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post #1 of 13 Old 08-14-2012, 11:45 AM - Thread Starter
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One dark moonlit night, a young boy named Kutaro was carried away by the maleficent Moon Bear King to a black castle where the unlucky lad was transformed into a puppet.

Kutaro displeased the terrible tyrant, who devoured the boy's wooden head and cast away his body.
But the headless hero was not alone, for he had discovered a very special pair of scissors to help him on his harrowing adventure to find his head, and his way home.

Puppeteer is a brand new franchise developed exclusively for PlayStation 3 by SCE JAPAN Studio. Set in a magical puppeteer's theatre, this title will introduce you to a strange and fantastic world, where the environment is constantly changing. Players will enjoy a rich, dark fairytale where surprises lurk around every corner.


Offering 15 - 20 hours of gameplay, Puppeteer is a new platformer coming exclusively to the PS3 on September 10th (retail and PSN). Check out the trailer from Gamescom 2012:


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JAPAN Studio does some very creative stuff. This reminds me just a little bit of Folklore, which had slightly dodgy gameplay but absolutely beautiful art direction. Will be interested to see more of this.
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Release date of September 10th, priced at $39.99.

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(more info at the Playstation blog)
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Wow. That looks really pretty.
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Charming new video of this gem in action at E3 2013:


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New video; Japanese language only, but looks fabulous:
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Launching in about a week ($40 retail and digital, $36 PS+ pre-order), the game is coming along great based on the videos. Here are a collection of clips showing off some of the many different heads you can switch on your puppet for different powers, as well as some cool looking boss scenes:


Ninja Head action


Pirate Head action


Wrestler Head action


Knight Head action

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This game looks like a LBP rip off.

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Plays nothing like LBP except run and jump. This game has a ton of different play mechanics depending on which head you have on. Compare the gameplay between each of the last four vids I posted to see what I mean. They are all different.

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Playing through it for review as I write this...its surpringly lengthy. Since the embargo is already up I can at least say that initial impressions are really positive. Anyone who's into platformers and is still in touch with their inner child is going to love it.

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I had always planned on buying it, but I just pre-ordered it on PSN after hearing it supports local co-op. I'm always looking for games my wife and I can play together.
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http://www.avsforum.com/t/1489934/puppeteer-ps3-official-avsforum-review

Absolutely loved the game, anyone into fun platformers should pick it up.

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Been playing this from time to time with my wife. It's a gorgeous game, but we're finding it frustratingly difficult. I know some people felt that Little Big Planet's jumping was "floaty," but I never minded it; well, compared to Puppeteer, LBP's jumping had laser-like precision. Controlling Kutaro is like guiding a greased balloon.

You can accumulate extra lives, but the checkpoint system is structured so that you have to go back to the beginning of a section every time you die. To me this defeats the point of having extra lives; if you can't complete a section in one try, all the extra lives in the world won't make it easier. With practice, you'll eventually get it, but that practice could cost you dozens of lives. And that's a permanent loss to your store of extra lives; with LBP, you could practice a level as much as you wanted, and the game didn't hold your failures against you. Puppeteer does.

I honestly don't know if I'm going to finish this game.
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