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Okami HD

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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.

Okami HD
Okami HD
Reg Rating 95%
Price £15
Platforms PSN
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Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale

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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.

PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal
PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royal
Reg Rating 85%
Price £28
Platforms PS3, Vita
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