PSNStores Top 25 PSN Exclusives
Manequins, a string quartet and the complete works of M.C. Escher are all you need to make echochrome, and yet the final product is so much more than the sum of its parts. echochrome creates a fiendish puzzle game that taxes your brain to breaking point, and then attempts to mold it to its every whim. Its calm and collected exterior only serves to fool you into thinking that it won’t be too arduous a time.
14. Everyday Shooter
Mixing music and gameplay is often tricky, but Everyday Shooter pulls it off marvelously, with stages that pulse to the beat, and bosses that require skill and perseverance to make it through. If you play it like a straight shooter, it’ll destroy you. If you take the time to learn it’s intricacies, you’ll find an experience that’s utterly unique.
Explodemon! came out at a time when 2D platformers were popping up left and right. It’s one of my favorite genres, and I’ve always preferred my platformers to be fast (Mega Man X over Mega Man). You take control of Explodemon!, an unlikely hero whose volatility causes him to explode every few seconds. The explosion timer probably won’t be going off on its own, though, as most of Explodemon!’s acrobatics require you to blow him up. Killing enemies, speed-bursting, and infinitely jumping help you to find many of the nooks and crannies of the impressive level design. And, as every gamer knows, you’re going to want what’s in those crannies.
12. Joe Danger
I’ve always been a fan of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series of games. The whole idea of a multiplier that increases according to how many tricks you chain together before landing them is extremely intriguing to me. It’s also unbelievably addictive. Joe Danger takes that core mechanic and tosses it into a game that looks like an updated version of Excitebike. Instead, what you’re getting is a 2D score-attack platforming racing game that’s as robust as its genre classification. As soon as you comprehend the admittedly complex control scheme, Joe Danger becomes a constant pursuit to keep your multiplier rising from start to finish. The course editor and co-op modes are icing on an already scrumptious cake.
11. Dead Nation
Zombies might be played out, but I still love Housemarque’s Dead Nation. Score attack meets Left4Dead, Dead Nation has you fighting your way through a zombie infected town, a creepy carnival (zombie clowns are the things of nightmares), plus some other locations like the docks and a hospital. Sure the game has it faults, but most of those have been corrected via patches, voice chat is now in online. I still can’t get enough of the atmosphere the game creates for the player. The sheer terror that I felt playing this game makes it have a spot on our list.