This little gem of a platform game is the perfect compliment to the bombast and exuberance of Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales.
While the flagship superhero title is undoubtedly Sony’s big exclusive launch title for the Playstation 5, it’s unique family-friendly games like this that help to solidify the firm’s place as industry market leader.
Because Sackboy is a fantastic title, full of quintessential British humour and packed with charm and character.
It’s not going for the jugular like it’s blockbuster action-driven colleague, this is smoother, more mild alternative and is all about cutesy puzzle fun.
And in that sense it’s a huge success.
The story, as with every Sackboy game ever made, is nonsense. There’s a baddie and all your mates get kidnapped, so you have to travel from planet to planet to save the day, etc etc.
But you’re straight into the puzzle platforming from the off and the difficulty curve is perfectly pitched for kids and adults alike.
You’ll find yourself jumping around, dashing across chasms on jet boots and using grappling hooks and sticky glue to traverse wonderful crafted levels that are choc-full of hidey holes and hidden areas.
It’s up there with Mario in it’s level design at the team at Sumo Sheffield should be proud of what they’ve achieved here.
The game looks beautiful, so colourful and packed with humour that it’s a joy to play, or even just watch someone play.
Does it show off all the PS5 can do? No, but it does give that new console a genuinely very strong platformer from day one. Cast your mind back to Knack on PS4 launch and it wasn’t quite the same quality.
There’s a real replayability factor too as you’ve got lots of costumes to unlock and secrets to find that you may have missed multiple times in some levels.
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Bell gathering is addictive and the gameplay fits perfectly on the new DualSense controller and it’s fancy adaptive buttons and triggers.
And I must give a quick shout out to the amazing voice cast in the likes of Dawn French and Richard E Grant for their panto-esque performances.
It can’t save the story but they do keep the game entertaining.
Overall, a great start for the PS5 era and a perfect example of a game that doesn’t have to be in-your-face to still dazzle.
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