2011... ACTIVATE! LittleBigPlanet 2

Go away 2010. You were rubbish. It’s now all about 2011, and the games we can’t wait to play. That’s why throughout the first couple of weeks of January I’m going to be going through some of the games I’m most looking forward to in the coming year. Today's focus is on Media Molecule's LittleBigPlanet 2.

LittleBigPlanet 2 The original LittleBigPlanet reviewed like an absolute beast, but in hindsight we can't help but wonder if its promise of a magical user-generated wonderland of content ended up being a little undercooked in the end.

Media Molecule barely put a foot wrong with the game itself - the toolset was remarkably innovative, and I for one absolutely loved the MM created levels - but had the game launched with a more user friendly, sensible way to find quality user-generated content, it could have been the genuine game changer we hoped it would be. LittleBigPlanet maintained a tight-knit, brilliantly creative community over the last couple of years, but that community might have been broader had Media Molecule launched the game with a more functional way to share content.

Somehow, I don't think they'll make the same mistake twice.

With LittleBigPlanet 2, on the community front, Media Molecule has wisely invested in a brand new website that allows players to monitor the progress of their own levels, and also seek out other people's creations in an incredibly effective manner. In addition to an updated in-game series of search tools that takes note of everything Media Molecule has learned from the original, we reckon this new website will transform the way the LBP community do business, whilst simultaneously helping new users find their feet.

But the real story comes from the massively improved 'create' tools themselves. Media Molecule have torn the proverbial roof off, and the sky is, quite literally, the limit. The beta has shown what the new tools are capable of, with clever reworkings of games like Flower and Wolfenstein 3D, but we're hoping for genuinely new, fresh experiences from LBP 2 - ones that work to the games strengths and push the boundaries of the new tools in ways we couldn't possibly expect.

But at the heart of it, minus all the user-generated apirations, LittleBigPlanet 2 is quite simply a brilliantly crafted platformer, with a dazzling art-style and a plethora of well-crafted, incredibly charming levels. Playing the game over the weekend with some family and a handful of friends, I had almost forgotten the fun that can be derived from the physics driven gameplay of LittleBigPlanet. When you get four players jostling for space, throwing each other into the abyss, trying to solve problems co-operatively without killing one another, you can't supress the smiles.

In short: you can't not fall in love with LittleBigPlanet 2 - it's unpossible.


    Damnit Mark, Make another competition where the prize is a PS3, and this time, make sure I win! xD

    I loved playing the first at a mates house. Absolute perfection :D

    Must remember to pre-order this today. I want that bonus Sackboy plushie.

    I am soo looking forward to this. LBP was the reason I went with the PS3 over a 360 and was worth every penny (Of which there were many) spent on it. Looking forward to sprucing up some of my already designed levels as well as publishing all new ones!

    Can't wait for this! Time to get me a US collector's edition :)

      Not sure if you have LBP1 but if you do then none of your DLC will work with the US LBP2.

      Ooh, just pre-ordered the AU version for the kid. What did I miss out on by not getting the US one?

        Ah, forget it, I stopped being lazy and googled it myself.
        Aww, LBP book-ends?!! Now I wish I didn't already have the AU version of the first game. *poutyface*

    You had me at 'Go away 2010'..

    LBP2 is now at the top of my to-do list!

    *mutters to himself*

    "You don't need a PS3, you don't, you don't, you don't... it's like $500, stop looking at prices".

      Its like ripping off a band-aid... an expensive one granted.. but seriously just bit down and do it!

        But I'd only be buying it for the exclusives...

          Nothing wrong with that. It's got a great set of exclusives, which is set to double in 2011.

            I do like the Kevin Butler series of adverts.

              Everyday you fail to buy a PS3, Kevin Butler cries alittle...


              I personally can't see how I won't purchase a LBP game in the future, they are simply made of WIN and AWESOME! :)

              Kevin Butler says you should buy a PS3. Who are you to go against the wishes of Kevin Butler? Nobody, that's who.

              Speaking of which, aren't we due for a LBP2 ad featuring the great man?

              Although I guess it's kind of been done already...

    Just bought a PS3 before Christmas for GT5 and got Little Big Planet 1 for me and my girlfriend to play, we are both addicted. Such a fun game, gonna have to get some more money for number 2 now.

    The only thing I didn't like about LBP 1 was that it was too easy to move back & forth between the 3 layers of the levels, I found myself doing as much correcting for that as playing the game

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