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PS3 owners can download two of the following games for free:
- Dead Nation
- Little Big Planet
- Super Stardust HD
- Wipeout HD + Fury
Very important news after the jump!!!
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Three years since its release, Super Stardust HD, one of the PSN’s top-selling titles, is still getting new content from its developers (in fact, this game was the first game to feature Trophies and they got it 3D support last year). Sometime this Spring, the new Impact mode DLC will be released. Here are some details on the new mode:
The Impact mode plays on and twists the game rules – in place of the weapon system your ship is now fitted with an experimental new matter-to-energy boost engine technology, which means once you activate the boost, you can stay in boost as long as you can hit meteors and enemies with it!
This mode also features much higher score multipliers – as long as you boost the multiplier keeps growing and growing! This is the most fast-paced and adrenaline inducing add-on to the game yet.
Sounds like the new add-on will be making the game pretty intense. Any of you still play the game to this day? I still think it’s one of the top titles on PSN myself.
In an interview, Housemarquee has said that they are working on three new IPs:
- One unnamed Sony published PSN exclusive title that will be announced at the European games convention in August
- One multiplatform title for another big publisher
- A self-published phsyics-based game called Rope that will appear on PSN and probably other platforms as well.
I bought the multiplayer pack for SuperStardust HD on my PS3 a little while back, but I didn’t have a chance to try it out until last night.
Steve and I gave it a whirl in both standard co-op split-screen mode and in versus mode. The first mode is identical to the co-op mode that was there before, except that it’s now split-screen instead of shared screen. I did notice a decrease in quality, or at least I thought I did. It was hard to pin down. The easiest way to describe it is to say that everything seemed slightly less smooth. But it was still entirely playable, and after some reflection I guess you have to take a performance hit if you’re showing twice as much stuff!
Steve and I also played versus mode, but only got to try Deathmatch before we moved on to some PixelJunk Eden and Army of Two.
I was surprised, actually, by how many multiplayer modes there are. There was Deathmatch, of course, but there were others too, including King of the Hill. I am hosting games night on Wednesday, so four of us will hopefully be giving that mode (and others) a try. So I’ll update you on that later.
But even Deathmatch is a blast. There we three rounds, and we had to do a lot of experimenting to find out how to switch to and use all the new weapons. Steve seemed to default to some red homing missiles and I got smaller yellow ones. We need to figure out how that works! It was a blast to play, however, and I hope that Steve adds his comments to this post. The levels aren’t just empty or with asteroids. Instead, there are permanent rocks that you need to navigate through and around, and this adds some more strategy to the game. It is odd to be able to see your enemy almost completely on the other side of the world, though. But it was nice, because I could shoot some homing missiles at him! There’s also a big tower on the level that adds an extra element to the game. If you destroy it (while it’s trying to destroy you), you get some extra bonuses to use. Some bonuses in multiplayer mode are timed, which is different than single player mode. Ah well. I want to try the game a lot more to figure out all the many options and weapons. In the end of this particular match, Steve won two rounds to one.
The new Super Stardust: HD Solus expansion pack is now available from the new PS Store and it is awesome! You get 4 new modes for £2.99 and it’s an absolute bargain!
I’ve had a quick blast on all 4 modes and each one is superb fun and adds massively to the Stardust experience.
The first new mode is Endless. You face a constant stream of different (and new) enemies that attack in random patterns. It is incredible fun and some of the new enemies have to be seen to be believed. It’s hard to describe to you what you are faced with. It’s just absolutely epic!!
Next up is Survival. You are faced with a constant stream of indestructible rocks that can not be destroyed. You’re goal is to survive as long as possible. You can destroy mines to add a couple of seconds to your time. I managed 2:27.25 on my first go.
Bomber is next up. You are only armed with bombs, no other weapons or boost and you have to get as many points as possible. It’s all about timing your blasts. You start with 10 bombs so you aren’t at a big disadvantage initially. It soon becomes absolutely epic though with hordes of enemies swarming all over you! Brilliant stuff!
Time Attack is the final new mode, which basically involves you seeing how fast you can finish individual planets.
There’s also a new Retro music option in the settings.
This is by far the most awesome piece of DLC ever! Each mode adds massively to the original game and they are all great fun. There is more info about how long it took you to get your high scores, when you did it and what was your highest ever rank obtained.
Amazing stuff. Buy it now and if you haven’t bought SS:HD before then there’s even more reason to get it now. There’s more content in SS:HD than most disc based games released so far on the PS3 and it’s definitely in my top 5 PS3 games released to date. Brilliant!