The original LittleBigPlanet game wouldn’t have normally been something on my radar but a colleague of mine (Lets call him MDL for short) became a very big fan and even earned one of the Rare Prize Crown accessories as a level design contest reward. I had a handful of ideas for levels but children started flying out of my wife at an alarming rate and I suddenly didn’t have the time to put into level design that I needed to accomplish anything of note. Even so the game had a lot of charm and I discovered that I had become a LittleBigPlanet fan. Unfortunately none of the games have been able to recapture the magic of that original title. LittleBigPlanet 3 feels like they’ve given up trying.
The single player experience is OK but extremely short. Rather than the linear progression of previous games the game is broken up into hub worlds, each of which involves you collecting one of the new characters in the game – Oddsock, Toggle and Swoop. Each of the new characters can only be used in designated areas which I found disappointing.
In general the world ‘disappointing’ would sum up my entire experience with this game. I didn’t care for the story. I didn’t care for the new NPC characters introduced. I didn’t like the new ‘hub world’ concept, or the addition of quests. I could continue listing things I didn’t like about the game but I’ll just say there was a lot to not like.
Not that the game is all bad. I liked the new playable characters and I wished that I could have used them more. The level design is very good and they are very fun to play. My kids got to know SackBoy very well playing Run Sackboy Run and they loved seeing more of him in this game.
It many ways it feels as if the developers packed as many features into the game as they could, but decided not to make levels for it. Instead they decided to rely on the community to create, share and play user generated content. This may work for some of the audience of this game, however that’s not how I play. I want to play a game with a beginning, a middle and an end. I’m not really into playing games just for the sake of playing, I want a storyline and a goal.
After beating it I decided to sell the game. They’re trying to push the DLC pretty hard for this game so I assume sooner or later LBP3 will be free for Playstation Plus subscribers. I might play it again someday, but then again I might not. I liked the game enough to play it but in the end it failed to capture the magic I was looking for.
Is it fun: Yes
Length: ~5 hours
System: Playstation 4