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LittleBigPlanet PS Vita Review

 
 
Welcome to our CHEATfactor Game Review of LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. We review the game and then factor in how the available cheats affect the overall game experience.
 

Reviewed on: PS Vita
Developer: Tarsier Studios / Double Eleven
Publisher: SCEA
Rated: "E" for Everyone

 
CHEATfactor Game Review
by Joe Sinicki
Presentation 8/10 
As you probably expected, you lose a bit of the visual style of the game when going from the big screen to the Vita. The game features the same charm and appeal the series is known for -- try playing it without smiling.
Gameplay 8/10 
For the first time in the series' history all of your tools are in one box and you won't need any other peripherals to enjoy the full experience, making this the most remarkable and complete LittleBigPlanet experience to date.
Lasting Appeal 10/10 
From the single player content, to trying to best your friends in the plethora of mini games and of course the creation suite, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is not a game that you'll be finishing anytime soon -- if at all.
Overall 9/10 
I've literally had the game with me everywhere I went for the last week, and there's nothing like snapping a picture and incorporating it into the world, or trying to beat my friend's high score on the level they created.
CHEATfactor 0/10 
 

LittleBigPlanet has always been a franchise where its value is determined by the sum of its parts. Dripping with charm and imagination, Media Molecule's DIY platformer never felt complete unless you were in possession of all of the PS3's attachments and peripherals. Throw that all out the window with LittleBigPlanet PS Vita. The latest edition of the franchise comes packed with everything you need to fully enjoy the experience right out of the box, and the result is something special. There may be a bit of franchise fatigue here if you've played the previous titles extensively, but that doesn't stop LittleBigPlanet PS Vita from being the definitive version of the experience and the best reason to own a Vita yet.

"...there's a story here, though it doesn't matter much."

 
   

For the uninitiated, LittleBigPlanet casts you in the role of a Sackboy or Sackgirl, as you run, jump, swing and bounce through a so sweet you're bound to get sick world of stickers, random objects and platforms. Like previous games, there's a story here, though it doesn't matter much. LittleBigPlanet PS Vita charges you with stopping the evil Puppeteer from stealing all of the joy from the city of Canivallia. There's no huge plot twists or deep emotional writing here as the story serves merely as a vehicle in which to show you all of the cool things you can do within Sackboy's latest adventure -- and there's plenty of them.

Not much has really changed from the franchise's console iterations, and it didn't really need to, but by now everything feels second nature and there's a bit of franchise fatigue here, but don't let that stop you. LittleBigPlanet PS Vitais just as charming as you'd expect, and looks incredible on the Vita's screen.

Anyone who's played any of the LittleBigPlanet franchise knows that what's in the box the first time you open it up isn't what makes the game, it's what you create while playing that does it. The world of LittleBigPlanet is littered with new objects, stickers, costumes and other goodies that once collected, will be at your disposal to create as you see fit. The PS3 versions of the game are all packed with new content and the Vita version is no different, you're unlikely to run out of stuff to collect or new things to create.

"The game makes excellent use of both the front and rear touch screens..."

 
   

What's most impressive about LittleBigPlanet PS Vita though is just how well the established formula works with the Vita's features. We've seen previous first party titles make their way to the handheld, only to feel like the touch screen controls have been forced onto them -- but that's not an issue here, everything feels so natural and fluid that you'll wonder how you played with that old fashioned dual shock in the first place. The game makes excellent use of both the front and rear touch screens (it even feels more fluid in the menu system), often requiring you to move objects or slide tiles to complete puzzles, you'll also use the built in gyroscope feature in a number of cool ways. I was most excited to have the ability to use the Vita's dual camera system to create my own stickers, such as my nerdily massive comic book collection, or even give my dog Gilly her video game debut. Yes, I know that a number of these features were available in previous editions, but this is the first time that everything comes packed together -- which makes this the most complete version of the game yet.

Of course, what really drives LittleBigPlanet is the community behind it, and it's sure to have a field day with what they've been given here. The creation suite remains mostly the same from previous games, but with the freedom to take pictures of anything from anywhere, there's no limit to what can be created. Of course it doesn't hurt that all of your costumes and creation packs from the PS3 games transfer over, giving you even more options to create and play with. There is one major addition to the creation suite though -- the memorizer, which allows you to save your progress in user created levels -- including stats and high scores.

Since the system's release earlier this year, I've been asked by people if they should buy a Vita more than anything else. Consider LittleBigPlanet PS Vita my enthusiastic yes. It's fun, charming and the perfect example of how to port an established franchise to a new format. I've literally had the game with me everywhere I went for the last week, and there's nothing like snapping a picture and incorporating it into the world, or trying to beat my friend's high score on the level they created. After months of questions, the PS Vita finally has it's must have title.

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CHEATS USED: Trophies List
 
As of this writing, there are no cheats available for LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, but as someone obsessed with the game's creation suite (though I never seem to make anything good), I would love to see a cheat to unlock all of the game's content, like costumes and objects, without having to play through the single player game.

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