Sackboy A Big Adventure clearly takes inspiration from the best that the platformer genre has to offer. Its levels being contained in thematically diverse hub worlds, a healthy variety of level types, and a story that, while refusing to deviate from the beaten path, still unfolds in a steady way all harken back to what games like Mario 64 got so right as the genre was being created.
But it also doesn't forget about the core tenants of the past LittleBigPlanet games with plenty of customization and a fun, arts-and-crafts style so full of personality that it perpetually spills over the edge every chance it gets.
If you're looking for a challenge in platforming precision or an evolution of the 3D platformer genre, this adventure might not be for you. Sackboy's take on the 3D platformer gains little ground in doing much new with the genre other than making an LBP version of it. But if you just want a colorful romp or a good excuse to jump back into the world of LittleBigPlanet on your PS4 or PS5, Sackboy: A Big Adventure is a great choice.