EuroStore Highlights: Vol. #2
Every week the Playstation Store is updated with new and exciting content. Every week it’s up to you to decide what you’ll be downloading and spending your hard-earned pennies on. It’s not always easy and sometimes it can even be a real dilemma. For all of our European readers out there, *waves*, here’s a new weekly feature from us to you! Check out highlights of what the Store has to offer, read about the new content and come back later for more! EuroStore Highlights, here we go!
How are you enjoying 2012 so far? Pretty good, right? I know – we’ve had Friday the 13th again! But that won’t scare us off, will it? Alright, let’s enter our favourite Store and check out what’s up for grabs this week!
- Asura’s Wrath Demo (Free | 800MB)
Asura is mighty. I could go into detail and shed some light on the game’s story, but that wouldn’t do it justice. Plus I don’t want to spoil anything. It simply has to be experienced first hand. It’s full of action, crazy characters, over the top combat and button mashing. Especially the latter – the amount at times seems almost comical, but it’s fun nevertheless. The demo let’s you play through chapters 5 and 11 and suffice to say that after finishing them I wanted more. The various gameplay elements are fairly simple, but overall they work together very well. Visually the game is interesting and you’ll notice a different approach in style by the developers at first glance. If you like to fight the Gods or simply want to have fun with something mythological, download the demo and see what the upcoming Japanese answer to God of War looks like. It’s a pretty good one.
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 Demo (Free | 1.5GB)
Assuming most of you are familiar with the Final Fantasy franchise, I think there’s no need for an introduction. I’ll just mention that XIII-2 takes place 3 years after XIII and you’ll be introduced to several new characters this time around. Oh, and monsters are again randomly generated. I’m not the biggest fan of the series, but I still had a fun time playing the demo throughout. The game looks great, the time-traveling premise is relatively easy to follow, talking to various NPC’s isn’t a waste of time and the inclusion of puzzles is a nice addition. Although larger in size, the demo gives you a good idea of what to expect from the full game when it ships early next month. For undecided and curious individuals a must.
- Darksiders (£11.99/€14.99)
Darksiders is up next – an action adventure game, where you take control of War (one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse). Developed by Vigil Games and published by THQ, this single-player experience is enjoyable on many fronts. The rich voice cast, including Liam O’Brian, Mark Hamill and Troy Baker, adds up to the overall feel of the game. Included are also several types of weapons, finishing moves, epic boss battles, puzzles and more. Again, it’s one of those titles inspired by God of War, but I wouldn’t dare to call it a ripoff. It’s better than that. Plus a sequel is underway, so you better catch up while you can!
- Avatars – Disney Universe/Saints Row The Third (£0.20/€0.25)
What can I say? There are simply plenty of Disney Universe and Saints Row The Third avatars to choose from. Aladdin, Goofy, Pumbaa, Tinkerbell, Cyrus, Genki, Joe… they’re all there. Literally tens of them. If you’re a fan of either universe (see what I did there?), go grab ’em! Same goes for the actual games themself if you still haven’t played them yet. Especially Saints Row The Third 😉
- Price Drops – Sonic Generations (Was £31.99/€39.99 – Now £19.99/€24.99)
Now that’s a huge price drop! See that? From €39.99 to €24.99! And it’s permanent! To those of you who still haven’t tried out the newest Sonic game – what the hell are you waiting for? I know there was Sonic 4 and it wasn’t and mind-blowing as we all expected, but Sonic Generations is different. Very different. Featuring both classic and modern levels from various Sonic titles, along with 2D and 3D gameplay, it’s loads of fun. Generations is here to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our blue friend and delivers. There’s tons of stuff to unlock and loads of levels to complete. You honestly can’t go wrong 🙂
- Honorable Mention – AMY (£7.99/€9.99)
Not many people are liking how AMY has turned out and while I understand them, I think some of them are being too harsh. AMY may not be the best survival horror out there, but it’s not one of the worst games ever made either. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. The fact the title has been developed by not-so-established studio VectorCell may be the key to all of the negative comments. I personally have a tendency to stay positive and try to find a good thing even in something bad. It’s not always easy, but I think everybody deserves a chance – even AMY. The various gameplay elements and environments are to a degree interesting and have something to offer. A few situations even remind of Silent Hill or the upcoming I Am Alive. How it’s all executed is slightly a problem though. I personally think that if a larger studio and publisher were to gain the rights to AMY and work on it, the result might be alot different. For almost 10 Euros I can’t possibly force you to buy and download this game, because you have to form an opinion on your own, but I definitely think it’s a title worth noticing and I wouldn’t be surprised if we heard about AMY in the future again.
Well, this is the end my beautiful friends. I hope you had a good time reading and I’ll be seeing you all again around the same time next week. Looking forward? You better be! Until then, game on and follow me and GotGame on Twitter if you still haven’t. Have a great weekend!