The PlayStation Store January Sale has had a might fine update today, here are just a handful of our favourites:
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Puppeteer is a quirky little gem of a platformer. Sure, it suffers from the occasional overlong, unskippable cutscene, but it's a visually outstanding, brilliatly creative tour-de-force from Sony Japan that kind of out-Nintendos Nintendo.
You should buy it.
Whatever you may have thought of it, September was only ever really going to be dominated by one game. The hype train for GTA V was a roaring locomotive that, as expected, has crushed all in its path. But there were some other games that emerged in September too. Sony Japan's striking platformer Puppeteer won us over emphatically, in turned out that Diablo III was better as a console game after all, indie gems such as MirrorMoon EP and Lone Survivor: Director's Cut proved that you don't need a massive budget to work wonders.
Honourable mentions also go out to The Creative Assembly, who crafted a gargantuan grand strategy experience that surely would have been in with a shout had it not been so terribly buggy; the re-emergence of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner - Soul Hackers as the 16-year cult classic hit the 3DS; Daedalic dropped probably their best adventure game yet in Memoria; and Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs emerged to freak us out along with Outlast.
As per usual, we've got a couple of runners-up before we hit the big one...Click here to read more...
Rayman Legends may have been stealing all the limelight recently, but you really shouldn't let Sony's awesome platformer pass you by. Matt scored the game 8/10 this week. I've played through the game too and absolutely loved it. It's beautifully designed both technically and visually. Don't forget there's a killer co-op mode too, player two can control a flying character to help you find hidden items and remove obstacles for you. Check out some awesome footage in the launch trailer after the break.Click here to read more...
Developers: Sony Japan Studio
Publishers: Sony Computer Entertainment
Sony Japan Studio are one of those outfits with an almost absurd excess of creativity. The ideas behind their games are frequently weird and wonderful -- just look at the likes of Tokyo Jungle and Gravity Rush -- but it's also true that quite often the execution doesn't quite match up to the inspiration behind it. So it has been that Japan Studio has created a number of games that we really, really want to love, but have perhaps been a little too fundamentally flawed to achieve those ends.
What's great, of course, is that this clearly hasn't dampened the creative spirit or sense of gumption at the studio, because here comes Puppeteer: a 2D platformer seemingly skewed towards children, but with a dark (and occasionally disturbing) story, narrated by English luvvies, and framed by a constantly shifting stage for a playable slice of marionette theatre. There's an Into The Woods joke in here. I'm not sure there's ever been a game before that's managed to slip in a half-minute musical homage to Sondheim before.
If there was ever a game that screamed *RISKY SALES PROPOSITION* at first glance, this is probably it. Thank whatever deity or secular object you pray to that there are still people who value creativity up at the higher levels of this industry.
Puppeteer tells the story of Kutaro, a young lad who has his soul stolen by the evil Moon Bear King, a figure who appears to be a gigantic bear made from the pelts of other bears and who wears a crown and lives on the Moon. Our young protagonist finds himself turned into a marionette and swiftly, sadly decapitated. Pushed onwards by the Moon Witch, Kutaro resolves to steal the Moon Bear King's magical scissors -- named Calibrus -- defeat the Bear's generals and the Bear himself, and restore the Moon to its former glory. It's a darkly, Burton-esque setup, and it sets the stage (quite literally) for an enormously imaginative, rather grim(m) fairytale to follow.Click here to read more...
Sounds sinister, but this new trailer for PS3 exclusive Puppeteer is a jaunty look at the various powers you'll accrue as you explore the bizarre and colourful stage show. Matt recently got hands-on with Puppeteer, describing it as "absolutely bonkers in pretty much every way."
It's out in September, looking as charming and quirky as you'd expect from Sony Japan Studio.
Developers: SCE Japan Studio
Publishers: Sony Computer Entertainment
Puppeteer is absolutely bonkers, in pretty much every way, and it's a marketing rep's nightmare. After all, this is a new IP, with nary a gun in sight, no sexualised characters to slap on the front of the box, it's mechanisms can't really be explained in a snappy tagline, and it's a big-budget 2D platformer not made by Nintendo or Media Molecule.
Of course, Sony's Japan Studio is known for taking risks. Just look at Tokyo Jungle, the quirky Darwinian PSN hit that recently made the jump to mobile platforms. These are the folks who made mind-bending Vita exclusive Gravity Rush, who are forging the PS4's legacy from the beginning with Mark Cerny and Knack, and who are also making the Team ICO-esque Rain. Microsoft and Nintendo might be content for their first-party studios to pump out rehashes and sequels, but Japan Studio doesn't fall into that category at all.
The story is nuts. Puppeteer sees you step into the shoes of Kutaro, a young boy who finds himself transformed into a puppet by the evil Moon Bear King, and quite literally loses his head to the nefarious fiend. The Moon Bear King amuses Himself by stealing the souls of children and then transforming them into His own personal army of bodyguards, so in order to get your head back, you end up having to battle your way through His minions, rescuing your peers, and eventually defeating Him in a quest that ends up seeing the fate of the galaxy come to rest upon your shoulders, much like the head you lost might have done.Click here to read more...
Three new trailers for Puppeteer, the bonkers PS3 exclusive that sees players assume the role of a puppet in a surreal stage show, give us a look at some newly-announced platforming abilities. Donning hero heads allows the diminutive Kutaro to leverage powerful new skills, such as becoming a hook-slinging pirate or burly wrestler.
A bonus DLC pack will also be available for pre-order customers. Footage and details below.Click here to read more...
We don't know much about Sony Japan Studio's curious little title, but we do know that we're excited for it. A couple of new videos have emerged from the studio showing off some of the character animation and a little taster of the gameplay.Click here to read more...
Man, September is far away. Sony Japan's upcoming theatrical platformer looks like nothing else on the horizon right now and here at Dealspwn we can't wait. Visually it looks like a mashup of LittleBigPlanet and The Nightmare Before Christmas and the booming audio demands the game to be played through speakers to get that theatre-feel.
The latest trailer introduces the main character and the villain of the piece, with a few glimpses of the fearsome boss fights you'll encounter. A US price-tag of $40 at the end of the trailer suggests a budget-priced retail game, which on these shores should be a very tempting £25. Check out the trailer after the jump, I've also popped the old reveal trailer in afterwards if you want to get up to speed and have a look at some gameplay too.Click here to read more...
As reported by Joystiq, Sony have dated avant-garde platformer Puppeteer for a September 10th release in the States (it'll likely release the following Friday here in Europe). Announced last Gamescom, the PS3 exclusive will cast players as a wooden toy seeking to defeat the evil Moon Bear King, battling through an puppet show stage where scenery and characters change on the fly.
It's in development by SCE Japan and Gavin Moore (Forbidden Siren, The Getaway).
Puppeteer, one of the handful of brand new IPs coming to Sony boxes of treats that were announced at Gamescom earlier this year, has gotten itself a shiny new trailer just in time for TGS. There are plenty of colourful characters, dazzling pop-up theatrical landscapes, nd lots of scissoring...no, not that kind...in this utterly barmy new trailer.
Seriously, it's crazy. Think about having your morning coffee first before you watch it if you haven't already.Click here to read more...
Sony came to Gamescom 2012 with three new PS3 games to show off: Until Dawn, Puppeteer and the heavily-rumoured Rain.
UPDATE: Have some trailers and screenshots.Click here to read more...