LittleBigPlanet 3 has been made by a different developer from the first two, but you wouldn’t know it.
Stephen Fry’s perfectly measured voiceovers are joined by Hugh Laurie playing the lightbulb-headed Newton, and your sackperson, the game’s customisable hessian hero, is joined by three new stars: Swoop is a bird, Oddsock’s a wall-hopping dog, and Toggle can change from big to small. The level-creation tool has also been upgraded, its training session a beautifully playable level in its own right. It’s a thoroughly English, slightly eccentric piece of craft-inspired goodness.
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Last year’s gritty Tomb Raider reboot saw a younger Lara grow from terrified teen into tough adventurer by way of slaughtering several hundred mercenaries. Lara Croft And The Temple Of Osiris is a spin-off, a low-budget twin-stick shooter, where one joystick moves Lara around the screen and the other aims a stream of bullets at waves of ancient Egyptian enemies. You’re strongly encouraged to play cooperatively with friends, but the puzzles are pitifully simple and although the flood of enemies is broken up by the odd boss fight, it’s still wearyingly monotonous.
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The Crew, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4 & PC
The Crew is Ubisoft’s crack at blending driving and massive multiplayer games. You are Alex, bad boy racer framed for murder and freed by the FBI to catch the real killer by infiltrating a street-racing gang; but it’s not just the plot that needs a nice, solid baseball bat to the head. The cars are strangely bland, low-res looking affairs, while its cities can’t compete with the fantasy extravaganza of Grand Theft Auto V’s Los Santos or the beauty of Forza Horizon 2. The feeling of freedom you get driving across this miniaturised USA is incredible, but its missions, story and the cars’ handling are just atrocious.
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