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PSNStores Top 25 PSN Exclusives

Posted by on June 21st, 2011 | 23 Comments | Tags: ,

10. Gravity Crash

A game that’s made to be played loud, Gravity Crash is arresting from the get-go, with challenging gunplay and a momentum mechanic that harkens back to the days where precision was a necessity. What’s more, the game comes with a full level creation suite, meaning the possibilities for content are nearly limitless. Did I mention that it’s also gorgeous, and has four person multiplayer? Yeah, it’s really quite something.

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09. Slam Bolt Scrappers

Have you ever wondered why you’re tasked to get rid of lines in Tetris? Why not build them up? And what’s with lines, anyways? Wouldn’t it be cooler to form squares that annihilate other players’ blocks? Much of Slam Bolt Scrappers’s appeal comes from the fact that as unoriginal as it may look on the surface, the game is utterly unique. You fly your avatar around the screen and beat up baddies who drop different colored blocks. Collect those blocks, rotate them to your hearts desire, and drop them onto your tower to make 2x2s, 4x4s, and bigger like-colored squares. Your turrets fire at your opponents’ towers, and you win a match when yours is the last tower standing. There’s a lot of stuff going on at once, but if you’re any good at playing video games, you’ll take to this gem of a title as I did the moment I first laid eyes on it.

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08. PixelJunk Monsters

Do you have a younger sibling or significant other (wow I hate that term) that isn’t really in to games. PixelJunk Monsters might be that gateway drug you are looking for. Easy to handle controls, cute visuals, and a happy soundtrack make this title easily approachable. Co-op in Monsters, or the Walking Game as someone I know calls it, is a huge selling point, having a lesser experienced player tending to towers while you plan for the oncoming onslaught. But don’t make you think that it is all sunshine and lollipops. Trying to get rainbows, perfects, on each stage is tough even on the most casual setting. But that is what makes the game so great. Once you figure out the correct strategy you feel like a Tiki God. Dance your towers to gold and pick this one up. The PSP version even has online multiplayer!

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07. Hoard


Hoard is a score attack game wherein you manage the intricate ecosystems created on each map. The main objective is to destroy things, collect the gold that said ‘things’ drop, and return to your base to unload your bounty. What’s fascinating about the game is how utterly intertwined everything is and how differently it can be played according to what strategy you employ. Wagons full of gold emerge from windmills and aid in developing towns, which in turn send carts of gold to help grow other towns. Castles send princesses to towns, but they also pump out knights whose sole objective is to slay you and protect their damsels. You’re a dragon, by the way. Did I not mention that until now? A wide variety of mixed multiplayer modes and a plethora of overall content makes this a must have PSN game; truly one of the best I’ve played.

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06. Shatter


Turning what is old into what is new seems to happen a lot in game development. What Sidhe did with Shatter is hardly recycling the old Arkanoid formula though. First you add killer music, check out the soundtrack on PSN if you haven’t already—Amethyst Caverns is godlike and it is what I am listening to right now. Then you have the good old suck and blow mechanic, which will help you get out of a tough spot. You want bosses? Shatter has those a plenty, there is even a boss rush mode for the bad dudes out there. Hopefully Sidhe gives us the multiplayer modes that are present in the Steam version, I will beg if need be.


  • boingball

    Lol, I own 19 games from IGN’s list and 19 games from PSNStores list. Don’t know which one is better (though I have to say a game is not “better” than another if it is exclusive).

    • Eric G

      True, it’s not necessarily better if it’s exclusive. We just wanted to highlight some of the reasons why we love the PlayStation Network especially. All platforms have their gems; we just think the PSN’s collection is extra shiny!

    • HJB

      Being exclusive doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better, but exclusives tend to be of superior quality, so if you’re saying a game can’t be better if it’s exclusive then I strongly disagree with you.

  • meta

    Wait, what, Critter Crunch over Flower? Is button mashing more important to the author than art and atmosphere?

  • shagg187

    Critter Crunch is not button mashing. Nevertheless, great list!

  • Explodemon isn’t exclusive for PSN… However it’s a great list, but I never found Pixeljunk Monster to be that fun; and where is Trine!? That game should easily take 1st place according to me, although it has been released on PC, but not any other console.

    • Eric G

      What else is Explodemon! on? I’m not aware of any other platform.

    • boingball

      Hey, Pixeljunk Monster is great! The PSP version is the version to get though.

  • Mechdevil

    Why isn’t Wipeout HD first??? It’s too amazing to be sitting at 5, it should at least be in the top 3

  • brewer

    Pretty good list with a lot of my favorites up there (SSHD, Wipeout HD, Critter Crunch, Flower and Shatter).

    Kind of disappointed that Siren Blood Curse didn’t make the cut, its on of the best horror game I played this gen, good crazy story that scarred the shit out of me multiple times while playing. I think Sony really messed up not promoting that game more.

  • George

    Great list. I have 17 of the 25. Now I wonder what the list would be if it were not limited to PlayStation exclusives.

    • Eric G

      INC MULTIPLATFORM LIST. Lol, we actually conjured up a multiplatform list that will be released in the near future. Thanks for checking it out!

    • boingball

      Looking forward to that list:-)

  • Chris Cobb

    Wow I’m surprised I agree with this list even less than the IGN one. Though this one does include more PixelJunk, which I approve of.

    I still can’t believe that both lists are lacking Clash of Heroes. Absolutely criminal.

  • Chris Cobb

    I know this list is supposed to be PSN exclusive, but there are a least a few exceptions. CoH should be one of them.

    • We have that on our Multiplatform list don’t worry 🙂

    • Eric G

      “So after writing down every PSN exclusive (I consider games not on Xbox 360 as exclusive)”
      CoH is Capy’s first XBLA game. No other game on this list is on XBLA. Thanks for stopping by, though.

  • doa766

    Siren is better than every game on that list

    • Sadly I don’t think anyone here is a huge survival horror fan. So none of us have played it. I hear good things though

  • 413x

    Hmm where is StarDrone!

  • Great job.

  • Wow I haven’t actually played most of the titles on the list. HOARD is on PC, too. But sadly without the local multiplayer.

  • Buttelli

    Shatter in sixth? ARE YOU F#CKING KIDDIN ME?!