If one game from the previous PlayStation generation console was to blow all other HD masters out the water, it was always going to be Okami. Finally, in high-definition glory, it returned this autumn.
Sun goddess Amaterasu comes to Earth in the form of a wolf in order to restore peace after the awakening of an ancient evil. Players use a celestial paintbrush to solve puzzles, attack enemies and generally help Amaterasu – who is joined by several loveable companions along the way – with her task. The bold watercolour style may not be to everyone's liking, but if you appreciate originality, striking visuals and explorative gameplay, look no further, Okami HD is by far one of the best download titles available.
Other than Capcom's attempt to port motion-control features to the PlayStation Move peripheral – much like it did with the Wii version released in 2008 – I haven't a single gripe with the game, which can be navigated with your PS3 control pad instead, of course.
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Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale
Sony's second Nintendo-inspired release continues here with a Super Smash Bros-like brawler. To be fair, the game stands on its own, has a formidable character lineup and an addictive replayability factor. Players do battle using a host of known characters, each indulged with heaps of moves. From BioShock's Big Daddy and Dante from Devil May Cry to Nathan Drake, Cole from inFamous or memorable cartoony favourites like Parappa the Rapper and Sly Cooper, there are plenty of familiar faces to choose from.
The fight arenas are equally cool, each a blend of two levels from the games in which the characters feature. While there is a story-based single player mode that incorporates the said personalities too, multiplayer is the obvious focus and those with Vita consoles are in for a treat. The game works cross-platform linking players locally or online, pitching those on a pad against those on the Vita. Worth a splash.
Platforms PS3, Vita
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DLC; making cheap games expensive
I think the main problem with some games is the massive amount of DLC. And also in such a way that it seems as if you're going to have to buy into this sooner of later if you really want to enjoy all merits of the game, depending on the game of course.
But I've also been looking at Tokyo Jungle for a while but then noticed the /huge/ amount of extra's available. Needless to say but that gives me a totally different impression of said game; I can't help wonder how long gameplay can really last without purchasing any DLC.
Re: Dark Souls
Yes... It can be really difficult and frustrating at times, but it's down to you to observe what you're doing wrong, and improve your strategy. Rarely does it feel like the game is being 'cheap' when dishing out death.
The respawning of enemies is completely intentional. The game wouldn't be so difficult, and yet so damn satisfying if you could stroll back to the boss after defeat. Things get a touch easier if you manage to summon help from other gamers online though!
It's definitely not a game for everyone, but Dark Souls and it's predecessor are easily my favourites of this generation and jumped straight into my top-five games of all time. Love them!
Played it at eurogamer, and well, this was my take on it.
F1 Race stars played almost exactly the same as LBP Karting, which played almost exactly the same as Mod Nation Racers which was just a poop copy for Mario Kart. It just wasn't good.
Personally if I were to recommend a ps3 game people might have missed, it would be a much older one than that. Valkyria Chronicles. One of the best TBS games I've ever played, and not a single person I've talked into playing it has been able to disagree. If you like strategy then play that game.
Whatever any PS3 owner does this year...
...I highly recommend Okami HD, whether or not you played the original PS2 version. Its brilliant with or without the Move support, it looks awesome and it's one of the best PS2 games that ever came out.
Little Big Planet Karting as good as sonic racing? sonic racing is the best racing fun since mario kart on the snes.
we just got the new sonic racing transformed. cars then boats then aircraft. loads of fun and still pretty hardcore on the highest levels.
i do fancy Little Big Planet Karting but it was twice the price of sonic transformed. might pick it up after xmas when there are loads of user tracks.