Ones to Watch: PS3, PSP for December 2010
The year is winding down and as we sprint towards the holiday there are only a few games heading our way for Sony’s platforms. Maybe “sprint” is too fast a word to use with a big Thanksgiving dinner under our belts and a sizable haul of Black Friday gaming deals on our backs.
Kung-Fu Live (PS3, PSN) – This side-scrolling brawler uses the PS Eye camera to take a digital image of you and read your body moves to make it punch, kick, and – carefully, watch out for that coffee table – jump over your enemies. A demo will tell me all I need to know about this one.
Tron Evolution (PS3, PSP) – The Tron: Legacy movie nerds everywhere have been waiting for will reach theaters and a video game that may not really be sticking close to it is slated to launch alongside it this month. This will have Move support for controlling vehicles and stereoscopic 3D support for both single player and multiplayer. While the mechanics of the multiplayer modes don’t seem all that novel on paper the retro Tron visuals should strike a chord with gamers.
Sackboy’s Prehistoric Moves (PS3, PSN) – This download-only game from Media Molecule is set to sate our appetite for our little stitched-up hero ahead of the launch of his January sequel but takes things in a different direction. It’ll feature Move support for co-op play with another player manning the standard Dual Shock 3. This will be great to play with my kids, but I’m not going to buy it in December since it will be packed in with LittleBigPlanet 2 in January. If you’re a Plus subscriber you’ll see this game a week sooner.
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 – Vietnam (PS3, PSN) – This is expansion for the well-received military shooter will be delivered entirely via PSN download (and Xbox Live Marketplace for our green-themed friends). IGN’s preview at the link above talks about how the varied aspects of the levels really showcase the Frostbite engine and that the preview build still had the really good looks and gameplay of the original game.
Marvel Pinball (PS3, PSN) – The wizards behind the acclaimed Zen Pinball return with a Marvel Comics themed pinball game late this month. One can argue that these should just be expansion tables for Zen Pinball but licensing dollars and ease of marketing probably win out, and I’m going to wager that a fuller set of Trophies will be up for grabs than DLC would allow. In the end, if they can leverage their already exceptional pinball game experience from Zen Pinball nobody will have anything to complain about gameplay-wise.