Ones to Watch: PS3 and PSP for May 2010
Spring’s in full swing, just ask any allergy sufferer. May releases on Sony’s platforms are nothing to sneeze at, though. The PS3 has a pair of exclusives that have been getting good buzz so far. 3D Dot Game Heroes brings extremely Zelda-like 8-bit action to the platform with a sense of humor and nostalgia on the 11th. This so-called love letter to retro gaming has already gotten very good reviews, including our own review.
ModNation Racers is the second exclusive game and it rumbles into view on the 25th on both the PS3 and the PSP. It takes the weapon-enhanced kart racer formula and shakes it up with a stunningly detailed yet easy to use customization component for not just your car but your driver as well — the PS3 customization videos that were released on the Store a couple of weeks ago are incredibly impressive. The PS3 version also includes a local split-screen mode. Both the PS3 and PSP versions will feature online play as well as track creation, and with a nice E rating this game could land a spot next to LittleBigPlanet in the PS3′s kid-friendly games library. (For more info on how the PS3 and PSP versions differ, see the first comment on this PS Blog post). Oh, and the game’s also got its own Kevin Butler ad.
On the cross-platform front we have three big games coming in on the PS3. Batman: Arkham Asylum gets a Game Of The Year edition on the 11th, which only serves to highlight my still shrinkwrapped copy of the game. I know, I know, what’s wrong with me, but rest assured I will get to it. Lost Planet 2 slides in on the 11th as well. I wasn’t a fan of the first one so I’ll admit I haven’t paid much attention to this iteration of the game.
Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption will probably make a big splash on the 18th, well, can I say splash when it’s set out in the dusty wild west? It takes guts to take open world sandbox game settings out of the cities (GTA 4, Saints Row 2, Mafia), away from dictatorships in warm climates (Mercenaries 2, Just Cause 2), and turn back the clock to the wild west of the 1800s. The voice work and motion capture highlighted in the trailers looks very good, but these are trailers, you know. The final product will probably be very story driven in the single-player modes, anyway, so we’ll have to see if it has cohesiveness issues. The videos showing off its multiplayer modes and it’s pseudo-persistent-world lobby system seem interesting, but we’ll have to see if the online play pans out in that one. Yes, I went there.
What’s exciting you this month?3D Dot Game Heroes, Batman: Arkham Asylum, capcom, grand theft auto 4, just cause 2, kevin butler, lost planet 2, mafia, mercenaries 2, modnation racers, open world sandbox, red dead redemption, rockstar, saints row 2