PS3 downloadable games revealed?

Source: A posting packed with screenshots and game details on the PS3forums message boards. The official story: Sony did not return a request for comment as of press time. What we heard: This week Sony is holding a Gamers Day, a press-only event that gives the company a chance to show off its...

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Source: A posting packed with screenshots and game details on the PS3forums message boards.

The official story: Sony did not return a request for comment as of press time.

What we heard: This week Sony is holding a Gamers Day, a press-only event that gives the company a chance to show off its upcoming games, and make a few announcements. This Gamers Day is a little more anticipated than most, given that it comes less than a month before Sony the PlayStation 3's November 17 launch in North America, and is expected to answer a number of questions surrounding the machine.

One of those questions is "What games is Sony planning for its digital distribution service?" The answer to that may have leaked out a little early, as a poster on PS3forums by the name of "Elder " appears to have preemptively dumped a slew of Sony screenshots and game details onto the Web.

While Elder's post has new pictures of Untold Legends: Dark Kingdom, Full Auto 2: Battlelines, and Marvel: Ultimate Alliance, the real attraction is the list of "e-Distribution" games. From Sony, there's Blast Factor, Lemmings 2, Go Sudoku, Swizzleblocks, Criminal Crackdown, and the previously announced flOw.

At first glance, Blast Factor appears to be a shooter in the mold of the Xbox Live Arcade games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved or Mutant Storm. However, the details promise "integral use" of the motion-sensitive Sixaxis controller, noting, "By tilting left and right, gamers can push enemies around the play field, but need to be careful as some might enemies not react as expected."

While the other new games on that list aren't detailed, some information can be gleaned from the screenshots. Go Sudoku is a flashy version of the puzzle phenomenon that includes a multiplayer mode supporting at least four players. Lemmings 2 appears not to be a port of the early '90s PC and console follow-up to the classic puzzle game, but instead an original game with a visual sheen more akin to the Worms series of games.

Finally, Swizzleblocks is a grid-based block puzzle game with a multiplayer mode, and Criminal Crackdown is a complete mystery, with the only information posted being a cartoon drawing of a criminal crook fleeing the police with a bag of money in one hand and the Mona Lisa in the other.

While the third-party games lined up for PS3 e-Distribution weren't detailed or shown in screens, they were named. There's the TV game show Wheel of Fortune, a PS3 version of the PlayStation Portable racer hybrid Gripshift, and Crash Carnage Ciaos, which is either a typo that should read "Crash Carnage Chaos," or perhaps something combining mass destruction and Italian greetings.

The sheer volume of assets in that thread, the number of new screens for existing games, and the fact that Sony has a press event scheduled for this week (always a prime time for leaks) is convincing enough to buy into this one.

Bogus or not bogus?: Not bogus.

Discussion

186 comments
zasalameal
zasalameal

is there resident evil in future

_Sam_
_Sam_

I don't think that it will be better than XBL, but we shall see soon enough

rubdanielrub
rubdanielrub

Well it's good to hear that sony is taking that step. I cant wait for the ps1 downloadable games. No more looking for them at ghetto pawn shop for the cheapest price. Also to me ; with the online feature being free that is clearly a notch high then that X-crap 360 live.

Dante7779
Dante7779

First off, I am all for Sony winning this so called "next-gen" console war. Second I own a 360, and I'm very satisfied with it for now. But I think its time for the money grubbing, monopoly of Microsoft to end. Microsoft was started using the idea's of others. (i.e. apple) Also, What do you all think business is? A group of different companies that all have different products? Hardly anyone is original now a days. Sure we have some break through's but do you think that apple was the first to make an Mp3 player? And yet every Mp3 player is compared to the ipod. Personally I'm glad that apple is finally starting to fight Microsoft, with their innovations. Don't get me wrong, right now, I'm using a Microsoft Os. I'm just sick of this monopoly and Microsoft's "Dynasty". In closing, I don't know what everyone is complaining about, this is the best thing that could possibly happen for gamers. Two HUGE companies fighting means great things for us. I still hope sony wins... :)

cloud_sora
cloud_sora

Once again they are copying successes of other companies for instance Wii controller, Live, and now XBLA

xatman911
xatman911

Hopefully, youtube website can accessed.

