Ones to Watch on PS3/PSP for February 2011
Killzone 3 is the headliner on the PS3 this month and there’s a multiplayer beta live right now for those who want to have a taste of the full experience. It’s rated M for Mature as you’d expect, so no kids allowed, wink wink. There are more than a couple of JRPGs hitting the PS3 this month along with Back To The Future: The Game.
The PSP has slim pickings — maybe devs are focusing on the NGP — but it will be getting the remake Ys I & II Chronicles.
And before you think that’s all there is this month, there’s a game in the list below that features beings named after game consoles living in a world called “Gameindustri”. I’m not kidding. Take a look.
Explodemon (PS3) – The PSN title Explodemon has apparently had a long development time but IGN says it’s worth picking up in their 8.0 “Great” review. It’s slated to land in the PlayStation Store on Tuesday the 8th.
Test Drive Unlimited 2 (PS3) – The first Test Drive Unlimited game got good press for an interesting open world driving and racing game and included online play on the lowly PSP if memory serves. This one is on the PS3 but not PSP, and will also appear on the PC and Xbox 360.
Superstars V8 Next Challenge (PS3) – Coming in at a budget MSRP of 40 bucks into a very crowded racing genre might be just what this one needs to get some traction. Of course unless you’re made of money and have already bought Gran Turismo 5 and the most recent Need for Speed, this one might be a distant third.
You Don’t Know Jack (PS3) – The quiz game genre enjoys two healthy offerings with Buzz Quiz TV and Buzz Quiz World – or actually three if you count the downloadable Buzz Quiz player application from the PSN that can use purchased question packs from those first two games – but the You Don’t Know Jack series goes way back. I’m looking forward to seeing how this one turns out since we all last saw this franchise during the very early days of PC gaming.
Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll (PS3) – This Tecmo KOEI action RPG that makes me think it might have a few of the warts of some of KOEI’s other franchises when it comes to the engine or mechanics, but I’ll keep my eyes open for a demo just in case we get the ability to try this one out ahead of time.
Back To The Future: The Game (PS3) brings the acclaimed adventure game over to Sony’s system. I’ve heard great things about the voice talent in this game and how well it adheres to the original first film in the trilogy.
Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (PS3) – Bash your friends faces in on and offline in Capcom’s latest online fighter this month.
Hyperdimension Neptunia (PS3) – This is it, a JRPG not based on high fantasy, folks. It features – I kid you not – deities based on game consoles, at least if IGN’s writeup is to be believed. Want to hear another one? The game world is named “Gamindustri.”
Ys I & II Chronicles (PSP) – The previous Ys games must have done well because this reissue of the first two games in the venerable series is coming from Xseed Games developed by Nihon Falcom Corp.
Knights Contract (PS3) comes from Namco Bandai, features more swords and sorcery, but stands firmly in the hack and slash action camp instead of turn-based RPG. The twist is that you’ve made a pact with a resurrected witch and must protect her. Given the world’s one where witches have all been hunted down I imagine revenge is on the menu.
de Blob 2 (PS3) brings the sequel to a Wii-only game onto the PS3 in high definition with 3D support if you have one of those sets available. IGN’s preview is worth a look.
Killzone 3 (PS3) blazes onto the system on the 22nd offering, according to IGN’s 8.5 “Great” review it offers a strong single player experience if a linear one, and an even better online offering than Killzone 2 brought to the table. As a Sony property it’s trumpeting Move and 3D support if you’ve got the hardware for it.
The Bulletstorm (PS3) demo has received some buzz from the likes of Penny-Arcade and others around the web and the final game blasts into view on the 22nd.
Plants vs Zombies finally arrives on the PlayStation Network. What little I’ve seen of this game on other platforms makes me wonder if not having a mouse available to play it will make this game a little harder than it should be. I did find Peggle good enough to buy, however, so I’ll keep an eye on this one.