Percentile Rank

LittleBigPlanet 3 is ranked in the 76th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 57 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

79

Top Critic Average

64%

Critics Recommend

Based on 57 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Kotaku
Yes
Yes
Dec 4, 2014

Sony's third create-em-up peaks with the most for creators, but least for players.

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Gamestyle
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 3, 2014

There is something about a Little Big Planet game that keeps you coming back and despite a few flaws, it is still a great game to play. However it is a game that is best shared and not one for playing on your own. Sitting down with family is a wonderful experience and thanks to some clever creators, there really is an endless supply of content.

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VGChartz
Unscored
Unscored
Dec 4, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 doesn't quite live up to the legacy of previous iterations due to a handful of key drawbacks.

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The A.V. Club
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 24, 2014

With an almost staggering variety of new creation tools and a whole new training area designed to teach about them, LittleBigPlanet 3 is clearly a game with creators in mind. Those tools alone cannot justify the price of admission, though, and the package that accompanies them lacks the series' signature imagination.

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Scored Reviews

USgamer
Nov 17, 2014

A tricky and challenging single-player game, joyously mad multiplayer action, and an incredibly in-depth creator mode combine to deliver what is without doubt, the best LittleBigPlanet game yet. Wonderful stuff.

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NZGamer
9.6 / 10.0
9.6 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2014

There are some slight issues, for instance the usually slick controls start to falter when R1 is used for climbing, or grappling - but also shooting when holding a weapon. Or perhaps you could question some of the loading times, especially when visiting Zom Zom's store to purchase costumes. But these are minor gripes that don't even come close to ruining one of the best platformers money can buy.

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GamesBeat
95 / 100
95 / 100
Nov 21, 2014

Judging by its content alone, LittleBigPlanet 3 is easily the greatest value for your money this year. But beyond that, it's a fun, deep, and endlessly charming experience that has plenty of ways to entertain and amuse you. This is the PlayStation 4's first must-buy title.

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Softpedia
9.5 / 10.0
9.5 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 is the greatest installment in the series so far, bringing not just a complex toolbox for imaginative players but also a great story campaign that delights and amuses practically all the time. Throw in the already amazing levels being pumped out by the community and you can expect to spend a lot of time with the game on PS4. Sure, the loading times and the limited situations in which you can use the new characters aren't that great, but it's still enjoyable nonetheless.

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GameTrailers
9.2 / 10.0
9.2 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2014

The legacy of LittleBigPlanet lives on, serving as a bold statement that platforming doesn't need to be punishingly difficult or controversial to be fun or groundbreaking. With the challenge of bringing such a distinct franchise to a brand new platform while retaining all of the things that have made it great, including the hard work of the community, all things really were considered. We look forward to a bright future in the Imagisphere.

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EGM
9 / 10.0
EGM

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2014

The third proper installment of Sony's LittleBigPlanet series adds three new characters, several new tools, and a creation system with more options than ever before. Plus, the game is backward-compatible, so every unlocked item or created level from the first two games can be used here. Whether you just want to play or want to prove you're a top-notch designer, LittleBigPlanet 3 should have what you're looking for.

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Nov 24, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 is not a perfect by any means, and since it is a platformer at heart it may not appeal to those who are not a fan of that particular genre. However, it is a well-designed game that lacks some polish but at the same time presents a world of possibilities. The story itself might be a let down down, but so what? Make your own. The sense of community it can create and the way it allows collaboration and communication exceeds almost any other title out there and helps to create a fascinating collection of worlds that gamers of all ages can explore together.

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ZTGD
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2014

Little Big Planet is a franchise that always makes me smile ear to ear. It's charming, fun, lighthearted and has a plethora of content to play and create. It's a shame that the experience of LBP 3 couldn't be a little more polished or the story mode just a little longer, because these are the only two blemishes on an otherwise excellent addition to the series.