jayme22
jayme22

sonys online abillitys will all depend on wether or not they make it just a case of plug and play with there internet connection. the ps2 one stinks and after having the network adapter for 7 months now i have still been unable to play my first online game and i hate that exspecially that even on the sony website there is no help or walkthrough guide to troubleshoot

ewjim
ewjim

It must be true... Oh well, we'll see about that. :D

Fooljeff
Fooljeff

I still play Geometry wars a lot, I hope the PS3 clone is just as good.

FooMaster
FooMaster

I'll be happy to check it out. At least they are trying, they could give us nothing.

King_Dodongo
King_Dodongo

ismir zone: because of the "great number of PS3's" out there

IsmirZone
IsmirZone

LOL.... Sony steal an idea? Not a chance. The came with the ideas firs. But others released it fires. I mean Sony is so bat that you cant reserve a PS3 becsoue reservations are sold out. Why?

Chubbums
Chubbums

WOW! I'm amazed at most of these idiots that have no clue how Microsoft was established. Do your research please! If you're going to call Sony a bunch of thieves realize that Microsoft became a Monopoly on stolen ideas. You're only making yourselves look like a bunch of hypocrites.

Sonyandfriends
Sonyandfriends

July hardware and software sales August 11th, 2006 in General Nintendo, US Sale Figures. 1.Nintendo DS - 377,000 2.Playstation 2 - 241,000 3.Xbox 360 - 206,000 4.Game Boy Advance - 163,000 5.Playstation Portable - 161,000 6.GameCube - 44,000 7.Xbox - 12,000 source: http://www.ninfando.com/category/us-sale-figures/ As you can see, PS2 sells more than Xbox360. How can Xbox360 say they winning the next-gen war? They the ONLY next-gen console out...

Sonyandfriends
Sonyandfriends

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faizali86
faizali86

looking forward to better games for the download service.

cronos12
cronos12

Arkham:" surferbro: "As good as XBL.... probably not. By the way XBL is down today." ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ROFLMFAO!!! Priceless! " It's a scheduled outage, sonyphile, calm down

phybaoptikz
phybaoptikz

well, i'm sure most of you have heard of the term "BITER", well, sony can be labeled as biters. i can understand if a company wants to be innovative and maybe IMPROVE upon something that already exsist, but to copy idea's and just out right rip the idea off, that is lame. can you blame sony for stealing idea's? they have yet to create a successfull format, and they feel the blu ray may fail, so might as well rip off idea's from other competitors. sony is a disgrace and only a SONY FANBOY will tell you different. sony fanboys are brainwashed to think sony makes a quality product. too bad pioneer or some other eliable company made the ps3, i'm pretty sure they would take the time to actually innovate, not DUPLICATE.

ocdog45
ocdog45

not much to be impressed about unless you like puzzle games.

phidelthegreat
phidelthegreat

I gotta wonder with sonys online being free and all who expects this dl games to be more expensive than wii and 360's? Second of all they sound like some of them (gripshift) will be full games and sequels making me beileve 20-30 bucks is not out of the question

sugreev2005-06
sugreev2005-06

Though I'm waiting for the PS2,the wii might have better downloadable content.

strife22
strife22

mmmm this news is really not tempting me to get a ps3 , the game list looks ridiculous. i will stick to my first choice and get the wii and maybe a ps3 or 360 later. sony tut tut

shizwill03
shizwill03

Hmm...... BUT since I was unable (and unwantingly) to preorder a PS3, It is just news to me. I did get my Wii though. I can't wait to get it. :D

Britesparc
Britesparc

I don't think Sony's online strategy is anywhere near as robust or user-friendly as MS', but I have to say the first title AT ALL to tempt me towards PS3 is Lemmings :) Same as PSP - the only reason I'd buy one is to play Lemmings... why can't they release a high-res remake of Lemmings 2 for PC?!?!?!

