• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Jan 18, 2011
Metascore
91

Universal acclaim - based on 86 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 84 out of 86
  2. Negative: 0 out of 86
  1. 100
    All games you ever liked mixed together into one huge colored gaming orgy. Even so, it is not all chaos but a catchy and fascinating game which makes you thrilled to the end. [Issue#200]
  2. Full of simple-to-grasp tools, all with huge potential - and you could easily lose more time to LBP2 than any other game released in 2011. [Jan 2011, p.104]
  3. Feb 14, 2011
    100
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is an incredible package assuming you know what you are getting into. This is a game where you are going to get more out of by putting more into. If you are going to put the work into it though, you won't regret it as the possibilities are endless. If you have even the smallest creative bone in your body, you should definitely give this game a try.
  4. Feb 13, 2011
    100
    Media Molecule has practically perfected user-generated content for consoles. An improved story mode, increase in creation tools, and focus on community features make this a must-have for PlayStation 3 owners.
  5. Feb 1, 2011
    100
    The level of polish that has been applied to LittleBigPlanet 2 is as apparent as we've come expect from the series, with no stone left unturned in upgrading each facet of the game's design.
  6. Jan 26, 2011
    100
    There's an awful lot of wonder and joy to be found in those user levels.
  7. Jan 19, 2011
    100
    If the Sandbox idea exists in many games, LittleBigPlanet 2 goes far beyond, almost inventing a new genre we could call "toybox". The user can become a true game designer, and draw inspiration from the really nice Story mode and the multiplayer mini-games, all the way up to designing the proverbial cherry on the cake.
  8. Buying the game is buying into its potential. Its prefabricated campaign is fun enough - especially with four players - but experimenting with its Create mode is hugely addictive, and imaginative players will find themselves sucked in for hours on end. [Feb 2010, p.78]
  9. Jan 18, 2011
    100
    There's no way you can seriously sit down and play LittleBigPlanet 2 and not have a smile on your face the entire time.
  10. Jan 18, 2011
    100
    No matter what camp you belong in, LittleBigPlanet 2 is phenomenal. It's the first big game of 2011, and it may very well turn out to be one of the best experiences of the whole year.
  11. 100
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is a special game that entertains effectively, and does nothing less. Playing together with friends, and enjoying the unrestrained power of man's creativity is a sight to behold.
  12. Jan 7, 2011
    100
    Adding so much as to be a little intimidating at first, LBP2 brings a slew of impressive new creator features, while still offering plenty of cool new things for those who just want to play. The basic, flawed platforming of the original is still there, but compared to the possibilities LBP2 opens up, it's insignificant.
  13. Jan 6, 2011
    100
    Little Big Planet 2 is the perfect platform for future game designers. Media Molecule have done a great job with this incredible editor, creating a superior gaming tool for dummies. If you're planning to buy this game looking for a platform game, skip it and try something else. LBP2 is not a simple videogame, but the perfect editing tool for videogames lovers.
  14. Jan 4, 2011
    100
    Whether you're looking for a solo diversion or online camaraderie, personal expression, or community inclusion, there's just no good reason whatsoever not to dive in and explore the many wild worlds of LittleBigPlanet 2.
  15. Jan 4, 2011
    100
    We can't wait to see what LittleBigPlanet 2 has evolved into in a month or three, when we can truly measure the impact that these tools will have had on an already ultra-creative community. We predict that it's going to be like setting off an atomic bomb.
  16. Jan 4, 2011
    100
    Yes, it's an incredible platformer, categorically and exponentially improved over its predecessor, but there's a much larger picture that might take you a few evenings of madcap, freeform architecture to discover. LittleBigPlanet 2 isn't just a great platformer, it's a veritable celebration of creativity.
  17. Feb 11, 2011
    98
    There is already a steady stream of additional first party content and costumes being released, and thousands of user-created levels ready for gamers' consumption. Add that to the 2.5 million levels from the original LittleBigPlanet, that import seamlessly into LittleBigPlanet 2, and it all adds up to an infinite amount of gameplay that further emphasizes Sony's plan to make LittleBigPlanet a sustainable franchise.
