[Friday Five] PSN Downtime’s Collateral Damage

Friday Five is a new feature we’re starting where we make a list of five notable things in certain categories. We really don’t think that any list will ever encompass everything in the gaming universe, so it’s probably best to make a list of honorable mentions rather than a be-all and end-all list. Feel free to share your own thoughts on what other notable mentions we may not have included!

With the recent downtime for the Playstation Network, lonely gamers have been out of luck for their daily dose of gaming. Of course, there are games that have a great single-player experience, but with the recent advances gaming has made, online multiplayer has been more integral than ever to the gaming experience. How will gamers cope with the loss of social interaction via video games? Here are five games that took the hit the hardest.

Little Big Planet 2

This one’s easy. The gameplay in the series is simple and never really warrants the $60 purchase, but user creativity and a thriving community of level designers give the game much needed longevity and replay value. Some of the levels challenge the very limits of players’ imagination, recreating old favorites and sprouting stories that players have never encountered before. Of course, this feature would be nonexistent without the Playstation Network. Oh wait…

Super Street Fighter 4

This classic fighting game series is well known for burning holes into kids’ wallets back in the days of the arcade. Slowly, with the fall of arcades, players are left with nowhere to go but online play against friends and online strangers alike. For the past two weeks though, players had no one to play at all. Let’s face it, it’s unlikely to find any players living within a reasonable distance, so offline play is out of the question. Single player options are a bore with the repetitive, brainless AI. Guess this game’s out of the rotation for a while.

Marvel vs Capcom 3 almost made the cut, but weak netcode meant that I rarely bothered playing the game online to begin with. Although Arcana Heart 3, which has great netcode, won’t be getting much action until PSN is back up either.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

First person shooters tend to have both a strong single and multiplayer experience. However, single player never really lasts as multiplayer and will get boring eventually. This marks the perfect time to hop onto the internet! As with most shooters, there are a variety of options to choose, but the most notable would have to be the zombies mode. Players can group up into teams of four and survive through onslaughts of zombie attacks. Of course, without online, that’s impossible. The whole teamwork aspect of zombies and competitive atmosphere of deathmatch is gone. Single player campaign again, anyone?

Of course, this applies to any other shooter as well. But Black Ops stands out if only for the survival instincts that kick in when teaming up with friends against hordes of zombies.

Playstation Home

Sure, it may not be as widely used as other “games,” but there’s no denying that Playstation Home would be absolutely unplayable without the internet. The videos players can watch in the game’s theaters, game-inspired environments, and mini-games are totally inaccessible! Whether or not that’s a loss is really up to the reader, though.

Portal 2

It just came out! It came out merely days before this downtime. Although Portal was primarily a single player experience, Portal 2’s multiplayer makes up almost half the total game time that you’ll be experiencing. In fact, it was probably one of the most interesting features that players were looking forward to. If you got the game at launch, you were lucky enough to get in a couple of hours. But if you waited…well, I’m sorry.

Needless to say, internet gaming has become a big part of our lives for gamers everywhere. It’s a shame that the network had gone down, taking these games with it. Hang in there, Playstation 3 owners. Someday, you will go back to blasting zombies and riding skateboards in a virtual park with your avatar.

Posted on April 29, 2011, in Friday Five and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 23 Comments.

  1. Pretty sure SOCOM is more affected than LBP2 or SSF4 lol

    • It was definitely in the running when we were discussing it. But we wanted to make the list as inclusive as possible as well. Kind of hard to satisfy everyone when the list is only compiled of five things, I guess.

  2. Home?

    Well you got 3 out of 5 right, Great Job, lol.

  3. Yea agree with Tyler too LBP2 is a stretch, what’s the point of this?

  4. Well, LBP definitely stood out to us because it was one of the key components and more interesting aspects that was lost with PSN.

  5. DC Universe. Not only can you not even log in or play at all (it has no offline option) but you are also paying for the privilege of not playing via the monthly fees. I’d say that qualifies.

    • Ouch. We forgot about that one, since none of us have played it. Good one, though! Are you one of the DC Universe victims?

      • Oh Yeah! Had a rare 3 days off in a row, spent the first day getting everything done so i could spend the next 2 days doing nothing else, woke up early the next day, and NOTHING! Be interested to see what they will do when it comes back up.

  6. I nominate Fat Princess. It kinda sucks without the internet. Just sayin’.

  7. Fire Marshall Bill

    Ya I wouldve put in DCUO on that list, and since socom just came out that wouldve been a strong contender, and maybe freerealms lol. Dang it ya its tough with just a top 5 lol.

  8. Mortal Kombat anyone?

    • I actually haven’t had a chance to try it yet, so I wasn’t too sure about the netcode and if it would’ve been a big loss. Kind of the case with why we left out Marvel vs Capcom 3. Subpar netcode = subpar online experience; so Marvel vs Capcom 3 wasn’t as big of a concern.

  9. @Yensid Hopefully, they’ll refund whatever amount this time is worth or give some kind of goodies for the subscribers currently on it. Pretty uncool on Sony’s part if they do nothing.

  10. I’m sure they will, just curious to see if they’ll do the minimum or go the extra mile.

  11. fail list, do proper research before talking dry opinion.

    Only new games releases are affected!
    Mortal Kombat (9)
    Portal 2
    Soccom 4
    Operation Flashpoint Red River

    All the games you listed have been out for ages and many people who played the game have moved on to play new games, if you think the same people playing those old games are affected, then you should list every other games with online support:/

    now gtfo and stop coming up with trash articles

  12. Outland… it didn’t even get released! 😦

  13. TriangleOffense

    MAG is online only and the community consists of a ton of feigns so that game took a massive hit

  14. Hadoudken!

  15. What about MAG or DC Universe Online? Playstation Home? You’re reeeeeally reaching on that.

  16. What?! HOME, a piece of crap social service, was more impacted by PSN’s outage than MORTAL KOMBAT 9?! I CALL MAJOR SHENANIGANS TO THE 9TH DEGREE!

  17. ugh not this again

    i hate lists like this, all this rant since the psn being down and now all these sites are trying to capitalize on topics like this. i mean seriously, this is a gaming website and your referring to online games affected and you never even played Mortal Kombat (9) or even thought to mention DCUO..im not calling you biased by any stretch but with your list and all the games that support online that came out the 1st week since the issue should of clearly made the list.

  18. Fail article, SOCOM was the most affected, as it heavily relied on online play for purchase. The PSN downtime also happened a day before the release of the game, talk about precision damage on SONY.

  19. One last question: how in the blue h-ell did SSF4 get affected more than DC Universe?

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