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Game Reviewed: Little Big Planet 2
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Media Molecule
Reviewer: Matthew Scott
Platform: PS3
Category: 2D Platform
ESRB Rating: E
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Game Description:

Little Big Planet 2 is the follow up to the hugely successful game Little Big Planet which first arrived on the Playstation 3 in October 2008. In the sequel, players once again take control of Sackboy (see game cover) and head out on an adventure to save Craftworld from the evil Negativitron. The game plays primarily from a three layer 2.5D side-scrolling perspective and up to 3 additional players can join you for co-operative gameplay either locally or online.

While the story mode is very fun, the place where Little Big Planet 2 really shines is in its level creator. Players can create their own levels and then upload them to the Playstation Network (if your PS3 is connected to the internet) where other people can play through the levels you have created, and you can play levels other people have created. Also, most of the levels that were created and uploaded from the original Little Big Planet can also still be played online making literally millions of levels available to play through Little Big Planet’s online community.

Because there are so many levels available online, this review is based primarily off of the main story mode in Little Big Planet 2 and not on the online levels or the included bonus game for the Playstation Move, Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves.

What Parents Need to Know

Violence

There is a fair amount of cartoon type violence in Little Big Planet 2. Sackboy can use various weapons that fire rockets, water or cake at enemies. Sackboy can also be hit by electric currents and flame-throwing turrets which cause him to die and have to restart from a checkpoint. When creatures get hit, they go up in a puff of smoke.

Language

There is not any bad language in this game, but in the level creator the player can assign sound effects to certain objects that sound like belching and flatulence.

Sexual Content

There is not any inappropriate sexual content in this game.

Spiritual Content

In the final battle with The Negativitron, he tells Sackboy and his companions that he is in all of them and is all of them, that he was created by Sackboy and that by destroying him Sackboy is destroying himself. There might be some spiritual significance to this, but I thought it was more in reference to the fact that Little Big Planet is very much about levels being created by the user and thus the game comes from the imaginations of the ones who created it and if you destroy your creation you are destroying a bit of yourself. Or it may have just been for dramatic flair for the last level of the game. Regardless, I did not feel as though the game was trying to push some hidden spiritual agenda.

Reviewer’s Thoughts

I think Little Big Planet 2 is one of the most creative games I have seen in quite some time. In addition, it is very family friendly and it can be played by up to 4 people at a time making for some great family game time. Plus, with all the levels that can be played in the online community, there is always something new to check out in Little Big Planet 2.



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