Playstation Store Update Leaked Early

Though the content isn’t up yet, you get the list of what’s to come tomorrow, today. How special is that? I’d chalk it up to a gaffe, not charity, but it’s still a pleasant surprise. Here’s what’s in store for ya:

–Go! Sports Ski (2.99 US) – Go! Sports Ski is a visually stunning, skiing simulator that harnesses the SIXAXIS controller.

–The Simpsons demo
–Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War demo

–NBA 08 key control play calling tutorial video
–Eye of Judgement tutorial video

Other video:
–Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune BTS
–Haze Dev interview
–Tekkonkinkreet video
–Surf’s Up BD trailer

We’ve known about Go! Sports Ski for awhile now, though I’m still not sure what to make of it. The whole “Go!” brand is just too vanilla for me (though I enjoyed Go! Sudoku). They feel more like a collection of Xavix games than Sony products. Flesh these concepts out! Theme them! Do something! Casuals like bright colors and stupid mascots!
I don’t know, maybe Ski will end up being alright, but I haven’t seen anything yet that blows my skirt up. Motion-controlled skiers and having only two courses just seems a little light in the content department, but at $3, it’s probably worth giving a shot. As I do with most PSN releases, I’ll post some impressions in a couple days, regardless.

A Simpsons demo sounds really neat, though. I didn’t know the game was that close to being upon us and it’d be a good opportunity to see whether or not the gameplay is fun enough to back up the hilarious parody. There really hasn’t been a decent Simpsons game released since the coin-op beat-em-up. Bladestorm is…interesting, to say the least. I played the Japanese demo which was hard to work through with all the kanji, but the concept has promise. It’s not unlike a slower-paced, more strategic Dynasty Warriors (both series come from Koei) set in Europe, instead of Asia. You run around the battlefield, as usual, but instead of mindlessly hacking away at enemies, you have squads with timed commands. Use any one of them and you’ll need to wait until the bar fills back up to use it again. Depending on how far the concept is taken, it could end up being either really deep or disgustingly lethargic. Got good reviews from Famitsu, though:

Bladestorm: The Hundred Years’ War (PS3, Koei): 9 / 8 / 8 / 8 – (33/40)

Tutorials seems like a new category for PSN. I’m not sure how useful it is for NBA 08, but the one for Eye of Judgment should clarify a lot of things for gamers who still don’t quite get what it’s all about (it’s fun, trust me).

The rest of the content is par for the course, but it’s a good week overall; a little bit of everything. Also, you should probably check out the trailer for Tekkonkinkreet. It looks absolutely incredible, even with the weird characters and tongue-twisting title.

~ by Cavin Smith on October 3, 2007.

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