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Games Database Redux II – Son of Redux

Submitted by on Monday, 20 April 20094 Comments

060906 playstation3 ps3 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxA Declaration of Intent: We fully intend to keep the PS3 Attitude Games Database up to date from this day forth. Honest.

However, to continue with our goal of providing a comprehensive catalogue of all upcoming PS3 games, we had to take a snapshot of where we were and retrofit the beast with all the missing titles that have emerged over the last few months. And considering GDC happened during this period, it was no surprise to see that the current library was missing over forty titles.

Hence, the Games Database Redux – a two part “catching up” feature where we admit our indolence and try to atone for our egregious sins against “game cataloguing”

Part One has come and gone. We now present Part Two which has the unwanted honour of bringing us completely up to date. We just hope there’ll never be a Part Three as, obviously, an unattended Games Database quickly becomes a forgotten Games Museum.


diner dash1 150x150 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxDiner Dash

Publisher: PlayFirst
Developer: Gamelab
Out: 2009
Source: Playstatic Official Site

Part of PlayFirst’s deal with Hudson Entertainment to bring casual PC games to consoles, Diner Dash is the first such title heading for the PSN. As you can probably detect from the screenshot above, the game is fairly simplistic with the challenge simply to sit people in the appropriate colour-coded seats. Apparently “the original game, developed by the award-winning independent studio Gamelab, is now a multi-million dollar franchise spanning three full-length casual games with a new sequel and an additional brand extension game currently in the works.” We did not know that.

thumb unknown25 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxHammer Fall

Publisher: TBA
Developer: TBA
Out: 2009
Source: US PS blog

Another casual game taking up valuable space in our Games Database. We’re kidding. Hammer Fall (or Hammerfall, depends on whose hammer you’re asking) appeared as a future PSN title along with Comet Crash and a host of others as part of Sony’s “Spring Fever” drive. That’s about it in a nutshell as we’re not even too sure who’s making the game. What we are sure of is that the chances of it focusing on Swedish heavy metal band of the same name is highly unlikely – unfortunately.

thumb unknown25 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxUnderfire

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Doublesix
Out: TBC
Source: US PS blog

Yes, there’s a pattern emerging. Yet another casual game featured in Sony’s Spring Fever announcement, we also don’t know much about Underfire. What we do know is that it’s made by Doublesix and we’re big fans of the indie studio. We put in a call with the guys to see if they’re willing to spill any beans about Underfire but unfortunately, for now, they’re staying tight lipped.

zen 150x150 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxZen Pinball

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Zen Studios
Out: 2009
Source: US PS blog

Zen Studios are hard at work at the moment finishing off the PSN exclusive and Unreal 3 powered Punisher: No Mercy FPS. Looks like they have more irons in the fire however, as they’re also concocting up a new pinball game called … well, we’ve heard it called Maxim Pinball, ZEM Pinball and, the probably more likely to see the light of day title, Zen Pinball. It’s also highly likely that this pinball title is a remake of the XBLA title “Pinball FX”; rebranded for the PSN (unconfirmed at the time of writing). Pinball wizards should keep an eye on this one.

texascheatem screenshot01 150x150 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxTexas Cheat ‘Em

Publisher: Gamecock Media Group (TBC)
Developer: Wideload Shorts
Out: 2009
Source: US PS blog

We’re going all-in on this one with a claim that Texas Cheat ‘Em from Wideload Games’ “Shorts” division is a port of the same game coming to XBLA. It’s a poker game. Probably with some element of cheating throw in. What more do you want from us? OK, how about some trivia? Wideload was founded by Alexander Seropian who was also the co-founder of Bungie. You know, like Halo Bungie? No? Nothing?

alice 150x150 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxAmerican McGee’s Alice

Publisher: EA
Developer: Spicy Horse Games
Out: TBA
Source: IGN

We covered the American McGee’s Alice coming to the PS3 announcement back in February. Alice is a new twisted take on the famed Lewis Carroll tale so expect plenty of “Eat me, drink me, scare the crap out of me.” Check out the article for more information.

aliensvpred 150x150 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxAliens Vs. Predator

Publisher: Sega
Developer: Rebellion
Out: Q1 2010
Source: IGN

Also known as “the title that killed the Aliens RPG game”, AVP was deemed a more lucrative property by Sega so when it was time for an Aliens game to get face-hugged, Aliens Vs. Predator got the nod above the RPG take on the Aliens franchise. Just be thankful they didn’t shelve Aliens: Colonial Marines as well. The good news is that Rebellion have a long legacy of pitting various xenomorphs against each other so we’re confident this game could be the next big thing in intergalactic conflict resolution.

matthazardlandrumor 150x150 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxThe Adventures of Matt Hazard Land

