I know what you’re thinking: “He’s going to talk about Grand Theft Auto V isn’t he”. No! I’m not. While GTA V is definitely the most anticipated release of the year and will be arriving on many an eager gamer’s front door steps next Tuesday I’m instead going to talk about a much lesser known game for the PS3: Puppeteer.
“A Game You May Not Be Thinking Of Playing”
We all know exactly what GTA V has to offer. We’ve all seen the trailers and leaked images. We’re all going to play it anyway. So I thought I’d spend this time talking about a game you may not be thinking of playing this week.
I say this, I’ll probably end up writing next week’s article on GTA V. A ‘cop out’, I know.
Down to business.
“Group Behind Ico, Shadow Of The Colossus And Project Siren”
Puppeteer is a platform game developed by SCE Japan Studio exclusively for the PS3. SCE Japan Studio are best known for games like: Ape Escape, Loco Roco and Patapon. They were also part of the development group behind Ico, Shadow of the Colossus and Project Siren. So they’ve definitely got the track record.
I’ve also literally just found out that the game was directed by Gavin Moore who was the lead animator behind The Getaway (as well as Project Siren).
The gameplay is that of a side-scrolling platformer and sees the player control Kutaro, a boy who has been turned into a puppet and had his head ripped off. Throughout the game you will come across various substitute items to use as Kutaro’s head; each with their own unique abilities.
Your main weapon of choice is a giant pair of scissors (called Calibrus) which will cut through anything made out of paper or fabric. But you’re also able to control a ghostly cat called Ying Yang with the right analogue stick. Ying Yang can be used to locate new heads for Kutaro and inspect foreign objects.
I always end up mentioning Metacritic, so here’s the skinny on Puppeteer’s review scores: 82. I think it’s also worth mentioning that Puppeteer retails at £24.99 so you’re not going to have to pay out ‘full whack’ for a somewhat unknown game.
“Playstation Move And 3D Capabilities”
Puppeteer does also feature Playstation Move and 3D capabilities but how well these functionalities have been implemented I’m not sure. I think a lot of games like to include Playstation Move functions these days but it’s something most people rarely bother with.
All in all, Puppeteer should be a refreshing change from the usual slew of FPS and shoot-em-up games flooding the market. And as previously mentioned, it’s only £25 which shouldn’t be a huge stretch for even the slimmest of gaming budgets.