Title: Sackboy: A Big Adventure.
RELEASE DATE: 2020.
Console (played on): Playstation 5.
Mode(s): Single-Player and Online Multiplayer.
GENRE(S): Adventure, Comedy, Family.
Developer: Sumo Digital.
Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment.
Composer(s): Joe Thwaites, Jay Waters, Nick Foster, Lena Raine, George King, Glen Brown, Brian D’Oliveira, Winifred Phillips, Jim Fowler, OPIUO, 2 Mello, Si Begg & Tokyo Machine.
Voice Actor(s): Dawn French, Richard E. Grant, Ève Karpf, Lewis Macleod, and many more!
My Overall Rating:
Back on the PlayStation 3, one of the first games that came with my console was the first Little Big Planet game. Innocently, I tested it out without knowing what I was getting myself into only to realize that this title was to go on to spawn a couple of more sequels and spin-offs that will consistently receive positive reception from fans around the world. Challenging players to not only maneuver their way through platforming puzzles of all kind but to also create their own platforming levels, this franchise quickly learned to target both young and older audiences in clever way. As a spin-off of the Little Big Planet series, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is one of Sony’s PlayStation 5 first launch titles and reintroduces gamers to the stuffed hero as he now goes off on a treacherous journey filled with danger and creative energy to try and save the world.
What is Sackboy: A Big Adventure about? Set in Craftworld, the story introduces us to the sackpeople as they go on living their lives free of worries and dilemmas until the ill-intentioned and villainous Vex tears open the sky and sucks up the poor sackpeople with his machines. Without a care in the world to the chaos he unleashes upon the people, he plans to enslave the sackpeople in hopes of creating his Topsy-Turver machine and to take over Craftworld with his evil Uproar. Unfortunately for Vex, he fails to capture Sackboy in the process who manages to steal his plans and escape in his rocket. Swearing himself to saving his people, he travels around Craftworld to stop Vex from obtaining the final materials to creating his deadly weapon. Thankfully, he will meet new friends along the way who will help him save the world before it’s too late.
It’s easy to dismiss this little gem when looking around for something to play but once you jump into it, it’s hard to ignore its addictive, colourful, and innocently creative world. While Sackboy is mute and can physically be altered to our taste with innumerable costumes, his determination is constant and brings him to face danger head on with the right moral support, found mostly through an elder sackperson. The story is also very straightforward and doesn’t push much boundaries in terms of story-telling, strictly sticking to a relatively linear progression with a main antagonist that pops up here and then through vivid and stunning cutscenes. Ultimately, it has the appropriate Hollywood movie formula to introduce players to multiple, distinct, and fun worlds to explore until the grand finale, amounting to a huge boss battle.
Brilliantly making use of the PlayStation 5’s latest technological features, this latest entry is fully 3D unlike its predecessors that were limited to a 2.5D range and invites players to think twice, quick, and inventively to move around and reach the end of each level. The added features, including rolling and smacking, also presents players with original new gameplay mechanics that doesn’t solely rely on reaction time but also strategy. The game also fully embraces co-op features and even requires it for some rare levels, giving everyone a chance to understand the power of teamwork in a world filled with danger. The difficulty does crank up progressively, especially with the end game content, but remains incredibly accessible, making this one of the most fun local co-op games to play with loved ones.
It should also be mentioned that game remixes music into the gameplay quite ingeniously, making each level uniquely engaging as well. The world achieves a stunning dynamic ecosystem that doesn’t shy away from its imaginative nature while reminding us that this is still a big adventure for a little sackboy who has all the burden of the world hanging by his stitching. The overall direction of this game does also make this a fantastic break from the usual triple-A titles that draw most of the attention from fellow gamers nowadays and if anyone dares venture into this crafty world, they are sure to find something quite entertaining in this puzzle platformer.
Sackboy: A Big Adventure (2020) is a creatively innovative Little Big Planet spin-off showcasing a little hero’s big adventure in a spectacular fashion.