Sony has introduced The Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 to help bundle some of the best-selling games available on the PlayStation Store. With Vol. 1, Sony has included four different games. These games are Tokyo Jungle, Fat Princess, Sound Shapes, and When Vikings Attack!. They come on a disc, but unfortunately it is just install files. However, the disc is needed in the drive to play these games that get stored on the hard drive, as if they were downloaded. It would have been nice to have some sort of menu integrated with the option to choose the game to play, rather than spending the first hour installing the games. As for the games themselves, there is a bit of variation.
Tokyo Jungle is a strange title. There really has never been a game like this. The human race has ceased to exist, and animals have taken over the streets of Tokyo. Household pets have become feral, while zoo animals have escaped. The idea is to feed your animal and keep him alive, while attempting to mate with a female at a later time to keep the bloodline running. Using stealth elements that feel reminiscent to the Metal Gear series, taking down enemy animals and food can be fun. The game features day-to-night transition and weather effects that affect skills.
Tokyo Jungle is certainly savage. There’s blood and animal cries. Honestly, if you have a thing for animals, this game is not recommendable. The game offers a survival mode and a story mode, but it’s strangely laid out. The Survival Mode is where a majority of the game takes place. Stories are unlocked by collecting certain items in Survival Mode. Wandering the streets of Tokyo, your animal will mark their territory to take over the area. If you have always wanted to see a Beagle or Pomeranian maul a Hyena, then maybe you should give this a try.
Fat Princess is an older title that was made famous enough that the Fat Princess herself was featured in the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. It’s a cute and fun medieval strategy game. It features a story mode, but also includes general offline matches, online multiplayer, and even an Arena mode where you choose a class and survive rounds of enemies. The story gives players a taste of all the modes. There are five classes available that can be upgraded by taking over command points and generating resources. There is a Warrior, Archer, Mage, Villager, and a Priest for healing.
Fat Princess can be pretty addicting and adds a lot of playing options. This game can be viewed as the highlight of the Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1. The issue is that there is a good chance that anyone interested in the title probably owns the game already. Strategy games tend to already have a good bit of depth due to the generic battle modes. The animated look works perfectly for the title.
As for Sound Shapes, this game is brilliant. Imagine Little Big Planet but with the focus being on music. Sound Shapes is a platform game that involves collecting different music notes to complete a song. You play as a ball and jump and progress through levels. There are some licensed songs in the game, but the big draw comes from creating levels and songs. What goes beyond this is the inclusion of community sharing as levels and songs are created and can be downloaded. Playing through the campaign unlocks new items to increase your arsenal for level and song creation.
Lastly, When Vikings Attack! is an extremely addictive yet simple game. What looks almost like a 3D Simpsons a game, the player organizes civilians to take down groups of Vikings. All that’s needed to do this is literally grabbing anything and everything you can in an area, then throwing it at the Vikings until they run out of people. Items can be stolen from the opposition, and can also bounce off certain objects. Boss fights occur at the end of each level and get tougher. For multiplayer options in the game, your session can be set to public. There are also other mini-games to play online. However, it will take some time to find an opponent in a public game. And sadly, there’s no offline multiplayer. This game would be a joy to have offline multiplayer.
For $39.99, Best of PlayStation Network Vol. 1 saves some money in comparison to buying each separately on the PlayStation Store. While each game stands up well on its own merits, players would have to at least show some interest in each title. It’s kind of a strange mix of games, but all have been successful on their own. For the replay value in each title, this alone would make the price of the bundle a deal. If you are willing to branch out and try something new, you might find yourself really enjoying these titles.
+ High value for the price of the bundle.
+ Games have a ton of replay value.
+ Sound Shapes alone could sell for $40.
– Games have to be installed, yet the disc is needed to play them afterwards.
– Different types of games may not warrant certain gamer’s purchases.
– Tokyo Jungle won’t appeal to animal lovers.
OVERALL – 8