Short Takes - LittleBigPlanet 3: The Journey Home - Is It Worth The Trip?
Let me start by saying that I enjoyed LittleBigPlanet 3 when I played it last year. Even though it had some significant bug issues, I felt like the game brought some fresh ideas to the LBP universe. I loved playing as the new characters — Toggle, Oddsock, and Swoop — and experiencing the unique abilities that each one brings to the table. When I learned that a new story pack was being released for the game, I was more than willing to revisit Craftworld once more. But, is The Journey Home worth the $6 asking price? That depends on who you are.
LittleBigPlanet: The Journey Home consists of three new story missions and three multiplayer levels, in addition to a new power-up, over 180 new items for Create mode, and a new costume for each of the playable characters. The story levels take place after the main LBP3 story campaign, with our heroes returning to Craftworld to celebrate their achievements in the land of Bunkum. The Creator Curators want to throw a party for the returning heroes, but there's a problem: Sackboy and his friends have been sent to the wrong side of Craftworld, and the party invitations have been lost! So now it's up to you to guide Toggle, Oddsock, and Swoop through their respective levels to retrieve the invitations and make it to the party on time, avoiding hazards and solving puzzles along the way. The story levels are fun and clever as always, with plenty of replay value if you want to nab all of the collectibles.
One of the standouts of the new content is the Springinator power-up for Oddsock, which equips him with a springy tail. By jumping and holding R1 in midair, you can make Oddsock bounce around like a pogo stick. This, coupled with his innate ability to run up walls and kick off of them, enables him to reach new heights. Plus, it's pretty funny to watch him bounce around on his butt while dressed like a horse!
The multiplayer levels are fun and challenging as well. If you don't have any friends to play with locally, you can always join up with random Sackboys and Sackgirls in online play. Each stage contains one party invitation that must be collected, and when you collect them all you unlock a new costume for Sackboy.
Should you buy LittleBigPlanet 3: The Journey Home?
If you played the main story and don't care to go back to it, then these three story levels probably aren't going to be reason enough to do so. However, if you really love creating levels and experiencing everything that LBP3 has to offer, then it's definitely worth the price to get the new costumes and items, not to mention the Springinator power-up, which will no doubt expand the possibilities for user-created levels. If you've never played LittleBigPlanet 3 but you're a fan of the franchise, now is the perfect time to jump in, as the retail game has recently received a price cut to $39.99. If you're going to buy the main game, then I can easily recommend that you kick in the extra $6 for The Journey Home.