If you haven't yet played LittleBigPlanet
, the short description boils down to the fact that the game plays as a side-scrolling platformer, with the main character being a SackBoy (think burlap sack with legs, arms, and a head) that has plenty of life in him to keep you going for many, many hours. The levels are relatively short, but they are also very well-designed for the most part, and with the addition of eighteen select newly designed levels by LittleBigPlanet
members, the replay value feels like they continue to flow (there are also over one million user-created contents within the community).
The biggest shout out for LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition is that of the physics-based puzzles and level designs. On top of that, the multiplayer aspect of the game (up to 4 can play at the same time) makes playing through levels (both additional and Story Mode) a lot more fun. Your SackBoy will have to drag around objects, ride vehicles, and hang and swing from many different grab-enabled objects. Within the levels, there are also opportunities for accessing areas that are only available for two or more players as well. If you ever get tired of the included levels, you can always create your own content or download that of other players, essentially making the possibilities endless. My favorite level thus far actually allows you and your team to drive and shoot a tank with multiple guns and ways to control everything... a fitting environment for my free Metal Gear Solid outfit.
For those of you who like to tinker, LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition offers the ultimate in customability. Beyond creating limitless content within the game, you will unlock TONS of objects, outfits, personalization items, decorations, and many other things, simply by working your way through the levels and searching for all of the hidden gems that lurk about. Many are easily visible and still others may take a bit of persistence, but that just adds up to great replayability. If you get tired of the available content, you can simply create your own, by taking snapshots of the game screen or importing your own pictures, for example, to use as decorations. If you own an Eye camera (I don't have one as of this writing), you'll be able to also use snapshots within the game.
Beyond all of this... is LittleBigPlanet: Game of the Year Edition fun to play? In a word, IT'S A BLAST! Okay, that was 3 words... but I couldn't contain myself. Admittedly, I had more fun while playing online, but even playing on your own is entertaining. This is a highly addictive game disguised as a simplistic looking title that will appeal to gamers of either sex and of all ages. I do feel it necessary to let you know that while the Game of the Year Edition is certainly a great buy for those new to the game, it may not be worth purchasing if you already own the original LittleBigPlanet.