Fat Princess [PlayStation Network]
When Fat Princess was announced, it seemed like a concept too strong to fail. The PlayStation Network, which seems to be dominated by two-stick shooters and, well, more two-stick shooters, could use the variety, something initial screenshots and information promised. Broken down into the simplest of terms, Fat Princess is an online game of Capture the Flag - something wholly unoriginal when it comes to gaming. The details, however, earn it a few more points, and a spot on every gamer's radar. The "flags," if you will, are princesses, and players force feed them cake to make them more difficult to kidnap. Now, several months later, the game is finally out, and the sure hit is available for consumption.
Fat Princess's tongue spends so much time in her cheek that it's a wonder she can choke any cake down at all. Immediately it's obvious that the developers understand their audience, from the opening menu, which presents the options to "Play With Others" or to "Play With Yourself," to the game's announcer, who reads everything in an extremely important and utterly urgent voice, relaying important messages like "They're in your base, killing your dudes!" with an epic tone. The graphics, which look reminiscent of a Saturday morning cartoon, serve the game well, and help reinforce the sarcastic nature of the title thanks to a goodly amount of blood and gore.