One of the most awesome thing about Gamercamp is seeing some of the cool and unique ways in which developers use existing console hardware. When I first made my way up the stairs to the second floor of Hotel Ocho, I saw a number of people holding Playstation move controllers, playing what appeared to be a very assertive game of legs-only Twister. The mass of bodies undulated as the people within the shifting mass pushed against each other, obviously trying to find the optimal position for their own Move controllers. Welcome to Henka Twist Caper (developed by OriGaminc): one half twisting, one half caper, three halves madness1.
A videogame can be far more than the sum of its parts when each of the pieces fit together perfectly – achieving that magical, delicate balance that removes the normal boundaries between casual and hardcore. SCE Japan Studio’s Puppeteer for the Playstation 3 seems to achieve that level of ideal appeal; and while it is probably not a perfect game for every single person that owns a PS3, it is something that -in my humble opinion- should be played by everyone.
I am not really too much of a sports game kinda guy; but if I had to choose a franchise to play, it would be MLB: The Show1. There is something amazing about the Playstation exclusive that makes it so much fun to play, no matter what mode you choose. Fantastic production value, a very robust single-player “campaign” and great control have always been hallmarks of the series. In MLB 13: The Show, there aren’t too many obvious significant changes from the previous year; but the game is definitely a great experience and should be a must-play for baseball fans (and even some of you non-baseball fans).
Frima Studio’s Lights, Camera, Party! for the Playstation 3 and the Playstation Move gets a shot in the arm with new content. The new DLC called The Good, The Bad, and the Monkey takes the already hilariously fun and frenetic party game and adds new mini-games and a new multi-player mode. Things just got a little wackier!
When the Playstation Move hit the market, it shipped with Sports Champions. Since the launch of the Move, there have only really been a few games that truly utilize the motion controller properly. Sports Champions is still one of the best Move games out there – and that is an indicator of how much of a great game it is. San Diego Studio’s and Zindagi Games’ Sports Champions 2 may appear like more of the same at first; but with new sports and improved archery, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” might have been “if it ain’t broke, take the best parts, make them better, add new stuff, and laugh all the way to the bank”*, if it wasn’t for the odd choice of content.
The Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade are awesome places to find some really great downloadable games. From time to time, absolute gems pop up that are too good to miss! Giant Sparrow’s The Unfinished Swan on the PSN is a prime example of how big things can come in small downloadable packages.
At E3, Sony introduced the world to the augmented reality interface for the Playstation 3 known as the Wonderbook. At the Sony Playstation holiday preview event at Palais Royale, the Wonderbook had its own living room display – front and centre in the middle of the ballroom – and Book of Spells was the order of the day.