Publisher: D3
Developer: Vicious Cycle Software
Out: 2009
Source: Gamerbytes

Kudos to Vicious Cycle for trying something as difficult and outlandish as self-parody with The Return of Matt Hazard. Greeted with a luke-warm response, that hasn’t stopped the studio pimping out their new (or would it be an old?) property for all he’s worth. Creating the rumour themselves, once again self-referencing the quirks of the gaming industry we all know and love, D3 have suggested Matt will return to the PSN in a retro styled game akin to such seminal classics as Contra and the original Bionic Commando.

zuma 150x150 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxZuma

Publisher: SOE
Developer: PopCap Games
Out: Now
Source:  Press Release

Back in February, PopCap games brought their popular Zuma puzzler to the PSN. (It costs $9.99 in case you were wondering.) From the release: “Zuma [...] offers challenging puzzles, dynamic effects in 1080p and exciting bonus items that will make it your new favorite obsession! Shoot brightly colored balls from your stone frog idol to make matches of three or more to clear the deadly chain of spheres before it reaches the golden skull. Aim true, and you’ll rack up huge combos and special bonuses that’ll help you on your adventure.”

badcompany2 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxBattlefield: Bad Company 2

Publisher: EA
Developer: EA DICE
Out: 2009
Source: Official site / Press Release

Aptly hitting this winter, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 sees some frosty climes presented for our heroes to overcome. The release reveals that the game will focus on “‘B’ company” as they traverse and fight over varied environments such as snowy mountain tops, dense jungles and dusty villages.  We’re promised total destruction and, if you want to get some practice in before the game hits, see below.

battlefield1943 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxBattlefield 1943

Publisher: EA
Developer: EA DICE
Out: May 2009
Source: Official site / Press Release

Using the same Frostbite engine as its bigger brother (above), Battlefield 1943 is the downloadable multiplayer only Battlefield game akin to previous outing Battlefield Heroes. 1943 switches the war theatre to the Pacific conflict and, according to the men in the know:”The game offers endless hours of 24 player multiplayer action over three classic and tropic locations; Wake Island, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima.” Check out some footage of the action over at the official site.

deadrising2 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxDead Rising 2

Publisher: Capcom
Developer: Capcom / Blue Castle Games
Out: TBA
Source: Press Release

The first game on the 360 sold 1.5 million so it’s no shock to see a Dead Rising sequel announced. Some were a little surprised however to see it coming out for the PS3. This is more a sign however of how far the PS3 has come in terms of penetration since the first game’s release back in 2006 more than anything else. Set several years after the undead invasion of Willamette, Dead Rising 2 now sees flash zombie outbreaks strike across the United States. From what we can tell for the early released information, the game will mostly take place in the fulcrum point of gambling and sin, Fortune City. Zombies, poker, roulette tables getting smashed over people’s heads? Sounds like your typical Vegas trip to us.

invincible tiger 150x150 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxInvincible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao

Publisher: Namco Bandai
Developer: Blitz Arcade
Out: TBC
Source: Press Release

Fists of Fury. Game of Death. Enter the Dragon. If these renown Bruce Lee films resonate with you, not only are you showing your age, but also a love of classic 70s kung-fu movies. Kung-fu cinema of a few decades ago was glaringly different to the martial arts fare of today. Absent is the wire-work,  big budgets and innumerable gangsta rappers convinced they can act. In its place was chop-socky at its finest.  Invicible Tiger: The Legend of Han Tao is the brain child of Blitz Arcade’s animator Ollie Clarke who is also acting as Project Manager for the game. It’s a full-on kung-fu homage to the genre’s humble beginnings so expect cheesy dialogue, tongue-in-cheek humour and an emphasis on more action and less plot. Not that there isn’t a plot of course. Players take on the role of the titular Han Tao as he fights to reclaim the Star of Destiny from the Evil Overlord. Yeah, as we said, more fighting! Less talking!

n Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxN+

Publisher: Atari
Developer: SilverBirch Inc.
Out: TBC
Source: PSPFanboy

Having already graced the PSP and the XBLA, there’s a current time-based embargo on N+ coming to the PSN due to an exclusivity deal with Microsoft. The good news is that, when it does come, expect more ninja antics than you can shake your nunchuck holding fists at. The visual style embraces the minimalist movement and players will also be able to create their own infuriating levels for fellow ninjas to repetitively die in. Considering the game hit the XBLA in February 2008, we’re assuming that aforementioned contract will expire any day now and PS3 fans will soon be getting their stealth-like hands on it.

