LittleBigPlanet 3

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Despite their near-widespread critical acclaim, the LittleBigPlanet games are quite divisive, it seems. Some love the smothering charm and knockabout gameplay, others find that same blend a little obnoxious and unsatisfying, and that's pretty much the case with Sumo Digital's first crack at the series with LittleBigPlanet 3, which is coming out over here next week. You can have a look at it all yourself a little later this afternoon, as Ian Higton is going to be streaming the first hour or so of the PlayStation 3 version from 5pm GMT. Hopefully see you then!

LittleBigPlanet 3 review

LittleBigPlanet 3 review

Material weakness.

Cards on the table: I wasn't too enamoured with the previous LittleBigPlanet games, certainly not to the degree many others were. It wasn't just the floaty, fiddly physics-powered platforming either: I found Stephen Fry's narration overbearing, and never felt it meshed the elements of create and play quite as effectively as it could have. For my money, the raves that greeted Media Molecule's debut and its follow-up should have been reserved for the vastly superior Tearaway.

With the Guildford studio busy working on a port to the Vita's best game alongside an all-new project, it's handed over the keys to its world of fabric, cardboard and sticky-backed plastic to Sumo Digital. New developer, new approach? You could be forgiven for thinking otherwise after sitting through the nauseating live-action introduction which sees Fry witter on about Cerebrum-bilical cords and Imagispheres, two terms that join Levelution and Drivatar in the rankest part of gaming's lexicon of made-up words. "Let's spark together," coos Fry, severely testing my gag reflex. Let's not, Stephen. Let's shut up for five minutes instead.

Happily, it gets better, even if Fry's garrulousness - and, indeed, the verbosity of the rest of the cast - is a frequent irritant. LittleBigPlanet 3, like its predecessors, might be generally aimed at a younger audience, but I don't think I've played any kids' game that spends quite so long explaining everything in such painstaking detail rather than simply letting you get on with discovering what everything does. Once it dares to let go of your hand, LittleBigPlanet 3 can be a lot of fun, and it starts with a campaign that's more expansive and interesting than its predecessors.

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LittleBigPlanet 3 release date delayed slightly in Europe

LittleBigPlanet 3 release date delayed slightly in Europe

But US launch to be kept exsackly the same.

Upcoming PlayStation platformer LittleBigPlanet 3 will now launch a week later in Europe - on 26th November, rather than the 19th.

But there's no change to the game's release date in North America, Sony explained in a new EU Playstation blog post.

"We're currently working our socks off with Sackboy and friends to get the game to you as soon as possible but it's recently come to our attention that we're going to have to move the release of LittleBigPlanet 3 in Europe by one week to give Sackboy the best opportunity to shine.

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LittleBigPlanet 3 gets a release date and pre-order bonuses

LittleBigPlanet 3 is coming out for PS4 on 18th November, Sony has announced.

At least that's the North American release date. Ostensibly it will come out three days later in Europe, but Sony's telling folks on this side of the pond to "stay tuned to the European PS Blog for an announcement coming soon," so perhaps there's some complication there.

Sony also revealed some pre-order goodies for the upcoming crafty platformer. Day One Editions anywhere will come with the Dragon Age Costume Pack, while pre-orders at GameStop come with the Mythical Creatures Costume Pack, Best Buy pre-orders include the Hidden Creatures Costume Pack, and Amazon ones come with the PlayStation Favorites Costume Pack. If you're more into physical objects, pre-orders at Target come with a Sackboy plushy with a unique Target hat.

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Sony announces LittleBigPlanet 3 for PlayStation 4

Sony announces LittleBigPlanet 3 for PlayStation 4

Meet Sackboy's new friends, Oddsock, Toggle and Swoop.

Sony has announced LittleBigPlanet 3 for PlayStation 4, which features a number of new characters alongside returning mascot Sackboy.

It's due out in November - although no specific developer was mentioned.

There's Oddsock the sock puppet dog, who's faster and can wall jump. Then there's Toggle, a heavier sack creature who is stronger. Finally there's Swoop the bird, who can fly and pick up other characters.

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