May 19, 2015
In late 2013, the PlayStation 4 was released in Singapore, and while the gaming community was forming a queue outside Funan, I was just thinking about how the design of the new controller was still strikingly similar to the original one launched in 1994. Well, they may look similar but that’s as far as it goes. It’s been more than 20 years since the very-first Sony PlayStation was introduced to the world, and today’s version boasts speed, hi-fidelity graphics, and a sleek chassis that’s so universally pleasing, it wouldn’t look out of place in any setting. As for that controller I thought looked familiar, it now includes a highly sensitive six-axis sensor and a touch pad; plus a new “share” button that connects directly to video streaming (um, pros and cons here). Also, with the new PS4, there’s a library of entertainment apps that can be downloaded to the disk drive, and you can even add a soundtrack to your game by connecting with Spotify on PlayStation™Music. But we all know when it comes down to it, a gaming console is really only as good as its games. When we think about the PlayStation, many of us will remember spending days playing WipEout, Street Fighter, Tekken, and Time Crisis on the retro grey console — and many of these blockbuster titles still exist today. I don’t so much fancy myself a killing machine, and would much rather engage in something chirpier. And that’s where Little Big Planet 3 comes in. By Adele Chan
Up to four players can play together simultaneously, and while weaker (slower) players can hold you back, we all know it’s always more fun to have friends in the game that you can yell at. In fact, some puzzles require at least two players to work hand-in-hand to unlock special stickers and secret passages.
All four characters have a variety of costumes that you can use. These costumes are either collected along the progress of the game, or bought at the “stores” you encounter during gameplay.
The levels are not as simple as the kiddy graphics suggest. It gets faster and more challenging as the game progresses, and will actually have you pausing to strategise your next move.
When you’ve completed all the levels in the game, the fun doesn’t stop. You can create your own world with the creative tools provided, and if you’re connected to the internet, you can invite other community players to explore your creation. Likewise, you can visit and play other worlds created by individuals in the Little Big Planet 3 community. And because of the sheer number of worlds created, there are ratings and rankings in place, so you know where to start.
LITTLE BIG PLANET 3
It’s easy to be deceived by the cover graphics of Little Big Planet 3; the cute, animated characters have more wit and spunk than their smiley faces would have you believe. You start the game as the lead character, Sack Boy, and side scroll your way across obstacles, puzzles and mazes, collecting stickers and life bubbles along the way. There are three additional characters to unlock — Oddsock (similar to a jumping dog), Toggle (who can transform from big to small and vice versa) and Swoop (a flying bird — yes you can fly!) — all of which have unique abilities and are playable at different stages of the game. There’s a general storyline about good and evil, but what truly captivates with Little Big Planet 3, are the creative backdrops to all the many scenes throughout the game. The designers have created a world pieced together by everyday objects and crafty bits; it’s quirky, eccentric, and happy. The background music is happy. The graphics are happy. It’s a feel good game whether you intend it to be or not.
Sony PlayStation 4, available in Jet Black and Glacier White, RRP $569 / $629 with camera. Little Big Planet 3, RRP $69.90 (disc) / $62.20 (download). Available at all PlayStation Authorised Dealers and Sony Stores. asia.playstation.com/sg