LittleBigPlanet PSVita Review
Let me start off by saying that LittleBigPlanet PSVita gives me a reason to actually pick up my Playstation Vita. After being in a period of time where the Vita seemed dead to me, I finally put down my 3DS XL and started playing LittleBigPlanet PSVita. LittleBigPlanet PSVita is literally the console experience of Little Big Planet on the go. The fantastic story levels, the ability to create and download other users levels and even games are just some of the many reasons to get LittleBigPlanet PSVita.
The story mode consists of 5 worlds combining to make over 40 levels of pure Playstation Vita fun. Like every title in the series, you play as cute little Sackboy (or Sackgirl) who has to once again save the crafting world. Throughout the single player mode you’ll collect many hidden items like stickers, costumes, and props that you can use to customize your Sackboy (or Sackgirl) and Pod. The story is as crazy as ever and while it’s not as epic as Mass Effect’s story, you’ll have a great time playing it.
Online is back once again. Gamers can share their levels/games with the online LBP PSVita community. This theoretically is the Vita’s “app store” where gamers can download free games to play. Currently there’s already some remakes of Pac-Man, Slender, and Mario Bros. online that you can download to play on the go or play online with your friends. LittleBigPlanet PSVita also features the memorizer feature. This will allows users to create full games where one can save their progress on the downloadable level/game and continue it later. This only takes the creativity of LittleBigPlanet gamers a step further.
Additionally, those who’ve download DLC costumes for LittleBigPlanet 1 and 2 can transfer that DLC over to LittleBigPlanet PSVita at no additional cost. Sadly the same can’t be said about levels, you’re stuck with the LittleBigPlanet PSVita ones. Speaking of levels, LBP PSVita has some great ones. The use of the Vita’s touchscreen and back touch panel work great and don’t feel force upon. Guide a missile with the touch screen or push and pull levers with the back touch panel. The hardware just seems natural and it makes the LBP experience feel new. On the other hand, the extra power in the hardware hasn’t really improve the loading times for levels, similar to the loading times in Modnation Racers: Road Trip.
The one semi-big flaw I see with LittleBigPlanet PSVita is also a major pro, the level creator. For gamers like my self, the casual level/game creator, creating an awesome/semi complex level is really difficult. Without looking at an online wiki or tutorial, one can spends hours on a level and not make any progress. However, those who know how to use the level creator can work wonders with it. I’ve seen people create remakes of different Super Mario Bros. and Mega Man levels online. Aside from levels, I’ve also seen game remakes of classic arcade and touch screen games like Galaga, Pac-man, and Fruit Ninja.
Graphically, LittleBigPlanet PSVita is a beautiful game. the color and vibrate level design look great on the Vita’s LED display. It’s truly the console visuals on a portable device. Sound/Music is also fantastic. The Stephen Fry’s narration sends tingles down my spine. You know you go to the main menu sometimes just to hear his voice (ADMIT IT! or is it just me?!). The music in LittleBigPlanet PSVita is similar to that in the other titles in the series but it’s still a great soundtrack.
Overall, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is the best LittleBigPlanet game yet. It’s everything you loved about the console titles wrapped into a small portable package. The lasting game appeal is outstanding with it online ever lasting community that continues to grow as you read this review. The load times are still meh and the level creator can cause headaches but that doesn’t stop LittleBigPlanet PSVita. If you were like me, someone who was just waiting for a reason to actually pick up their Playstation Vita and play something, the times has come my friends. LittleBigPlanet PSVita is here!