Sony Computer Entertainment
What they say: Experience some of the PlayStation Network’s stand out hits in this amazing collection of titles for your PS3 system. Best of PlayStation Network, Vol.1 includes four hits from the PSN library including:
When Vikings Attack – This energetic third person adventure from the PlayStation Network features fast paced battles pitting up to four co operative players against the Viking hordes, and manically competitive “Versus” arenas where players can test their skills against friends.
Sound Shapes – Equal parts instrument and game, Sound Shapes gives everyone the ability to make music. Play through a unique campaign that fuses music and artwork into a classic 2D plat former, featuring artwork by Pixel jam, Copy, Super brothers and more, with music by I Am Robot and Proud, Jim Guthrie and Deadmau5. Create your own unique musical levels with all of the campaign content and share with the world. Sound Shapes creates an ever changing musical community for everyone to enjoy at home or on the go.
Tokyo Jungle – With over 50 playable animals to choose from, unleash your inner beast to hunt your way to the top of Tokyo’s post apocalyptic food chain. Whether in Story or Survival Mode, you never know where your next meal will come from or the dangers you’ll face, so be prepared for anything and everything. Forage through this desolate but dangerous city to complete story based challenges using a variety of survival skills, from all out attack to stealth. Beware you are not the only animal out there hunting for survival.
Fat Princess-Choose from five distinct character classes and switch at any time to best help your team. Charge head first into battle, heal teammates as they break through enemy lines, and upgrade your team and the castle defences as you work with your team to save your princess. There’s a catch, though, the other team has been feeding her magical cake, making her harder to escort back to you.
What I say: One of the first joys I experienced after buying my PS3 was wondering around the Playstation Store and finding and experiencing cool downloadable games. A lot of my better memories from my time with the PS3 come from downloadable titles. So years later, Sony finally decides to start giving us collections of those titles on disc. Having broke the ice with the sublime Journey Collection we have a wider sampling of what the Playstation Network has to offer.
The disc pops up a menu once you click on it in the XMB and you see icons for the four titles. The only real downer about how the disc is set up is that you must install the titles to your HDD but the disc must be in the tray to play them. I see why that was done but wouldn’t it have been easier to just have them play off the disc? Maybe that was not possible, I don’t know.
When Vikings Attack: This is the game I had the least knowledge of going into this collection. Deceptively simple, the game has you controlling a swarm of fighters taking on groups of Vikings. Items are littered all over the screen and your team must lift them and toss them at the Viking group taking them out before they get you. Playing single player can get repetitive but multiplayer makes this a worthy affair. You have your choice of playing through the “story” or there are verses modes when it’s basically a free for all and a fight to the death. Other characters wonder on to the screen occasionally and they can be added to your group thus adding more hit points in a way.
This title is a lot of fun but repetitive objectives keep it from being a true classic.
Sound Shapes: This game is a platformer, but with a twist. The levels are based off of music and the levels get across the theme of the songs. Tracks from artists like Beck highlight this affair. The game is structured like Little Big Planet with you getting items from the levels to use in creating and sharing levels with the community. Even after completing the game, there are plenty of new levels to play and you can grab other players “milk crates” which are collections of favorite levels.
The game has a very unique look and feel and the play control is spot on. The art style and diverse music tracks really add to the games unique flavor. The game is equally fun in playing and creating levels. This is the most unique experience on this collection and comes highly recommended.
Tokyo Jungle: After some sort of cataclysm wipes out human life, only the animals are left to survive in this new age. Over the course of the game you play such diverse animals as the smallest Pomeranian to such regal beasts as lions and so on. You experience the life of your chosen animal all the way to their finding a mate and then you take over as the new generation. The key is trying to hunt (and hide from animals hunting you) and survive. The game has two modes; story and survival. Story has you playing different animals and discovering Tokyo. Survival involves trying to survive through multiple generation and continuing as long as possible. Co-op is also available in both modes.
The game is quirky, fun, and mostly unique. It truly is a breath of fresh air and definitely gives you a play experience you won’t get elsewhere. The game looks good and plays well. A real treat!
Fat Princess: This game is the oldest release of the collection. I bought this game day 1 and I am still playing it four years later. A very non PC take on capture the flag, Fat Princess involves your team holding a princess hostage while trying to rescue your princess from the other team. In addition to fortifying your castle and upgrading all the jobs available to your characters, you can also stuff your princess with magical cake to make her fatter so she is harder for the other team to pack off. I know right?
The game can be played with up to 32 players on two teams. If playing off line the rest of your team and the opposing force will be played by bots. Online features human opponents but bots are used to fill it any less than 32. The game is great fun and there are a ton of maps and play modes to keep you going. The art style is cute and cartoony which really offsets the carnage. The game is a gas and there are always plenty of people online to play with. Recommended!
If you enjoy the games in this collection, they are a great intro to the Playstation Network and if you do get online, there is DLC for all titles to extend you play. I’m sure that was part of the reason these titles were chosen, was to sell you that DLC. But that’s awful cynical, there is a lot to enjoy here and as it the games are a great value and a lot of fun.
Overall Rating: 9/10