LittleBigPlanet Vita’s main story follows Sackboy again, through new adventures on my favorite handheld. Not only is the game inventive and just plain fun, but also provided us Vita owners with something to play. It really defines what the Vita should be: an on-the-go console we use to create and share.
A big difference this time around with LittleBigPlanet Vita is that the player gets infinite lives through all except for the boss levels. I found this as an improvement, since I didn’t have to restart the levels continuously, although the only real challenge for me was the final boss. Of course, the main story levels become more challenging once friends are included in the fun. Versus levels are also unlocked by playing through the main story, where the player is able to go head-to-head with their friends, whether online or not.
Not only does LittleBigPlanet Vita utilize the PS Vita’s unique controls, but it also provides seemingly endless gameplay for the handheld console. The game is definitely a new selling point for the PS Vita. In fact, LittleBigPlanet feels more at home on the handheld than it ever did on the PS3.
The PS Vita camera can be used throughout the game. I got a kick out of snapping pictures of my dog and placing them, as “stickers”, in random spots. The other features I really enjoyed playing with were the front and rear touch pads, which make a big appearance in the main story levels. Creative minds have already put these to use in the Community.
As in the prior two installments, the Create mode is the highlight of LittleBigPlanet Vita. There are sixty-seven simple tutorials for creating levels that can be accessed in this mode. Also, multi-level games can be created this time around. Another huge add-on to the game is a tool called the Memorizer. It allows the creator to build games where the player can save progress, level up characters, unlock stages, and more.
In the Community mode, player created games can be accessed. I had a great time going through some of those, including a level that plays itself and a bee inspired one. My major discrepancy with the Community mode were the terribly long load times.
An additional feature in the game is the mini-game section, featuring a nice assortment of retro style games.
Looking for a reason to dust off the ol’ PS Vita or purchase one? Here you go! LittleBigPlanet Vita is an incredible, ongoing experience. Create your own games, play your peers’ games in the Community, or enjoy the main story levels. This game provides so much material and content for the PS Vita. I highly recommend it to everyone!
- Little Big Planet feels better on the Vita than on the PS3.
- Takes advantage of the Vita's unique abilities.
- Long load times in Community mode.
Summary: Little Big Planet feels right at home on the Vita. It offers almost an endless amount of gameplay on the go.
- Format: Vita
- Developer: Tarsier Studios, Double Eleven Studios
- Publisher: Sony
- Release Date: September 25, 2012
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