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Like Hi-Octane, this is another forgettable game that doesn’t stand out at all. Unlike Hi-Octane, though, there’s no PSone alternative. There is, however, Zen Pinball, which is a fantastic PS3 downloadable game that’s been on sale for several months longer, and naturally it features superior graphics, sound, and physics than the elder Extreme Pinball. While it’s a few dollars more expensive at $10, you’re definitely better off splurging a little and treating yourself to Zen Pinball instead.
This doozy of a game came out last Thursday beside Jigsaw Madness, and although I’ve never played it, I remember hearing some bad things about it when it released in 1997. So I dug around YouTube for some gameplay videos and all I can say is… well, just see for yourself.
Block-man up there is laying waste to a series of larger blocks while jumping around clumsily, but other than that I can’t tell what the hell’s happening up there. Yeesh.
Ten Pin Alley
It seems that someone at Sony enjoys giving the green light to games when something superior already exists. In this case, Ten Pin Alley was released shortly after the simply-named Bowling. While Bowling certainly isn’t a looker, it at least has some decent music. Ten Pin Alley, on the other hand is pure, concentrated ugly meant to be enjoyed by no one. To top it off, High Velocity Bowling predates these games on PSN by over a year. A year! Once again, better to spend the few extra bucks for a playable product.
Bomberman Party Edition
I love Bomberman. I’ve bought or played Bomberman on just about every game machine I’ve played. Quite honestly, this game isn’t even that bad. The problem with this is, you guessed it, fact that a better version pre-dates it. For a few extra bucks Bomberman Ultra gives you HD visuals, online play, and trophies. Even if you’re buying this for your PSP, you’re better off hunting for the proper PSP version on UMD for probably the same price. As a Bomberman fan, take my word for it- both games are superior to the PS1′s Party Edition.
So there you have it. Eight games ranging from “meh” to “abomination”, and all of them up for sale on PSN instead of my precious Driver. What do you think? Do you agree whole-heartily? Should I be thrown in a snake pit for bashing one of your old favorites? Sound off in the comments below!