Review of LittleBigPlanet: BradyGames Signature Series Guide
First of all, this is a beautiful guide. Every time I pick up one of the Brady Games guides I'm impressed with the quality of the actual item. Nice smooth pages, great colors, etcetera.
About 66% of this guide deals with the story mode. This involves a checklist of items for each level, as well as hints and tips on completing them successfully.
The remainder handles the level creation tools, which is really where the replay value of LittleBigPlanet is going to be. Once you've read this, you'll be able to create your own level with relative ease.
Of course, LittleBigPlanet itself has tutorials for most of the items you can use to build levels, but having it in one place for future review is timeless.
So, all-in-all, a very solid book.
The minor issues I mentioned in my review title are solely that:
a) There's no overview map of the story levels. Granted, these levels are rather large, but I'd still like to see a couple of pages near the beginning, with the full maps.
b) A comprehensive checklist of items. In other words, here's all of the stickers, and where you can find them. Etcetera.
I'm also not seeing a listing of items you receive after doing the tutorials.
I can't remove an entire star because of these two minor issues, so 4.5 stars is rounded to 5.
You'll use most of the guide for 100% completion in story mode, once, and refer to the rest for as long as the level creation functionality keeps your interest.
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