We all knew Media Molecule's second effort would be bigger – and hopefully better – than the original. But would the critics laud it for taking progressive steps or would they say it's just a big 'ol expansion pack?

Well, it seems no reviewer is willing to say the latter, as it makes zero sense. Thus far, the critical reception for LittleBigPlanet 2 is through the roof: after about a dozen reviews from relatively major sites, it's averaging about 94% (depending on your sources). This includes a 9.5 from Game Informer, a 9.4 from CVG, a 9.1 from 1Up, a 9.0 from Eurogamer and IGN, a 5 out of 5 from GamePro, and another perfect score from Joystiq. The lowest tallied score is an 8.5 and you can probably expect a whole lot more 9+ scores in the near future. Many analysts and publishers always say it's absolutely crucial to have a game that scores extremely high if they want big-time sales figures, and so far, it seems Sackboy's follow-up is primed for a huge debut. It may only be a PlayStation 3 exclusive – thereby automatically limiting potential sales – but many remember the unparalleled brilliance of the original, and can't wait to sample the sequel.

So, do you plan on rewarding Media Molecule for a job well done? Are you gonna dive into the new, immersive world of "Create, Play, Share?"

Related Game(s): LittleBigPlanet 2

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Maiq The Liar
Maiq The Liar
9 years ago

I'll have it.

PorkChopGamer
PorkChopGamer
9 years ago

Another win for Sony and for gamers in general.


Last edited by PorkChopGamer on 1/5/2011 11:12:27 AM

Radiohead
Radiohead
9 years ago

Just what I expected from LBP2.

godsman
godsman
9 years ago

what I want to know is… if LBP gameplay is all included in LBP2. I mean that when GT5 released, I sold my GT5P, because there's no reason to own the previous version when the later version is everything and more. I also sold my Resident Evil 5 and Street Fight 4 when the new ones came out.


Last edited by godsman on 1/5/2011 11:17:17 AM

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

They've announced that all DLC and most of the user-created levels can be used in it. So, pretty much yeah, there's no realistic need to keep hold of the original, unless you really like the campaign.
Peace.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

I personally can't get into LBP but I think my son would love it but he's so in love with COD I can't get him to play anything else. My library consists of over 50 games and the only ones he plays are COD.

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

If they do charge for online just tell him your not paying for that.

PasteNuggs
PasteNuggs
9 years ago

Oh, he knows that. Yet he would still play zombies offline or just wander around an empty map in private match.

dkmrules
dkmrules
9 years ago

theyre not charging for online

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Was getting this regardless of what sites would give it.

The beta was effing beautiful, based on that there's no way I would not get this.

LBP keeping platforming alive, can't wait!

jdt1981
jdt1981
9 years ago

Oh yes, I'm having me some LBP2!

Lotusflow3r
Lotusflow3r
9 years ago

As scarecrow said.

This will be my most played game of my life (until the next lol).

Alienange
Alienange
9 years ago

Those are some handsome scores from some of the best on the net. Here I thought we'd be reading how it's more of the same. Looks like they've got themselves a game to be proud of.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

What I don't understand, IGN gave the first game a 9.5. They said this one was better in just about every way yet they only gave it a 9.0?

That site has major issues.

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
9 years ago

(Took from other news post)

I just read IGN review.
The guy basically says "I can't be arsed to get into the create tools, but yeah they're cool." Seeing the potential is one thing, but that doesn't mean you can give a review on it. Mind you I played his level from LBP1 and it was god-awful, not to be rude but it was.

I just find it wrong that someone passes judgement on a game's creation tools when they haven't even given it half a chance. To be fair he said it himself it doesn't deserve to be on the servers, but that doesn't cut it IMO, & after the in-depth review's of Ben & Arnold who can take more than atleast a few weeks before publishing a review, make him look like he's in the wrong job. OKAY DONE.
BTW the first LBP was 9.7

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Greg doesn't strike me as the creative type so I don't blame him. He still gave the game a good review, and you can review the game based on the tools provided and the campaign. He doesn't need to create a masterpiece in order to fairly review the game. I just find it odd that they would give this one a lower score than its predecessor considering it's an improvement from first game in just about every way.

EDIT: "BTW the first LBP was 9.7"

Well then, that makes their 9.0 for LBP2 even stranger.


Last edited by Jawknee on 1/5/2011 12:36:53 PM

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

The 9.7 was given by IGN UK.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Maybe he was let down slightly? You must also remember that IGN switched to a twenty point system recently, so LBP would only gotten a 9.5. What I don't understand is that they gave SMG2 a 10, and then took points from LBP, even though it has a wealth of additional content.
Peace.

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

Didn't some other guy review the first one?

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Come on Jawk at this point we must know when it's Ps3 games they are unforgiven for every little detail.

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

I guess I wanted to give Greg Miller the benefit of the doubt. Ha. 🙂

wiley_kyotee
wiley_kyotee
9 years ago

I was looking on Game Rankings and CVG UK rated this a 9.4 but rated LBP a 9.6. I can't understand this because their LBP2 review constantly states how it is better than the original in both the campaing and design modes. This is why I trust the reviews on this site above all others.

