|System: PS3 (PSN)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Sidhe Interactive||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Sidhe Interactive||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: July 23, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Sidhe's managed to put together a great soundtrack to perfectly compliment the game. Musical tracks are engrossing and serve to add to the space-retro vibe of Shatter. Turn off the lights, turn up the music, and you'll find yourself quickly lost in an entirely pleasurable sensory bombardment. For anyone interested, Sidhe has released the tracks for streaming on their website as well for download. Particularly, if you are a fan of electronic, make an effort to check out the soundtrack as Sidhe's gone above and beyond.
At this point you may be telling yourself "Ok, sounds good. But what's my motivation? What's the story? Is there any reason I want to destroy all of these bricks or do I just hate bricks?" Basically yes. You hate bricks. To be perfectly honest, I had a hard time understanding what was going on in the campaign story mode. It has something to do with spaceships, escaping from an enemy, and flying back in an effort to inflict viscous retribution against those who've wronged you. It's nice that Sidhe put in the effort for a story but really it doesn't matter. You may as well tap into a deep and personal desire to see all blocks irrevocably destroyed for your thespian-esque motivation.
The biggest qualm with Shatter is that it's just too short. From start to finish it took somewhere from three to four hours to complete the campaign mode. There is replayability to be sure, but "beating" the game is not too taxing of an endeavor. Once finished with the campaign, all levels will be unlocked allowing you to compare scores with your PSN friends. There is also the aforementioned boss battle mode as well as a bonus stage challenge where you keep three balls in play for as long as possible while they pick up speed.
Still, Shatter is a refreshingly unique take on a classic genre. The visuals, music, and gameplay combine to provide a simple yet engrossing experience that will please casual and old-school gamers. The short campaign mode and relatively easy difficulty may deter hardcore gamers but it shouldn't. For a very reasonable price of $7.99, Shatter is yet another success story in the PlayStation Network's ever-growing library of AAA, exclusive downloadable games.
CCC Freelance Writer