LittleBigPlanet Vita Preview

Preview of LittleBigPlanet Vita – a game that’s sure to sell plenty of Vitas

LittleBigPlanet Vita

We take an in-depth look at the new trailer for the upcoming Vita title!
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LittleBigPlanet Vita – one of the best adaptations of touch controls

LittleBigPlanet is a really fun game to play, but that pails in comparison to how fun it is to create levels for other players. Double 11 seem to know this like the back of their hand, and have definitely kept that in mind while fitting LittleBigPlanet into Sony’s upcoming console, scheduled to release in North America on February 22nd. Long story short, the PlayStation Vita’s touchscreen controls make level creation in the portable adaptation so easy and intuitive that it makes the DualShock 3’s thumbsticks feel insufficient in comparison. This really can’t be that hard to imagine, after all if touchscreen monitors are starting to replace mice, then the good old thumbstick, which never had cursor movement as a  strong point in the first place, doesn’t really stand a chance.

Structures that took much longer to build on the PlayStation 3 – you can create 10 blocks in just a couple of seconds and simply tap where you want them placed. If an object needs adjusting, multitouch input allows for very easy rotation and resizing. If your finger gets in the way, using the rear touch panel creates a cursor to move around so you can free up some space on the screen for a better view.

Playing the levels themselves is also an amazing experience with the touch controls in this new LittleBigPlanet. There was one level, for example, which has you dragging a finger along a dotted line to bore a tunnel through a wall and then tilt the console sideways to make a ball roll through it.

It’s unfortunate for Sony that LittleBigPlanet Vita is not a launch title for the portable console. Not taking anything away from SCE Bend, but Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the most anticipated game coming out with the Vita, only  manages to be roughly as good as the home console versions, while LittleBigPlanet Vita takes the franchise to a whole new level.  If it were a launch title, the PlayStation Vita
‘s North American debut would be simply epic.