Not long after the insanity of the holidays, PlayStation 3 owners are suddenly faced with one of the most difficult purchase decisions of the year: both LittleBigPlanet 2 and Mass Effect 2 are set to go today and if you can't buy one, which would it be?
Talk about different experiences. LBP2 is the follow-up to the innovative and award-winning title from Media Molecule; it focuses on unique platforming and a massive amount of player customization and creativity. It's almost entirely unparalleled in the world of gaming. BioWare's RPG, on the other hand, was viewed by many to be the best overall game of 2010 (when it launched for the Xbox 360 and PC), and fans of the genre will often say it's a must-play. Obviously, even before reviewing them, we'd probably recommend that you buy both, provided you have the cash and are intrigued by unbelievable quality, regardless of genre. But say you can only buy one…what to do? How does one make that choice? I suppose we could take length into account but while ME2 is a lengthy role-playing adventure, one could quite literally lose years to LBP2.
But then again, if you're not completely sold on the idea of becoming your own game developer, and you've been waiting to see what all the Mass Effect fuss is about, ME2 could be the correct option. We'll deliver our reviews soon enough – LBP2 is due up first; our analysis goes live tomorrow night – and we'll try to assist in the decision-making process, but even so…it's gonna be a tough choice. Can anyone remember the last time two legitimate Game of the Year contenders came out on the same day? I mean, this is pretty nuts.