Tagged: PSN

U-WARS is now Deep Black, Episodic on Xbox?

Back in 2009 when I was writing for a site that has since deleted or hidden all my posts (not mad, really) I wrote up a game then known as Underwater Wars or U-WARS. It had already been in development at Russian studio Biart for a while and I was enticed by its cover based shooter gameplay set largely underwater. Thruster powered diving suits, harpoon guns, and hostile submersibles were all promised. Long (dev) story short, the game took a while to find a global publisher for consoles.

Ok, now for another long story. At least on Xbox Live Arcade the game is tagged as Deep Black: Episode 1 and priced at 800 Microsoft Points for release on April 25th. The full game, a German-exclusive PC release from last May included 40 missions and 8+ hours of gamplay so there’s no telling just yet what your 800 Points will get you. More confusingly, the game is also coming to PlayStation Network without the ‘Episode 1’ designation on the box art. Will it cost more? Contain the full PC experience? Is there multiplayer in any version?

It looks like I’ll have to wait until the day of release to finally put this U-WARS story to bed. Once that’s sorted out we can move on to whatever the hell Deep Black Online and Deep Black: Reloaded are.


Vessel fills me with fluid dynamics, love

Fluid dynamics… You guys!! Fluid! Dynamics! Yes, it’s another side-scrolling, puzzle/platformer with a physics hook and I can’t help myself. Here’s the latest look at Strange Loop Games’ Vessel which is coming to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network “late 2011” for the asking price of $15. That’s always a tough price point for me.

Goozex throws lonely PlayStation 3 gamers a freebie

While the PlayStation Network fiasco has been a huge bummer for everyone involved (and that’s a lot of us), a few businessfolk in the gaming industry are making the best of it. First developer redspotgames drums up some awareness and interest by asking gamers if they should even bother bringing Rush Rush Rally Racing to the beleaguered platform when it returns. Then Capcom plays the sympathy card by going off on the hackers who are costing them “millions of dollars in revenue” . Now it’s Goozex‘s turn; the online game trading site is giving PlayStation 3 owners who have swapped at least one PS3 title or Blu-Ray movie a free trading token for their troubles.

“The downturn of the Sony PlayStation Network has been a frustrating experience for many of our members and we wanted to put a little positivity back into the whole situation,” said Mark Nebesky, Goozex CMO. Mark continued, “what we hope to do is let our members that can’t play Mortal Kombat online pick up some other items to play and watch while the PSN issues resolve themselves. We still believe the PS3 is an amazing gaming console and the best Blu-ray player out there.”

Generating some goodwill and awareness while at the same time covering their asses with that last line. It’s beautiful and if this PSN outage lasts much longer you might well be able to score a free PlayStation 3 from someone out there.

Dev asks gamers if it should cancel PSN version of its game

Be it a cleverly timed marketing ploy or a shrewd business decision, redspotgames has put the PlayStation Minis version of their currently-cross-platform retro racer, Rush Rush Rally Racing, on the chopping block. The deciding factor in its fate? You!

With PlayStation Network still on the outs and the game’s more completed WiiWare incarnation ready for a Summer release, redspotgames is asking gamers what to do by way of an online survey. Canceled or completed, it’s not all doom and gloom, though. As with any good online survey, participants have the chance to win redspotgames keychains and one of three copies of Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles… for Sega Dreamcast. Did I mention that Rush Rush Rally Racing was one of the last Dreamcast releases? That probably helps explain those prizes a little.

Have a look at the game at the official site and let the devs at redspotgames know what you think in their survey. Fair warning though, that link was dead at the time of this writing. Not sure if that’s a good or bad sign.


About a Blob walks the runway with new customizable looks

In an update weighing in at 219 megs, indie game and PlayStation 3 exclusive, Tales from Space: About a Blob, is getting a nice little upgrade. “The ability to customize the Blob is something we always really wanted to do, but just did not have time to implement for the initial release,” said DrinkBox COO Graham Smith. “I’m excited that we are able to finally get this feature into the hands of players!

As part of the upgrade the game now has two other noteworthy features: incentive to collect the thousands of blue pick-ups scattered all over each level… and paid DLC. I straight up skipped many of the nebulous orbs on my first playthrough as the only reward for finding them all was a single PlayStation Trophy but now I’ve got motivation. A decent handful of eyes, hats, ears, and patterns are unlocked by trading in your blue dots for the goods. If you really love to dress up your blob, though, there’s a separate add-on for $2.99 that gives you access to “premium” hats, glasses, lips and more. It’s a nice addition for the indie puzzle/platformer that adds even more personality to the proceedings but I don’t know if need much more than the surly, spikey, Mexican madam I created for free.

Grab the game straight away or check out what I had to say about it on last week’s episode of The GameLuv Show.