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Created by Netherlands-based developer Two Tribes B.V., the puzzle platform game Toki Tori was originally released way back in 2001 for the Game Boy Color. Since then, the title has been through many graphical upgrades and appeared on a huge number of different formats, and next week, over ten years after the game’s initial release, PlayStation Network users can finally give it a play it too!
Very few games have polarised players quite as much as third-person action/adventure Hydrophobia. Upon its original release in September 2010, Hydrophobia received an exceptionally mixed reception from both critics and gamers alike, with some players praising the title’s huge ambition, and others slating the mediocre voice-acting and clunky controls.
However, rather than move onto something new, Dark Energy Digital did something not many other developers do, and listened to the feedback, whether good or bad. Last week’s PlayStation Store update saw the release of Hydrophobia: Prophecy, a heavily reworked version of the original game, with new sections, numerous changes to the story, and PlayStation Move support.
So, was Dark Energy correct to not give up on Hydrophobia, or was all their effort in vain?
For a while now, MonkeyPaw Games have been busy bringing Japanese PSone titles to the North American PlayStation Store. Last month, the company brought their import service to the European Store, beginning with the release of a trio of old-school arcade-style shooters: Cho Aniki, Shienryu, and Sonic Wings Special.
After almost a year of waiting, the release of Uncharted 3 is imminent. After the success and praise of Uncharted 2, the hype has just gone up and up. Can Naughty Dog live up to it?
The answer is yes.
Halloween may have come and gone, but inFamous: Festival of Blood is still available on the PlayStation Store for those who haven’t yet had their fill of macabre antics for this year. Originally announced at Gamescom in August, Festival of Blood is a bite-size title in the inFamous series.
This standalone adventure offers a tongue-in-cheek take on the inFamous universe. The game opens with Zeke attempting to impress a woman at a bar, by telling her an elaborate (and completely made-up) story about one of his and Cole’s exploits.
Deus Ex: Human Revolution explores the potentially limitless possibilities of human augmentation. It also brought moral decisions that would ultimately shape the world Adam Jensen would help create, whether for good or bad. Still, the game left plenty of unanswered questions by the end and had fans clamoring for more.
Human Revolution’s first piece of DLC comes in the form of The Missing Link, a new chapter that fills the three day gap in the story where Adam is a stowaway aboard a cargo ship on its way from Heng Sha to Singapore. What occurs on the cargo ship will expand further upon the conspiracies and social constructs explored in the main game. Question is, is it worth its $15 price tag?
In 2009 Rocksteady Studios rescued the superhero genre from the depths of mediocrity and disappointment with Batman: Arkham Asylum. Making it safe for fans everywhere to thrust themselves into Bruce Wayne’s cape and cowl without hesitation.
While in development, the narrative surrounding Batman: Arkham City (BAC) evolved to whether or not it could surpass the lauded achievements of the original. Having spent considerable time with Arkham City we can lay to rest any and all reservations concerning Rocksteady’s second tour with the Dark Knight with a decisive yes.
Is it just me or is 1000 Tiny Claws a creepy name? It evokes horrible thoughts of dark places and thousands of little insect munching away at my tender flesh. Maybe I should have left that for the therapist…
Rage has given us one of our most enjoyable singleplayer experiences of the year, and we said as much in our in-depth review last week. This week, however, we’re focusing on multiplayer and trying to decide if Rage is as much fun with company as it is alone.
Of all the creative mediums at human disposal there are only a handful in which a badass, gun-toting, jet-pack flying, penguin killing rooster could pass as an effective protagonist, thankfully video games is one of them.
There is a point in Rage when it stops being a solid FPS and becomes a great one. That moment occurs about two or three hours in, just when our recent hands-on preview ended.
Up to that point, we had been ushered down narrow paths and asked to do routine objectives. It was a confident and accomplished introduction to the game, and it did give us a good grounding for what was to come later, but it felt like it was keeping a tight rein on us.
At a glance, you would be entitled to think that Supremacy MMA’s main “attraction” is its grimy underground environments, ugly menacing fighters and bone-crunching violence; it is a hardcore game for those who think EA’s MMA and UFC Undisputed are too soft. However, once you strip away all of the gruesomeness and awful metal music, you find something deeper and even quite thoughtful underneath.
We’ve already established that Resistance 3 has a superb singleplayer campaign, but, once it’s over, realistically you’ll be spending most of your time with the game’s multiplayer modes. Since the first game’s release in 2006, the Resistance series has been at the forefront of online multiplayer experiences on PlayStation 3, so how does Resistance 3 compare?
When it comes to exclusive franchises on the PlayStation 3, everyone has their favourites, but only one can claim to have been there from day one – Resistance. If you purchased a PS3 in the early days, the chances are you also bought Resistance: Fall of Man, Insomniac’s first venture into the next-generation, and the stand-out title during the console’s slow start.
Two years later, this was followed up by Resistance 2, which was equally well received by critics, but greeted with disdain by many fans, due to Insomniac’s change of direction with the series, and the toning down of aspects that made the first game unique. So, does Resistance 3 stand tall as its own game or descend into the bottomless pit of ‘me too’ shooters?
The WipEout series has been a PlayStation stable since its initial release in 1995 and has appeared on every platform in some form. Released in 2008, WipEout HD marked the series’ debut on the PS3 with 1080p graphics, 60 frames per second visuals, and 5.1 surround sound. In essence, it was one of the biggest downloadable titles at its time, with a $19.99 price tag to prove it.
It was worth every penny though as the game featured five game modes, online play, split screen multiplayer and an optional SIXAXIS control scheme. For these reasons and more, WipEout HD is #3 on PS3 Attitude’s Top 20 PSN titles.
Ratchet and Clank are some of the biggest stars of PlayStation, so its no surprise that their PSN debut come in at #4 on our top 20.
Joe Danger is undoubtedly the star of the PSN. Developed by the astonishingly talented Hello Games, Joe Danger lands in at #5 on our top 20.
An egotistical lead character, lots of zany randomness, uber-colourful environments and whack-a-mole gameplay — the DeathSpank series definitely sits in the “love/hate” category, and The Baconing is certainly not going to be to everyone’s taste. The simple rule is, avoid this if you didn’t fancy the last two games or if you cringe at the thought of random humour. Otherwise read on.
Video game royalty makes its presence felt at #6 with the incredibly refreshing, Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.