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    Tuesday, November 11, 2008

    Little Big Planet: A Review


    Have you bought LittleBigPlanet yet? Probably not, considering it only made it into the charts at number 4. If you’re trying to make up your mind about whether it’s worth forty quid and can’t be arsed with the reviews from the main sites and mags that were all based on the beta, then here’s the only critique you’ll need:

    Superbly designed levels that can be played over and over again; a fantastic licensed soundtrack; the most competent co-op play we’ve seen for years; a killer story that induces fits of laughter; the funniest character design known to gaming; a level-headed approach to in-game death that never impedes the fun, and never feels unfair.

    If this is what you want from a game, then pick up Lego Star Wars, because LittleBigPlanet has NONE OF IT.

    12 comments:

    1. Anonymous8:20 am

      Er...what?

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    2. Anonymous12:29 pm

      If that's what you really think of Lego Star Wars - which as anyone who's played it knows is actually mildy amusing but rapidly gets boring and painfully repetitive (and Lego Indy and Lego Batman are exactly the bloody same) - then I might have a look at LPB as you seem to have got the Sony hate goggles on for no reason. Unless of course you think stuff getting 95% on Metacritic after 60 reviews is all down to beta software (and that must have been one hell of a beta - heck, even the user reviews, which are always skewed to buggery, give it a healthy 65% after 3500-odd reviews).

      Given you're always carping on about bias, the hypocrite alarm is having a bit of a honk just now. Get beaten on the first level by a nasty Sony exec at a press jolly or something?

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    3. Anonymous12:30 pm

      SPOT ON

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    4. Anonymous1:23 pm

      @Anonymous2-how is 65% "healthy"? You've not played it, so how can you say rammy's wrong?

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    5. Anonymous5:10 pm

      @Anonymous 4: 65% on Metacritic from users on a platform exclusive title isn't half bad, given you always get a huge swathe of knobs giving games on a format they don't like 0% (my ST is better than your Amiga etc), which skews the average way off. Take a look at Gears of War 2 - that's around the 66% mark and that's an absolute stunner, and a few days ago it was at a ridiculous 30%.

      As for not playing it, that was my point - I wasn't actually that bothered before, but as Rammy's "review" of Lego SW was so spectacularly and fawningly off base I'm now intrigued as to why he's putting the boot in to LBP so spectacularly. I reckon he's either (a) wrong and fancies shoving two fingers up to Sony for some reason, (b) employing some reverse psychology, or (c) right - in the face of the gist of all other reviews I've seen of it anywhere now I've bothered to look - in which case he should have just said "I don't like it" instead of wheeling out the old "aren't magazines a bunch of cunts?" conspiracy moans about reviewing beta software and the like and dressing up his opinion in a load of clever bollocks hooked up to insider knowledge.

      Besides, I'm getting bored of all the Sony = ultimate villains talk. If I want that, I'll go to UKR (because they're funnier anyway).

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    6. Anonymous5:36 pm

      "a level-headed approach to in-game death that never impedes the fun, and never feels unfair."

      Yeah, uh, that's not lego star wars either.

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    7. Anonymous9:14 pm

      This anonymity is fucking ridiculous. Can you not use a pseudonym? JEEZ

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    8. Anonymous12:43 am

      LBP > Lego games. If you can't see that then you might as well give Outrun 2 1/5. Having completed the review code and played a load with the tools, which offer a huge amount of fun in their own right, I can only assume you are angry because some lyrics from the Koran didn't make the final code. The game is a pleasure for all sorts of players. I've played with a Street Fighter champion, a Boogie Bunnies fan and a total misanthrope - all smiling - but no one smiles or grins at games eh? And being trapped by the occasional fluke of physics did little to dampen our pleasure. Lego games don't come close and, since they have infinite lives, don't even bother to be designed competently. You are just being a prick. You really should just get a job in insurance.

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    9. dan de la peche1:33 am

      "The game is a pleasure for all sorts of players. I've played with a Street Fighter champion, a Boogie Bunnies fan and a total misanthrope - all smiling - but no one smiles or grins at games eh?"

      Did their eyes protude from their sockets too? Because that can TOTALLY happen.

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    10. I quite like it for its online malarky and the user created content. As a platform game it's fucking shit, though. It just so happens that the online malarky is the most fun I've had with a video game in a good while.

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    11. Anonymous11:13 pm

      A review by an anonymous man on the internet, they don't come much more authoritative than that.

      Wishing you were Gary Cutlack makes a change from wishing you were Stuart Campbell, I suppose.

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    12. Anonymous9:02 pm

      Yawn yawn get lost you anonymous cunt

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