Lit­tle Big Planet 3

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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.

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