|System: PSP||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Q Games||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: SONY||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 1, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
In addition to all the new content, PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe has also improved upon the challenge mode by adding an all-new Medal Challenge mode (as a substitute for the Trophy challenges on the PS3). Medals for levels can be unlocked after a certain number have been cleared, and challenges can include everything from the way you use your in-game currency to the way you defeat end-level bosses. The Medal Challenges gives this game (which already has a very high level of replayability) even more longevity.
Though much has changed for PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe, a lot has stayed the same as well. The visuals are on par with the PlayStation 3 version of the game, and everything still looks very crisp, and the animations are as solid as ever. The only real difference in the visuals between the PlayStation 3 version and the PSP version is the way that you view the map. On the PS3, the map is fixed, but on the PSP's smaller screen, the map is too big, so occasionally the map will zoom in to certain areas automatically to show you where an enemy is approaching. Although this is a necessary change, it can sometimes be annoying when your character is on one side and enemies are on the others and your little guy disappears when the camera zooms in on the monsters. Still, this only happens occasionally, and a quick press of the left trigger zooms everything out again and refocuses the camera.
The sound in PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe also is very similar to the sound in prior titles, with the soundtrack for the previous levels and menu still featuring the same Otograph tunes. However, the new levels feature new tunes by Otograph, which are equally enjoyable to listen to and certainly match the level of the old score. I have always been a fan of the music in PixelJunk Monsters, and the new tunes just add to the enjoyable auditory experience.
If you are a fan of PixelJunk Monsters, the Deluxe edition has more than enough new content to justify another download. Between the new maps, new towers, and the online capabilities, there is plenty of new content and features for diehard fans to experience in this new version. If you haven't experienced PixelJunk Monsters yet, it represents the best tower defense title this generation, and the Deluxe edition is definitely the one to get! Either way, PixelJunk Monsters Deluxe is a considerable upgrade over its predecessors and begs to be downloaded.
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor