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LittleBigPlanet PSP proves to be an engaging handheld platformer

Lightning doesn’t strike twice, so I was a little skeptical as to whether a game that relied as much on a surprising, offbeat charm as LittleBigPlanet did could work a second time around. The news that multiplayer (one of the most loved modes of the first game) was being taken out of the PSP version didn’t do much to raise my hopes. I’m glad to report that, while it might not be the classic that the original is, LittleBigPlanet PSP is something we see far too rarely on the system: a well-made and captivating platformer.

I won’t lie: a bit of the magic that made LBP the toast of the video game press is gone. On the PSP’s smaller screen, SackBoy and the environments don’t have the same impact, lacking the realistic, cloth like textures that made the original one of the most visually arresting PS3 games. While you can say that graphics are just window dressing, this visual downgrade effectively neutralizes one of the original’s most infectious features – dressing up and interacting with your SackBoy. The customization is still there, but when he’s shrunk down to the size of a pea, I found it hard to care what pair of microscopic glasses he was wearing. I feel the same way about the level creator. It works well and offers nearly the amount of features the original does, honestly I don’t have the time or the talent to make really good levels. I just want to play the cool stuff other people make, and I don’t see many of the best LBP geniuses taking the time to make levels for this version when they could be doing it on a PS3.

While it isn’t as striking as its predecessor, this is still one hell of a 2D platformer. The brilliantly designed levels crisscross the globe, leading up to a Hollywood-style ending that casts SackBoy as a stuffed action hero. Many of them exceed the standards set on the PS3, particularly in the switch puzzles, which seem to be a bigger focus for this game. Aside from the predictably great art design, every level throws an ingenious new spin on familiar jumping and swinging mechanics. Those who were frustrated by the sometimes wobbly controls will be pleased to note that the physics on platforms has been radically toned down, making this play more like the precise, old-school platformers we grew up with.

There’s so much that can still be done with this genre, and Cambridge Studio maintains a high standard of quality from beginning to end. Great platformers are a rare breed these days, so I hope PSP owners take a chance on this pint-sized powerhouse.

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  • 9.25
    Hello Boomer here, i gave this game a 9.25 because i belive that the game was pretty awesome its almost exactly like its PS3 counterpart! the only thing that kept it from perfection is the grapics.... ~Boomer
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  • 9.50
    This i s a game that makes me happy to own a PSP. If your wondering if it's as good as the PS3 verisons, it is.Even though it is a little short, there are still a ton of stickers, and outfits to collect, fun and creative level designs that you won't mind replaying. Also the fact that their are...
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  • this is a great game all around. The atmosphere of it is great, the creativity, everything. I have yet to be bored of this game. Be it just playing user created levels, or single player levels. Its great fun to just play around in the level creater, simply testing all your new objects, or just going...
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  • 9.25
    I played LittleBigPlanet on my PS3 and when I got a PSP Go I downloaded the game thinking it was the same as the PS3 version but, it was developed by a different studio. The game is great even though it isn't the same. I get an entirely different experience and still have the great level designing...
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  • 10.00
    This sharp platforming puzzle solving game over flowing with all things good in games can be summed up with a single word, awesome. The game features platforming that would make Mario himself proud, controls are tighter than a hippo being constricted by a boa, and super sharp graphics. Those who don...
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  • 9.25
    Wow. This game is simply amazing. Let's start with graphics. They are detailed, even your SackBoy's moustache is extremely detailed!!! You start off not neccesarily "naked" but plain. British comedian Stephen Fry takes you through the tutorials, explaining everything yet being funny...
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