Five great PlayStation Network games

Got a PS3 but can't afford to pay top whack for your games? Maybe you are just too lazy to get off the sofa. Well the good news is there are a cracking amount of titles available for download in the console's online market place PSN or PlayStation Network for those not into shortening everything. Here are five we think you should consider:

Super Stardust HD
The PS3s answer to Geometry Wars might be merely a remake of an ageing Amiga title, but it packs more than enough punch to be one of the PSNs top games. Four levels of rock blasting brilliance packed with strategic options via the mass of upgrades the levels constantly throw at you helps culminate in a not only addictive, but astoundingly brilliant (and cheap) game.

Wipeout HD
The game that started it all for the Playstation brand heads back to the big boy consoles. After a brief sojourn to the handheld PSP, Wipeout HD offers full 1080p support, giving brand new life to the eight remastered tracks that previously appeared in the two handheld titles. The grid based career system and full online support offers easily enough longevity, but with future downloadable content promised in the guise of track and vehicle packs, this one will keep you gripped just like a full price game. Plus, the music is up to the traditional Wipeout high quality standards.

Bionic Commando Rearmed
An update of the NES classic Bionic Commando, Rearmed gives the game a brand new skin to go with the good old traditional gameplay. With your character packing a bionic arm and grappling hook, allowing him to swing from platforms, climb to higher ledges, and even toss items towards enemies, this isn’t your traditional 2D platformer. One warning however: this game is truly blooming difficult. If you find yourself tearing your hair out thanks to a misplaced pass in FIFA, then best to give this one a wide berth.

LocoRoco Cocoreccho
Not really a full title, LocoRoco Cocoreccho differs from its PSP cousin by not placing you in direct control of the LocoRoco, but the butterfly like Cocoreccho. It’s up to you to guide and prompt the LocoRoco in the right direction to manoeuvre through one of the various routes available through the games single level by calling them from your fluttery winged avatar. Add in Sixaxis support with certain areas of the world manipulated by how you twist and hold your controller, and enormous replayability to bag all the collectibles available, and the tiny price to pay for this “interactive screensaver” seems like a total bargain.

Flow
With your creature controlled via movement of your Sixaxis controller, this one was the first PSN title to make full use of the motion-sensitive nature of the PS3 pad. Essentially you move through the levels, attacking and scoffing various other creatures in order to grow and progress to the next stage. With six creatures to unlock, each packing their own unique special moves initiated by the controllers face buttons, there’s more than enough here to keep you hooked long term. Incredibly popular, and one play will show you just why.