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E3 2014 hands-on impressions: 'LittleBigPlanet 3'

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When LitteBigPlanet 3 was announced during Sony's press conference at this year's E3, it was part of my E3 predictions this year and, while I was ecstatic, I was not surprised. Media Molecule stated that they were no longer working on the LittleBigPlanet franchise and that they will not be making any reveals at the conference, I called their bluff. However, the game is, in fact, not being developed by Media Molecule, rather by Sumo Digital, the company that brought the CrossPlay version of LittleBigPlanet 2 to life.

Getting our hands on the game at the Sony booth was definitely a highlight of the event. Introducing new characters that offer unique features, offered up some great coop fun and laughs. Taking the wheel of Sackboy, the three other players in the group controlled Oddsock, Swoop, and Toggle. Oddsock can run faster than Sackboy and wall-jump. Swoop can fly and pick up smaller characters and Toggle has the ability to "toggle" between a large and a small character. To get through an area that requires more weight, Big Toggle can stand on the plates to open up those areas and for tight-squeezed areas, Little Toggle fits the bill.

Playing as Sackboy, we all rolled through the level, utilizing our abilities as needed. Being in charge of using a fan-gun type weapon, Sackboy opened up new areas by blowing air from his gun to move objects out of the way, and so on.

With the variety of abilities amongst the team, the team works together to make their way through the stages and it was quite fun to puzzle-solve whose ability was needed throughout the stage. LittleBigPlanet 3 plays just like the other games in the franchise and will suit the needs to the fan of the series, but with the perks of the added abilities.

The music and sounds are just as chipper as we remember. The same goes for the graphics, as well. The aesthetics embody the LittleBigPlanet feel and experience. Since the team has worked on the series in the past, they are accustomed to what the fans desire.

Being a fan of the series, this is one that is on the Must-Buy list and will be the first LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation 4.

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