual ambassador for videogames. Visually appealing and bang on trend with its homespun crafty looks, and featuring the comforting enunciations of Stephen Fry, it makes perfect sense as a gaming morsel capable of tempting to the fold those who might not yet have considered a PlayStation. But nestling in the shadows created by the celebrity-endorsed glare of its charming adventure is a dizzyingly powerful set of editing tools capable of making individual levels, mini-adventures or entire games.
There’s always been a little friction between the series’ two halves, but Sumo has pulled off the unlikely trick of bridging the gap better than Media Molecule ever managed to. There’s still a lot to learn, sure, but even the most whimsically minded player should find the Popit Academy an appealing distraction, and that, as Fry might well say, is something really quite special.