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It’s time for another Retro Ad Replay article! This is the series where we head backwards in time to reminisce and celebrate the anniversary of some of the most significant moments in gaming. If you find yourself wanting more content like this, be sure to visit Mandatory.com.
In this October 27 edition of Retro Ad Replay, we’re taking a trip back 12 years to when LittleBigPlanet first launched on PS3. That’s October 27, 2008. Developed by Media Molecule and published by Sony Computer Entertainment, this puzzle-platformer set a new benchmark for player-created designs in a video game. It kickstarted a series that evolved to include more and more user-generated designs available over the internet and attracted a dedicated following of gamers.
The GameRevolution LittleBigPlanet review awarded the game a score of 5/5, praising the “simple, tight gameplay,” “adorable, funky style,” “playing all of the user-created levels,” “building machines and monsters,” and “Sackboy costumes.”
Here’s a snippet from the GR review:
LBP looks lush and vibrant with a healthy dose of edginess. Realistic material effects, deep colors, and a fun, offbeat art direction give off a GRIMM DARK FAIRY-TALE LOOK. Emmy-award winning Stephen Fry (narrator for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) narrates with a tongue firmly in cheek, while a low-key soundtrack mixes up funky world music and dramatic orchestral themes. It’s a great package that never descends to the dreaded level of kiddie fare.
LITTLE BIG PLANET is just what Doctor Sony ordered: universally appealing gameplay with an appealing everyman hero that is connected to streaming delivery of new content. Sony should be lauded for such a gamble, and Media Molecule should be praised. This is a rare toy that has the capacity to inspire the inventor, the explorer, and the gamer.
Check out the LittleBigPlanet PS3 trailer below (hosted by do u even ber on YouTube):