I had to crack eventually, I suppose. I can hardly deny the significance of browser-based social gaming as an industry-changing trend, nor do I begrudge the tens of millions their fun as they mainline anything Zynga and its scheming ilk deal out on a daily basis. I've just never had the slightest interest in actually, properly playing any of these titles until now.
I suspect, then, I may not be alone amongst gamers in seizing upon Outernauts as my first, fully-fledged Facebook adventure. It is, after all, made by Insomniac, the creator of such smart console fare as Spyro, Ratchet & Clank and Resistance. And, more to the point, Outernauts is basically Pokémon in space: OK, I'm in.
It's a big departure for Ted Price's studio and a sign o' the times. PS3-exclusive additions to the Ratchet and Resistance series have dominated its output in the current console cycle. But with Resistance on its last legs commercially (Sony has effectively binned it after the Vita version flopped) and a new publishing deal inked with EA (co-op shooter Overstrike will be its first multi-format title), the US studio has partnered with the latter to plunge into the murky world of freemium.