LittleBigPlanet itself jumps into a new planet in terms of consoles as the series makes its debut on the PS4 console, along with releasing on a brand new console there has been some changes to the development team. The first and second LittleBigPlanet games were developed by Media Molecule, but with a new console comes change, and that change is named Sumo Digital.
LittleBigPlanet 3’s main campaign mode which is known as Adventure Mode features Sackboy, who was tricked into releasing the three evil titans by the games antagonist called Newton. After helping Newton release these evil titans it’s up to Sackboy to find these three new characters to help save the world of Bunkum. The campaign is split into four levels with the first being a tutorial level. The other three levels which are also known as books each contain one of the three new character who you have to find first. I enjoyed LBP3’s campaign mode, but it suffers from being way too short, it should take you at most 8 hours to complete with most people being able to finish it at around 6-7 hours.
As I mentioned previously, Sackboy will no longer be alone in his adventures in LittleBigPlanet as he will be joined by three brand new characters. Each new character comes with its own unique abilities. Toggle can switch between being light or heavy, Swoop can fly, and Oddsock can wall jump. The use of new characters in LittleBigPlanet adds a refreshing twist to gameplay due to the new ability additions, but it was also fun to play as someone different, and not just Sackboy.
Although this game has been developed by a new team, it manages to still feel like a LittleBigPlanet game. You will still hear the voice of Stephen Fry throughout the game, and the art style also remains similar to previous games with the colorful and bright backgrounds. The backgrounds and objects throughout the levels look even better due to game being rendered at 1080p on PS4 for the first time. To sum this all up, it still feels like a LittleBigPlanet game, and feels like an actual sequel to LittleBigPlanet 2.
There is also a brand new mode called Popit Puzzle which is a mix of Adventure Mode and Create Mode. The mode uses dialogue and going through levels similar to Adventure Mode, but in the process it teaches the player how to use the creative tools in the game. The Popit Puzzles are split up into different levels different skills or tools to use. I found this mode to be extremely useful, and it was implemented in to the game very well using story elements to make it not feel too much like a tutorial.
The Final Verdict
LittleBigPlanet 3 was another good entry into the LBP series. I enjoyed the Adventure Mode even though it was way too short. I also enjoyed the use of new characters to play as, and their cool new abilities, but they are not used often enough, which felt like a big missed opportunity. Even though LBP3 comes with some problems it is still worth trying if you are a fan of the LBP series.
+Fantasic level design and art styles
+Great voice acting and characters in Adventure Mode
+/-New characters are great but extremely limited
– Campaign not long enough