LittleBigPlanet

LittleBigPlanet

Overview

LittleBigPlanet was one of my favorite games of last year.  It combined great gameplay, unique visuals, and a fantastic online level editor. It only got better with age as more tools were released and the community mastered the editor. Now it’s on the PSP. Does it live up to the PS3 version? Read our full review to find out.

Gameplay

LittleBigPlanet was, and still is one of the strongest examples of how gameplay can make a game. It’s gameplay on the PS3 is done to absolute perfection, and initially I was worried if this would translate onto the portable platform. Well, the good news is that it translates almost perfectly, and if you have never played the original you would think it was made specifically for the PSP. All of the gameplay elements have been included, and the port has certainly been handled with lots of care.

One thing I do have to say about the gameplay this time around is that the levels are considerably shorter, and slightly easier to get through. This is great for small gaming sessions, and works very well with the overall atmosphere of the game. Unfortunately for people like me who have played over 100 hours of the PS3 version of LittleBigPlanet is that the differences between versions are rather small. It’s almost exactly the same game except it doesn’t have the impressive roster of online levels. On the other hand, this can be seen as quite the achievement considering the undertaking it must have been to transfer such a massive game onto the PSP.

It is impressive to see how well a different company handled the transition from PS3 to PSP, and it’s clear that the original developer Media Molecule definitely wanted to keep craft a great product, and thankfully the game delivers on all levels.

Graphics

LittleBigPlanet has a very established, albeit child-friendly look, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the best looking games out there on handhelds. Somehow the developers have found a way to shrink down the impressive art style and atmosphere of the original to fit onto the PSP. There are tons of new ways to customize your sackboy, and the new levels really live up to the standard of the old. The new developers really built upon the original, and carried on its legacy very well.

Another surprising part is how well it all runs given the visuals and the relative complexity of the levels. A lot of time has been put into this game, and it really shows when you look at the finished product. I’m pleased to say that this is yet another way that the PSP version lives up to its big brother on the PS3.

Fun Factor

If you have any doubts about whether or not LittleBigPlanet is a good game based on this review, now is the time for the gushing. If you can’t tell, I loved the PS3 version of LBP so the chance to review it on the PSP was fantastic, and it did not disappoint.

Much of the gameplay elements are identical to the console version, but the areas and gameplay elements added were a real breath of fresh air. The game feels a lot more refined now, and doesn’t have any of the bugs that could have been expected. The improvements make it even more fun than before and needless to say I had a whole lot of fun with LittleBigPlanet

Overall

LittleBigPlanet for the PSP is one of the best games out there, and if you were a fan of the PS3 version, or wanted to see what all the talk was about, go out and buy it now. It will not disappoint. It features some of the best gameplay, graphics, and fantastic production values out there on the market today. If it follows in the PS3 version’s footsteps in level development by the community as well then there is no way you can own a PSP without it.