This is my "public apology to Little Big Planet": some time after the game was released I got stuck in "The Mines" and I just couldn't complete the level. Believe me I kept trying and trying and trying. From that frustration I made some comments about how a platformer can't have such imprecise controls, that it was basically broken.
Now I publicly take all that back: Little Big Planet is awesome and every PS3 owner should give it a try. The fact that I'm a dumbass gamer and can't use some of the game's mechanics, is no excuse to ignore the game accomplishments.
I still think the controls are a bit floaty, but you get used to it and learn to use it to your advantage. I think people like me that have the Mario walk/run/jump mechanic so carved in the brain will have the same learning curve.
The game does so many things well: tons of free downloadable content, user created content, online multiplayer, great content creation tools, fantastic presentation, awesome soundtrack, unique and fun levels, quirky humor and the list would go on and on.
Sony took a huge gamble on this and I hope they can build on the platform. I think the franchise has a bright future ahead and can't wait to see more of it.