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5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable, beautiful, brilliant, 23 April 2010
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This review is from: Little Big Planet - Game of the Year Edition (PS3) (Video Game)
LittleBigPlanet won a slew of Game of the Year awards back in 2008, and now (a bit late) we Europeans have finally got the chance to play its GotY edition. This version comes with everything from the vanilla edition (50 standard levels and mini games) plus the Metal Gear Solid 4 level kit and costumes, a bunch of non-licenced costumed pre-installed and 15 special community-created levels. Generally it's not really worth the upgrade from the original, but for really big fans of the game like myself it's worth selling your old copy just to access the brilliant new community levels and get the Metal Gear Solid content, if you've been on the fence over that. It only cost me £18 on launch and I feel that was money very well spent.

Anyway, for those new to the game, LBP is a platformer with a strong emphasis on user-created content, community play and physics-based gameplay. You play as Sackboy or Sackgirl, and have to investigate why so many of the eight Creator Curator's belongings have gone missing. But the main game is only scratching the surface. Any and all levels can be played with up to three people on the sofa or online, and you can also play levels online created and uploaded by the LBP community - at the time of writing there's about 2.3 million levels, and even though a lot inevitably stink it's easy to find the highly-rated ones due to ratings and comments. The level designer is incredible - you'll find everything from musical tributes, Sonic and Bomberman recreations, working tanks and vehicles to even a fully working calculator. Literally, if you can imagine it, you can build it, and it's amazing what people can do with a collection of triggers, switches and pistons and a little imagination.

The presentation, music and visuals are wonderful. Your SackPerson and hub 'Pod' can be fully customised however you like, and you can earn all kinds of new items throughout the game. Everything is accessed via the 'Popit' menu assigned to Square, and Stephen Fry's lovely calming voice is on hand to guide you through the entire game and all of its extensive tutorials.

LBP won't be for everyone, but quite simply I've never had more fun with a PS3 game and never found a sillier and more cheerful game and community. There is a staggering amount of content with this game coming in at a very modest budget price, and it has the opportunity for a peerless level of creativity and user-created content. If you have even a passing interest in platformers, then you will find lots to love in LittleBigPlanet.
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