Whereas it is definitely not the headline grabbing sport of the PS5 launch, there is a easy pleasure to taking part in A Massive Journey. It is charming, quirky, exhibits off a good quantity of the PS5 in motion and is, most significantly, persistently enjoyable. Sackboy most likely is not going to compete with the likes of Mario or Crash any time quickly however his first journey out into a completely 3D world is one which’s positively value testing, particularly in case you have youngsters. Hell, even when you have no spawn it is nonetheless a good time in the event you’re in search of one thing chilled but joyful to sink a couple of hours into.
It all the time felt like Sony needed Sackboy to be their fashionable mascot. Like how Crash Bandicoot represented the PlayStation throughout the 90s, the little hessian textured man from the wonderful LittleBigPlanet was meant to satisfy the identical roll for a contemporary viewers. Bizarre factor is, whereas that was little doubt the intention behind Sackboy, he by no means really had his personal sport.
Nicely, it’s good to know that Sony has lastly seen the error of their methods. We now have an precise sport devoted solely to the platforming exploits of a sentient bag. That’s most likely too disparaging as a result of if we’re trustworthy, we really actually loved Sackboy: A Massive Journey. It has it’s faults however at it’s core it’s a captivating sport that’s a pleasure to play in the event you’re not in search of something notably taxing.
As you’ll be able to anticipate from a title equivalent to this, A Massive Journey doesn’t precisely do all that a lot to inform a compelling narrative. Which is okay! Not like a sport starring Sackboy wanted a bunch of in-depth lore and world-building. The final premise is that Vex, an evil jester (we predict), kidnaps and enslaves the inhabitants of Craftworld to construct a tool to rob the land of all it’s happiness and pleasure and switch it right into a Hellhole. Vex is doing this as a result of… he can? As a villain who’s evil for the sake of being evil, he’s really actually enjoyable with an amazing efficiency compelling him by way of the narrative.
Fact be instructed, it’s a enjoyable little story offered by some oddly compelling performances. Daybreak French and Richard E. Grant sound as into it as anybody, giving the entire thing an actual “massive funds” presentation which you wouldn’t actually anticipate to see alongside main titles like Demon’s Souls and Miles Morales. It’s clearly centered at youngsters and there’s nothing flawed with that. In actual fact, it nails it’s tone and ought to be loved by younger and previous alike.
Gone are LittleBigPlanet‘s wildly customisable ranges and and a pair of.5D ranges, changed with a 3D platformer and an overhead digicam that feels shut sufficient to these authentic video games but in addition recent in it’s personal means. It doesn’t precisely shake up the system of the style however there’s definitely enjoyable available in navigating the overworld, unlocking new ranges and mini-games and accumulating tons of of… frog eggs? We’re not really certain what the collectibles are however they make a pleasant sound while you run over them.
The completionism facet doesn’t cease there as there’s a load of cool stuff to unlock. Given Sackboy’s heritage, there’s loads of cool stickers and costumes to unlock. Better part is that these outfits are utterly customisable, that means you’ll be able to chop and alter aesthetics as you please.
Whereas the sport does begin of eye-rollingly straightforward (to the purpose of boredom) you need to positively stick round for a number of the later segments. Positive, younglings will benefit from the easy stuff however there’s really some complexity hidden in A Massive Journey. Optionally available time trials are tight sufficient that the majority may be fairly a problem and there’s a strong unfold of mechanics sprinkled in to essentially change up the gameplay.
Oh, and now we have to say the music. There’s an unbelievable soundtrack on show right here with a mix of each authentic and licensed songs to run alongside to. Ranges will typically make use of some intelligent design and modifying to have Sackboy full actions in sync with the music being performed and it kinda guidelines? We received’t spoil what songs are included however there are some absolute bangers, belief us.
We haven’t performed the PS4 model of Sackboy: A Massive Journey however we’ll confidently stake our declare that the PS5 model is superior. The sport appears to be like beautiful and given the theme of arts and crafts, there’s a surprising quantity of element on show. Seeing correct reflections in Sackboy’s eyes is all the time a deal with and having all the things run so easily at a 4K decision is extra a sport changer than you’d anticipate.
A Massive Journey additionally makes super use of the brand new options included with the PS5’s DualSense controller. Having that hyper particular rumble that displays even the faintest of actions by no means will get previous and the built-in speaker… properly, that simply performs sounds which isn’t all that new however it’s nonetheless fairly cool! One of the best half remains to be the haptic suggestions which tightens and relaxes each time Sackboy is greedy a maintain of one thing. Small particulars that actually go the additional mile at making this sport really feel like a new-gen expertise.
Sackboy: A Massive Journey Verdict
Whereas it’s definitely not the headline grabbing sport of the PS5 launch, there’s a easy pleasure to taking part in A Massive Journey. It’s charming, quirky, exhibits off a good quantity of the PS5 in motion and is, most significantly, persistently enjoyable. Sackboy most likely isn’t going to compete with the likes of Mario or Crash any time quickly however his first journey out into a completely 3D world is one which’s positively value testing, particularly in case you have youngsters. Hell, even in the event you don’t have any spawn it’s nonetheless a good time in the event you’re in search of one thing chilled but joyful to sink a couple of hours into.