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Only On PSN

Punch, punch, punch the livelong day.

Sony's had a rocky year. First the hacking. Then the TOS agreements which sign away the right to lawsuits. Therefore, seeing them doing something sort of right (and it does have its problems, I'll mention those as well) is a fresh and wonderful thing, which makes me not give the stinkeye as constantly (it's difficult to stinkeye something when you're in the midst of playing a game in which you're absorbed) to the various products of theirs with which I am surrounded.

The news, via IndustryGamers, is that October will have a promotion called 'Only On PSN,' a drive to push games that do exactly what the title says, with titles coming every week in October. First, from the Pub Fund, a program they use to entice developers to create for the PSN, we have the following coming:

October 4: Eufloria and Rochard
October 11: Sideway: New York
October 13: Sodium Collection
October 18: Okabu and RocketBirds
October 25: inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood and PixelJunk Sidescroller

All well and good and fine and dandy (even if the copy of Eufloria on my PC wonders if the PSN one is different enough to deserve the only).

To further entice, however, Sony has announced that some rare PS2 exclusives are also on their way to PSN. Considering the juggernaut that the PS2 was in its generation (it has my largest library of games for a console, and I doubt I'm the only one in that camp), this is somewhat welcome news. The key word here is rare: games that are difficult to find, as they didn't seem to have too many copies floating around. Those titles, which will be available starting October 4 apparently? God Hand, GrimGrimoire, Maximo: Ghosts to Glory, Odin Sphere, and Ring of Red.

This is the news that's both great and somewhat worrying. On the one hand, it gives many new gamers the ability to go back and play these titles. As someone who never tried God Hand, I do imagine I'll be picking up that title. However, my copy of Odin Sphere makes me wonder about the other side of the coin: is this emulation of PS2 titles? There has been no indication that these titles have been enhanced for PSN as yet, so if it is straight emulation, my PS2 discs that cannot be played on my PS3 will be quite put out if I so happen to buy digital copies I can then play on it.

In fact, that latter bit raises many questions. What will the price point be? Will it be a graduated step from the PS1 Classics, so possibly $15.99 and $19.99? Gamasutra has reported they'll be $9.99 each. Considering the ability to play PS1 Classics on PSP, will these have the ability to be played on the soon-to-be-released Vita (after all, if updated versions of Persona 4 and FFX can be played on it...)? Lots of questions as to what this might mean for PSN in the future.

Now, for those of you who happen to be PSN Plus members, you'll also receive a 20% discount during this promotion's launch week. There is one further promotion that if you spend at least $60 on the PSN (in general), you'll receive a $10 credit toward anything you buy from it in November.

4 Comments

Rosa said:

This is REALLY REALLY fascinating and I hope it's a sign of things to come! PS2 games supported by PSN for PS3 and, especially, the Vita, is a huge huge huge win for Sony as far as you ask me. I'd very happily pay 30-40 dollars for a digital copy of many PS2 games that I don't own and can't find, and I'd pay even more for the ability to play my favourite PS2 games in a portable format. I like literally any game better if I can play it on a handheld.

I've been looking for GrimGrimoire for ages. I'll be buying this the day it's released. And possibly Odin Sphere as well, as it's one of my top ten favourite games of all time and I want to support it in every version I can.

I don't mind repurchasing old titles, personally, because it's a new version of them. My PS2 is still there to play my physical copies of I so desire.

If these games are available on the Vita, god, I'd buy two vitas just to throw my financial vote behind this move.

Brook said:

Wow. Ring of Red is a very strange choice for a port. I've played it, but I never thought anybody else did.

How about porting the Suikodens? People have actually played those!

Guy-Sensei said:

I agree with Rosa. This is definitely a good sign, and I hope they deliver on their PS3/Vita compatibility promises.
I imagine it will be similar to how the PSOne games are currently compatible with both the PSP and PS3. They look better on a handheld anyway since the resolution is so low, so you can imagine a (remade) PS2 game on the Vita will look amazing.

Here's hoping they remake more square-enix games like they're doing with FFX. :)

Azuremage said:

And in case it wasn't clear to anyone, the promotion where you spend 60 in october and get 10 credit in november is for all accounts not just playstation plus. Was confirmed in an official playstation blog! I'm personally excited that Chrono Trigger was released today!

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