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What is LittleBigPlanet 3?Coming to PS4 (reviewed) and PS3
Little Big Planet 3 release date - November 2014
LittleBigPlanet is back, with the third edition of Sony’s creative platformer introducing a new multiplayer focus and selection of new characters to keep Sackboy company.
Set to hit the PS4 and PS3 later this year, LittleBigPlanet 3 builds on what has made this arts and crafts themed series so popular – imagination and invention. Sony has refined rather than reinvented the LittleBigPlanet world of Bunkum – part of the Imagisphere – with creativity still key to the puzzle-based release.
Although Sackboy is still the primary focus, in LittleBigPlanet 3 the knitted lead has some company. A trio of new, playable arrivals all have their own special features which can be used to help you progress further through the game and its many obstacles.
So, to the new guys. Oddsock is a four legged companion with jumping skills ideal for scaling large walls. Swoop is a knitted bird, perfect for flying over tricky traps or carrying the other characters to safety, and, finally, Toggle is a two-in-one character. As well as being the largest character in the game, at the touch of a button, the woolly giant can transform into the smallest.
During our E3 2014 hands-on, we were only able to play as the size-swapping Toggle, maximising the character’s single and multiplayer options to good effect.
Although limited to one character, playing as Toggle gave us an insight into how LittleBigPlanet 3 will utilise the unique abilities of the new characters – combined with your nous – to overcome challenges.
Playing our way through the test level, there were a number of instances where Toggle’s size switching abilities were utilised. Dropping big Toggle on to a compression pad loaded a spring before switching saw small Toggle catapulted up and on to the next obstacle.
You can even double-team the Toggle action. While we used big Toggle to move a large block, a second player acting as small Toggle was able to scoot through a compact revealed passageway to retrieve additional rewards.
These multiplayer elements are key to the game, with Sony forcing you to be more active in your online and local co-op actions in order to complete certain levels.
Despite being fans of the past LBP offerings, Sony has surprised us once again with the levels of invention it has poured into the mini puzzles of LittleBigPlanet 3. While at first it took time to work out how best to utilise the character’s unique abilities, we quickly found ourselves learning the method behind whizzing through a section.
Don’t get too comfortable though. Sony had a number of tricks up its sleeves to keep us second guessing, dying and retrying in parts.
From gameplay footage we’ve seen, using the four characters together looks set to add further challenges and invention to the game. We look forward to bringing your our full review – including Swoop and Oddsock action – ahead of the game’s pre-Christmas release.
This wouldn’t be LBP without the ability to manipulate and create, and LittleBigPlanet 3 has a mass of new Create tools to let you further adapt the world around you and craft your own custom levels.
If you can’t be bothered with being creative though, the more than 8.5 million levels already kicking about the LittleBigPlanet community should be enough to enhance your gameplay longevity and keep you entertained for months.
As well as being fun to play, LittleBigPlanet 3 is easy on the eye. Maintaining its innovative and playfully designed levels the game will benefit from 1080p, Full HD graphics on the PS4.
First ImpressionsSony’s focus on multiplayer action could have hampered the enjoyment of LittleBigPlanet 3 but, on first impressions at least, it appears to have done the opposite. The introduction of new characters has opened up options for new adventures and even more pesky puzzles. This is a game we can’t wait to play more of.
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