The Content Creator
Little Big Planet 2 is a game that gives the player the ability to create levels. In that it is fairly successful, considering it is a PlayStation 3 exclusive. The only way for a player to input commands is through the PS3 controller which does not have the most buttons in the world. It is an admirable attempt to bring something original to the console.
Of course, it might be a little unfair to compare Little Big Planet 2 to PC games that do the same thing. The PC has the mouse and keyboard, and a better operating system. On the PC you can create textures and models and implement them in games that do not focus entirely on giving the user the ability to create content. Just look at Starcraft 2 and its map editor. The map editor is one of the many side features of the game and it is still way more powerful than LBP 2’s creator.
But as I said for a console it is a decent content creator. The problem I have with the game is that this is its only purpose. As a platformer the game is average. Playing through the singleplayer campaign is not that much fun. The controls are average. You can jump and grapple and move in and out of lanes, and that’s about it. The point I think is that you have an endless supply of levels that were created by users just like you. Still playing through a lot of uninteresting maps is no better than playing through a few interesting ones. And that’s all there is, a few interesting maps.
The Rest of the Game
LBP 2 tries really hard to please. There is a big emphasis on socializing. There are scoreboards and leader boards, the D Pad is used to express four emotions, you can see how many people have finished a level, and stuff like that. This does nothing for me, to be honest, but some people might enjoy it. This does not mean however, that you can get away with average gameplay.
The reason I’m being a little rough on this game is that there was no need for it. LBP is the same thing. Everything that is new in LBP 2 could have been done with a few content patches to the first game. I mean, if you think about it, one of the selling points of the first game is that constantly new content is being added, and you wouldn’t have to buy a second game, because you would have access to it from the comfort of your home.
LBP was a decent effort, but people got bored of it. The only reason I see for the second game to exist, is so that the developers could get some more money. LBP 2 should have revamped everything, topped the first game. When games like Gears of War or Uncharted do it, at least there are new levels that otherwise would be impossible to play. But when LBP2 does it, it looks way worse.
So is Little Big Planet 2 Game of the Year material? No.
The first game was somewhat original. Little Big Planet on the other hand has no claim to having this characteristic.
I sincerely doubt that there are many players compulsively making maps and new content.
The first game received a lot of attention before and after it came out. This time, not so much.
Integrated content creator, constant stream of user generated maps, and overly cute setting and characters.
GOTY awards won: 1