The Homerun – 17th December 09; Sodium, Audi, LittleBigPlanet and more
Arguably the biggest addition to the platform this week which comes at quite a surprise is a brand new futuristic public space called Sodium One.
This arena developed by Outso features a mini MMO type shooter game where you must destroy the other tanks around you before they kill you. There are a total of 50 levels available and it contains a highly customisable space ship type tank.
Expectedly, not all of these levels are free. In fact only the first five are, but there are other quests too such a Scorpion game and a drinking one.
This space has to be seen to be believed, and we really recommend taking a look and sharing your opinions in the comments.
Sodium One is a sign of a new development for Home, and it proves to other developers that PlayStation Home is a viable gaming platform in its own right and a fine way at releasing a game to a wide audience without the huge development costs that disc-based and standard PSN games can have.
The application is already on millions of PlayStation 3s meaning that there is little the developers need to do to publicise their creations. And because the engine is already developed, they don’t need to make their own or purchase the rights to use someone else’s.
We are happy to say that Sodium Two is actually already in the works and is expected to release in the first half of next year.
Europe are getting a lot of their own content this week too such as the two Audi inspired spaces. While one of these is used solely to promote the car company and their vehicles, the other contains a basic but fun Audi car game where you can compete against your friends to achieve the longest distance for your car after flying off the end of the track – you can even win an apartment.
This game involves collecting electricity bolts along the way to give you more energy to utilise when you reach the end. However, it is very difficult not to fly off mid-way so be cautious and good luck!
PlayStation Network title Gravity Crash is getting some Home love too in the form of a fun maze! Sony says that this maze is not easy and we agree, but you do get a prize for completing it, and another for collecting all the crystals.
So what are the prizes? Well we can tell you that for just completing the maze you get this very stylish suit seen below. If you want to find out what the prize is for finding all the crystals, you should do it yourselves and find out!
Moving on with LittleBigPlanet content now which has finally arrived in PlayStation Home months later than it should have done. No space unfortunately but there is some clothing and furniture items such as t-shirts, jeans and hoodies. The furniture is especially exceptional because it appears to be made out of cardboard – but will still support your avatar’s weight!
Back to both North America and Europe now where they are getting a new SingStar VIP room, featuring mini-games, music and who could forget the rewards.
North America are also getting some new clothing in the form of Monty Python clothes. That’s right, one of our favourite film franchises and we’re sure yours too is getting into the Home act. Additionally, by purchasing the Star Trek 2009 film or Star Trek: D-A-C video game from the PlayStation Store, you will receive vouchers to free clothing inspired by the film. The closing date for this offer is December the 22nd.
Pick of the Week: Most certainly the new Sodium space has to be our pick of the week thanks to its spectacular absurdity and status as the start of a new wave of content for PlayStation Home.
And that is it for another Homerun. There is a lot of content to last you till the next update after Christmas. Remember that if you have any opinions about the week’s content, this comments section is here for you…