Running around the single player levels is pretty good fun, but it doesn't compare to the joy you'll get from building your own levels and adapting them to different gaming genres, or even recreating your favourite game universes from scratch. If that hasn't grabbed your attention, all the tutorials are narrated by Stephen Fry. The cheapest you can get hold of a copy on the PS3 for is £21.95 from My Memory, which'll save you almost £2 on the next best offer coming in from Amazon.
Those rascals over at TheHut have brought the price of LittleBigPlanet 2 down, and if you use the voucher code ‘MAY2’ before you go to the checkout you can get it for the cheapest it has been so far. It’s a deal that will pocket you a £3 saving over the next best offer over at ShopTo. Sure, the PSN may still be down, but even without the extra millions of levels made in the series so far you’ll have plenty of content to go through and items to unlock. You could also use the time to create your own masterpieces and upload it once normal services resume. Either way, there’s plenty to keep you busy for the price. Thanks to joeeeallover @ HUKD!
If you fancy giving your creative muscles a flex then why not head over to The Game Collection's website and grab yourself a collector's edition of Little Big Planet 2 while stocks still last! The collector's edition comes in a steelbook case and gives you five PlayStation Network avatars, a Toy Story 3 "Alien" costume, a TRON: Legacy "Clu" costume, The Muppets' "The Great Gonzo" costume, and finally four Even More Animals costumes "Crocodile", "Vulture", "Cobra", and "Mandrill". The price isn't bad either.
After the success of the original, which spawned millions of levels, the guys at Media Molecule have decided to see what we can do when they throw a bigger tool-kit at us to create any type of game we can think of. The short answer? Absolutely kick their ass at their own game.
First things first though. The new story mode makes up the meat of the offline single-player game, although up to three mates can also play along online and offline. The plot is simple, the evil Negativitron is hoovering up all the world's best creators and destroying the planet's creative buzz. The action of the cutscenes is well done but the characters are a nightmare of awful dialogue that makes The Mighty Boosh seem about as zany as an episode of The Antiques Roadshow.
The hype boasts 50 levels, but quite a few of them are brief, albeit fun minigames including bouncing challenges, air hockey, pool, rat racing and more. Some of the story missions are longer than before and even come in two parts, which makes collecting the Ace award (complete the level without dying) even more difficult.
For the first third of the story it's an overly-familiar plod though some platforming stages. For a game so reliant on platforming, it's shocking how much Sackboy can't jump for shit. Yes, Sackboy's still rocking his lead boots for the sequel resulting in woefully weedy jumps. He still hasn't learned how to deal with jumping from anything other than a completely flat surface either. When jumping from an angled surface he'll jump at a useless 45 degree angle, usually into a platform head first. The transitions from background, middle and foreground are still a little unreliable too.
At least he has a few new toys to spice up the platforming. Some stages provide a glove to pick up and throw heavy objects, or a hat that fires cakes to make extra platforms or maybe water to put out fires. The new grappling hook is a good idea, but it's too tricky to gather momentum without reeling yourself in thanks to the analogue stick taking on too much responsibility. It does get easier with practice, a few violent curse words and the ability to abandon pride and stupidly perched prize bubbles.Click here to read the rest of Brendan's review.