Sega's Crush flattens PSPs

Puzzler for PlayStation Portable switches between full 3D and 2D with the press of a button; Kuju-developed game coming this summer.

The move from 2D to 3D for platformers was a big step for gamers. However, the resurgence of retro games has proven that there's still enough room for both perspectives.

Now gamers can get the best of both worlds with Crush, a new PlayStation Portable game announced today by Sega. Currently in development at Kuju Brighton, the multidimensional puzzle game is expected to hit shelves this summer.

Gamers take the role of Dan, who is forced to undergo hypnosis for his insomnia. While under hypnosis, Dan must navigate a strange, dreamlike world to resolve his sleeping issues. Gamers will have the ability to "crush" the 3D world and flatten it into a 2D world, and vice versa, bringing distant platforms and objects together in the same plane. The effect of the game mechanic is to introduce puzzle-solving elements into the traditionally dexterity-driven platformer genre.

Crush has not yet been priced or rated.

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86 comments
jts9
jts9

.... cool

fluffebunnie
fluffebunnie

"and i dont mean where all the original games are original by the fact your poking them with a stick" Good call.

davedouble16
davedouble16

This looks interesting... :twisted: Dave :twisted:

G-Master111
G-Master111

Finally something new and innovative! Sounds great!

scruffybawls
scruffybawls

this game looks awesome. ive found a lot of original games on the psp. and i dont mean where all the original games are original by the fact your poking them with a stick.

MgunHunter
MgunHunter

Woah! At first I didn't get it, but half way through the video I realized what the game was about. Really cool concept, I hope it turns out to be a great game!

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

n2Deepeth "Wow, this looks like a really fun title to play. And I despise when people say a console is dead simply when it doesn't sell as many units as competitors. As long as the PSP's making profit, I would consider it to be far from dead." Unfortunately, www.next-gen.biz has reported articles stating, that while the PSP hardware is selling well the software isn't. The ratio is absolutely horrid, and some of the top-selling PSP games in 2006 were released in 2005, with the #1 being GTA: Liberty City Stories. That's so embarassing. I think I could pin it down to many of the PSP owners being tempted into either downloading illegal ROMs of the PSP games onto their memory sticks, and/or downloading from one of those PSP game & movie download sites with a one-off subscription fee (probably illegal). These sites have particularly been popularized by us gamers often noticing them in the google text ads here & in many other sites! That is why I am so frustrated that Stubborn Sony is still refusing to provide or allow legal online download services for the PSP games to download onto your memory sticks.

ObiKKa
ObiKKa

That small picture alone totally pigued my interest. Wow, what smart, original idea & premise from Kuju!

BrodiMan
BrodiMan

Wow, this game looks really interesting. Nice to see some new, unique ideas making there way to the PSP. And for those that say the PSP is dead, go play with your DS and leave us alone...

Hive7311
Hive7311

Wow.... That's all I can say.

limitless_rage
limitless_rage

this game sounds sweet!! add it to metal gear: portable ops, daxter, tekken dark ressurection and guillty gear as a reason to own a psp!

n2Deepeth
n2Deepeth

Wow, this looks like a really fun title to play. And I despise when people say a console is dead simply when it doesn't sell as many units as competitors. As long as the PSP's making profit, I would consider it to be far from dead.

B-bad
B-bad

wow now this looks interesting sign me up :D

TorugotoShinsan
TorugotoShinsan

The PSP isn't dead. It's actually selling pretty well here in England. I know more people who have PSPs than DSs.

GunGriffin
GunGriffin

the PSP is doing better in the US than in Japan but Sony keeps pouting all their money into the Japanese market and leaveing the US customers out on a limb. Hopefully this kind of game will do well in the US as it sounds like if they do it right it could be great fun.

TOSgamer10
TOSgamer10

PSP dead? haahah Sony hasnt even had to release new colors in the US to bump sales yet.... Although I wish they had so I could have gotten the white one I really wanted.

nevereathim
nevereathim

I have no idea what this game is like

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

Sounds unique and interesting to me. Hopefully they nail it.

Mobius007
Mobius007

im so happy with my PSP right now.. things couldnt get any better with all the games it has lined up for 2007.. and OMG! MetalGear OMG! Rocks on it!!

Ernice
Ernice

i like the concept, but the presentation and level design looks a little bad. but i suppose its in its early stages no doubt

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Re HyperMetaDragon: Wow, you just stated how stupid you are. even if you were sarcastic, PSP is far from being dead. There was massive amounts of units prepared for boxing day and they were all sold-out. I got one of them.

Giovanni19
Giovanni19

Another promising title for the PSP.Damn,I couldn't be happier with this 2007 line-up.I will definately be getting this if it plays as good as it looks like it does.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

The game sounds promising. I hope it turns out good and selss well so we can see more original and kool games on PSP.

Gmacrusher
Gmacrusher

Cool there is another reason to get a PSP...i need money though!

GrimBee
GrimBee

Looks great, for about 5 mins. I hope they keep the puzzles really coming, and not just some sort of boring "oh look, just keep doing this same systematic thing over and over". It seems more like a game like the DS should have, games like this sell much better on the DS. And the dual screen thing could be really handy for what Ive seen on the videos of this game, one screen could be a map, or hints etc. The graphics don't look everly complex for the DS, but maybe this game needs a large data storage medium for quality music, and large levels (by the looks of things, mixing 3d and 2d like that can get pretty big). But then, this might introduce large loading times, which is NOT good for puzzle games. Which is why I think this should be on the ds aswell. If not just to show which console is better.

gamenux
gamenux

That is really cool. I love arcades and puzzles... I wonder if you can crush monsters from 3D to 2D and back...that would be cool too.

PostedOval
PostedOval

Huh. That is a pretty cool idea! I couldn't really wrap my head around it until I watched the video. I will definitely be watching for this title!

TOSgamer10
TOSgamer10

More people should give the psp a try. I got one last week and was blown away by what it could do.

DevinB09
DevinB09

Sounds intresting and original.

noelveiga
noelveiga

Wait, a new, unique, interesting concept. On a PSP. From SEGA. If we're in a parallel universe, please don't take me back. The idea certainly has the "why didn't anybody think of that before" factor of Portal. Now to see if level design is up to par and we might have something on the line of Exit... but more fun to play.

viberooni
viberooni

An original IP from SEGA, and it looks great? Huh. Another PSP game to put on watch, but I'm still gonna hold off on buying the system until the inevitable version 2.0 is released.

Buzzcut1989
Buzzcut1989

That looks really good. If I only had a PSP.

CVGCShubert
CVGCShubert

Wicked idea. If only that was enoigh to make a good game. Hope it turns out well.

Femme_FataIe
Femme_FataIe

This is the first game in a long time I looked at and went "wow". I doubt I would pick it up because I'm not into puzzlers, but I'm glad they're bringing innovative type games to the PSP. I hope it turns out great and does really well.

espoac
espoac

Very cool, these are the types of games we need to see more of on PSP, I could care less about ported PS2 shooters or action games. This is what the PSP was designed for, I can't wait to pick up this game.

Slappywhite2001
Slappywhite2001

Sounds like an awesome game, can't wait to grab it this summer.

EverAB
EverAB

good to see Sega's not making another shi*ty Sonic game

ticalmc2k2
ticalmc2k2

That sounds really cool. Hopefully its not just some gimmicky technique and actually adds to the gameplay or story.

jkdeadite
jkdeadite

I like it. I think it looks pretty cool.

GIJesse77
GIJesse77

This is probably one of the most neatest retro ideas i have recently seen.