48b56e90e4ee5 featured without text sin city 150x150 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxSin City: The Game

Publisher: TBC
Developer: Red Mile Entertainment.
Out: TBC
Source: Press Release

Red Mile purchased the exclusive rights to Frank Millers’ hyper-violent Sin City graphic novels back in 2007 but since then we’ve heard next to nothing about any upcoming titles. We know the game is coming for “consoles” and will use the Unreal 3 engine but apart from these small details, we’re as befuddled as Marv in a library. The Sin City hype train has come and gone though with a new Rodriguez/Miller film due next year, don’t be surprised if the Red Mile guys are working diligently away in the background to incorporate some of the arcs from the new film into their game along with elements from “The Hard Good-Bye”, “The Big Fat Kill” and “That Yellow Bastard” – all stories that featured in the first movie.

virtuatennis Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxVirtua Tennis 2009

Publisher: Sega
Developer: Sega
Out: May 2009
Source: Press Release

As a sports genre, tennis is extremely well represented in the gaming arena. Sega’s upcoming Virtua Tennis 2009 however promises to smash the competition altogether with the most realistic representation of the racquet sport to date. Of course, it just wouldn’t be Virtua Tennis without the Court Games and, as our recent article highlighted, gamers can expect to enjoy some serve and volley tomfoolery with tennis inspired mini-games such as sinking pirate ships and playing pool.

explodemon1 150x132 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxExplodemon!

Publisher: Curve Studios
Developer: Curve Studios
Out: Q4 2009
Source: Press Release

We absolutely love the look of Explodemon! Our recent article outlined the project’s history and game mechanics behind Curve Studios’ high-tempo platformer and we can’t wait to see how Explodemon! plays at the end of this year. It’s got everything we like in our PSN games: a fresh style, innovative gameplay and an adorable main character (who just so happens to self-destruct at will).

cloudy logo Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxCloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Publisher: Ubisoft
Developer: Ubisoft
Out: TBA
Source: Press Release

Animated movie game tie-in time. (Say that fast three times). One for the kids maybe but, if the wacky trailer is anything to go by, we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the adults who will be picking up Cloudy With a Chance of Meatball this year if only to get the chance to play in a level made entirely from jello. The premise is your standard animated movie fare. Flint Lockwood is a misunderstood kid hell bent on becomming an inventor. After finally making a breakthrough (and making it rain hamburgers) the town of Chewandswallow (we’re not making this up) now has to contend with a weather system featuring only food.  We haven’t seen any footage from the obligatory videogame but we’re assuming it will utilise the game’s quirky humour, colourful visuals and, considering the plot almost screams “food fight!”, game-play that focuses firmly on the culinary side of things.

cin 150x150 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxCinnamon Beats

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Secret Exit
Out: TBA
Source: Gamerbytes

Demoed at the IGF (Independent Games Festival) Cinnamon Beats is one of the success stories of the event. Picked up by somebody, independent developer Secret Exit’s cusine based rhythm game is due out on the PSN some time in the future. Check out the following video of the game in action. Buns and drums? Gaming heaven in our book.

thumb unknown25 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxAlien Sports: Minigolf

Publisher: TBA
Developer: Zen Studios
Out: TBA
Source: Gamerbytes

Another game discovered on a list of Dualshock 3 supported titles, Alien Sports: Minigolf is in development by those Pinball Punisher lovers over at Zen Studios. Do we know anything else about the game? Other than we think it might be a mini-golf game, not yet.

thumb unknown25 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxCodename Cops

Publisher: TBA
Developer: TBA
Out: TBA
Source: Gamerbytes

It’s on that compatibility list we keep talking about but, as of right now, we simply have no further information about this downloadable title. That won’t stop us making some calls, firing off some emails and generally stalking developers on Twitter of course. Stay tuned for more information.

tba zombie apocalypse 150x150 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxZombie Apocalypse

Publisher: Konami
Developer: Konami
Out: Q3 2009
Source: Press Release

Zombies are the order of the day it seems with Burn Zombie Burn!, Dead Rising 2, Resident Evil 5 and probably other undead horrors we’re simply trying to block out . They’ve even popped up in Nazi form in Call of Duty! Konami will enter the zombie arms-race with Zombie Apocalypse. As we mentioned in our original article, we feel there is more than enough room in the market in this lucrative sub-genre. With Zombie Apocalypse’s online co-op along with the fact players can actually pick up the zombie infection themselves and unlock new modes, this could be a real winner among the zombie greats.

thumb unknown25 Games Database Redux II   Son of ReduxFallout: New Vegas

Publisher: Bethesda
Developer: Obsidian
Out: 2010
Source: C&VG

Embargoes be damned, news hit us (after someone spilled the beans) in April that Bethesda are ferrying out development of a new Fallout game (not a continuation on from Fallout 3 but some sort of mutagenic spin-off) to renown RPG developer Obsidian Entertainment. Little is known about the new Fallout game though E3 should shed some light on the project.