  18. Jan 4, 2011
    98
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is everything I'd hoped it would be. Every new inclusion improves the way the game plays tremendously, and with the ability to create more than just an endless array of side-scrolling levels, there's more reason than ever to learn the intricacies of level creation.
  19. Apr 12, 2011
    96
    Quotation forthcoming.
  20. Feb 7, 2011
    96
    In all honesty, provided you don't need the Call of Dutys and Killzones of the world, you could pick up a PS3 and LittleBigPlanet 2 and not have to buy another game. Yes, it's that good.
  21. Jan 24, 2011
    96
    An amazing game that will ultimately only be limited by the imaginations of the people who play it. [Issue#201, p.86]
  22. Jan 4, 2011
    96
    Getting every awesome element of the first iteration of the LittleBigPlanet series, Media Molecule achieves what seemed to be really difficult: To improve its precursor.
  23. Feb 9, 2011
    95
    If you enjoyed the original LittleBigPlanet, you're going to love LittleBigPlanet 2. Everything's either been polished or seen substantial improvement in the form of easier navigation or welcome additions.
  24. Feb 2, 2011
    95
    This hotly anticipated follow-up to a game that arguably catapulted user-generated content in games to new heights, is every bit as charming and ingenious as its predecessor and, what's even more impressive, it raises the bar for what people should expect from the gaming industry as a whole.
  25. Feb 2, 2011
    95
    Little big Planet Planet will take time to master but if you have the patience, the rewards will be endless. Highly Recomended!
  26. Jan 31, 2011
    95
    Richer, yet more accessible - builds on everything LBP did so superbly. [Feb 2011, p.88]
  27. Jan 29, 2011
    95
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is one of the most unique games out there and offers a very complete package. It is the duty of every PlayStation 3 user to go out and buy this game.
  28. Jan 20, 2011
    95
    The original was a movement and this sequel is a revolution.
  29. Jan 19, 2011
    95
    As I said, creativity and imagination are essential in any form of entertainment that can be considered artistic in nature. There is nothing, I repeat, nothing, that tops LBP2 in terms of ingenuity, and certainly nothing that makes an entire community dip into a wellspring of prolific inspiration.
  30. Jan 4, 2011
    95
    The original LittleBigPlanet was impressive, but LittleBigPlanet 2 cements Media Molecule's position as masters of facilitating user-created content.
  31. Feb 4, 2011
    94
    From all its frustrating jumps to news ways to create, LittleBigPlanet 2 is one of the must-have purchases for the PS3.
  32. Jan 17, 2011
    94
    If your creative heartstrings are tugging and heavenly ballet of the Wonderplane is calling, go grab LittleBigPlanet 2. Your inner child will be endlessly thankful for it.
  33. Jan 12, 2011
    94
    Though you can power through the game's platforming levels in a day or two, getting 100% of all the goodies will take some time, and the endless community offerings should keep you busy for months to come.
  34. 94
    A smarter, more fun and accessible LittleBigPlanet that does everything better.
  35. Jan 19, 2011
    93
    Blurring the line between game and application, Media Molecule still manages to keep it fun. It's clumsy at times, but its huge potential to amaze and amuse will have you sampling from the burlap buffet until the next version hits. Whether you look at it as a new game or as some sort of massive patch, LittleBigPlanet 2 rocks the boat without threatening to capsize it.
  36. Jan 18, 2011
    93
    LBP 2's true worth won't become apparent for many months yet, but even if you pick it up today, the addictive level creation tools and endless amount of developer- and player-created levels make the game well worth your money.
  37. Jan 12, 2011
    93
    Media Molecule is grown and ends his research for the modern platform game. Huge editor, great variety and a crazy storymode make Little Big Planet 2 a great game. And we haven't seen any users level yet!
