It’s fair to say that over the summer there hasn’t been much to shout about in terms of original PSN content. Xbox Live on the other hand has been bombarded week after week with heavy hitters including Bastion, Toy Soldiers: Cold War, Fruit Ninja Kinect, From Dust, and Insanely Twisted Shadow Planet, all of which have hit the top end of our scoring system. However, things are about to change; not only is Sony running its own take of XBL’s Summer of Arcade with the recent PLAY promotion, SOE also has a number of promising downloadable titles in the pipeline.
Recoil Games’ Rochard will be the first to launch on September 27th at around £7. A 2D sidescroller set in space, Rochard pits you against hordes of pirates as well as numerous puzzles and challenges. Though it doesn’t appear to be breaking any ground, Rochard’s combination of platforming and physics-based gameplay could turn out to be a winning formula.
Next we have Overkill’s Payday: The Heist, one of E3 2011’s hidden gems. In this online shooter players will assume the roles of bank robbers, police and civilians in multi tier competitive skirmishes. The Heist juggles a variety of intriguing mechanics; it sounds incredibly risky but if the game plays anything like what we’ve seen, PSN gamers are in for a real treat come October 4th when the downloadable title launches for roughly £12.
Lastly we have Sideway: New York, another platformer but with a very unique twist. We’ll let you work it out for yourselves; expect to partake in some street art sidescrolling on October 11th.