Love it or hate it, you can’t deny that there has certainly been an increase in the amount of decent PSN games on the PlayStation Store. Personally, I happen to really like the PS Store, and at least when I first got my PS3, I actually spent more time on PSN games than on Blu-Ray games. But anyway, the following are my three favourite PSN games, so if you agree or not, post a comment and let me know what you think.
I think I speak for a lot of people when I say my favourite PSN game has to be ‘WipEout HD’, because it’s blatantly the best game on the Store. I was a big fan of ‘WipEout Pure’ on the PSP, but I must confess since I got my PS3, my PSP has remained unplayed for months, so I’d forgotten how much I liked it. Its PSN counterpart is a definite must have PS3 exclusive, which for a downloadable game is high praise indeed. I’m also not the first person to say that as you can get your hands on it for a mere £11.99, it’s also incredibly good value, boasting hours and hours of brilliantly fun gameplay.
Although I like all of the game modes (apart from Time Trial because some of them are just impossible), for me and many others, the stand-out feature of WipEout is the epic Zone mode which is nothing short of beautiful. For anyone who’s never played WipEout before (and there surely can’t be many of you), in Zone mode your ship is always moving forwards and keeps increasing its speed, only ending when it gets too damaged and blows up. The sheer sense of speed and use of colour throughout the game is amazing, but Zone is where it really shines. This mode is also where you can find one or two of the most difficult PlayStation trophies to acquire in any game. Getting up to Zone 75 will take a long time and will only ever be achieved by a handful of people, but it won’t stop many others trying, which in my opinion is what makes this game so great.
If you read Part II in this set of posts in where I discussed my favourite PS3 exclusive games you may have been a little bemused with ‘Warhawk’ being so conspicuously left out. Not to worry though because as I downloaded it, I was waiting for this post on PSN games to mention it. Probably being the most popular game on the Store, I don’t really need to say too much about it, but believe it or not, being an online-only shooter, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not but decided to give it a go and was pleasantly surprised. I’m the first person to admit I’m absolutely rubbish at this game and other games like it, with most people’s skills far outstripping my own, but it doesn’t stop me going on it occasionally just to try and get a few kills.
I didn’t purchase ‘Super Stardust HD’ until a few months ago, mostly to see what the hell these trophy things I’d heard about were. I knew it was meant to be quite good, but I’m normally not a fan of top-down shooters, so I wasn’t sure if I’d like it. However, by looking so great and adding some unique features, I couldn’t help but become (like many gamers before me) addicted for several weeks. The trophies also worked particularly well with this game, and I kept going until I had all of them, something which hasn’t really happened since. Of course it could just have been because trophies were new and it was the only game to support them, but nevertheless SSHD is a really entertaining game and well worth a fiver if you’re one of the few that hasn’t yet tried it.
I’ve already said that personally I really like the PlayStation Store and look forward to the weekly Thursday updates, because more often than not at least something decent is released. There are many other PSN games that I love, but these are just three of my particular favourites. So, like me are you mesmerised by ‘Wipeout HD’, or are you more partial to a sneaky round of ‘Super Rub a Dub’? Just post a comment and I promise not to laugh.