I played the first one and liked all of the developer created levels, but the community levels were worthless, so I wasn't too stressed about getting 2 during the PSN security downtime. But the developer levels just weren't as much fun this time. I forced myself to play through the first 5 worlds, then I just lost interest.
If you don't have multiple people to play with, like the first, you can't access some sections of the levels, so you can't get 100% on the level.
I think this suffered the way Katamari Damaci did, where the originality of the first one was such a huge part of why it was fun, so when the newness had worn off, the second one did not seem to be as good.
Well i never played the first game simply because the game never appealed to me. I actually didn't have this at the top of my list and was almost going to take it off when all the new games started coming out. This game is excellent you have to get off to a slow and somewhat boring start but you can spend hours just trying peoples creations. Some are really fantastic, like a little adventure.
The only problem I have is finding a group to play with. Most dont talk, More don't want to play with you.