Little Big Planet 2 for the Playstation 3 is a game I’d feel perfectly comfortable letting my future kids play. It’s pretty simple with only a few buttons being used to jump, shoot and pull/push. The first time I beat this game I did by myself but because there are certain areas that you can only reach when you play multiplayer I replayed the game again. This time I did it with my girlfriend. (Yes this game is that simple.) Check out the trailer of the game to get a better feel of it.
The story of Little Big Planet 2 is not related to that of the first game. At least I don’t think so because I never played the first game. Similar to the movie Se7en the game features the seven deadly sins although unless you have a keen eye you won’t notice them until the end when the characters discuss it. The story begins with a giant vacuum called the Negativitron sucking up all things happy and positive in the Little Big Planet world and making them negative.
The hero to save the day is none other than a sack. Properly called a “sack boy” or girl, or transvestite if you’re playing as Lady Gaga. This is where the strongest component of Little Big Planet 2 comes in. You can customize almost anything. Your sack is the first thing you can customize and you can do nearly anything to it. You can change the fabric that it’s made of out, the color of it’s skin and give it any outfit you can imagine whether you’re a space cowboy that wears a skirt or a banana suit sack that has bear claws. (and no not the ice cream)
After creating your sack you will travel to different worlds that have been destroyed by the Negativitron. Each world is beautiful visually and has it’s own unique characters. There are 5-9 levels on each world with some of the levels being mini games like basketball, obstacle courses, races or pong. Each world is different than the last and has a end of the world boss to defeat. Every world also has a leader in it. They are bizarre characters who each represent a sin. Although it’s not obvious.
Defeat/rescue each world and character and they will join the battle against the Negativitron. Hardcore gamers will find this game way too easy as it’s not meant to show off it’s difficulty in level but more it’s creativeness. The game itself is meant to spark imagination in children. (or twenty year old gamers like myself) My mind has already been corrupted by too much porn, violence, and partying. But will the game inspire children to become doctors, astronauts, or scientists….. who knows? Much like the game Brain Age the levels in Little Big Planet 2 come with many puzzles. They aren’t too difficult but you could end up spending 10 minutes trying to solve one without dying. Your sack just explodes or pops when that happens. (believe me it’s not as painful as it sounds)
Little Big Planet 2 is unique because it actually questions the gamer at the end whether they are making the right decisions in life and encourages them to. This game would even have the most hard core Christian mother having a hard time saying no to her kids about playing it.
While the environments are unique and full of color the graphics are average. Nothing jumps out at you. The more players you have the more fun it is and like I said before it’s not too challenging. You can probably beat the single player game in 12-14 hours. The game’s biggest pull is the collectables. You can collect and sticker almost anything in the game. Put a sticker on the same outlined object and it comes to life or reveals hidden passageways. This game should be a HUGE hit with the art crowd as it offers almost limitless ideas and levels. Little Big Planet 2 offers you a level creator in which you can create your own levels and put them online for others to play. I tried to do this for fun but it was way over my head. Most fan created levels end up looking like a shroomed out monkey created them. But every now and then there is a level in which it fits perfect into the Little Big Planet realm. Here’s a video of the top ten fan made levels that are free to play online and if you want to just see how the endless creativity that you can do I highly suggest you watch this.
While I’m pretty creative I’m not sure I have the patience or knowledge to create levels in Little Big Planet 2 which offered me very little to do after beating story mode besides playing fan levels. Little Big Planet 2 has a very strong following and is a safe easy game for anyone to play. Even your Grandma. It satisfies my visual and creative need in a game and has a pretty sick soundtrack but it left me wanting more of a challenge. Overall I give Little Big Planet 2 a 7/10.