Time to take little SackBoy into an even tinier land of Little Big Planet on the PS Vita, whilst it is on a smaller screen and portable, developer Media Molecule has managed to pack everything LBP offered on the Vita’s big cousin, the PS3, and more.
To start with the sense of fun and creativity that has made this franchise so popular is easily captured on the Vita. Stephen Fry returns to give a sense of quirk to the whole proceedings – well the instructional videos at least.
Graphically the game mimics the photo-realistic playing field and miniature set pieces of the PS3 version and from a single player perspective there are a bunch of levels centred on the following premise:
On the Vita, Sackboy’s jumps are still floaty, but seem to respond better to the push of the controller buttons, and because of the Vita’s added technology new opportunities for game-play emerge.
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Both the touch screen and rear touch pad are put to good use with new game elements. Players can push items ‘backwards’ or with a tap on the rear, push them towards the foreground. The push rear touch can be an issue to judge during particularly tricky moments, but overall touch is a welcome game mechanic.
Touch is used to great effect throughout the single player story mode, including the Arcade games that inhabit the game, but it is creative and sharing that is the main thrust of the game.
Loading times are fine and the all-important sense of whimsy and creativity is carried over to the PS3’s smaller hand-held cousin. Got a Vita? Got an imagination? Then LBP should be on your list.