GastaS
GastaS

Hey guys lets see before judge!

DARCMARC408
DARCMARC408

I read the story i am not impressed with the downloadable games I just hope my PS2 games work properly . unlike XBOX360. Where you have updated every so often

Sofin
Sofin

This is stupid. When sony doesn't have a feature, everyone moans and **** about it. Then they add it and everyone moans on how they coppied it. (for the recond, consoles coppied pcs in the downloadable content.) GTFU and stop being such phaggot microsoft co**suckers.

hittin
hittin

Sony are good liars... bogus maybe...

l_lamb
l_lamb

I just did a large survey for Harris Poll that presented several different games and asked whether I would download each one and how much I was willing to pay. Blast Factor and Criminal Crackdown were on the list. So were downloadable cars, tracks, and car skins for a Gran Turismo game.

mithund
mithund

I don't know why Sony is calling a press-only event - Gamer's Day !

dimebag667
dimebag667

I still can't fathom why people like XBL so much. Its not that great. The only thing I have seen that is remotely cool about it is the ability to leave voice messages. Anything to do with the market place costs $5-10, and I love giving microsoft more money for no reason so thats cool. As long as I can play the game online with other people, I could care less how its set up. I never had a problem with individual game servers anyways.

vamroc
vamroc

The only hot games for the PS3 are the ones you will have when it over heats and melts on top of that $3500 TV you bought. Did know the PS3 actually has a PS2 mother board inside so it can play PS1 and PS2 games. I don't know how Sony can claim backward compatability when your playing the old games on the old system in a new box. Seriously the PS3 will get so hot it should carry a warning like toaster ovens do. There are no major titles like pong, pac-man, or hell even classic Tron. WEAK!!!

kanorn
kanorn

Haha...look at the haters. -LoL- Yeah, I think this is awesome news. They'll be sticking PS1/PS2 games on there too. =] PS1 games can be played from your PSP too. FunFun.

alberto2045
alberto2045

ohh man I thought they were the PS1 downloadable games, not those

Shadow_Jones
Shadow_Jones

I was expecting PS1 downloadable games, but maybe they'll come out with some good downloads.

Bathyj
Bathyj

allatyk Great article. Read it people. http://www.gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=20377 Any worries I had about Sonys online plan are gone. This sounds just as good if not better than XBL. (Not trying to start console debates, simply saying I like XBL and I think I will like this just as much.) A few interesting quotes: "PS3 has a fully functional web browser" "The only place you'll be asked to fork over a penny is when you purchase something in the PlayStation Store - all of the online services, from sign-up right through to voice and video chat, are free, as is normal multiplayer gaming. There's no equivalent of the Xbox Live Gold account, where you're expected to pay extra for a further tier of services - the only things you'll pay money for are paid-for downloadable content, or subscriptions to premium services like massively multiplayer games." "you can always plug in any standard USB keyboard, which will work with any text entry field anywhere on the system, as well as with the web browser." "Unlike Nintendo and Microsoft's offerings, Sony doesn't hide the price of items behind an arbitrary "points" scheme - instead, everything simply lists a price in your local currency, so European types will see a Euro price, British people will see prices in Pounds Sterling, and so on. The Wallet, then, is basically your transaction centre - you put money into the Wallet, and then spend it in the store. Equally, you can set it up so that if you have associated accounts, for children for example, you can put a certain amount into their Wallets each month, giving them an allowance for how much can be spent on new content. Crucially, the Wallet is used for everything on the system - even for MMOG subscriptions to third parties. If it's on the PlayStation Network, you pay for it via Sony and the transaction with the third party is worked out elsewhere - so you're not expected to give credit card details out willy-nilly to everyone with content or services on the PS3." "while you'll be able to access all forms of content through the "generic store" that you view from the PS3 dashboard, games will also be able to have more specific stores which use the same interface, but display only downloads relevant to their content. Thanks to the web-based interface, games will be able to re-skin those stores to fit with their look and feel, and you'll access them directly from the in-game menu - which is a fairly minor touch, but a nice one nonetheless." "Alongside the free and paid-for game content, the store will also play host to a wide range of new titles developed specifically for download (the first of which, fl0w, was shown off at TGS - dozens more PlayStation Store exclusive titles are being worked on around the world thanks to an initiative which Sony launched at GDC last year) - and as Ken Kutaragi revealed at TGS last month, it'll also be possible to buy PSone and PS2 classics you missed out on, as well as a selection of PSP games, from the PlayStation Store, and download them directly to your PS3." Hope you'se find it interesting.

