Scheduled release date:
TBA
Publisher:
SCE
Developer:
SCE Studios Japan
Number Of Players:
1-2
Genre:
Miscellaneous
Release Date:
TBA


There are unique concepts and then there’s Slider . At a glance, you’d think the description of the game is more of a prank and less of a legitimate premise…and then you realize it’s designed with the PlayStation Move in mind, and you’re suddenly intrigued by its zaniness. The reason we label the genre as “Miscellaneous” is because we have no idea if it’s more of a racing game or action game, or perhaps it’s a combination of both. But we’re not going to lose sleep over the categorization; it’s for more interesting to examine the nuts and bolts of a game that seems to defy everything you know about reality and physics. When writing this, I’m reminded of writing about Katamari Damacy for the first time: even though the two titles have absolutely nothing in common, I’m equally confused; I have to read about it and then translate it to an article, and this isn’t easy when your primary form of conveyance in the game is an office chair .

Okay, let’s start at the start. Slider is about controlling either Tobio, a tie-wearing dude that would fit nicely in “Office Space,” or Karin, a cute chick who apparently likes the short, skintight outfits. Basically, you just fling yourself recklessly through the streets of Japan; Tobio on his amazing office chair and Karin on the barrel part of a Shop-Vac, which you ride on like a skateboard. …see? It’s impossible to make that up, and I’m always tempted to elaborate on the facts, just because the absurdity of such a concept is begging for comical anecdotes. I just can’t think of any anecdotes that apply . Anyway, as you pilot your “vehicle” through the streets, you’ll have to jump, drift, and kick your way along, all in an effort to avoid obstacles and rack up as much cash as possible. A van is waiting for you at the end of the course and the more money you snag, the better your score will be. Well, of course. Money should always be the reward for a good performance.  It's only right.

As you fly around, onscreen ticket outlines will allow you to jack up your boost meter and once you’ve maxed it out, you jab in the direction of your PlayStation Eye for extra speed. Yes, Slider is set to be one of the very first titles that will support Sony’s innovative motion sensing technology, now known as the PlayStation Move. You’ll use the one wand that comes with the Move package; you move it up and down to increase your speed while flying forward, wave it left and right to turn, and tap the Move button to spin and kick obstacles out of your path. You can even enter a limbo stance to scoot under low-hanging junk and this sort of gives you a look at Karin’s curvaceous form. Much like other Japanese games, the designers have made Karin’s chest a focal point and they’ve even applied some physics to her large rack. These “jiggle physics” will be on full display as she flies through each level, which – in my eyes – separates it from similar Wii experiences.

More problems will continue to surface as you advance in your adventure. Pretty soon, you’ll be grabbing big air off some awesome jumps and yes, they’ll even toss in some mid-air tricks, too. Then there are bad guys who apparently don’t want you to make it to the fan; they’re like your standard suit-wearing mafia guys that could’ve been ripped out of Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker . Obviously, this game will live and die with the accuracy of the Move controls; if those suck, the quirky nature of the premise falls flat. But if it’s entertaining, this could prove to be a simple albeit slightly guilty pleasure. By the way, other Move games scheduled to arrive this fall are Sports Champions , Move Party! , SuperStars TV , The Shoot , and more. We’ll try to gather up info for all of them to give you some inside looks; the more you know about ‘em, the more you’ll be likely (or less likely) to pick up Move when it arrives later this year.

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ebterp
ebterp
10 years ago

Am I the only one excited about the Move – now maybe its because I have a 4yo that is crazy about the Wii and I don't want to buy one. I guess I won't be dissapointed – if it just ends up being "party" games then so be it – any more will be a big bonus!

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
10 years ago

Games like this, on their own, will not convince me to buy a Move. Fortunately the upcoming HR compatibility will be enough on it's own, so Sony has it's bases covered with me! 😛

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

When I first saw the title, my immediate thought was about little greasy burgers.

Damn, now I'm suddenly in the mood for a sack of White Castles.

Anyway, let's hope the Move works to perfection here & this game winds up being full of kick-ass fun.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 3/25/2010 10:50:39 PM

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
10 years ago

blast you for making me delete my comment.

kraygen
kraygen
10 years ago

I don't really know what else to say, so ummm . .

Whack-a-doo.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

@World,
now, that was some funny sh!t!!!!!

Well, at least you weren't thinking about those kind of sliders, LOL

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
10 years ago

This reminds me of that PSN exlcusive game Pain. Going around wrecking into random and crazy $%#@ HAHA Looks like a good $5-$10 game for the PSN. I'll most likely have to see more of this, could be a good time killer no?