Ludicrous_Liam
Ludicrous_Liam
9 years ago

Direct reply to jawknee

But if you ever played his level, you'd understand what I mean. It's like he didn't understand basic game mechanics, E.G checkpoints..& the fact that 100 speech bubbles in a level simply isnt fun, even though it was intresting to hear his life story. Also, he doesn't mention the Little bits that make a Big difference (:D) like how microchips can be used, & how significant the change in the format of logic, or if the LBP1 levels worked at all (he doesn't mention but I recall my level breaking in the beta). See what I'm saying? Maybe I'm just the type of guy who needs 10 pages of writing to justify a review I dunno 😛

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

He covered everything that needed to be covered. You're asking for too much.

ApexPredator
ApexPredator
9 years ago

Personally, I can't understand IGNs scoring system. The LBP review showed this again. Although 9 really is a great score, the scoring system seems broken to me. Referring to other reviews the scoring is in every sub-category different (i.e. Xbox 360 reviews have their own rating progress as PS3, Wii and others have their own). I'm inclined to believe that in Xbox 360 reviews the grade 10 indicates a masterpiece and in PS3 reviews it indicates the PERFECT GAME, which is undenyably impossible. Therefore I see this grade as a good one and don't think about the rating system. If I do so I will get mad. I'm tuned for this review. It will be great as usual. 🙂

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

Different reviewers score differently.

Getting too caught up in the numbers is a recipe for frustration. I used to worry about whether this game beat that game or whatever, but now I just take the number as an approximation and I find myself less aggravated by reviewers.

alcrowley
alcrowley
9 years ago

Will have it! But not right now as my gaming budget is pretty low.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
9 years ago

+1, as I have already preordered Dead Space 2. Killzone 3 will be next and then Mass Effect 2. I predict I will get to this one by April. So glad to see they did a fantastic job!

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

who gave LBp2 a 8.5?

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

IncGamers

TheShadow
TheShadow
9 years ago

thanks

Jawknee
Jawknee
9 years ago

Stupid review and poorly written.

Ergi
Ergi
9 years ago

I bet I could beat her in a spelling contest also.

SnipeySnake
SnipeySnake
9 years ago

I don't get how they say the jump controls are floaty. Maybe its cause im used to it but i dont have any problems with the jumping and so do every other reviewer out there.

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

The physics are excellent. If you could jump higher than the height of your own body, you'd seem floaty before the accelleration of gravity pulls you back from your upward momentum, too.


Last edited by Underdog15 on 1/6/2011 9:02:30 AM

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
9 years ago

I'm sure this will get 90%+ on Metacritic but lower than LBP.

Now I'm excited about what score Edge is gonna give this one.

wiley_kyotee
wiley_kyotee
9 years ago

Edge gave it a 9.

Lawless SXE
Lawless SXE
9 years ago

Mentioned this yesterday. 'Tis a great way for Sony to start the year. Ben, could you tell us whether you have review code yet, or we have to wait until post-release to see your thoughts?

Also, I will get this, just not day 1. Too much else to keep up with.
Peace.

NazzyQ
NazzyQ
9 years ago

The only real gripe reviewers have with the sequel is the still 'floaty' controls. I admit I occasionally found them quite frustrating in the original. On the plus side however, you can control 'sackbots' in user created levels, and as such you can create your own custom controls for them. I'm sure some bright community members will come up with some snappier and more fluid controls. I can't wait.

Radiohead
Radiohead
9 years ago

I stopped taking IGN seriously when they gave GOTY to fallout 3 over MGS4 in 2008.

OverBerg
OverBerg
9 years ago

The first game was great. Actually got my wife to play co-op. It was the first game she ever completed. That being said… I think Dead Space 2 will be my January purchase.

Sir Dan
Sir Dan
9 years ago

This is a powerhouse of a game that really should be out front more in the promotion of the PS3. I can't say enough about the game. It's really a game changer in my opinion. My three kids are just in love with it. The youngest is 3! They are so cute all lined up playing their little custom made sack people. You can't help but smile. I play it too. This is a day one purchase for me. I will be treated like some kind of God when I walk through the door with it.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
9 years ago

Much respect for you, sir.

I've said it before, and Ben has as well, this game an amazing party game. When you got living, breathing people at your side (and even online) it's a blast.

FM23
FM23
9 years ago

I don't want to sound out of the loop, but what kind of game is LBP? I played the demo a while back and I did love it, but I don't get it…is this a platformers? Are there already set levels? or are you just making levels for you and others to take part in?

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
9 years ago

Is a platformer and there are story levels where you get could prize bubbles like clothes, stickers, and decorations for your levels.You could make levels and put them online or just play other people's levels with friends.In lbp2 you could make more than just platformers like movies, 2D figthers, etc.


Last edited by Pandacastro on 1/5/2011 2:12:11 PM

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Glad to see a console begins the year with actually an undisputed AAA game.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

Naughty dog head honcho Evan Wells has a congrats for Media Molecule:

http://twitter.com/evan_wells

Oxvial
Oxvial
9 years ago

Awesome! , luv how we have this type of camaraderie on Sony.

HighOnFire
HighOnFire
9 years ago

Cant wait for it. While MS was busy handing out bags with dollar bill signs on them to get third party exclusives and pumping out only a couple decent first party exclusives a year, PS3 owners get the most creative and thoughtful games in the history of this industry. Media Molecule deserves all the success in the world. And how could any gamer, no matter how jaded, resist Sackboy. Hes so mother-effing cute.

Ergi
Ergi
9 years ago

I can't wait for it at all either, it seems amazing.
Too bad I got YLOD yesterday, couldn't have chosen a better moment. LBP2 out now and Killzone next month.