So, now I’ve got the Playstation move controller, and a new 3D game to play around with!
Tumble, which can only be played with the PSMove, is the latest Native 3D offering from Sony.
The 3D is clear, and really adds a sense of immersion to the game, which is greatly enhanced by the precise motion controls of the PSMove
I got the feeling while playing that the 3D effect was actually helping me play, adding to the sense of depth and perspective that made placing the blocks easier than when I played in 2D. It’s quickly become one of my favourite 3D games, but still doesn’t come close to the thrills of (yes, you guessed it) Motorstorm
OK, so Super Stardust HD is one of my all time favourite games on PSN and I’m fairly competent at it (by the way my PSN ID is robwilliams feel free to friend me)
So I was really excited to see it come out in 3D via a free patch
It’s a sublime twin stick shooter, and the PS3s answer to Geometry Wars (which is best? I love them both)
The 3D on this one get’s better the more you play, it’s very nicely done, although again, less relevant to gameplay than something like Motorstorm, where that sense of depth helps you play.
At the early stages stardust doesnt have much going on, just asteroids rolling about the place, but as the game progresses and on some of the extended modes such as endless, the 3D really shines, there’s no glare, it really gives a sense of you flying above the planet you are defending and there are a couple of really nice touches, when you die the explosion makes you jump back it comes so far out of the screen, hehe I died loads just to experience it again and again.
My only criticism would be that the 3D makes the game a little harder, as on later levels it’s easy to get overwhelmed in 2D nevermind when everythings flying out of the screen, but I suspect this will pass with a bit more practice
So, off to go practice some more before Tumble tomorrow!
Hmm, interesting one this, I’ve just downloaded and been playing Flight Control HD and it supports Native 3D!
Now it looks very lovely and all, but this isn’t really the sort of game you’d expect to come in full 3D, I mean, it’s a 2D game, hehehe…
In case you aren’t aware of the flight control series, here’s a vid, and you’ll get an idea of why 3D is a bizzare proposition for such a game.
The 3d is actually really impressive, the menus really pop out of the screen, the planes stay high in the sky and slowly descend upon landing, it’s all very nicely done. It does all feel a bit of a gimmick… however, I’m in two minds about whether that’s a good thing or not.
My initial reaction was that it’s a waste of time and it shouldnt be there, as it adds nothing to the gameplay, but when I switched back to 2D I was amazed by how flat everything felt, and realised that actually the brightly coloured simplistic visuals do lend themselves nicely to 3D (locoroco would be stunning!)
I also feel that it’s great that more games are supporting 3D, this kind of thing makes me think that in a year or so every game will have a 3D switch and we can choose for ourselves how we want to play.
Anyway, another decent demo of 3D, but check out the game first as it’s an acquired taste, and better with PSMOVE than Dualshock.
While I wait for the PS3 Patch to allow me to watch 3D Blu-Rays, due in October, I’ve been looking around to see what else I could do with my 3DTV besides play games…
Well I had no idea that it was possible to watch videos in 3D on YouTube, but it is!
The Sony Bravia LX908, and many 3DTVs support a couple of common 3D Modes, namely “Side by Side” and “Over and Under” so, using my AppleTV I started searching YouTube.
I’ve found that Over and Under videos give a much more pleasurable viewing experience than Side by Side, so check out these particularly nice videos on your 3DTV in Over and Under mode…
And then get searching, and post any other great examples in the comments!
Playstation blog have just posted that Hustle Kings, the PS3 Pool simulator will get full 3D support this week! in fact it’s live now.
A quote from the blog
To continue our assault on your senses, I’m delighted to say that Hustle Kings now supports stereoscopic 3D, and while the visuals of the game have often been praised, 3D has taken the graphics and sense of immersion to a whole new level. It feels like you can reach out and pick up a ball! When combined with the PlayStation Move, the experience is pretty incredible.
I’ve just played a couple of games and the 3D is quite nicely done, to be honest I can’t say it adds an amazing amount to the gameplay like 3D Rift, but it’s another game that’s 3D compatible, and it looks very pretty
OK, so I’ll just say it, currently this is the Daddy of 3D experiences on PS3…
Some really jawdropping 3D, it’s just a shame it’s more of a tech demo than a fully fledged game, no multiplayer, not many car choices, only 10 tracks, never the less, totally worth the price of entry.
Here’s the official 3D Rift Trailer
Confusingly the trailer says Pacific Rift, as the tracks in 3D Rift are all taken from the Pacific Rift game, but unfortunately, rather than patch 3D into Pacific Rift, 3D rift is the only way to experience Motorstorm in 3D
The 3D effects are truly staggering, some of the Jumps, especially on the earlier tracks, are enough to take your breath away, “the edge” is a particularly good track.
This is a must have for all 3D TV owners.
So, hidden away in the murky depths of the Playstation Network Store and Xbox Live Arcade is an old school Karate 3D Beat em Up!
While not supporting the native 3D format of later Releases, it supports a range of 3D modes including one called “side by side” which is supported by the Sony Bravia 3DTV Range.
Switching the game to “side by side” and then selecting the mode on the TV, pop on your glasses and hey presto!
The game is a relativley simple, fun, beat em up with 2 player on screen co-op action.
The 3D effect is quite good, and adds quite a bit to the gameplay, although the fact that it’s not native 3D has quite an impact on the quality of the graphics as non native 3D isn’t displayed in HD, so it’s a bit blocky.
Also theres a bit of glare on the 3D, I don’t know what the technical term for this is, but on some 3D games parts of the image seem to shine, in quite an uncomfortable way. Better implemented 3D games display very little, or none of this effect.
All in all it’s a good little 3D demo for friends, and will appeal to people due to the co-op nature of the game, and the way friends can just pick up and play this simple button masher.