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Scheduled release date:

TBA 2009

Publisher:

The Behemoth

Developer:

The Behemoth

Number Of Players:

1-4

Genre:

Action

Summer is always a little thin in the way of blockbuster releases but this generation, we have downloadable options to assist us in our downtime. The PlayStation Network has been excellent for PS3 and PSP owners, as we’ve already had plenty of fantastic (and attractively priced) titles, with more on the way. Last week, Sidhe Interactive treated us to Shatter and this week, we’re going to get the highly anticipated Fat Princess. Later, the PSN will continue its quality trend when the critically acclaimed Castle Crashers, which was once exclusive to the Xbox 360, finally arrives. We don’t yet have a release date, but it’s enough to know it’s coming. For those who appreciate original gaming experiences and might be a little light on cash, games like Castle Crashers are great options, and the title in question is innovative, oddly amusing, and ultimately entertaining. If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of playing it on the 360, you’ll soon get your chance on the PS3 and here’s what to expect:

At the start, the king’s four beautiful daughters are kidnapped, and you will be tasked with bringing them back. An evil wizard is holding her prisoner but if you’re looking for more plot and in-depth character advancement, we suggest replaying MGS4; this is all about the accessible, pick-up-and-play style. You will laugh at some of the humorous surprises that are in store for you, and you likely won’t get bored easily. One of this game’s most appealing features is the fact that while it’s mostly straightforward, it’s not repetitive, so it should keep your interest throughout. It’s an action game with simple controls that involve attacks, combo attacks, and magic spells, and you’ll even be able to level up your character. The fighting is the focal point and while it won’t be as dynamic as Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2, it’ll be plenty fun, and as you progress; you will explore a variety of distinctly different locales. The developers toss in more spices by letting you ride certain animals, finding new – albeit temporary – power-up items, or even sending you on hilarious chase scenes.

You jump, use light and heavy attacks with the face buttons, hold down the R1 button and use those same face buttons for magic, and just run around with the left analog. How hard can that be? It’ll likely take you all of five minutes to master the control scheme, but as we said, this simplicity blends with the continued freshness to keep you playing. The continued onslaught of enemies won’t allow you to rest, and while you might get a little frustrated during some of the more challenging moments, we’re not looking at an impossible-to-conquer arcade game. The best way to counter the odds is to bump up your character in classic D&D fashion: the weapons will have a direct impact on your stats, so a mallet may give you +2 to strength but you lose a point of agility. You’ll have to visit the blacksmith to learn about a weapon’s attributes (which we imagine might get irritating after a while), but even so, it adds another level of depth to the gameplay. There’s one other modifier to talk about, and that’s the animal orb. You will find these throughout the game and each will provide you with a little boost: the Giraffer gets you bonus points, the Owlet finds hidden fruit in the trees, the Bitey Bat will snap at an enemy’s head, etc.

Any defeated foe will yield experience points, as it would in any RPG. As your character grows more powerful, he will unlock new combos and gain points to distribute amongst your attributes as you see fit. Obviously, this involves the standard decision-making process most avid gamers are familiar with; the distribution of these points will dictate how you play the game. With more strength and defense, you’ll probably go charging into any encounter, but if you want to stock up on magic ability and agility, it’s likely best to step back and wreak havoc from afar. Then again, maybe you want a healthy blend so as to experience both parts of the gameplay, but if you do this, you won’t exactly become an expert in any one style. It’s all up to you. Factor this into the unique visual style and the fast-paced action and combat, and you’ve got one heck of a solid downloadable title. We’ll let you know when they announce the release date…you’re gonna want this one.

7/27/2009 Ben Dutka

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Comments (22 posts)

NightHawk17
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 10:19:31 PM
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I can't wait to finally play the full version, i didn't buy this for 360 in hopes that it'd come out for Psn in the future and soon it will be...hope fully in Aug-Sept

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JMO_INDY
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 10:26:22 PM
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I just hope our PSN exclusives dont go to the dark side at X-Box Live.

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fatelementality
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 11:15:07 PM

Nah man, we're the dark side. We have Vader :)

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Banky A
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 11:24:26 PM

Yes.
We are the Dark Side. And we have cookies and milk ^_^

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King James
Monday, July 27, 2009 @ 11:27:16 PM

"Yes, my child. Let the hate flow throooough you."

