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PlayStation Network Sale: Five Games Get Temporary Price Reduction

I know that is not a snappy or clever headline, but if I get too slick with something like this, it just sort of looks like an ad.

WITH PRICES LIKE THESE, SONY MUST BE INSAAAAAAAAAAANE
In addition to posting Brain Challenge and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix up on the PlayStation Store this week, Sony also announced a temporary price cut for a handful of games.

The following games will be available for $4.99 until 12/4/2008.


That is a much more palatable price for a game like The Last Guy, which is clever but also extremely repetitive. Also, as I seem to be the one person on Earth who thinks that PixelJunk Eden isn't all that great, I wish I had picked it up for five bucks instead of... uh... however much they were originally charging.

Novastrike and Commando 3 aren't so hot, but their low level of hotness is probably a lot more forgivable at the $5 point.

And echochrome... maaaaan, I really wanted to love echochrome. But this whole "spatial awareness" thing is apparently not my forte. Maybe that's why I was always so awful at solving Rubik's Cubes. GAME AM TOO HARD FOR TINY BRANE BUT ME STILL LIKE ART STYLE (ALSO: ROCKS). Paying $5 to be told that you're an idiot is, at least, better than paying $10. Or $15.
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Posted by Jeff
WITH PRICES LIKE THESE, SONY MUST BE INSAAAAAAAAAAANE
In addition to posting Brain Challenge and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix up on the PlayStation Store this week, Sony also announced a temporary price cut for a handful of games.

The following games will be available for $4.99 until 12/4/2008.


That is a much more palatable price for a game like The Last Guy, which is clever but also extremely repetitive. Also, as I seem to be the one person on Earth who thinks that PixelJunk Eden isn't all that great, I wish I had picked it up for five bucks instead of... uh... however much they were originally charging.

Novastrike and Commando 3 aren't so hot, but their low level of hotness is probably a lot more forgivable at the $5 point.

And echochrome... maaaaan, I really wanted to love echochrome. But this whole "spatial awareness" thing is apparently not my forte. Maybe that's why I was always so awful at solving Rubik's Cubes. GAME AM TOO HARD FOR TINY BRANE BUT ME STILL LIKE ART STYLE (ALSO: ROCKS). Paying $5 to be told that you're an idiot is, at least, better than paying $10. Or $15.
Posted by Milkman

Eh, none of those guys sound all that interesting to me. I'll pass and just keep buying LittleBigPlanet costumes because I'm a massive tool.

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Posted by Kibblez

We need more Arcade discounts.

Posted by John

heh, "low level of hotness"

Posted by Riicochet

RUBIK'S CUBES ARE NOT FUN TO PLAY...

Edited by Death_Burnout

Again, dont hurt your self Jeff, Rubik's Cube's are indeed hard, but do-able ;) but not by me! HA

Posted by Scooper

Now how much would you pay?

Not $5.

Posted by StarwindX9

time to buy echocrome and eden

Posted by siLVUR

Got an email about this from Playstation Underground.

I was hoping Mega Man 9 to be 5 bucks, but alas...my hopes have been crushed.

Posted by Shadow

I may just have to get Eden now.  I've heard nothing but good things and it's less than a subway sandwich

Posted by daniel_beck_90

thanks for the news Jeff ,though I am not interested in any of those games

Posted by dagas

Give me a PS3 for 150 bucks first and I might get these games =P

Posted by StaticFalconar

Last guy and echochrome here I come.

Posted by artofwar420

DA LAST GUY! Maybe Echochrome. Sweet, sweet discounts.

Posted by Kush

I wasn't the biggest fan of the PixelJunk Eden demo, but I might pick up the full game for $5...that's not too bad at all.

Posted by sasnipes

This was awesome news!  I actually just finished the demo to Eden last week and was gonna wait a week or so after buying SSFTHDR to pick it up, but at 5 bucks it was totally a steal.  The music and uniqueness are worth it for me, not to mention its very entertaining.

Posted by Alex_V

It sucks being in the UK. No price cut that I can find :(.

Posted by pause422

I'll pick up eden for sure for 5$. Honestly can't remember if I have echochrome or not....if I don't I'll buy them both, great deal, since I don't think they're worth it in the full price.

Posted by yellownumber5

As someone who has 3 of these games (Novastrike, echochrome, and eden) this doesn't  mean too much to me, but I have been curious about The Last Guy.  At five bucks though it is a decent buy for these games.  Eden and Echocrhrome really aren't bad games, but they are the type that need a core following to feel worth it.  Eden could've been a little more forgiving for missing a jump, and Echocrhrome couldv'e just used a better detection system when its parallel lines actually lined up (too much minor tweeking and trial and error to get from one platform to the next).  Nova strike is actually a good game that is really only playable by those who like the old school shooters like Xevious (so you have to be over 25 yrs. old).  Thanks to all the Geometry Wars clones out there, Nova Strike becomes too challenging.  Once you get past not having the whole Right stick shoot/Left stick move that we've become accustomed to it is actually a good shooter with a good depth and pacing.  Its pretty much a Xevious that you can "scroll" in any direction.  So for an "old school gamer" it is a return to long lost gameplay mechanics, but current day players it will feel stifled and restrictive.

It is good that they reduced the price for these games, but it does say alot about the adoption of them.  They know these are the games that should have sold more at their original price, but didn't pull the wanted volume in DLs.  It makes a lot of sense that they are doing this, but is still good for these game that should at least be tried out by a good portion of gamers that would rather have a challenging experience that was only given back in the old school day of gaming.

Posted by Media_Master

I got bigger games to frY!

Posted by Andrwmorph

I love playing PixelJunk Eden on a big TV with a good soundsystem.

Posted by KamasamaK

Those last two aren't interesting enough for $5 and I already own the first three.