I'm sure all of us have experienced buying a game not worth the money due to quality issues both online and offline, but to me it seems that it happens most with digital downloads. One of these experiences alone could make you despise all downloadable games. However, Fat Princess might help restore some of your hope due to its originality, creativity, and just the overall fun it offers to players. No, it is not a game you can play in tournaments, and, yes, every game has its flaws, but despite all that, you can have a really great time wasting the hours away on this game just for the heck of it.
Release Date: July 30, 2009
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Developer: Titan Studios/Atomic Operations
In Fat Princess, you are one of 32 players who work towards capturing the other team's princess or rescuing yours. There are two teams of up to 16 players and each team has one princess. Everyone chooses a hat from so-called hat machines and that will determine their class until they put on a new one or die. Each of the five classes is as important as the other in capturing the princess.
Mages are masters of fire and ice. Using their wands they can burn or freeze enemies. The priest assists in healing other players who are on the verge of dying, or doing the opposite and leech life from enemy players. A warrior is a class used for general assault and is armed with a sword and shield. Rangers use a bow and arrow, and a gun for long-distance attacks. While the other classes do their jobs, the workers collect wood and silver and are responsible for upgrading and maintaining hat machines, ladders, doors, and catapults. In your team’s castle the catapult works to fling members of your team toward the enemy team’s castle to make it easier to capture the princess. While at the enemy castle, members of the worker class can build ladders that your team can use to enter the enemy’s castle without breaking down their doors. These upgrades give your team an advantage against your enemies.
The 'Fat Roles' DLC adds giants, ninjas, and pirates. If you do not own this DLC you will still be able to play with people who do, so the gameplay isn't impaired.
Unlike the rest, the DLC classes have a special power aside from normal defense methods. For example, the giants can eat people and ninjas can become invisible, but only once during the time that the gauge for it fills up.
Each character is completely customizable from eyes, gender and skin to facial hair, but you must unlock the options to do so first. You also have the choice of either a female/male character that comes equipped with provoking prerecorded taunts.
Fat Princess features several game modes: Rescue the Princess, Snatch N' Grab, Team Deathmatch, Invasion, Soccer, and Gladiate. These modes are based on the story mode A.K.A. The Legend of the Fat Princess. In the story, two princesses of different kingdoms become addicted to a cake they find in the forest. In an attempt to stop their addiction, cake is banned from both kingdoms. The king of the Red kingdom thinks that his daughter’s overeating is because of “the curse of the Black Forest.” He attempts to end this curse by arranging a marriage to Prince Albert. To ensure this marriage happens, the king of the Red kingdom had the Blue kingdom's princess kidnapped, which results in a war between the two kingdoms.
This 'war', is played out in Rescue the Princess, in which each team works towards rescuing their princess while trying to capture the enemy's princess. To delay the capture of your princess, you can feed her cake to make her heavier for the enemy team to carry. This game mode is similar to Snatch N’ Grab, in which your team's goal is to capture the enemy's princess three times.
In Soccer, Team Deathmatch, Invasion and Gladiate capturing a princess is not a priority. In a Fat Princess Soccer game each team tries to get the ball into the other team’s goal and, in the end, the team with the most points wins. Team Deathmatch mode has your team working toward killing 300 enemy players. Other game modes include Invasion, where you capture as many bases as possible, and Gladiate, in which you kill as many computer players of a specific class as possible. Each of these can still be played offline with and against AI controlled players. They are still fun to play against, so it's not necessarily a deal breaker if you can't play online.
Online play is very fun. One of the things that makes online play so fun is that there is always a lobby set up to play in and people are always there. When playing online you can communicate with your teammates using a PS3 headset/Mic. Utilizing a PS3 headset/Mic. is necessary for communication with your team due to the fact that there are no other in-game ways to do so. One issue is that the voices of other players aren't always easy to hear, but that really depends on your connection and the quality of the headset.
You can create a private or public lobby where you can set up a game. Private lobbies allow you to save spots for friends. Another way to play with friends is to join a game that they are playing or you were playing by using the 'find a friend' option. Options like these make things simpler if you plan on playing with a friend online. You can also play onlinr with three of your friends simultaneously on the same PS3.
The graphics of Fat Princess capture the essence of the game’s storyline. The stages are brightly colored and aren’t too small or too large. You will rarely ever get lost. The cartoon-like characters match the color scheme of the stages. There is a lot of blood and gore, but that can be easily changed using the parental controls. Without it, the game is missing a major component though. I personally don’t think using the parental controls is necessary, because the gore of Fat Princess is nothing compared to a game like Call of Duty.
Fat Princess' audio is simple, yet amazing, much like its aesthetic style and they match perfectly. The music and sound effects are bubbly and whimsical. They add to what makes Fat Princess such a great video game. The sound does not overpower the graphics or gameplay; it's all a fantastic harmonious combination.
I give Fat Princess a 9/10. Fat Princess has amazing options for online and offline play. I personally prefer the online modes, because rather than playing with computer players, you are able to play with people, whose sometimes unpredictable actions make each game different from the next. You are also able to learn new strategies from them that can make capturing the princess a piece of cake. I especially love the ability to play Fat Princess with my online and offline friends. Fat Princess will keep you occupied for hours on end. In short, Fat Princess is an enjoyable game both online and offline, and provides an interesting gaming experience to anyone who purchases it.