The internet has made a huge impact on gaming. The obvious development is online gaming, which is a natural progression from local multiplayer. But more than online multiplayer, online game distribution has been one of the great success stories in gaming history. With the advent of online distribution networks like the Playstation Network, games can now be easily purchased online and downloaded. This has resulted in small developers gaining access to millions of gamers and it has also resulted in lower game prices.
With the Playstation Network now having hundreds of games easily accessible, let’s find out which games are worth your money.
1. Wipeout HD
Wipeout was one of the smash hit titles for the original Playstation. This futuristic racer thrived on speed and a wondrous electronica soundtrack. More than ten years after the release of the first title, PSN showcases Wipeout again this time in full HD glory. This new addition in the series features crisp 1080p resolution and very fast frame rates that combine to make this the most graphically stunning Wipeout title ever. Players not only get to enjoy single player races but also tournaments and online multiplayer as part of its many game modes. All race fans should get this title.
2. Super Stardust HD
Shooters like Super Stardust HD is a recognized and well loved game genre. Super Stardust HD just made an insane game more crazy but also adding in the prettiness factor because of the HD treatment it gets. This is an easy game to get into because the controls are so easy. But mastering it will take a lot of time as you try to figure out ways of maximizing the three types of ammo you have, your bombs and your speed boosts. This is one shooter you absolutely need to have in your PSN games library.
Flower can be considered the “anti-game.” The visually stunning game does not involve killing anything or making things explode. In fact, the objective, if you can call it that, is to make flowers bloom. There’s no right way to play it and you neither win nor lose in this game. This is probably the most relaxing game anyone can play. It really relies more on feel than on active thinking and reflexes. People who have played that game have reported feeling relaxation and the relief of their stress, which is unique and unprecedented for any game. Flower is a game that should be experienced because of its uniqueness.
4. PixelJunk Eden
The PixelJunk series of games for the PSN are some of the most entertaining and most uniquely designed games in all of the Playstation Network. But if there’s one game in the series that deserves a unique mention it will have to be PixelJunk Eden. This is one of the most uniquely designed games ever made in any console or game medium. It expertly combines trance-like music, visual arts and simple but challenging gameplay that results in a game that you will come back to over and over again. The game revolves around a stylized garden that you attempt to pollinate. It’s a strange premise for a game that is just a joy to play and behold.
If you have ever marveled and been mesmerized by the artwork of M.C. Escher and wondered what it would feel like to live in his world of skewed perspectives then Echochrome is the game for you. This is a game that truly lives up to Escher’s vision and then transforms it into a game that will challenge your brain. The objective of the game is simple. Manipulate the angles of a multi dimensional platform in order to help the in-game “character” move through the platforms and reach the finish line safely. It’s a game that needs to be seen in order to fully comprehend its one-of-a-kind gameplay.