'HOARD' Ignites PSN on November 2, 2010

Hoard Release on PSN

Twin-Stick shooters have been quite popular for the past few years, with classic games like Super Stardust HD and Geometry Wars 2 leading the way. Sadly, dragons have been surprisingly absent from the genre, despite the scaled beasts seeming to be a perfect fit. HOARD will attempt to change that by bringing its dragon-based combat to the PlayStation Network on November 2, 2010.

Developed by Big Sandwich Games, HOARD is a dual stick action-strategy game where up to four players can take to the skies as mischievous dragons who just wanna have a little fun at the expense of the measly humans. The dragons' idea of fun involves causing destruction to a medieval kingdom through wicked deeds like burning villages, kidnapping princesses and slaying knights.  For every task fulfilled, the dragons will gain loot to spend on special upgrades to increase their skills and abilities.

Check out the madness for yourself in the gameplay trailer below:

Judging from the above video, it does feel like familiar dual stick fare, but with a medieval and dragon skin. That said, four player co-op seems to be where this game will shine, and has the potential to be a ton of fun. The game also has an interesting environment, as the medieval kingdom is placed on what looks to be a table top board game.

HOARD will set you back $14.99 and while that may seem pricey, the game packs a wallop of content and features. It has 35+ unique maps and four different game modes: Treasure Hunt, Princess Rush, Survival, and Co-Op. The game will contain over 20 hours of gameplay, complete with leaderboards, a rewards system including over 100 badges, and full trophy support to keep players coming back for more mayhem. The game will be released for the PlayStation 3, and a PSP version is currently in the works with an unknown release date.

I do love me some twin-stick shooter action from time to time, but it's hard to not get bogged down by both their repetitive nature and the over abundance of titles in the genre. I did quite enjoy Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light for its refreshing take on the character and its style of gameplay. If HOARD can overcome the monotony of twin-stick shooter gameplay, perhaps with its reward system, then count me in. Plus, dragons are too hard to resist (except when they're in Lair)

What do you think, Ranters? Does HOARD interest you at all? or Are you feeling a little tired of twin-stick shooters?

HOARD will soar onto PlayStation 3 via PSN on November 2, 2010.

Source: PlayStation Blog

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