  38. Jan 5, 2011
    93
    The world of dreams has been expanded, no, it has been reinvented. Feedback from the community has been implemented, no more hassle with the handling, the mightiest level editor you've ever seen, useful enhancements like the grapplehook and much more make this a worthy successor to LittleBigPlanet. And it's a reason to buy a PS3, too.
  39. Feb 14, 2011
    92
    A fantastic improvement in every way on the original, you'll be playing this for years. [Mar 2011, p.80]
  40. Jan 16, 2011
    92
    Out of the box LittleBigPlanet 2 is undoubtedly a great game; it's up to the community to make it an exceptional one.
  41. 91
    The singleplayer campaign is very short but you'll get an outstanding editor. You could make your own levels, sackboys and also complete games. This will keep you busy for months.
  42. Jan 4, 2011
    91
    LBP2 has the tools to be fantastic; time will tell us whether it lives up to its potential.
  43. Lush, beautifully rendered graphics with amazing particle physics. You'll not see a demonic custard tart explode more realistically... LBP2 is already a contender for game of the year. [March 2011, p74]
  44. Feb 23, 2011
    90
    Littlebigplanet 2 is a triumph in user generated content that expands the original in ways previously thought to be impossible.
  45. Feb 23, 2011
    90
    Whilst LittleBigPlanet 2 doesn't quite ascend to such heights, that fact does not make the game any less brilliant.
  46. Feb 19, 2011
    90
    The appeal doesn't come in the form of the game's sheer accessibility or variety, as attractive as they are, but instead the breadth of content available. Media Molecule saw fit to carry over the vast majority of user generated content from the first Little Big Planet, a decision that extends Little Big Planet 2's replayability beyond that of any other title from day one. With so much bang for your buck, why wait?
  47. Feb 13, 2011
    90
    This game contains a lot of new elements. The story mode is fun to play alone or with friends and the new gadgets you can use are pretty cool. De level-editor is now even more nice to work with and the possibilities are endless.
  48. Jan 31, 2011
    90
    Though there hasn't been much of a technical improvement in the graphics and sound, the whole game feels much more vibrant. The colourful environments of the single player levels extend into the levels from the community too. LittleBigPlanet is just a joyous world to be a part of, even the menu screens have that extra sparkle of creativity poured into them.
  49. Jan 31, 2011
    90
    Little Big Planet 2 is a very accessible game as it can be played in small bursts and does not require a whole lot of skill or commitment. Although its campaign is rather short (one that you could probably finish in one sitting), the fact that you can make your own levels and play levels/games that others in the community have created gives it endless replay value.
  50. Jan 28, 2011
    90
    Great new features to the sequel to one of the best games ever. Playtime with Sackboy is something we never want to see the end of.
  51. Jan 27, 2011
    90
    For any platformer fan, or fan of the previous game, LittleBigPlanet 2 is a game worth checking out.
  52. Jan 21, 2011
    90
    And when you can create your own movies (including voice acting), upload a top-down shooter in the style of Zombies Ate My Neighbours, or take down a giant robot by throwing jam in its face, what's the occasional floaty jump between friends?
  53. Jan 21, 2011
    90
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is one of the most charming and complete titles of this generation. It's fun throughout and varied, the mode in which you can make your own levels has expanded greatly compared to the original, and the community has even more ways to act as the real stars of this game.
  54. Jan 19, 2011
    90
    The sheer amount of content and improvements more than warrants the price tag and you would be crazy to pass up this delightful package.
  55. 90
    Sackboy returns in a sequel worthy of the name LittleBigPlanet. An enormous toolbox for a would-be level designer and new devices like the controlinator make LittleBigPlanet 2 the absolute gold standard for PlayStation's Play, Create, Share motto.
  56. Jan 15, 2011
    90
    An enjoyable Story mode, powerful creation tools, and great online features make Sackboy's sequel a giant leap forward for LittleBigPlanet.
