"That kids game?", you might be thinking. Well, let me explain. Little Big Planet is a PlayStation exclusive developed by Media Molecule released back in 2009. At a glance, the game looks like a 2D platformer with cutesy, colourful visuals. Well, it is, but it's also so much more. The story mode puts players in control of Sackboy as he fumbles along his adventure. Along the way, players will do all the regular platformy things you would expect. Flip some switches, jump over fire pits, avoid moving obstacles, climb things and whatever else a platformer usually has you do. However, all of that is just the tippy top of the iceberg for Little Big Planet.
Even though the visuals make it seem like a game only kids would enjoy, that's not the case at all. While this game isn't the bloody, gory, bullet-filled action extravaganza that has become the trend in recent years, it is immensely fun no matter if you're 8 or 80! This game allows players to create their own levels based on literally whatever. Want to create a level with dinosaurs in it? Sure! Go on! Want to race speedboats while a massive shark chases after you? No problem! Want to make a survival horror level with ghouls and zombies? No reason not to! It's absolutely brilliant.
This game also allows users to play together on the same console, something that has been missing in a lot of games this generation. Players can also chose to play with others online. Speaking of online, this game's online community is unlike any other. There are hundreds of thousands of levels created by players from all around the world. Some of the levels that have been created are beyond the imagination of the average person. They truly are stunning. All these user created levels are available for you to play whenever you fell like it.
This game is truly a gem. It's unique concept and gameplay mechanics make it an absolutely joyous experience. It has since spawned a number of sequels on multiple consoles. Little Big Planet 2 and 3 have pushed the envelope even further. Making even more creative tools available to the players, hence expanding on what was already possible before.
Please don't dismiss this series purely because of it's visual style. While playing more mature looking titles may make you feel like a "badass", Little Big Planet calms you down and allows you to experience a different side of gaming. So, if you haven't already, give Little Big Planet a try.
- Danial Aziz
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