LittleBigPlanet 2

 
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Fun platfomer has amazing creation mode.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This remarkably creative game carries with it the message that, with a bit of imagination, you can do almost anything. It can inspire loads of creativity.

Positive role models

In the story mode, your Sackboy (or Sackgirl) is a heroic character, working to save this special world from the destructive force known as the Negativitron.

Ease of play

The majority of the game play involves complicated platform jumping levels, some parts of which can be very challenging. But the controls, once mastered, are pretty smooth and easy to use; although controlling your Sack person is a little "floaty." The creative modes are incredibly complicated, but there's an awesomely detailed series of tutorials to show you the ropes. All in all, there's a ton of info to take in, but none of it is too hard to handle once you learn it.

Violence & scariness

The violence here is on par with that in, say, Nintendo's Mario games. Your doll hero, Sackboy, can be hurt by enemies or obstacles (like electrified floors), but if he "dies," he simply yelps, disappears, and respawns at the beginning of the section. He can wear a helmet that shoots objects at "meanies" -- anything from missiles to cakes. Defeated enemies disappear from the screen in a cloud of smoke.

Language

There's no foul language built into the game, but user-created content could potentially feature language you're not comfortable with.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that LittleBigPlanet 2 is both a platform-jumping adventure games (with over 40 levels of its own) and a massive create-your-own video game machine. The built-in game features some cartoony violence, but nothing more worrisome than that. The creative mode is so open and so vast, though, that seemingly anything is possible. What your child does with his or her created worlds depends on his or her imagination. The same can be said of the millions of other users out there who upload their created levels to the game's main server. The amount of variety and ingenuity seen in those created games can be inspirational and exciting. However, there's always the possibility of something off-color slipping past the monitors -- especially since users can records their own voiceovers and slip their own photo snapshots into their games.

What's it about?

The plot behind the story mode of LITTLEBIGPLANET 2 features a destructive force called the Negativitron, which is sucking the fun, color, and life out of Craft World. The hero, Sackboy (who can be turned into a Sackgirl), gets trained by Craft World's \"creators\" to wage battle against the forces of the Negativitron. But the story mode's 40+ levels are only a small portion of LittleBigPlanet 2. You can also create your own game levels from scratch -- adding every piece of scenery, every character, every obstacle, every sound, and so on. You can even compose your own music for the game! And you can string your levels together to make a full game. Created games can be shared online, and you can download literally millions of other people's created games. It's near-endless entertainment from one small disc.

Is it any good?

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It's hard to believe that any video game has ever featured a more vast and detailed creation mode than LittleBigPlanet 2. The depth and scope of what you can do with this game is startling. When creating your own multi-level video game, you can even film animated cinematic scenes to add story arcs to it all. You can control the facial expressions on the faces of your custom-styled characters. It's all truly remarkable. And, thankfully, there are scores of tutorials to help you through it all. All that raving about the creation mode is not meant to discount the story mode either. The plot itself may be meager, but playing through that story provides hours and hours of wonderfully entertaining, challenging, and unique action. Fans of the original LittleBigPlanet will certainly appreciate the new moves, tools, and creation pieces in this equally stellar sequel, but newcomers should have no fear of diving right in, either.

Online interaction: There is a huge online community associated with this game (and its prequel), which revolves around the sharing of user-created game levels (and this time around, full games). While the community is closely monitored, you can never be sure of exactly what you'll see or hear in a user-created game, especially since you can now add your own recorded voiceovers and your own personal photographs into the game. Live voice chat is also an option during online multiplayer games.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the game-creation process offered by LBP2. What kinds of games would you like to create? Why do you choose the elements that you do? Building a game can take many hours to do: How much time and effort are kids willing to put into such an endeavor? How much is wise to put in?

  • The game also offers a good opportunity for parents to talk to their kids about proper behavior in an online community (and what to do if they encounter improper behavior on the part of others).

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3
Price:$19.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Sony Computer Entertainment
Release date:January 18, 2011
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence (PlayStation 3)

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Kid, 11 years old April 9, 2011
 

Love it, positive messages and endless creativity!

Very good game! There are shooters, platformers, and lots of other things! A very good source to vent your creativity, and gameplay is endless! The logic tools seem complicated, but they aren't, after you get around the creator's learning curve. One of the best games of the year.
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Kid, 10 years old November 14, 2011
 

Little Blood Planet

The story mode is appropriat but online levels...lets just say that I love horror movies and some online levels scare me. Their is cussing, blood, and people can take photos of themselves unsensored. Immitations of horror games/movies like dead space, friday the thirteenth, and resident evil can be very realistic and can frighten the producers of the blair witch prodject (not recommended).The story mode is fun and a nice way to have fun. If your kids are under the age of 10 don`t let them play online levels without your approval. Thanks again for reading. Tobuscus228 out.
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Teen, 13 years old Written byderzac May 14, 2011
 

great for all

its amazing for imaginative minds
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