Sackboy is back with more adventures
WITHIN the first few minutes of playing this latest instalment in the LittleBigPlanet series, it’s clear this PlayStation Vita version is no carbon copy of the PS3 console version, but an entirely new adventure built from the ground up to take advantage of Vita’s spiffy features.
For those unfamiliar with the series, you’ll be instantly charmed by the charismatic character, Sackboy, who embarks on an often hilarious platforming adventure.
There are three main modes that again build on the franchise’s mantra of play, create, and share.
In Story mode Sackboy tackles more than 40 challenging levels, spread across different worlds.
The fact the Story mode and all its levels can be completed in a few hours probably isn’t a bad thing, as it serves as a taster of what is possible.
Like previous Sackboy titles, this game features a robust level and Game Creation mode, where you can spend endless hours designing new levels and mini games with the same tools as the development team used.
This mode can be overwhelming at first but there are dozens of video tutorials included for newcomers.
If you’re not the creative type, you can access the user- generated levels the rest of the community has spent hours designing and uploading, although the quality varies.
Fortunately players can vote for their favourite content, which in turn helps to filter out the rubbish.
The final area of note is the game’s new Arcade mode. Here you’ll find a collection of modern and retro- styled mini games ideally geared for those five- minute gaming fixes.
User- generated content is also available in this area too.
Rather than reinvent itself, this pocket- friendly version of
LittleBigPlanet benefits from years of refining the series, then builds on the popular elements and makes excellent use of the Vita’s touch screen and motion sensing abilities, to provide a refreshing gaming experience.
LITTLEBIGPLANET PS VITA
RRP: $ 54.95 ( Reviewed on PS Vita)