Entertainment America Inc. (SCEA) announced today the launch of the
downloadable title PAIN, available exclusively on PLAYSTATION Store for
PLAYSTATION 3 (PS3) computer entertainment system. Developed by
Denver-based Idol Minds, PAIN is a unique game focused on cultural
relevance to the teen market, including comedy, creativity, community and
competition. In PAIN, players launch their character from a giant slingshot
into a destructible downtown environment riddled with precarious obstacles
and humorous situations. Players earn points by stringing together painful
collisions and inducing mass chaos in the environment.
Complete with various single player and multiplayer modes, PAIN is a
highly creative, comedic experience that invites players to explore the
environment on their own, play head-to-head with friends or compete with
the masses via the online leaderboards. Additionally, PAIN offers a robust
online community that allows players to communicate with the development
team in-game and online (via http://www.PAINPS3.com) and provide real-time
feedback of their game experience -- which characters, real or fictional,
they would like to launch, for example.
"PAIN is a compelling example of the creative and original software
that is available on PLAYSTATION Network. PAIN's slapstick humor offers fun
and competitive gameplay for everyone," said Jeff Reese, director, product
marketing, SCEA. "Additionally, the online community element will allow us
to engage consumers in ongoing dialogue, ensuring we deliver the fresh and
timely content that players want."
PAIN permits players to load one of several characters, each with their
own unique personality and specific attributes, into an extreme launching
device, a human-sized, ultra-powerful slingshot. Some of the characters
initially available in PAIN are Jarvis, a Gen-X punk, and Ed, a cow mascot.
These characters are launched into an active, physics-controlled
environment filled with tongue-in-cheek humor as well as some treacherous
and funny situations. The Havok powered physics model and lifelike ragdoll
animations enforce PAIN's replayability as gamers launch their characters
into an environment always ripe for different forms of demolition.
Furthermore, PAIN is designed to expand and additional content will be
available for download regularly following the title's launch on
Challenging as well as funny, players earn points by stringing together
painful collisions and inducing mass chaos in the environment. The player
must achieve a wide variety of goals or reach various scoring milestones in
the different modes of play. Each time a player launches into the
environment, the physics and animation data is stored on the PS3's HDD
allowing the player to view a replay instantly. With control over various
camera angles and the replay speed -- slow motion and fast forward -- users
can edit and view the replay for maximum comedy.
PAIN ships with several distinctive single player modes, including the
gut-busting "Spank the Monkey," where the player targets taunting monkeys
scattered in the environment, and the hilarious "Mime Toss," where the goal
is to throw a mime through various plates of glass in the fastest time
possible. Additionally, exceptional multiplayer modes like "Bowling" and
"HORSE" are available for competitive head-to-head challenges.
PAIN is available for download on PLAYSTATION Store for $9.99.