mark_unix
mark_unix

and of course PS1 games for the PSP ;)

nintendofox
nintendofox

oooooooo.......I can't wait to not play all those games.

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Phazevariance states: "hence xbox 360 actually has the capabilities of better graphics than PS3".

allatyk States: Where's the proof? show me the same game running on Xbox360 and PS3 side by side showing that the 360 can produce better graphics. I'm really interested to see this. I'll wait. My interest stems from reading about Oblivion for PS3 and in a screenshot of a hillside the textures blended smoother on the PS3 than it did at the exact same location on the 360 screenshot. Therefore it looked better on the PS3 version. Granted its a minor thing but still your statement is a pretty bold fact to say without any proof to show it.

Here is a web site with a discussion on the processing power of the GPU's for both systems, with links to actual tested data. Read through it and you can see that the Xbox360 GPU has the capabilities for more power than the PS3. The PS3 does have a better CPU however the GPU is the part that makes the graphics shine! The CPU will be better for things like Physics and AI however if all you are looking for is pure graphics, then the 360 is the way to go. -------> http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/archive/index.php/t-541845.html

Shut the smurf up! :)

Master_Chief423
Master_Chief423

People seem to forget XBL has been out for a couple of years. If you wish to start the true Live! timeline from X360, it has a year headstart. Guys, be reasonable here.

lhardwick692
lhardwick692

everyone needs to realize that xbox fanboys will put down sony and nintendo and any other console that ever rises out to compete with the other companies out there---but sony has made it perfectly clear--they are not and did not rush their next gen console unlike the 360--which was rushed bigtime-- and now xbox360 owners having to get their 360's repaired have to wonder if the360's being made now is any better than the ones on the release day---but to say sony is ripping off xbox360 with downloadable content is out right silly---its just that as times change as well as technology--then new things will be done--what i would like to see from sony--which xbox360 isnt doing is-----well um i wont say --i am emailing sony with my idea and hopefully they will do it and let xbox copy cat off of sony from it.. the only thing new with next gen is the controller scheme for the wii system--but i dont see it lasting---but the xbox360 and the ps3 are both power house machines--both will be more like a hi powered pc than a console---its just the one that took the time working on it and tweaking it fora better system--it will be sony prevailing-- everyone says blue ray discs wont last--but need to realize whether the blu-ray lasts for movies or not---sony will still use the bluray discs for games--- i say let all consoles get on the shelves and kept stocked up for people to buy and lets see who sells the most systems-- which all syatems have their pluses and minuses----true gamers dont choose --they play---i am a true gamer---i got the xbox360--i will have the ps3 and the wii --i love games---i dont hate not one or any of the systems--they will each offer a various amount of gameplay for gamers out there---alike or not alike--lets just play and live on

TryMe01
TryMe01

now this will be truly interesting, we already know what Xbox Live offers and a fair amount of what WiiConnect24 offers. Is the PS3 doing this just because it needs to? C'mon, a PSP interface is pure laziness by a computer giant such as Sony...

ryokinshin6x3
ryokinshin6x3

hopefully its better then xbl, i dont kno how u could make it worse, games lik cod2, prey lag on xbl cuz the hosting process is lame yep motion sensing is where gd gaming is at, forget gfx or gameplay gimmie a new controller every generation, and bam the interest will shove itself rite bak up for bs

Pablo620
Pablo620

Go Sont its your birthday...well, PS3 its a month till your birthday