  57. Jan 13, 2011
    90
    The real depth comes from the creation utilities, and anyone drawn in by the wealth of features is likely to be investing tens if not hundreds of hours here.
  58. Jan 10, 2011
    90
    If you liked the first or were amused to see the little ones having fun with a product as intuitive as possible, so you have here something even more challenging.
  59. Jan 10, 2011
    90
    Little Big Planet 2 is an incredible sequel. New features expand the gameplay experience and tease the player's creativity.
  60. Jan 10, 2011
    90
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is again a unique game, and it reinvigorates the formula multiplying the possibilites of the game editor, assuring fans months and months of new and memorable user-created content.
  61. Jan 5, 2011
    90
    It provides a revolution, but only inside its own idiosyncratic attitude and aesthetic. Sackboy remains Sackboy, and he won't convert those who didn't like the way he behaved in LBP. And for all the fascinating flexibility of its toolset, clearly this is still a framework: you can stamp a creation with your own style, but the overall vibe will ultimately be Media Molecule's. For those who are happy to embrace it, though, LBP2 represents a dazzling new opportunity for creating deep, diverse and ingenious play.
  62. Jan 5, 2011
    90
    All the pieces merge into one big picture, though it's not everyone's piece of cake to fiddle around with the quite complex editor.
  63. Jan 5, 2011
    90
    LittleBigPlanet 2 makes no bones of being part of an on-going project, reaching back into the still-blossoming folds of its predecessor not to paint over or recompose, but to straighten out, to rearticulate, to clarify.
  64. Jan 4, 2011
    90
    If you're looking for a platform game LBP2 is a great one, although not as good as Super Mario Galaxy 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns or even Super Meat Boy. But if you're looking for an extremely powerful set of tools to unleash your creativity, LittleBigPlanet 2 has no rival.
  65. Jan 4, 2011
    90
    It's very easy to recommend Little Big Planet 2 to any PlayStation 3 owner. Curiously, it is not so much Media Molecule's merit. They have mainly created an excellent tool. It's the users who already have and will keep creating the masterpieces.
  66. Jan 4, 2011
    90
    There's a wealth of entertainment to be had with LittleBigPlanet 2 – it's a game like no other and with no equal in terms of the flexibility it offers to gamers.
  67. Jan 4, 2011
    90
    Strip away the relentless good looks and the generous open-source playpen, and the bare, underlying platformer's shortcomings may hold it back from classic status. But as a package, as a concept, as an unfinished story, LittleBigPlanet 2 is a world apart.
  68. Jan 4, 2011
    90
    An amazing game. It's fun, clever, deep, engaging and great to try out with friends. The only issue is that some of the same frustrations from the last game are still present. Still, the ability to make games and not just levels outweighs any con.
  69. Dec 12, 2011
    85
    If you build it, they will come. The only limiting factor in creating new games here is your own mind. Dive into the chaotic beauty of LittleBigPlanet 2.
  70. Feb 25, 2011
    85
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is an excellent game. I wish there was more of it.
  71. Jan 26, 2011
    85
    At its heart, LittleBigPlanet 2 is a suite of development tools wrapped up in a user-friendly, child-like aesthetic of yarn and cardboard.
  72. Jan 4, 2011
    85
    It's amusing and playful but Little Big Planet 2's clunky controls still ruin what could have been a wonderfully whimsical experience. Catered more to the creator than the platformer, Sack Boy is still a delight to play with.
  73. Jan 10, 2011
    83
    LBP2 is just about the toughest game I've ever had to score. You'll only get as much out of it as you're willing to put in.
  74. Feb 23, 2011
    80
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is an improvement over most things in the excellent first game, but it's not as breathtakingly revolutionary as its predecessor. All game clones that other people are creating always seem to be slighlty worse than their originals, but Media Molecule should be applauded for putting these tools in the players hands.
  75. Feb 1, 2011
    80
    There's also no doubt in my mind that the game will be supported with great DLC and amazing user generated content, but as a player who fell in love with the original's level design, as well as it's infectious personality, this sequel never quite met my admittedly lofty expectations.