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phantomMenace
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 12:32:21 AM
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This game looks pretty good and my friends say its a lot of fun. I haven't had a chance to play it yet though. I will buy it but it all depends on how much and how long I play Fat Princess that game just looks like endless fun for only 14.99.

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Jut420
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 1:53:48 AM
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Good news. This was actually announced today on the Playstation Blog. It's releasing Thursday on PSN for $14.99. I can't wait to pick it up, the game looks like a lot of fun.

Edit: Whoops, I forgot to add the link.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/07/27/fat-princess-worth-the-weight-heres-the-date/

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Jut420
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 2:12:00 AM

Sorry about my comment above, I must be over tired from work. I could have sworn this was a Fat Princess preview. The link above is for Fat Princess, but there is a cool developer interview.

As for Castle Crashers, it's pretty cool that the game is coming for PSN because I've heard a lot of great things about the game and everyone should get to experience good games. I've played the demo on Xbox Live and it seems to be a good hack and slash game. I really like the artistic style they used for the characters and environments. I wanted to pick this game up but haven't had the money, and my PS3 is running out of harddrive space so I'll probably pick this up for my 360.

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JMO_INDY
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 2:22:03 AM
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idk why i keep getting thumbs down for nothing, but quit it ppl, did i do something on here that made you feel so self conscious that you have to hide and thumbs down me any chance you get to make yourself feel better? tell me what i did


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Banky A
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 3:58:56 AM

lolol the thumbs down on this was done by me ^_^

I don't know why people do it. But maybe they don't like younger folks like us taking a photo of ourselves as a display picture o_O

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JMO_INDY
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 4:41:20 AM

well they can get over it and they can mature a little, maybe take a month or two like I did to do so.

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Lotusflow3r
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 6:50:49 AM

we live in a judgemental world, don't let it get to you and carry on. Its all good.

Anyway, im looking forward to this game, sounds like a lot of fun.

I think Crystal Defenders is my fave download game of the moment, had me hooked!

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PS3addict
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 10:47:07 AM

Just give it a while. Just stick with the truthful amd positive comments you have been making the last few weeks and you will earn some respect back.

I personally have seen a large leap of maturity since you created your new account, and am glad to see it. Good job so far!!

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Arvis
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 3:08:40 PM

"New account?" Who was he before?

-Arvis

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PS3addict
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 3:23:52 PM

Subtract the 1 at the end of his name and put a PSP in front of his face.
He created a few fictional stories like a 72" Bravia and a modded PS3 a while back and was slammed pretty hard for doing it.

Not trying to rag on him for past mistakes, just pointing out if you look at past posts, there is a huge improvement these days!

He has become polite and honest, and I for one am glad to see it!!

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JMO_INDY
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 4:36:34 PM

Thank you, and didnt Canuck Pride have a link to a 72 incher? o well

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PS3addict
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 5:08:33 PM

@JMO, Hey man, I do not care either way, I am too freakin old to give a rat's arsh aboout who has what.
I make good money, maybe you do too.. I am sure that you don't have a $3200 mortgage due every month, and if I didn't I would go bigger than my 50" as well.
I just know that you have improved and mellowed out and I approve of the change. That is all, and yeah, San Diego IS that expensive... Crappy huh?

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JMO_INDY
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 5:43:08 PM

Holy shnitzel Batman!, My mortgagae is only $900 here in Indiana and thats expensive here. I make considerably well money I bale hay and i do stock trading with my dad, i got into it about 4 years ago and ive made some good money doing it.

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 7:09:42 AM
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@jmo
i also keep gettin down-voted for nothin but in my case i know who does it ;)
anyway
@ jmo
in no iffn way psn exclusives will ever go to xbl(not that i mind), because sony said that any company that developes an exclusive game to psn will be at least refunded for all the money they invested , so if that company bailed, they have to return the money.

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TEG3SH
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 7:39:31 AM
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off topic why cant i change my avatar . go damnit

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PS3addict
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 @ 10:50:11 AM

Make sure that the image file is not too large. Make a copy of your current image used as an avator and rename that copy. Can you change it to that file? If so, then the issue is the size of your image you are trying to use.



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TEG3SH
Wednesday, July 29, 2009 @ 3:02:59 AM
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thanks mate, my avatar changed all of a sudden

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