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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.
Housemarque’s Dead Nation clocks in at #13 in our countdown of the top 20 PSN games. Read on to find out what separates this Z-Day shooter from the rest.
When it comes to pinball games, Zen Studios is the champion. First the development studio brought us creative tables that delved into the depths of our imagination with Zen Pinball. What originally started as four tables soon evolved to 11, including tribute tables to popular franchises such as Street Fighter and Ninja Gaiden.
Then in 2010, they kicked it up a notch and released Marvel Pinball; a collection of tables devoted solely to our favorite superheroes. Who doesn’t like Blade, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Wolverine? Marvel Pinball essentially revitalized the pinball genre and brought it to a whole new audience.
For this reason, we have selected Marvel Pinball as our #14 pick in PS3 Attitude’s Top 20 PSN titles.
Frankly, we don’t really have to tell you much about Shatter in that you already know it’s a fantastic game. We gave the title a glowing review and its soundtrack even made the cut for the top 7 PS3 soundtracks. That’s how good Shatter is. It should come as no surprise then that it makes #17 on our Top 20 PSN titles.
Read on to find out why Shatter is #17 in our Top 20 PSN titles…
Aside from the EuroGamer Expo, the UK has relatively little in terms of events dedicated to Video Games.
PlayStation Access tried to change that.
Our last two reviewed games had depth, complexity and maturity (Deus Ex and L.A. Noire), but isn’t it true that some of the best games are the simplest? Overcooking can kill all the fun. Maybe all you need is an opportunity to shoot bugs with big weapons and to save Earth from invading alien forces. Maybe all you want is Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon.
There is a load of DLC available for L.A. Noire, and if you want it all, irrespective of what’s said in this review, make sure you take advantage of the Rockstar Pass. For a reasonable one-off payment (£9.99/$11.99), you get most of the content, including two detective suits (Broderick and Sharpshooter), four cases (Naked City, A Slip of the Tongue, Nicholson Electroplating and Reefer Madness) and The Badge Pursuit challenge. That leaves only the The Consul’s Car to pick up.
L.A. Noire is a crime procedural drama from Australian studio Team Bondi, which is looking to recreate the mood and melodrama of classic Noir films of yesteryear – think Chinatown and L.A. Confidential. But unlike most developers who have looked to Hollywood for inspiration only to find a shaven-headed meathead, Team Bondi has used its lessons to create a game that actually has a cinematic quality.
Deus Ex Machina literally means ‘god out of machine,’ referring to ancient Greek dramas in which a god would be introduced into a play in order resolve some improbable plot. In Deus Ex: Human Revolution, the player takes on the role of Adam Jensen, a man turned mostly machine after a deadly attack at Sarif Industries. In an effort to discover who is behind the attack, Adam becomes entangled in a mess of conspiracies, lies, and deception. The choices you make throughout the game determine the fate of humanity.
Will you strive to do what is right, regardless of the situation, or will you embrace the machine in you and live as a god?
A description of Kyuiin in the most uncomplicated fashion would be to say that it is a basic side-scrolling shooter. The mid to late nineties were chock full of ‘em and chances are you’ve come across your fair share in the span of your gaming life. However Kyuiin is more than that. It’s an outlandish, at times psychedelic experience whose peculiar themes make the idea of a flying vacuum cleaner seem practically normal.
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?
The PlayStation Store has been a very nice avenue for prospective retro gamers to access older titles with a selection of roughly 160 games that can be downloaded at a moment’s notice. Recently I had the chance to try out a couple of games which to my knowledge did knot exist before they hit the store. Two PSone era Japanese imports which may not have stood the test of time but whose gameplay mechanics we still see today.
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.
Harry Potter is a franchise that is worth over $15 billion. 7 books with a number of translations exceeded by only the bible, and 8 films that grossed nearly $7 billion alone and a game franchise that revolutionised the gaming industry from the ground up.
Well, maybe that last part isn’t so true.