The PlayStation Network is a great place for smaller digital games, giving up-and-coming indies a gateway to console players that wasn’t there a decade ago.
In recent months Sony’s certification process has become noticeably less stringent. Sure, PSN is no stranger to bad or broken games but titles such as the dismal Life of Black Tiger and SKYLIGHT FREERANGE 2 highlight a worrying trend.
This week Sony’s laughably lax certification came under fire again, and rightly so. A game titled “★★★★★ 1000 Top Rated” quickly caught the attention of PSN users, highlighting just how easy it is to abuse PS4 storefront.
In a nutshell, it’s a collection of 4K wallpapers turned into an interactive tile puzzler. We’d hesitate to even call it a game, but that’s not the worst part. For the tiny sum of $0.98, it promises the world’s fastest (and possibly the easiest) platinum trophy.
It’s ridiculously shady, Top Rated using the “game” as a thinly-veiled promotion of its Facebook page (which we’re not even going to bother linking).
Sony has since responded however, removing the “game” from PSN. According to its developer, they’ve been asked to change the name and remove any mention of easy trophies in its store description.
Hopefully, if Top Rated ever resurfaces, let’s hope Sony only allows a paltry spread of trophies.