This year seems to be about the do it yourself game. It started last Xmas with Drawn To Life for the Nintendo DS ,a pretty fun game for 5 year olds where you get to draw your own hero and number of elements of the 2d side scroller. It’s actually pretty decent and if your 5 year old (nod nod wink wink) likes SpongeBob you can get this Xmas edition, Drawn to Life: Spongebob Squarepants which is basically the same thing but you get to draw Mr SquarePants.
The big thing this Xmas is Little Big Planet which I never actually played but from the reviews seems like a pretty souped up Drawn To Life. For starters you move from a DS to a PS3 which means about a gazillion more eye candy. And then Little Big Planet seems to not be designed for 5 year olds.
And then, you have the grandaddy of all DIY games, Spore. You get 3 flavours, Spore which comes with a assload of crappy DRM for the PC that will make the game not run and screw your system for ever, or you can with the graphic card issues on the Mac version. Then you have something called Spore Creature Creator which I don’t understand and the DS version, Spore Creatures which is a diferent game aparently and gets boring afer about 5 minutes. So adding together the craptastic DRM, the lack of polishing and the overall pointlessness, Spore is the big failure of the DIY game year.