LittleBigPlanet 3 is the latest entry into the popular and well-known LittleBigPlanet series, which allows players to create and share their own levels, while experiencing the levels created by others published online. With each entry in the series thus far, the creation tools have become more plentiful, with this third entry in the series allowing new heights of creativity to be achieved by talented and imaginative players.

Thus third entry has not been developed by Media Molecule, the creator of the series and developer of the first two games; rather the development role has been handed over to Sumo Digital. LBP3 features new “hub worlds” – meaning the campaign is no longer based across a single player, but rather a collection of world linked by one main “hub” planet. Additionally, three new playable characters and a diverse range of new creation tools have been added.

Newton has been taken control of by three evil titans who were previously defeated by three heroes; OddSock, Toggle and Swoop. Now, the titans are back in an attempt to destroy the world of Bunkum once again and it is up to you (as Sackboy) to assemble these three heroes once again. Swoop has the ability to fly quickly through obstacle-rich area and carry objects. Toggle can transform between being large and small, allowing for various new platforming mechanics to be added to levels. Finally, OddSock can wall jump and traverse walls at speed. These three characters change the gameplay dynamics and bring some fresh gameplay to the story campaign.

Unfortunately, these fresh gameplay moments don’t happen often. For the majority of the campaign you will have to play as Sackboy to rescue the characters, rather than getting much of a chance to actually play as them. While this is disappointing, the rare moments playing as the other characters can be quite enjoyable. Sackboy has also been given some new gadgets in LBP3, including the the Pumpatron (a suck/blow air cannon), jetpack boots and a teleportation tool. These tools also provide some new, fresh moments of gameplay, so, you will still get a good dosage of fun just playing as Sackboy.

When you collect these gadgets, and assemble all of the new characters, you will also be able to access areas of levels that you previously weren’t able to. This adds new gameplay dynamics, again making the campaign feel fresh and new. Unfortunately, the camapign is extremely short and ends what feels like very soon after beginning it. There are a number of side missions available, however, the content available is still quite small and can be finished with around ten hours of dedicated, focused play.

However, there is another supplementary campaign of levels available in the game, this time to introduce the new aspects of create mode. These levels introduce something fantastic to the series; a highly interactive and easy-to-follow guide to the huge, complicated collection of creation tools the game offers. The levels available are fun and very useful at teaching the new creation mechanics available. If you have struggled with LittleBigPlanet’s creation tools in the past, these tutorials may help you a lot more than past create-mode tutorials have.

In create mode itself, you will be able to make use of new mechanics such as level links, dynamic level loading (the “Dynamic Thermometer”), objectives & quests which can be set up to complete after triggering certain actions (even offering rewards), new sensors, new logic, new tools, new power-ups and a huge, huge amount of other content. We haven’t even touched on the fact that levels now support 16 layers of content, in comparison to the previously available 3. Overall, there is no doubt that LittleBigPlanet 3 offers the best creation suite ever available and it will be very exciting to see what players can make from this impressive set of tools.

Graphically, the game looks better than ever, running in crisp 1080P. As always, the narration, music and sound effects are fantastic and will not disappoint. LittleBigPlanet 3 overall offers a fantastic new suite of innovations, but disappoints only with its short campaign. Otherwise, Sumo Digital have created an entry worthy of the LittleBigPlanet name, which brings everyone’s favourite “platform for games” to the next generation of Playstation!