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Cheat Code Central
4.5 / 5.0
4.5 / 5.0
Nov 17, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 is by far the best in the series. It is the breath of fresh air the franchise needed going into the next-gen cycle. I can't say that all future installments will feel this fresh and alive moving forward, but I can say I am glad this is where the franchise is at the moment. LittleBigPlanet 3 is more than a sequel, it is a reimagining of what the series can be, and in the end this is what LBP is all about.

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GameGrin
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2014

Sumo Digital had the unenviable task of taking on one of Sony's franchises, and pulled it off with gusto. A more technical advancement to go with the new hardware would've been nice, but the new additions are numerous and significant enough to ensure plenty of ambitious and exciting content from the Little Big Planet community.

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Slant Magazine
Nov 18, 2014

It's more interested in showing off just how beautiful (and deep) the multilayered design runs than it is in really elaborating on it

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2014

Regardless of the innovation that is or isn't present in "LittleBigPlanet 3," the series' PS4 debut will undoubtedly make longtime fans happy. The numerous new features will pave the way for some of the deepest user-created levels the series has ever seen. I can't wait to see where users take this experience.

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Wccftech
8.8 / 10.0
Wccftech

Top Critic

8.8 / 10.0
Nov 24, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 improves upon the formidable franchise with new features and more characters all fueled through the power of imagination.

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COGconnected
88 / 100
88 / 100
Nov 19, 2014

The laughs and feelings of awe that LBP3 will cause are inescapable and honestly, is something you don't want to escape.

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GamingTrend
85 / 100
85 / 100
Nov 18, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 is a worthy successor to the LBP series and a solid continuation of what made the first and second games such a hit with critics and gamers alike. But even with its new content, including three unique and playable characters, new story missions and updated 1080p graphics, I was left underwhelmed and wishing for more innovation. It's a great game, but it failed to meet my tremendous expectations first generated from the wildly entertaining and innovative original.

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Impulsegamer
4.2 / 5.0
4.2 / 5.0
Dec 29, 2014

Media Molecule created something magical with the original Little Big Planet games and, for the most part, Sumo Digital has managed to retain the essence of what makes this series such a joy to play.  However, in some departments this doesn't feel quite like a fully fledged Little Big Planet entry, even with the jump to current gen consoles.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 19, 2014

LBP3 reaches new highs for the series by delivering some of the best levels and gameplay yet seen, but also disappoints with a fleeting campaign.

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ThisGenGaming
8 / 10.0
ThisGenGaming
ThisGenGaming

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Nov 23, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 was another good entry into the LBP series. I enjoyed the Adventure Mode even though it was way too short. I also enjoyed the use of new characters to play as, and their cool new abilities, but they are not used often enough, which felt like a big missed opportunity. Even though LBP3 comes with some problems it is still worth trying if you are a fan of the LBP series.

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Attack of the Fanboy
Nov 17, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 retains all the charm and whimsy of the previous games, while giving its players an unprecedented set of tools to unleash their imaginations in full-scale adventures.

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Push Square
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 17, 2014

With a string of new tools on offer, creator curators will have a blast exploring all of the possibilities available here – and while you'll certainly need dedication to get the best out of them, the lazy among you will more than get your fill via the output of more industrious players over time.

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Dealspwn
Nov 26, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 is an impressive game, stuffed with more imagination than ever before, and presented in a manner that makes user creation supremely accessible even as the toolset deepens. Though the Adventure mode is sadly short-lived, and the platform differences are fairly negligible, LBP 3 will surely prove to be a must-have game for PlayStation or series newcomers this winter.

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PlayStation LifeStyle
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2014

It's been almost four long years since the last home console LittleBigPlanet release. Like a fine wine, LBP3 has aged rather well, though it has picked up a few odd notes along the way. It performs exactly like its predecessor, only improved upon. The key word here is addition. You have additional layers to levels – now 16 plus the thin layer! The three additional characters have unique aspects that you cannot really replicate with merely Sackboy and a tool. Sackboy himself did receive new tools, though; an impressive seven, each introducing fresh new ideas that enhance existing levels. But with some zero-day bugs that painfully bring the experience down for some users, some caution must be given to anyone who isn't aware of them, and we hope that Sony can narrow down this issue within an acceptable timeframe. Still, this is a planet worth exploring!

