I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New Years! Now I figure it's time I get back to a semi-regular posting schedule. Today I wanted to talk about LittleBigPlanet, a game which I have been playing quite a bit lately. The opening narration states that the world of LittleBigPlanet is composed of the dreams of countless players, but I feel that it is composed of something more dark and disturbing than a simple happy dream. Looking at some aspects of this game, it appears to be more along the lines of hallucinations of an asylum full of deranged lunatics.
First of all, what is Sackboy (the main character of LittleBigPlanet, for all you PS3 haters out there) supposed to be?
Is he a Beanie Baby who had a horrible accident? He sort of reminds me of Sally from the Nightmare Before Christmas. I think it's pretty well known that dolls coming to life are some of the creepiest things known to mankind, yet this cloth Frankenstein was still chosen to be the protagonist of LittleBigPlanet. The fear has been dampened due to the fact that we have direct control over Sackboy, but others might feel revulsion when playing as this abomination.
Another weird feature of LittleBigPlanet is the group of levels that are each a mix of a haunted house, a graveyard, and a wedding reception (not joking). Upon arriving in this part of the planet, you are immediately introduced to a gigantic talking zombie/skeleton/bride, prompting you to again wonder whether some game developers should seek psychiatric help.
The levels are admittedly awesome, filled with dark passages, giant skeletons, and skull platforms that shriek and drop their jaws as you approach them.
But it's the bride and groom characters that steal the show, because of the giant zombie bride's level-destroying mood swings, and the tiny zombie groom's creepy belch-voice. Come to think of it, most characters in this game are pretty damn creepy. The art style, mixed with the fact that the characters all tower over Sackboy add a sense of surreality.
For all its strangeness, and especially because of its strangeness, I highly recommend you check this game out if you haven't already. The art style and gameplay are very unique and lots of fun, every level is custom made to the designer's vision (before you start a level it states the name of the person who built it). This is worth mentioning, because just about every single device (such as the skull platforms mentioned earlier) can be unlocked for you to use in your own custom built levels. In theory you could build clones of the same exact levels that you experience in the story mode.
Until next time!