EuroStore Highlights Vol. #3
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!
First of all, let me say I’m glad the PlayStation Network maintenance is over. I know, it happens every now and then, but it’s pretty despressing nontheless. Especially when it happens on the same day new content is added to the Store or shortly after. Anyway, how have you all been? Enjoyed the week? Good. It’s time for volume three of our weekly feature done by me, with love from me to thee, so start reading and you’ll see. Ehm, right…
Splinter Cell is a great action-adventure stealth series. Double Agent, the fourth installment, is when the franchise became less stealth and rather focused on more action instead. Sam Fisher is still around, the plot is interesting, the graphics are good, but it all feels slightly different compared to the three previous games. Still, Double Agent is fun to play and includes alot of nice features like lock-picking, computer hacking, a female Splinter Cell, daylight missions, online play and multiple endings. Considering there are multiple versions of the game, each considerably different, this is the version you want to play.
Now it’s time for a little bit of retro. Pandemonium 2, not to confuse with pandemia, is a classic platform game for the PS One. Released in 1997, it features two playable characters – Fargus (a pyromaniac court jester) and Nikki (a sorceress). It’s up to the player to decide with whom they’ll play and eventually finish the game, which also means there are two different endings. Something not exactly typical for games back then. What’s also unusual is the fact Pandemonium 2 still features a password system, instead of a regular “save game” feature. That’s really old-school, yo! On top of that you can enjoy trippy visuals and 2.5D gameplay and yes, both characters have different abilities.
I have to admit that when Kingdoms of Amalur was announced, I didn’t pay alot of attention. Afterall, we’ve had dozens of action RPG titles in the past… so how could Reckoning be any different? Well, it is. If anything, it has a very interesting group of people working on it. From lead designer of The Elder Scrolls III and IV to creator of Spawn. The game will feature “5 distinct regions, 4 playable races and 3 class trees”, meaning you’ll have loads of stuff to do. Same applies to the demo, which may be atypically large in size (2.5GB), but at the same time gives you a really good idea of what to expect when the game ships early next month. Kingdoms of Amalur reminds me of many similiar titles I’ve played in the past, but only a few that I’ve played on a console. It’s an interesting experience worth trying.
Next up I’ve got something for PlayStation Plus subscribers! The Beta of Starhawk – a PS3 exclusive set to release in May. It’s a spiritual successor to 2007’s Warhawk and a third-person shooter. The title features both single player and multiplayer (up to 32 players) and vehicular combat. It takes place in the future, where humans have begun colonizing other planets. To tell the truth, most of the time I was slightly disoriented. Things seems a bit chaotic and while the incorporation of RTS elements into a shooter are noteworthy, I don’t think everyone will actually get it. In my opinion a 1st person view would feel more natural. That’s not to say Starhawk isn’t worth checking out. Technically it’s one of the more stable betas that I’ve played, so don’t worry. Check it out in the attached trailer above, play it and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Crazy Taxi has been on the PlayStation Store for quite some time, but only now has its price been reduced by 75% for PS+ users. You’re reading that correctly – 75%! If you’re subscribed to Plus, yet without a Taxi, then shame on you 😉 It’s a classic and you honestly don’t need any special skills to become a taxi driver. However, you do need alot of practice to become a good one. Speed is key. You know the lyrics to Sonic X’s theme song, right? “Gotta go fast, gotta go fast, gotta go faster, faster, f-f-f-faster!” If you want something crazy and want to pick up random people off the street, you can’t miss!
And one more treat for you Plus gamers out there. Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD is now off by 30% and that means you should go get it if you still haven’t. I can’t stress enough how great this HD remake is. Combining 3rd person and 1st person gameplay, with live ammo in the form of little critters for your crossbow, a mysterious protagonist, nice environments and jokes… just read my 4.5/5 review if you want to know more. All I can say is that I had a really good time playing and would love to see more remakes with a similiar approach in the future. Odd things are the best.
Lastly we have here downloadable content! This week there’s plenty to choose from, but I’ve picked two DLC’s you shouldn’t miss just for you! And yes, I’ve even put together a picture for it as well! How nice of me, right? Ok, as you’ve figured out by now, I’m talking about Gran Turismo 5 and Uncharted 3. The latter offers an additional Flashback Map Pack for (£6.49/€7.99) and GT5 is trying to get your attention again with Car Pack 3 (£4.79/€5.99) and Speed Test Pack (£3.19/€3.99).