For the past few months Sony has been investing a lot of money on the PlayStation Network service and on its upcoming game lineup. According to GameSpot, the company is now ready to launch the “Only on PSN” program which will feature some exclusive games and content that will only be available on the company’s digital service. In fact, the physics-based puzzle game Rochard and the indie real-time strategy game Eufloria will be launching today, October 4, as part of the program.
The rest of the titles will be coming out on October and fortunately, some quite rare games will be featured. PlayStation 2 classics like God Hand, GrimGrimoire, Odin Sphere and Ring of Red will be part of the recently announced promotion and this seems like the perfect opportunity to replay these games, as at this point, most of them are extremely hard to find.
I’ll take this opportunity to reminisce about some of these great games:
God Hand was Clover Studio’s last title and even though the game was received quite well by critics and fans of the beat ‘em up genre, it wasn’t enough to save the studio from closing. In fact, Clover developed some of the most meaningful titles of the past few years as the company was in charge of classics like: Viewtiful Joe, Viewtiful Joe 2 and the beautifully designed and extremely inspired Okami.
GrimGrimoire is a real-time strategy game developed by the popular Japanese-based company Nippon Ichi. The title was also received well by the dedicated press although personally, I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. In any way, Nippon Ichi is really well-known for developing modern role-playing game classics like the Disgaea series, Phantom Brave, La Pucelle Tactics and the cult classic Rhapsody: A Musical Adventure.
Odin Sphere is a 2D fantasy role-playing game developed by Vanillaware and localized by Atlus for the PlayStation 2 console. The game is famous for its unique art-style and detailed graphics, making it one of the best 2D role playing games ever released.
To be completely honest I wasn’t familiar with Ring of Red, but after doing some research I would really like to play it. Apparently, the title was one of the first games to have ever come out for the PlayStation 2 and it belongs to the turn-based strategy genre. Ring of Red explains what would have happened if Japan would have been conquered by Allied Forces near the end of World War II.
Furthermore, Infamous: Festival of Blood will be released as part of the program and it should be noted that this downloadable game is stand-alone, so it doesn’t require players to have Infamous 2. Additionally, PlayStation Plus users will get 20% off each title and if they spend $60 on PSN content, Sony will give them $10 to spend on the service.
Finally, here’s the full list of titles that Sony will be releasing on October, 2011:
Rochard (released September 27)
Maximo: Ghosts to Glory
Ring of Red
Sideway: New York
RocketBirds: Hardboiled Chicken
Infamous: Festival of Blood
Note that the list was taken directly from GameSpot.