Thursday, January 15, 2009

Little Big Awesome!

Once in awhile there is comes a gaming idea that shapes the destiny of videogames to come after it...God of war with its use of quick time events, super mario brothers for forever setting the standard of a good accessible platformer, Metal Gear Solid for its use of stealth in an action game....and now LIttle big Planet!
This game has come onto the gaming scene with a bang! It has seen what everybody else has offered spun around dropped its pants and pissed on them all for their lack of ingenuity and originality. The game reeks of creativity both from the developers and from you the gamer. From the developers side... for them to give you such robust yet easily accessible tools is amazing to behold, how they came up with it and structured it is a testiment to there super genius. simple menus, easy walkthroughs and simple implementation make this game super easy yet its so super deep! The possibilities are virtually ENDLESS! This is where the creativity of the player comes in, just imagine...ever wanted to create a level but didn't have the proper tools to execute it, well dry those tears of non-production and smile the sweet smile of yes sir game development here i come!
The best part of this planetary experience is getting to share it with friends online and off. 4 people can play a level at the same time and this only adds to the chaos or cooperation in the game either way its still raw fun. The expressions you can get out of your "sackperson" (as their called) is priceless and cute (yeh i said cute!) you'll grow to love em. I urge people to actually sit down and plan out their creations as create genius and respected levels takes dedication. Its not difficult but it goes much smoother if you have a plan about how you want to layout your level. And this only garners more praise from those who will play it in future.
That's another aspect of the Planet is how they connect you to other pplayers and their creations wether it be creations worthy of acclaimed praise or ones worthy of travelling down the porcelain express! You can play levels created by others, searching by rank or most favourited and you can favourite those you like yourself or leave comments. The game thrives on interactivity between the players and the created worlds and rewards you for it by giving trophies for various activities.
No game though is without the occassional hiccups and yes the mighty big planet has a few, some stages are that great with all 4 characters on screen as some will get involuntarily cut off, I've found situations where i had to kill myself in order not to slow down the progress of the others. There is also some lag on the online portion but u can't knock the game for that as many games before it has experienced lag too.
Anyway its a great game and is one that doesn't have to worry about having to provide sequels for a loooooooong time as its community of creators are madly going at it making a plethora of stages to try out like almost 30,000 so far. So go check it out and create till your little big heart is content. The game is awesome!! nuff said.

Gash out :)

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