Friday, 3 June 2016

5 Weird But Lovely PlayStation Exclusives

The PlayStation has a very large library of exclusive titles. Most are very enjoyable and are well known for being exemplary titles in their respective genres. However, there are some PlayStation exclusives that don't really fit into any genre whatsoever. I know that there are more than 5 such examples, but for now I've chosen to highlight the following titles.

1. Flower

          This is a type of game that we rarely ever see. Flower let's players control the flow of wind to pick up flower petals in order to bring colour back into a grey world. The game utilizes the PlayStation controller's sixaxis functionality by letting players control the direction of the breeze by tilting the controller. This, coupled with the game's beautiful visuals and captivating soundtrack, make for a indescribably calming and enjoyable experience. 

2. Puppeteer

          I have never seen any other game presented this way before. This game puts players in control of Kutaro, a puppet with a missing head. The entire game is played as if it's a play being acted out in front of an unseen audience. You'll be able to hear the audience react appropriately according to the unfolding events in the game. Throughout the adventure, Kutaro will find and put on a number of different heads, each one granting him a special power. The main tool used by Kutaro throughout the game is a magical pair of scissors called "Calibrus" which acts as a means of travelling around levels as well as attacking enemies which adds to the basic platforming and puzzle solving. This is, in my opinion, one of, if not the most charming title released on PlayStation to date.

3. Journey

          Journey is a truly unique experience. It's another title by "That Game Company", the one's who gave us Flower. This game has just one objective, get to the shining light on top of that tall mountain. You take control of a cloaked being as you travel towards your destination. On your way, you will be accompanied by breathtaking visuals, a beautiful soundtrack and, if you so choose, a companion in the form of a fellow traveler. "That Game Company" seems to have a knack for developing games that can't properly be described but need to be experienced.

4. Afrika 

          This game allows players to experience what it would be like to work as a photojournalist. You will receive assignments and requests to take pictures of various wildlife. Take good pictures, earn good money. However, that isn't as easy as it seems. Wildlife in this game is just that, wild. They aren't going to sit around waiting for you and pose for your picture. You will have to spend some time tracking them down and then wait for them to do something worth taking a picture of. Some animals are likely to run away if you get too close to them while some are more aggressive than which means they might attack, forcing you back to base. There hasn't been any other game like this on PlayStation since it was released back in 2008. It has become quite a rare gem, but if you're lucky enough to find a copy, do pick it up. Afrika truly is a game worth experiencing.

5. Kung Fu Rider

          Everyone who has ever played this game pretty much agrees that it's a reeeaaly bad game. It was one of the launch titles for the PlayStation Move hardware. In this game, players take control of either one of two characters as they race downhill on an office chair of some sort while avoiding obstacles and performing kung fu kicks on the mafia agents pursuing them. This is why I just had to include it in the list. It's such a stupidly odd concept! I can't fathom what was going through their minds when they were developing this game. They must have all been drunk or something! It's a funny thing to watch, sure, but the controls are amazingly awful which makes this game pretty much unplayable. It could have been quite a fun little game if only it utilized conventional controls. Unlike all the other games on this list, stay away from this one.

- Danial Aziz
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