Little Big Planet
I think that there has not been so much hype for a Playstation 3 game before release as there has been for “Little Big Planet”. However, I also think that there has never been a game the likes of “Little Big Planet” available before. This is definitely a game like no other for many reasons.
The first reason being that this is actually a game that any age group could play (Over the age of around 5 at a guess) and on the other side it is a game that the under 5’s would still love just to watch due to its brilliant and fun animation and style. It is narrated by English comedian Stephen Fry, who for those with children under the age of 10 will know has most recently been heard narrating the clever kids animated show “Pokoyo”.
The tasks that you have to do when following the story range from straight jumping through to dragging things into place in order to jump on top of other things while exploring the surroundings in order to collect lots of “Goodies”. Now these goodies range from awesome costume pieces through to crazy stickers. Yes that’s right stickers! And tell me this, who doesn’t like stickers?
This leads perfectly into the second reason that this game stands out from the rest, the high level of personality that you can put into it. For example everyone starts with their “Sack Boy” or “Sack Girl”, at any stage you can change their outfit, hair, facial features etc… Perhaps you want to look like a pirate or a hipster from the 70’s with an afro, the choice is yours. Of course you don’t start with all of the accessories, you have to collect them as you go through the story. Then of course there are the stickers that you collect along the way. You can use these at strategic places in order to gain even more bonus “Goodies” or even to decorate your pod (home base)
Now when my seven year old daughter realised that you got stickers and you could put them all over the place it became mayhem. But a good kind of mayhem because I didn’t have to peel them off or find ways to cover them up.
The third aspect of this game that brings it to the forefront is the high level of interactibility (Yes I might have just made up a word) that it contains via the Playstation Network. You can check your rankings online, build your own levels and invite people and their characters from all over the world to join you in your crazy personalised level. >From what I have seen, there really is no limit to what you can do within “Little Bid Planet”
My final thought on “Little Big Planet” is the built in safety measures in order to protect the innocence level of this game. At any stage you can report naughty behaviour to the “Playstation Network” moderators and of course as with all Playstation 3 titles you can set the level of interaction that you want yourself or children to have within this game. Oh and did I tell you that you can play multiplayer on any of the levels. Why not explore “Little Big Planet” with your kids or your partner.
While you’re there keep an eye out for me… I’ll be the one dressed as a pirate.