___________
___________
10 years ago

those crazy asians, they never cease from making me scratching my head and saying what the %$#@?
why is it that the coolest sounding original games have to be download only?
we get all these me too shooters, which seriously you played one you played them all.
than we get these brilliant unique games where i can finally say i havent played something like this before and its confined to the PSN.

ahhh hello have the asians forgotten the whole world is not up too speed like them?
just because they have ADSL2+ unlimited download access as standard does not mean everyone else does!
god living in Australia sucks!
its not bad enough you have to pay double, some times triple what the US is paying.
its not bad enough we have to wait weeks, sometimes months longer.
its not bad enough that we miss out on special deals, or pre order incentives.
now we have to plain out miss out on it all together?
way to support your fans!

JMO_INDY
JMO_INDY
10 years ago

You could import. Or hell you could even move I suppose. haha Which ever works for ya =]

___________
___________
10 years ago

ha, trust me id be out of here in a heart beat if i could!
i hate importing games because half the time i do i dont get the item.

JackC8
JackC8
10 years ago

Any game where they have rack physics is good by me 🙂

Zorigo
Zorigo
10 years ago

rack physics is such a colabiration of the nerd and cool world. its something you'd hear in american pie in a lesson…
stifler looks at a girl, "hey! nice rack physics…"

Alienange
Alienange
10 years ago

Shame on you for going on and on and on about Karin and then not give us a screenshot of her. I doubt she's as hot as Vanille but I'd still like at least a pic. Just ONE pic!

Thinker
Thinker
10 years ago

The concept sounds similar to PSN exclusive PAIN. Hopefully, when Move comes out, PAIN will be patched to support it as well.

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
10 years ago

Im thinking this might be like pepsi-man! ahh the good o'l ps1 games 🙂

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
10 years ago

Omg someone call the cops, theres something wrong, Bens missing!! We dont have our daily gaming news from Ben! Ben where are you!!!


Last edited by eLLeJuss on 3/27/2010 3:10:00 PM

SolidFantasy
SolidFantasy
10 years ago

yeah no kidding this is a little strange??? I find it difficult to believe nothing interesting is going on the Extreme! PlayStation universe.
Come back Ben!!!

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

Damn, it's so quiet in here since Ben left for the weekend, that….

I can almost hear the letter's "P, I, & N" drop.


Last edited by BikerSaint on 3/27/2010 10:30:19 PM

phantomMenace
phantomMenace
10 years ago

lol very nice, yea I keep checking the site hoping for something cool to pop up but oh well everyone needs a vacation every now and then.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
10 years ago

I can see right through Ben's so-called "vacation." it's all a bloody conspiracy, I tell ya! He's decreasing the supply of articles so that our demand increases.
/sarcasm

hope he's enjoying himself.

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
10 years ago

I am tired of seeing the slider preview article on the page. Ben come back!!!!!

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
10 years ago

Indeed. I have been checking here all weekend and the same articles are still in place..lol.

SvenMD
SvenMD
10 years ago

You know the next article that gets posted is going to get about 300 comments just cause we haven't been able to comment in like 4 days. It won't even matter what the topic is. 😉

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

OK, how about comments on the fact that sales of the PS3 doubled in Japan?

Head over to gamasutra, they have the news.

Apparently the PS3 and PSP held the number 1 and number 2 sales spots over the Wii. Yakuza 4 and the Torne DVR add-on are apparently responsible.

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

Yakuza 4 boosting Ps3 sales is madness in Japan! heheh I'm sure MS wish they got that franchise for the 360,bad thing in psxtreme it look theres only 4 persons interested in Yakuza 3 but well niche game is niche.


Last edited by Oxvial on 3/28/2010 5:02:19 PM

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Personally I think that DVR accessory is the thing that's pushing it. If you came up with an accessory that could turn a PS3 into a DVR sales of the PS3 would double here too, along with 500+GB 2.5-inch HDD sales.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

There's also a story about Gamestop being sued (class action) over deceptive practices in the sale of used games. One customer was sold Dragon Age Origins that clearly stated on the box it came with the additional character and other DLC but of course because it was a USED game, the DLC had to be paid for which meant that the customer actually paid *more* for the used copy than he would have if it'd been bought new. GameStop wouldn't refund his money because it was outside the 7 day warranty.

You can find the story at ING and Gamasutra.

Oxvial
Oxvial
10 years ago

GS..that store makes me puke.

Hope the customer pwns them.


Last edited by Oxvial on 3/28/2010 5:00:00 PM

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
10 years ago

Take 'em to the cleaners, I say! People should start using Glyde! I've been using it recently and you can find some great prices if you look for a little while. I got a movie I was looking for for only 3 bucks! Also, I decided to sell Modern Warfare and got 40 dollars for it! If I brought it to Gamestop I'd get what, 10 bucks maximum? 20? Seriously, they profit so much on their used market, but give the buyer so little in savings. I could get MGS4 for 40 bucks and the used copy was 35 DOLLARS! I gladly supported the developer.

