Many could already see that Fat Princess is something special when it was revealed for the first time last July at E3 2008. The multiplayer-focused online game is nearing completion almost a year later. So can this Playstation Network exclusive title live up to its original promise? Find out in this hands-on preview of Fat Princess for the Playstation 3.
The anime-inspired Fat Princess is completely cel-shaded. The cute and super-deformed art style fits into the not-so-serious nature of the Playstation Network game perfectly. Although it isn’t going to blow you away, it does provide a vibrant and smooth experience for a 32-player multiplayer game.
Just like the visuals, the cartoon-like background music gives the perfect vibe for Fat Princess. The cute voice-acting (similar in style to South Park) further adds to the game.
Fat Princess is mainly a modified capture the flag game.
Instead of capturing the flag from the enemy’s base and bringing it back to your own, you have to rescue your princess from capture and return her to the throne. The game ends when you have both your princess on your throne and the opposing one still in prison for a set period of time. Of course, rescuing your princess from the enemy’s base won’t be easy as you need to plow through the opposing team as will as numerous other obstacles.
One of the most unique components in Fat Princess is feeding cake to the opposing princess and making her fatter. This will dramatically slow down the rescue operation from the opposing team who has to carry her. However, she will gradually lose weight over time; not to mention that the other team can form a big escort to dramatically speed up the carrier.
You have six classes in Fat Princess: mage, priest, ranger, villager, warrior and worker. Each of the classes contributes to the team in its own unique ways. You class is determine by the type of hat you are wearing. You can pick hats up from the machines at your home base or on the battlefield from defeated players (even from the other team).
The worker class is especially important in Fat Princess. This is because the game places huge emphasis on resource gathering. By chopping wood and mining materials you can upgrading your defenses on your base, build siege weapons and upgrade classes to unlock new abilities.
Here is the control setup for Fat Princess:
Left Analog: move
R2: push for voice chat
O: pick up item
Triangle: switch weapon
Fat Princess may seem like a simple game, but it is very deep. You truly need to work as a team since each class has its own strengths and weaknesses.
Fat Princess isn’t just about capture the flag, the game will also include Arena, Invasion, Team Deathmatch and even single player modes.
Fat Princess will certainly be one of the best titles on the Playstation Network when it comes out in the summer for the Playstation 3.