Summary: The original LittleBigPlanet earned a lot of its praise through sheer charm alone. The cute presentation and unique creativity afforded to the player won it a lot of acclaim, despite the fact that, to be fair, the actual game part was never spectacular. In my mind, LittleBigPlanet 2 confirmed this -- still fun, and a good way to waste time, but its poorer qualities were exposed by a sequel's inevitable lack of surprise.
Excerpt: LittleBigPlanet Vita is a lovely game. It's the kind of game that you'd be happy to show your mum, safe in the knowledge that everything - even the death - is safe for delicate eyes. That's fine. I'm happy that there are still some games that aren't full-on in their depiction of violence. LBP Vita's problem, though, is that behind all this loveliness there needed to be a bit more grit.
Excerpt: The LittleBigPlanet series has rapidly grown to be one of Sony Computer Entertainment’s most important franchises so it makes sense that plenty of love and care would be poured into a new LBP title for PS Vita. Rather than rushing the game to be ready for the handheld’s launch this past February, co-developers Double Eleven and Tarsier Studios have used the extra development time to polish the game to near perfection and to create one of the best PlayStation exclusives...
Excerpt: I’m a bit weary when it comes to sequels, especially in the case of startlingly original games because the novelty tends to wear off more and more with each release. I thought this would be the case when it came to LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation Vita; the franchise’s fourth iteration. Every previous entry has been stellar but how far can you spread cuteness and expansive user creation options before it starts to wear thin?
Wildly creative game lets kids stretch their imagination.
Common Sense Media
6 October 2012
Summary: Parents need to know that LittleBigPlanet - PS Vita is a side-scrolling adventure with a small amount of mild, cartoonish violence. It also provides a sophisticated game-making mode that allows kids to explore their imaginations and create just about any kind of game they can think of, and then share it with others. Its vast community of fans and content-creators seems genuinely interested in preserving the game's spirit of all-ages fun.
Conclusion: As a flagship title for the PS Vita this latest LittleBigPlanet works beautifully, and with its hugely enjoyable story campaign, creative tools and community features there is huge incentive to keep playing. Most significantly, the breadth and variety of experiences it delivers serves as a reminder that LittleBigPlanet is much more than a simple platformer - it is a platform all of its own.
Conclusion: LittleBigPlanet PS Vita is arguably the best game on the system, and is definitely worth a look, even if you picked up the recent Sound Shapes (a title that allows you to create and share levels based around music). There have been a few gems on the Vita to date, but LittleBigPlanet’s first outing on the system is the jewel in the crown.
Excerpt: Let's face it; the PlayStation Vita is desperate for a great new franchise or at least a big release that can breathe life back into the slowly dying system, but if there was ever a series that could produce this killer title for Sony, it would have to be Sackboy and LittleBigPlanet .
Excerpt: LittleBigPlanet on Vita feels like the touchy, grabby offspring of its PlayStation 3 parents. Carefully following MediaMolecule's blueprint for the franchise, the developers at Double11 and Tarsier Studios have tweaked the game to take advantage of the handheld's motion-sensing abilities while retaining the same offbeat humor and sense of whimsy. Interestingly enough, LittleBigPlanet for Vita assumes its audience hasn't played its predecessors.