Articles by Stefan Hutchings
Braid was finally released on the PlayStation Network nearly two years ago, and it remains one of the most unique and best games on the service, due to its ingenious gameplay, beautiful presentation, and ambiguous multi-layered story.
Read on to find out why Braid is #7 in our Top 20 PSN titles…
If you were a fan of action/adventure or platformer games on the PS2, the chances are you played Jak & Daxter and Ratchet & Clank. However, one game you probably didn’t play was 2003’s Beyond Good & Evil, which despite being very well received by critics, was a commercial failure.
Luckily, Ubisoft has given all of us who missed it the first time around a second chance to experience it, in the form of Beyond Good & Evil HD, which features updated visuals and PSN trophies, and is available for a ridiculously low price.
Read on to find out why Beyond Good & Evil HD is #8 in our Top 20 PSN titles…
Believe it or not, we have now reached the halfway point in our 20 Days of PSN feature. Taking the #10 spot is Limbo, a unique adventure through a strange and unforgiving world.
Read on to find out why Limbo is #10 in our Top 20 PSN titles…
The PlayStation Network has come a very long way in the last five years.
Believe it or not, there was a time when merely a handful of games were available on the PlayStation Store, and only a fraction of those were actually worth playing. However, nowadays, Sony’s online service is full to bursting with quality titles that have no doubt had your virtual wallet begging for mercy on more than one occasion.
In February 2010, the international version of the PS3-exclusive JRPG White Knight Chronicles was released, over a year after the game first appeared on store shelves in Japan. Despite selling well in its native country, the title failed to truly strike a chord with critics and gamers in the West, due to its lacklustre story, disappointing online mode, and several other issues.
White Knight Chronicles II came out a few weeks ago in Europe, this time only eleven months after it originally released in Japan (unfortunately North America is still waiting for a firm release date, but the title is finally expected to arrive in September). So, the question is, has developer Level-5 improved upon the shortcomings of the game’s predecessor?
Every so often, a PSN game will come along that rivals most full-retail titles in terms of its scope, innovation and presentation. Braid and Flower are two such games, and now you can add Limbo to that list, which is a definite contender for our favourite PSN game of the year.
Limbo comes from the disturbed mind of Danish developer Arnt Jensen, and is the first title released by the independent Copenhagen-based studio, Playdead. The title was originally released last year, but finally made its way to the PS Store last week, complete with an exclusive new area.
Last Friday, Disney made the sad decision to close British developer Black Rock Studio, the company behind awesome PS3 racers Pure and Split/Second. We were a big fan of the studio, and last year they were even included in our 100 Top Developers.
The Uncharted series is one of the highest rated franchises on PlayStation 3, and is arguably the most popular, due to its engaging story and characters, entertaining and fluid gameplay, and the best graphics on Sony’s console.
However, as good as it was, the online multiplayer component of Uncharted 2: Among Thieves was often overlooked by many gamers when compared to the impressive single player campaign, which is real shame considering the game’s high quality.
This is something that Naughty Dog is keen to address in the series’ upcoming release, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. Therefore, the team is pulling out all the stops to make Uncharted 3 the killer online app on PlayStation 3.
When it first launched over two and a half years ago, PlayStation Home was seen as a bold experiment by Sony, which, if marketed well, had massive potential. Unfortunately, despite a huge increase in the amount of content available in Home since then, most gamers have ignored the service, as there is arguably no real incentive to keep logging in.
However, it seems that Home isn’t quite as dead as many of us thought, because half a million gamers have logged into the service over E3 and visited Sony’s dedicated E3 space, which included a live stream of the company’s press conference. Last year’s similar Home event only attracted a quarter of a million users, although it did not include a live stream.
Also announced during Sony’s E3 press conference was a new PlayStation Move title, Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest, which is developed by Zindagi Games, the team behind Sports Champions.
During their E3 conference, Sony announced that both God of War PSP games, Chains of Olympus and Ghost of Sparta, will be fully remastered in HD, and released as the God of War Origins Collection for the PS3.
Square Enix have released a brand new Final Fantasy XIII-2 trailer for E3, which reveals possible plot and character details about the sequel to one of last year’s best-selling games.
Sly Cooper 4 has been rumoured for a couple of years now, but Sony have finally given platformer fans the news they’ve been waiting for, with the announcement of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
During Sony’s E3 conference, Ken Levine, Creative Director at Irrational Games, took to the stage to announce that the PlayStation 3 version of BioShock Infinite will include Move functionality.
It’s been rumoured for a while, but it was finally announced during Sony’s E3 conference that DUST 514 will be released exclusively on the PlayStation 3.
As E3 approaches, there’s nothing like releasing a trailer for one of the most anticipated games of recent memory to increase the already palpable excitement. That’s exactly what Sony and Naughty Dog have done, as over the last couple of days the internet has been going crazy for the new co-op trailer for Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
There is no denying that the last seven weeks have been disastrous for Sony. The PlayStation brand hasn’t had to deal with such bad press since the shaky launch of the PlayStation 3. It’s been a difficult time for everyone involved, so PS3 Attitude thought we’d take one final look at the extraordinary events of the last month and a half.
Development studio Zoë Mode originally released Chime early last year, but unfortunately the game didn’t ever make its way to the PS3. Don’t worry though, because the PlayStation Network is now the exclusive home of the definitive version of the game, entitled Chime Super Deluxe – yes, good things truly do come to those who wait. Featuring extra levels, updated visuals, and a new multiplayer component, there’s never been a better time to try this game out.
Swarm is the latest game from Canadian developer Hothead Games, and is available now on PSN. The team is also responsible for the Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness and DeathSpank games, all of which have been well received due to their outrageous humour, awesome presentation and fun gameplay; so can Swarm match their quality?