Review: Little Big Planet 3 (PS4)

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Use the unique abilities of Sackboy and his new friends – Toggle, OddSock and Swoop – to explore all corners of the Imagisphere and unravel the mystery of planet Bunkum. Then discover the fantastic new levels and games that the LittleBigPlanet Community has created and shared.

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Pros:

  • Graphics have add a slight spruce up whilst maintaining the classic Sackboy look.
  • Stephen Fry returns along with his trusty sidekick Hugh Laurie.
  • Opening tutorial section.
  • Import items from LBP 1 and LBP 2.
  • Online options allow you to turn on/off auto accept/reject requests.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Excellent use of the DS4 features.  The touch pad is in essence used as a mouse pointer.
  • Top quality cut scenes.
  • good family friendly story.
  • New organisertron mechanic where it displays all available objectives,  finished objectives and let’s you select ones you want to attempt.
  • Weapon wheel, Weapons are on a wheel menu for quick selection.
  • Improved in game store integration, Free section now added and items categorised.
  • new playable characters: Swoop who can fly, Odd sock who can change from a big slow strong guy to a small fast nimble guy.
  • Cool new weapons like blink ball and pumpinator.
  • New excellent cheery soundtrack.
  • Bigger levels.
  • Co op sections within each level.
  • New level structure.  Each world has its own little hub where you then walk around to find and enter the levels.
  • Find collectibles, stickers and side missions.
  • Side missions are varied and vast.
  • Platformer gameplay.
  • Local and online Co op play with drop in and out features available.  You can mix offline with online players.
  • Loads of replay ability for each level as you unlock new abilities and characters.
  • Download, upload and play user created levels and modes.
  • Big boss battles.
  • Huge in depth level creator complete with its own tutorial section.
  • can still decorate your pod and invite players in.
  • Online leaderboard.

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Cons:

  • A lot of loading screens.
  • No way to turn off six axis features.
  • Some levels are confusing to navigate.
  • As each platform has a three lane type mechanic allowing you to jump back and forward,  Lining up jumps can be a frustrating experience.
  • The story is actually very short.

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In Summary,  You know what you are going to get with Ltd games.  Here it does have new mechanics,  A lick of graphical paint and new characters.  That aside it has a distinct feeling of Deja Vu. Everything new in this could of easily been DLC for the earlier games making this new game feel more like a GOTY edition instead of treading new game breaking ground.  It’s fun,  Never doubt the fun but in today’s world the game just doesn’t up the ante and break the mould.  it plays it safe and for that it’s obvious. Not an instant buy but worth a play through.

 

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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