Every single video game generation has had its watershed moments that people point back to when they discuss them at any length, for better or worse. Super Mario Bros. on the NES revived an industry that E.T. for the Atari 2600 had left for dead. Sonic the Hedgehog on the Genesis/Mega Drive spawned the first legitimate console war across school yards everywhere. An ill-advised betrayal spawned Nintendo’s greatest competitor when they decided to work with Philips rather than Sony for their proposed Play Station SNES CD-ROM add-on.
It goes on and on, and the current cycle has been no different. Each of the three home consoles have spawned flagship titles that people will discuss for years to come.
Here’s where we discuss those games. Let’s go!
Like any game out there, LittleBigPlanet has its detractors. “Waaah!”, they’ll cry. “I pay $60 so I don’t have to build my own game!”
Well, those people are simply missing the point. First of all, you don’t have to create anything — the levels created by Media Molecule are amongst some of the most cleverly-designed in any platformer. Secondly, there are over two million user-created levels waiting for you that an extremely enthustic creator community have already put together. Believe you me, there’s plenty for you to do without having to build anything.
But while the creation process takes some learning, everything necessary to build elaborate levels and machines is there, and creators have built things that we’re willing to bet even Mm couldn’t have anticipated. Despite being published soon after the game’s launch, The Azure Palace is still a favorite of many who play the game. The Little Big Computer functions as a very simple calculator, but seeing the components that make it work are absolutely mind-blowing.
The game has already spawned a couple of copycats, from Sony’s own ModNation Racers to EA’s recently announce Create (subtle, huh?), and even the PSN exclusive Joe Danger. But while those games are playing catch-up, LittleBigPlanet 2 promises to take the creation genre to an insane new level. The ability to make games of different genres — such as simple RPGs and RTSs — makes the original game seem archaic by comparison.
So say what you will about the floaty jumping, but we’ll be busy downloading the next big thing.
Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
It’s safe to say that this game is better than Way of the Warrior. However, this game has so many fantastic things going for it that we’re having trouble figuring out exactly where to begin.
For starters, the production value for the game is absolutely astronomical. No corners were cut — the graphics are still in the pantheon for consoles this generation, while the story is as well written, acted, and directed as any action movie to come out in 2009.