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EU PlayStation Store update 19th October

EU PlayStation Store update 19th October

GT5 and Deus Ex DLC! Worms! Okabu!

A fresh payload of Gran Turismo 5 content headlines this week's PlayStation Store update.

Priced £9.49 (or £7.19 for PlayStation Plus members), the Complete Pack includes new cars, courses, paint jobs and car gear, all also available separately.

There's a healthy offering of new games on offer too, including bullet hell shmup Beat Hazard Ultra, Worms Crazy Golf and cute but disappointing Okabu.

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Okabu

Okabu

Not for me or you.

A puzzle on Okabu's third level sums everything up. One of its big-eyed Yorubo villagers asks you to help return her pet Bushybeast to its pen. It likes fish, she adds, and immediately the cognitive gears start turning: perhaps we could stick a fish on the end of our plunger and lead it into the pen, like a donkey with a carrot?

And indeed you can. It's immediately obvious, because a big drawing of said action appears on-screen a few seconds after the villager says her piece. This will be repeated countless times over Okabu's opening hours: a puzzle is set, and the game immediately makes clear how to solve it through drawings, highlights, text hints and big bouncing arrows.

Are children now so utterly dumb they can't be relied upon to solve even the most elementary of puzzles? The fact the drawings then move to the top of the screen and stay there says everything. Wouldn't want the little tykes ramming a controller up their nose while thinking too hard.

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Okabu release date announced

Okabu release date announced

Rolando dev's PSN curio out this month.

Okabu, the promising new project from Rolando developer HandCircus, arrives on PlayStation Network on 18th October, Sony has announced via the PlayStation Blog.

The eccentric adventure sees you taking control of a cloud to help out a village of cute critters being terrorised by a no-good gang called the Doza, who are hellbent on ruining their rustic idyll with power stations and smog-spewing factories.

Eurogamer's recent Okabu preview has more details, and there's a brand new trailer below introducing the game's protagonists.

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Sony announces PSN exclusives campaign

Sony announces PSN exclusives campaign

inFamous: FOB! Pixeljunk! PS2 classics!

Sony has announced Only On PSN, a new campaign to promote PlayStation Network exclusive games throughout October.

At least one exclusive PSN title will be released each week throughout the month, starting this Wednesday with Rochard.

In the US, the confirmed line-up is Eufloria and Rochard for this week and Sideway: New York for next.

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Cloud atlas.

Before he became a game designer full-time, Simon Oliver made interactive exhibits for museums. I think a little of that kind of thing may have rubbed off on Okabu. I'm not trying to taint his latest project by suggesting it's anything like a piece of educational software, but it has a sweet-natured environmental message and a rigorous logic to its challenges. Whatever your age, it wants to make you think. You play as a cloud, you'll spend a lot of time wondering how water's going to interact with other elements, and the whole thing, with its neat little fields, its puzzles about harvests and its creeping threat of industrialisation, comes across like an agrarian Super Mario World. Put that on the back of the box.

Sony to invest $20m in PSN exclusives

Sony to invest $20m in PSN exclusives

3 year cash boost for digital games.

Sony is investing $20 million in PSN exclusives over the next three years, the platform holder has announced.

The cash injection will support both first-party studios as well as Sony's Pub Fund indie outreach scheme.

Minimalist RTS Eufloria, cartoony puzzler Okabu and quirky adventure Papo & Yo are among the first fruits of the programme (the latter two trailered below), with more titles to be announced in due course.

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Rolando dev reveals next project

Okabu will be a PS3 exclusive.

The London-based studio behind the delightful iPhone puzzle adventure Rolando has just lifted the lid on Okabu, a downloadable third person adventure for the PlayStation 3.