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Digital Spy
Nov 17, 2014

In some regards, LittleBigPlanet 3 isn't the giant leap forward it could have been. The floaty physics that hampered the core platforming in previous games have not been addressed, and it doesn't feel like a significant technological advancement, even with the raw power of the PS4 on its side. But LittleBigPlanet 3 is bursting at the seams with creative content, and that is merely the framework for the game. It's up to the community to build on it over the coming months and years, and we cannot wait to see how things develop.

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Kill Screen
80 / 100
80 / 100
Nov 18, 2014

Nevertheless, these new elements have been seamlessly integrated into the recognizable LittleBigPlanet foundation, and as a consequence never feel like the source of drastic change. What they offer instead is rejuvenation: a jolt of exhilaration—of imagination—from a series whose novelty had perhaps begun to wane.

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We Got This Covered
Nov 21, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 provides a fun and varied campaign and numerous meaningful additions to the series' level editor, but some technical hitches prevent it from being the true gem that it could've been.

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Press Start
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jan 18, 2015

LittleBigPlanet 3 may not be perfect on a technical level, but the story and amazing level editing tools are pretty amazing once you get the hang of it. The game has a little bit in it for everyone, and there simply aren't that many games that nail the Play.Create.Share concept as much as LittleBigPlanet.

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GamesRadar+
Nov 16, 2014

Beautiful, creative and filled with knitted joy, LittleBigPlanet 3 does however disappoint in its Adventure mode's comparatively sparse content. Nonetheless, it hands over an impressive array of exceptional design tools for budding creators.

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The Skinny
Nov 27, 2014

As with previous instalments, LBP3 can be seen as a game of two halves; the standard platform fare and the online community building. The former is certainly the series' best yet although if that's all you come for you'll probably feel short-changed in gaming time. The latter is as forward-thinking and inventive as ever and fans will relish the new features.

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God is a Geek
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2014

With the best level design yet, this is more LittleBigPlanet, but the new characters help keep it fresh.

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GameSkinny
Nov 23, 2014

Sony's creativity suite returns, bursting with color, smiles, and cleaner platforming overall.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jan 6, 2015

Not the best game in the series, and definitely not the most refreshing or the most remarkable, but a solid LBP game and platformer nonetheless that everyone should be able to enjoy.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
8 / 10
Dec 12, 2014

Could alienate those who favour Play

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TheSixthAxis
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 17, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 is a quite major step forward for the series. The story might not explore all of the potential, but briefly shines a light on what the new possibilities might be for those making their own levels. The wide array of new tools, the removal of limitations and addition of new characters and power-ups will all serve to empower the community to reach new heights.

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Critical Hit
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 18, 2014

A whimsical and charming adventure, LittleBigPlanet 3 makes a few welcome changes to the core game; namely new characters and new powerups four our old knitted chum, Sackboy. With an even more robust set of creation tools, it's a game of limitless possibilities.

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New Game Network
76 / 100
76 / 100
Dec 1, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 brings a box of new toys and drops them at your feet. Your enjoyment of the game will greatly depend on what you decide (and are able) to do with that assortment of goodies.

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Destructoid
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2014

With all of the innovations LittleBigPlanet 3 brings with Toggle, Oddsock, and Swoop, it's a shame they aren't allowed to show off their stuff on a regular basis, because they are the best thing to happen to the series in years. It would be nice to see them return in a big way in a potential sequel, but for now hardcore LBP fans should have enough creation options to last them until that point.

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GameCrate
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2014

In six months, it's likely we'll be seeing some fantastic user-created content for Little Big Planet 3, and I can't wait to see what the community produces. As the game stands now, it offers a fun but shallow Adventure Mode, bottomless charm, and all the tools you need to make your own fantastic platformer experience -- provided you have the creativity and patience the franchise has always required.

