It’s time to dust off that bulky paperweight because Sackboy is back again and bringing new life to the PS Vita in LittleBigPlanet PS Vita Marvel Super Hero Edition. But don’t get too excited, it’s not as new as you might think it is. If you’re thinking “Oh a Marvel LittleBigPlanet” then you’re out of luck. This is NOT a new game, it’s the same old LBP PS Vita game but includes quite a few Marvel Hero and Villain costumes for Sackboy (or Sackgirl) and three Marvel Super Hero Themed Mini games.
Having said that, the game itself is still very entertaining and one of the best games on the PS Vita, so if you’ve never played it or bought the game when it came out, then you’re in some hot luck. If you, like me, bought the game day one so many moons ago, then I’d steer very clear from paying full price for this game.
In this rendition, Sackboy is transported to the world of Carnivalia, where an evil puppeteer has taken all the joy from the land in order to create horrid creatures called Hollows. Unfortunately, sucking all the joy out of the world has a bad effect on our planet so it’s up to Sackboy, along with your trusty fingers and imagination, to save the land the Carnivalia and bring joy to the world.
Although the story might sound meek, the execution of it is spectacular. There are very few words that can describe the brilliance of this game. First of all, it’s one of the few PS Vita games that utilizes every unique aspect of the Vita, coupled with excellent graphics and a superb musical score and you’ve got a massive winner. As a platformer game, it’s entertaining, well-paced, seasoned in all the right places and a little challenging. To round off the PS Vita game, LBP is loaded with collectibles, such as stickers and costumes, and mini games like challenges and the arcade (which is a den containing various mini-games).
The new additions to the game, i.e., the Marvel bits, are actually pretty cool. There’s a plethora of new costumes for your Sackperson, from Spiderman to Black Widow. I would’ve liked an even greater variety, especially some X-men, but it’s a nice round up of heroes and villains. The costumes are unlocked automatically from the start of the game, so you can play the whole game as The Hulk, The Punisher, Daredevil, Venom or Doc Oc if you want.
The three Marvel mini-games, which are accessed in the “more games” section when selecting your level, are loads of fun and have some longevity to them as well. The first game, Hero Rush, is a Marvel version of Jetpack Joyride. The main difference with this is that you get to play one of 12 Marvel characters. The 12 characters are divided into three sections: easy, medium and hard. Easy characters, like Ironman and Nova, can fly at the press of a button. Medium characters like Thor and Storm, can be propelled into the air by rapidly pressing any button on the left portion of the Vita. Hard characters like Elektra and Hawkeye can only double jump. The aim is to get as far as you can with three heroes, destroy all the enemies in the way, avoid traps and collect coins. It’s simple, but extremely addictive.
The second game, The Interceptor, is probably my least favourite. In this game, you play, obviously, the interceptor and you need to shoot down alien ships, all while dodging incoming enemy fire and collecting coins. The controls are a little bit iffy. You move around with the left analogue stick, accelerate with the L button, attack with the X button and use your Hero move with the R button. My problem with this game is that it’s quite hard to fly around, aim and shoot at incredibly fast moving enemies. The levels themselves aren’t particularly long, but there are 25 in the main campaign so there’s some bulk to the mini-game.
The third and final mini-game is Avengers: Ultimate Escape and it’s probably my favourite of the lot. It only features four heros, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk and Captain America, but what the game lacks for in variety, it more than makes up for it in tactics. Each Avenger is stuck in a maze-like room and they need to escape. Think of the standard “move the box left to open a route to the exit” kind of puzzle game. Here’s the surprise, each hero moves differently, kind of like a chess piece. Iron Man can only move to every second block, The Hulk runs from wall to wall, Captain America can move to all the blocks but very slowly and Thor can move to all blocks but really quickly. Each hero comes with a skill as well and using that skill is the only way to move forward and collect the coins scattered in each level.
While it’s not the LitteBigPlanet PS Vita 2, that I was looking for, the game certainly has kept up its charm. I still don’t think it’s a good idea for current owners of the game to purchase it, but if you’ve never played the game before, this is a great deal.