[E3 2008] PSN Media Guide Part 2: Flower and PixelJunk Eden

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Two of the most unique titles heading to the PS3 PlayStation Network, or any platform for that matter, are Flower and PixelJunk Eden, the former a so-called “Zen” game in which you play as the wind guiding flower pedals through vivid landscapes to complete various objectives using intuitive tilts of the Sixaxis (or DualShock 3) and the latter a cooperative plant-life platformer putting 1-3 players in control of small creatures called Grimps hopping, bopping and swinging around dynamic, ever-evolving garden environments. Both games sport incredibly stylized visuals, and PixelJunk Eden will even support trophies and PSP remote play. Those sound unique enough for you?

Hit the jump to for fact sheets and galleries for both titles and a lone trailer for PixelJunk Eden.

Flower Fact Sheet

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA)
Developer: thatgamecompany LLC
Platform: PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) via PLAYSTATION®Network
Genre: Zen Gaming
Release: TBA
Rating: “RP” for Rating Pending

OVERVIEW
The pioneers that brought you the award-winning PLAYSTATION Network title flOw are back with another concept that challenges traditional gaming conventions. Flower expands the team’s tradition of delivering simple gameplay, accessible controls and a medium to explore emotional chords uncommon in video games. In Flower, the surrounding environment, most often pushed to the background in games, is pulled to the forefront and becomes the primary “character.” The player fades from an external and stressful world in the opening of this fresh and genuine game only for PS3, and journeys through beautifully vivid landscapes, changing the his surroundings and exploring nature along the way.

Playing as the wind, the player guides and grows a swarm of pedals by interacting with other flowers and the surrounding environment. The goals and journey in each level vary, but all involve flight, exploration and interaction with the level. Using simple SIXAXIS wireless controls, the player guides the lead petal and accumulates a swarm of flower petals as he moves at his own pace within the environment, causing the on-screen world to change. Flower’s gameplay offers different experiences, pacing and rhythm to all players. Along the way, the environment will pose challenges to the player’s progress.

Both pastoral and at times chaotic, Flower is a visual, audio and interactive escape on PS3.

KEY FEATURES

– Simple Gameplay Controls – Accessible controls appeal to both the casual and hardcore gamer and offer simplistic and relaxing gaming. Freely playing as the wind is as easy as titling the SIXAXIS wireless controller.

– Lush and Interactive Environment on PS3 – In Flower, over 200,000 blades of grass are simulated and animated simultaneously on-screen, creating an verdant environment not possible on any other platform.

– Dynamically Adjusting Experience – Players with differing skill levels and/or moods can intuitively customize their game experience and enjoy the game at their own pace.

PixelJunk Eden Fact Sheet

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA)
Developer: Q-Games Ltd.
Platform: PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) via PLAYSTATION®Network
Genre: Organic Platformer
Players: 1-3 players
Release: Summer 2008
Rating: E for Everyone

OVERVIEW
Welcome to the garden of PixelJunk™ Eden, a refreshingly different platform game wrapped in a vibrant world exclusively on PS3. In PixelJunk Eden, the latest downloadable entry to the PixelJunk™ series from developer Q-Games, living and luminous plant-life grows in real-time to form a lively stage. In this constantly evolving environment, players control a small creature called a “Grimp” (from “grip” and “jump”) to explore a dynamic setting alive with color and sound. By smashing into enemies, the player releases batches of pollen that can help the lush alien plants change and grow. As they develop, players can leap, swing and soar between them to get further through the undergrowth and gather all the bundles of energy and light from the level before the time available runs out.

PixelJunk™ Eden is the third game in Q-Games’ PixelJunk series, which blends simple, addictive gameplay with crisp and attractive graphics designed for optimal viewing in full 1080p High Definition (HD)*.

KEY FEATURES

– Distinctive Visuals and Music – Features 10 unique stages with stylishly designed graphics and original music from award-winning Japanese artist Baiyon.

– Co-op Play – Player can enjoy PixelJunk Eden alone or with up to 2 others with co-op play. Teamwork and cooperation enhances the strategy and dynamic of this platformer.

– Dynamic Animations and Effects – Organic growth animations for each plant, plus environmental and particle effects bring the setting to life and keep it constantly evolving.

– Rumble Support – Feel the thrilling effects of clinging, attacking and falling from plants.

– Trophy Support – Have fun, grow a vibrant Eden AND achieve trophies along the way!

– Remote Play – Supports Remote Play for PSP® system.

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