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PlayStation Universe
7.5 / 10.0
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 boasts more creative capabilities than its predecessors and tutorial levels for teaching the basics to patient newcomers. Adventure mode fails to innovate in the same way, relegating the most interesting additions--playable heroes OddSock, Toggle, and Swoop--to a small handful of levels.

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The Digital Fix
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Jan 12, 2015

Ultimately, LittleBigPlanet 3 is a pretty decent effort which lamentably hamstrings itself. It's charming, aesthetically pleasing, and a lot of fun when it works - but various bugs and glitches, long load times, and a lacklustre story mode really drag it down. Fortunately, the level creation and sharing features save it from being mundane, and provide a boatload of additional content to make it worth the money. It might not be as good as the first two games in the series, but LittleBigPlanet 3 still has enough going for it to make it an enjoyable - albeit sometimes shaky - platform game for all ages.

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Digital Chumps
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2014

In its third mainline iteration, LittleBigPlanet's momentum shifts from a bastion of adaptive entertainment to a lightning rod of tailored inspiration. It's a logical progression, one that sacrifices personal moments of professionally crafted clarity, but in their place is a tidy collection of tools and concepts masquerading as purpose-driven levels – and the hope that talented players will embrace enough of them to fill in LittleBigPlanet 3's considerable gaps in content.

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Game Rant
Nov 26, 2014

'LittleBigPlanet 3' shows flashes of potential to current-gen gamers but comes across as a proof of concept more than anything else.

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Polygon
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3's devoted fans will surely craft some excellent levels in the months to come, but mostly this feels like a proof of concept for a much better LittleBigPlanet 4.

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Eurogamer
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 18, 2014

Without these problems, I'd have no hesitation in saying this is the best LittleBigPlanet game to date. The deeper integration of creative elements into the story is a big plus, as is the superior level design, and the new characters are very welcome, even if they're ultimately underused. But in its current state, it's hard to recommend without some serious caveats. Held together by Sellotape rather than superglue, LittleBigPlanet 3 is in constant danger of falling apart.

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Shacknews
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 16, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 makes some serious revisions to the formula, but somehow still feels like it's following a set design pattern.

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Hardcore Gamer
3.5 / 5.0
3.5 / 5.0
Nov 20, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 is an endearing and charming game that will work its way into your heart thanks to its presentation and new characters. The end-game possibilities are endless thanks to the co-op, level creator and millions of community driven stages imported from past titles, but it's held back due to Sumo Digital's unwillingness to fully flesh out their ideas.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 18, 2014

LittleBigPlanet is once again its own worst enemy, as it fails to make the best use of its own fun new characters. Although the creation tools are the most accessible they've ever been.

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CGMagazine
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Dec 5, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 is a fantastic and enjoyable experience till you hit a game breaking glitch.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 16, 2014

Little Big Planet 3's focus on creative expression is underutilized in its story campaign but shines in its level editor.

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TrustedReviews
Nov 18, 2014

It seems disappointing that new developer Sumo Digital didn't take the time to really make this a definitive LittleBigPlanet entry. Long loading times and slightly restrictive campaign levels are holding LittleBigPlanet 3 back from being a fantastic game for players of all ages. Co-op is still as enjoyable as it always has been, but there's not enough of it in the base game for you to appreciate all the characters.

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IGN
6.8 / 10.0
IGN

Top Critic

6.8 / 10.0
Nov 16, 2014

A beautifully-designed game with a great creation toolkit, LittleBigPlanet 3 is let down by unimaginative co-op & bugs.

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Digital Trends
Nov 19, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 is a well-intentioned pastiche of different activities that is simultaneously too restrictive and too open-ended to achieve greatness.

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Game Revolution
Nov 23, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3 is a great creative experience packaged with an unfortunate single-player experience as its forward-facing section and buggy co-op play, both which significantly hamper what is otherwise an excellent creative experience and game-design as play.

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Telegraph
Dec 1, 2014

LittleBigPlanet 3's whimsical world has plenty of good ideas that struggle to form a cohesive whole.

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