LittleBigPlanet 2

LittleBigPlanet 2

(Sony Computer Entertainment)
Ship Date: 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
1-4 players

LittleBigPlanet took user-generated content to a whole new level, giving players seemingly endless possibilities with an easy to use creation mode fueled by their own imagination. With new content popping up daily, is a sequel really necessary? Media Molecule thought so.

LittleBigPlanet 2 includes an all new Sackboy adventure and expands upon the original “Play, Create, Share” ideology by allowing players to create not just platformers but also shooters, racers, arcade games, and practically any other genre you can imagine.

Can LittleBigPlanet 2 out create its predecessor, or is much of the same old stuff we’ve seen before?


Sackboy (or Sackgirl depending on your costume) embarks on a new adventure to save Craftworld from the evil Negativitron, a vacuum cleaner type monster that is sucking up all of the world’s inhabitants. In order to save the world from certain doom, our hero is recruited by a secretive group known simply as “The Alliance.” Led by the crafty Larry Da Vinci and the rambunctious Avalon, it is your goal to travel throughout the various levels and save the fellow Alliance members. Each of the levels is introduced by a short video clip, complete with voice acting this time around, although characters still use text bubbles and the Charlie Brown teacher voice in the rest of the game. Along the way you’ll use quirky gadgets and “vehicles” to assist you in collecting prize bubbles, defeating enemies and unlocking more tools to fuel your creations.

LittleBigPlanet 2 introduces three new gadgets; the grappling hook, the power gloves, and the creatinator. The grappling hook allows you to swing from just about anything you can latch on to. Using the up and down buttons, you can control the length of the hook and swing yourself to new heights. It’s a bit tricky at first but with some practice you’ll be swinging like Tarzan in no time. The power gloves give you super Sackboy strength, allowing you to pick up and throw anything from boulders to entire enemies.

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Perhaps the most enjoyable gadget though is the creatinator. Like the paintinator from the Metal Gear Solid expansion pack, the creatinator allows you to shoot just about anything from your helmet mounted cannon. In the main game you’ll be using it to fire cake, water, lightning, etc. but when creating your own levels, you can make it fire whatever you want. It looks like your wishes of having a cow rocket launcher have finally been answered.

Sackboy isn’t alone in his adventures. Joining him in a few stages are the Sackbots. These miniature robotic clones will either follow you through thick and thin or run away from you in fear, depending on their programming. Where there’s one, you can bet there are 10 more close by. They’ll help you cross large gaps, activate switches, and occasionally get in your way. If that happens you can always pick them up and give them a good throw.


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Paul Arca's picture

The main plot is only half the fun. The user created levels can keep me occupied for hours. Also, I love dressing up my Sack boy to suit my mood. The Marvel costumes and the Muppet costumes are the best.