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
10 years ago

On the flip side though, I guess Glyde has some crazy people as well. I'd like to have a word with the guy who's selling Modern Warfare 2 for 68 dollars, lol!

http://glyde.com/#!viabrowse/products/7974269/Call-of-Duty-Modern-Warfare-2

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Personally I won't buy a used game from GameStop, nor will I trade with them. I will buy one from Ebay, especially an individual seller, but not GameStop.

Oh, here's an IGN link to the GameStop story.

http://uk.ps3.ign.com/articles/107/1079852p1.html


Last edited by TheHighlander on 3/28/2010 9:04:48 PM

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
10 years ago

Hey, I have an idea; why don't we start posting our own news on here and then discuss it??

Kowhoho
Kowhoho
10 years ago

A recent Sony survey sent out to Playstation email accounts mentioned Resistance 3 in it's questions, further proof that it's coming!

Also, God of War III has sold over 1.1 million units in it's first week on the market! That's 4 days in America and 1 day in Europe!

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

LOL! See above…

As a PSX addict, I felt the need to do something until the real thing returns…

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

Ok, I figure we're all officially bored by now, so…..

Here's some interesting news about Uncharted:Drake's Fortune, over at Joystiq, to keep you all entertained till Ben starts posting articles again……

Naughty Dog invents the missing Uncharted chapter at PAX East
by Griffin McElroy Mar 28th 2010

Though the original Uncharted was a well paced and cleverly written experience, it wasn't without its share of largely inoffensive faults. For instance, the game's stealth aspects weren't well publicized to the player, leaving Nathan Drake's instant kill abilities unused for most playthroughs. The game's main antagonist, Navarro, wasn't really demonized in the first half of the game. There were also small plot omissions — like, for instance, how did Elena and Drake get to their plane after the exciting conclusion of Chapter 3?

Naughty Dog recently rectified these three issues during a presentation at PAX East by creating a new, "third-and-a-half" chapter for Uncharted, in which Elena and Drake had to sneak onto an airstrip filled with Navarro's goons, and escape unharmed. With a little help from the audience, the Naughty Dog developers in attendance were able to create a framework for the new chapter, and even bestowed it with yet another clever moniker: "Strip Search."

With the basic outline of what they wanted the chapter to accomplish, the four Naughty Dog representatives on-hand — game designer Jacob Minkoff, community strategist Arne Meyer, lead game designer Richard Lemarchand and lead multiplayer designer Justin Richmond — began to create a simple MAYA framework for the setting of the action. The player, as Drake, would have to sneak across a mountain face to a nearby hangar while learning how to execute the game's stealthy … executions.

The audience was shown the many subtle considerations Naughty Dog takes into account when designing the level — for instance, curving the mountain path so the player is constantly facing the objective (or "the weenie"), creating "valves" the player can't return through, deciding which segments will be in-game cutscenes, and how to effectively achieve the chapter's narrative objective without making the player feel like his or her hand is forced.

After leading Drake across a treacherous mountain path (during which time he loses his gun, so as not to disrupt the stealthiness of the level), the player comes to a control tower they must climb around while avoiding Navarro's steely gaze. At this time, the panelists took suggestions from the audience as to what should happen next. Suggestions ranged from having Elena get impatient and drive her Jeep into the crowd of pirates to having Drake fall from the tower, only to be saved by Navarro at the last moment.

The audience interaction didn't stop there — after Drake eventually made it down into the hangar, he faces an overwhelming group of enemies. The game's creators explained that this would be a great moment for the player to be acclimated with destructible environmental hazards. Drake could clear the group by shooting a cluster of barrels, instantly clearing a …

"He doesn't have his gun," an audience member noted, to the embarrassment of the panelists.

After locating a firearm, Drake began shooting his way out of the hangar while Elena attempted to get the plane on the runway. In what would have certainly been an entertaining scene, Drake fended off pirates while shouting flying lessons to a panicked Elena. After the plane began taxiing, the pair were attacked by chaingun-toting Navarro. Again, the player could only take out Navarro's armored truck by shooting some nearby exploding barrels, toppling a telephone pole onto his car. Elena and Nate take to the skies — and cue Chapter 4.

Though "Strip Search" will never become more than a MAYA framework and a loose collection of ideas, it was interesting to see the Naughty Dog design process in action — and to find out that stealth kills were, in fact, in the first game. (We seriously had no idea!)

(see pictures at their site)


Last edited by BikerSaint on 3/28/2010 8:54:01 PM

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
10 years ago

Damn, I think ND should actually continue making this and then reward our loyalty with it, like as a free DL & PSN add-on to the first game.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

ND? Naughty Dog? What're you talking about?

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
10 years ago

Aha! I see now.

I agree 110% with you. More Drake, more "lost chapters" as DLC please!

BTW how could anyone not know that the stealth kills were in the first game, there's in-game achievements and I believe even a medal for them, and you can't Platinum without using them either.

Sheesh! They (Joytiq) call themselves gamers!?