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Hoard Coming to PS3/PSP in September

Big Sandwich Games has announced that Hoard will be coming to the PlayStation Network in September. This looks like another really cool downloadable title, too. It uses dual-analog controls (on the PS3 version) where the direction you aim the right stick determines the direction of your fire breathing. The PSP version, since it lacks a second analog stick, uses the X button to shoot flames in the direction you’re running with the one analog stick. Not a bad way to compensate, really. What is Hoard, anyway?

…an arcade-action game where the dragon is the hero. Your goal: collect as much treasure as possible from a living kingdom that grows around you. Burn down crops, strafe merchant wagons, and — best of all — kidnap fair maidens and force the kingdom to ransom them back for piles of gold! But watch out for vile knights and merciless wizards, who want nothing more than to gain fame by slaying a dragon.

A hero, huh? Sounds like both sides are the bad guys :P. Gold is used to upgrade your dragon, giving it more speed, power, etc. The way you upgrade, though, could determine your success or failure on the leader boards, so you’ll want to choose upgrades wisely. There are currently three different game modes, but no free roam (though, suggested in the comments, the developers responded and said they might pursue that route after you unlock areas, etc).

For those who like to play with others, there is also a cooperative mode, both local and online. The game sounds really cool and is yet another PSN title to keep an eye on. Sony seems to be pretty well on the ball for all these quality downloadable titles. We will most likely see actual gameplay footage next week, since they plan on having a showing at E3.