  76. Jan 27, 2011
    80
    LittleBigPlanet 2's controls leave a bit to be desired, but the game is so charming that it's begging to be played anyway. The main story is pretty short, but the player-created levels will offer near-endless supply of Sackboy experiences. The level creation tools, with their new additions, are so vast and easy to use that you might even wind up creating a few levels yourself.
  77. Jan 24, 2011
    80
    Rather than iron out the faults of the original this new platformer construction kit tries to hide them under a wave of useful but inessential extras.
  78. Jan 23, 2011
    80
    While LittleBigPlanet 2's main campaign is something of a disappointment, there's no denying the impressive scope of the new creator. Media Molecule has provided gamers with a formidably deep tool-set that still manages to be fairly accessible, which is fortunate really as it's almost entirely down to the users to create compelling experiences this time around.
  79. Jan 20, 2011
    80
    Now, if the story mode were the only thing available, you'd find a noticeably lower score up at the top there. As it is, though, so much is here for both players and creators, that it's impossible not to praise the whole package.
  80. Jan 19, 2011
    80
    Most disappointingly, for all the worlds he visits or challenges he overcomes, Sackboy never really develops past his minimal original powers, meaning LBP2 retains its two-button gameplay from start to finish.
  81. Jan 11, 2011
    80
    LittleBigPlanet started a movement, and with its immensely powerful tools, this sequel might very well repeat that. LittleBigPlanet 2 is a great game and a fantastic tool – now it's all up to the players to create new content.
  82. Feb 9, 2011
    75
    LittleBigPlanet 2 throws in an absolutely massive amount of new features but forgets to improve upon its gameplay mechanics and in turn loses some of its groove.
  83. Jan 24, 2011
    75
    We've all seen leaderboards, escort missions, running to the right to win, unlockable elements, and such before, but it's harder to swallow in a package that touts itself as celebrating creativity. That said, there's no lack of whimsy: Playing this game, you'll run along cookies that drop into an oven, and clutch crème-filled cupcakes along rollercoaster-like rails.
  84. Jan 10, 2011
    75
    The flaws of the first game are preserved and plain to see, and now that the freshness of the previous title is lacking, the problems are that much more glaring.
  85. Jan 24, 2011
    70
    The actual game included on the disc is an amateurish platformer at best, and a tremendous waste of potential under scrutiny. Instead, LittleBigPlanet lives and dies on what the community builds, and only therein lies the infinite value made possible by this robust toolset masquerading as a AAA "game."
  86. Jan 24, 2011
    70
    Its depth can be terribly intimidating.
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 497 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 125
  1. Jan 20, 2011
    5
    A solid if derivative platformer with a beautiful aesthetic, and a great editor: not a huge leapo from its predecessor, it will be interesting to see if this one can keep a large community over a long period. And more importantly, will the tools allow people to create anything actually worth playing? A few people making half-baked versions of better games for consumption via Youtube is not a revolution. Full Review »
  2. Jan 19, 2011
    10
    The first Little Big Planet was my maiden voyage into the PS3, and I've stuck with it ever since. Very rarely is a game's sequel not only a great improvement, but also a carrier of amazing additions that make it feel like a fresh new game. I can hardly contain my fanboy madness at the new gadgets, tools, tweaks and CONTROLLER MAPPING!! The ability to create games that are no longer stuck on the platformer genre, but open the world to everything from RPG's to FPS's. This game redefines the custom builder mechanism that is slowly becoming more popular. A king of creation, Little Big Planet 2 is truly limited to your capacity for creativity!! Full Review »
  3. Jan 19, 2011
    10
    LittleBigPlanet 2 is a perfect example of a fun game with outstanding co-operative play. The game is charming, looks good, sounds good, and has so much content you'll never see it all. The customization features are some of the best we've ever seen, and online play is addicting. Full Review »