LittleBigPlanet PS Vita – Review (Vita)

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LittleBigPlanet is such a staple of the Playstation brand that it was inevitable that Sackboy and friends would make an appearance on Sony’s latest handheld.

While development duties have been handed to Tarsier Studios they have done such a great job you wouldn’t know this wasn’t made by Media Molecule.

The story mode is great fun, as usual filled with plenty of wacky adventures and is the best way to collect items that you can then use to build your own levels.

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The focus on creating and sharing remains from previous versions and actually with the use of the touchscreen might be an easier process for some. Level creation is still a bit daunting though, especially compared to something like Sound Shapes – which feels a lot simpler to get up and running.

Another positive is the inclusion of near-based and friend challenges, which plays nicely into the asynchronous nature of score-chasing often found on the Vita. It’s a nice way to dip back into levels once you’ve finished the story and adds a little competitiveness to the game.

Graphically the game looks great and LittleBigPlanet uses the Vita to it’s full potential, whether that is front/rear touch, tilting or even just rotating the device and playing on the screen lengthways.

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Obviously once you’ve finished the single player stuff there is a massive amount of user generated content to enjoy. Levels can be downloaded as well so you don’t have to be connected online to play them – very handy.

There’s not really a lot more I can say to be honest, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita isn’t breaking any new ground aside from the use of touch controls but the series has been refined to perfection so I would say this is the definitive version of the game.

If you like LittleBigPlanet you’ll love this but I’d recommend it to anyone – the sheer volume of user created levels available means you’ll never be short of something to play here.

Rating: 8/10

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