I have to confess, even with the sickening, slobbering praise this game was generating before release, I really wasn't too sure what to expect, or if I'd even like it, so I was a little nervous when I first slid the disk into my PS3.
Within moments of the installation, I was captivated by the music, the visuals and Stephen Fry's playful narration. It really was a joy playing through the settings and following the little tutorial segments, and our hero Sackboy was just so adorable and beautifully rendered that it was impossible not to love him.
The gameplay is pretty much what you'd expect from any platform game, but the superbly polished visuals and your ability to interact more with the environment are a magnificent departure from days of yore and I found myself playing with the happy slack-jawed joy of childhood.
The much vaunted facility to design and upload your own levels is something I haven't taken advantage of. If I'm honest, I'm not sure I ever will, but for those with the time, inclination and creative talent, I'm sure it's something that can reap rewards.
Overall, LittleBigPlanet is a fun and refreshing take on what might otherwise be thought of as a rather stale retro-gaming style, and I'd recommend it to anyone who refuses to let go of the child inside.