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Game Reviewed: Little Big Planet
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Media Molecule
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: PS3
Category: Platformer
ESRB Rating: E
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Game Description:

There is a place where people’s dreams go to have fun, that place is called Little Big Planet. In Little Big Planet you take control of a character known as a sackboy (check out game cover) and explore the worlds of Little Big Planet. There are some little storylines with each area of Little Big Planet that you visit to give you some objectives such as trying to find Frida the Bride’s groom or rescuing Uncle Jalapeno. These storylines, however, just serve as a backdrop to the levels that you will be exploring.

Where Little Big Planet really shines, however, is in the Level Creation. There is an area called “My Moon” which circles Little Big Planet and allows users to create their own levels. These levels can then be uploaded to the Playstation Network and shared for all to play. And I have to say that I have personally never played a game that had a level creator as well done as Little Big Planet. Some people have gotten very creative and created some really fun levels.

In addition to sharing created levels, multiplayer is also available. You can play through the main game’s levels or play through user created levels with your friends. Playing with your friends also opens up new areas to explore that you normally cannot get to playing alone. Want to play user created levels, but not sure about letting your kid play online with strangers? That’s alright too, there is also the option to play the user created levels alone, you just have to be connected to the internet.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

There is some comical cartoon type violence in Little Big Planet. For example, if your sackboy gets too close to fire he might burn up.

Language

No bad language.

Sexual Content

No inappropriate sexual content.

Spiritual Content

There are a couple of levels with some ghosts and skeletons. However, they look like cardboard decorations and are not scary at all. Also some of the characters look a little strange. For example, a character named Uncle Jalapeno has a skull for a head. It is not scary or even occult, just a little strange, but strange is part of what makes Little Big Planet the game it is.

A Child’s Perspective: Justin age 11 says Little Big Planet is Super Fun, Super Awesome! He likes how creative and colorful it is. He also says it is a game you will never get bored of.

Reviewer's Thoughts

The motto of Little Big Planet is “Fun Shall Overcome” and that states the game pretty well. Some of the later levels in the game might be a bit challenging for younger kids, but overall Little Big Planet is one of the most creative and fun games out there for the PS3. And with people creating new levels all the time, there is always something new to do. So whether you are into level design or just playing around, if you own a PS3 you should check Little Big Planet out. Plus it is a great game for the whole family.



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