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Hands-on: PixelJunk Shooter 2 for PS3

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Q-Games and Dylan Cuthbert are cooking up plenty of new tricks for PixelJunk Shooter 2, the follow-up to the 2009 PSN title that mixed retro-styled audio-visuals with progressive gameplay mechanics. But once I picked up the controller at last week’s NYC PlayStation media day, I discovered that PixelJunk Shooter 2 expands upon this formula in several key ways.

Light and dark. I quickly learned that darkness is not your friend in PixelJunk Shooter 2. Traveling though a dark area for more than a few seconds will attract invulnerable apparitions – the spectral remnants of a “lost civilization” — and almost instant death. Faced with a long, shadowy tunnel, I turned my cannons on a nearby phosphorescent mushroom. While it bobbed like a metronome, I was able to stay within its small orb of light to pass through the tunnel unscathed.

That’s when I discovered another threat lurking in the darkness: worm-like parasites that latched onto my ship’s hull and slowed my movement to a crawl. Once exposed to light, the worms quickly wither and die — but their slowing effect can spell doom when you’re desperately trying to escape the ghosts.

PixelJunk Shooter 2 for PS3

New elements. By and large, the original game tasked players with manipulating magma and water (plus that magnetic black fluid found near the end of the game) to advantageous effect in order to rescue stranded explorers. But being set inside the “Belly of the Beast,” PixelJunk Shooter 2’s various substances have a more organic theme: I saw a caustic bile-like fluid as well as a mysterious purple ooze.

PixelJunk Shooter 2 for PS3

Eden…found? In another sequence, I encountered vast clouds of a smoke-like substance that caused my ship to spin like a top and careen helplessly out of control. Trouble was, I had to traverse the cloud in order to reach the end of the level. What to do?

While spinning, I used my grappling hook on an oddly shaped object placed nearby, which caused me to swing around and around like a kid on a merry-go-round. By releasing the grappling hook at the right time, I was able to propel myself out of the cloud and safely into the level’s exit. PixelJunk Eden fans will feel right at home!

My first hands-on experience with PixelJunk Shooter 2 didn’t last long, but it also gave me a chance to track down answers to a couple of PlayStation.Blog reader-submitted questions, which I’ve posted below.

plaztiksyke asks: Will PixelJunk Shooter 2 have a longer campaign than the original?

Q-Games is still hard at work on PixelJunk Shooter 2’s development process. From what I’ve been told, they haven’t yet nailed down the set number of levels and environments for the final game, though the game’s overall length is expected to be roughly comparable to the original game.

I was also reminded that PixelJunk Shooter 2 will also include a new competitive arena, as well as a “ghost attack” mode, both of which will add further gameplay options.

plaztiksyke asks: Who’s doing the music for PixelJunk Shooter 2?

High Frequency Bandwidth will be returning to create new music tracks for PixelJunk Shooter 2.

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MattyPHATty said:

July 28th, 11:24 am

I’m totally stoked for this!

BlooodyCow said:

July 28th, 11:24 am

Only two questions was ask and answer? lulz?

Glad to see online co-op. co-op was the only reason I purchased the original and will the only reason why I buy the second one. its fun to play with others

addyjones1234 said:

July 28th, 11:26 am

Awesome! Any idea on release date D:

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    Sid Shuman said:

    July 28th, 2:55 pm

    No date yet…stay tuned.

David2Crazy said:

July 28th, 11:28 am

This looks awesome.

Is Pixel Junk Racer 2nd Lap still coming?

I’ve been waiting for that for a while and haven’t heard a peep about it in months.

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    Sid Shuman said:

    July 28th, 2:55 pm

    Good question – I’ll ask about this.

enormhi said:

July 28th, 11:31 am

Awesome! Instant buy on release day! (If I have enough €’s in my PSN wallet).

Permafry_42 said:

July 28th, 11:34 am

looks okay, but until i complete the first 1 i probably won’t get it.

Korbei83 said:

July 28th, 11:34 am

Looking forward to it.

xaos said:

July 28th, 11:35 am

Weird as it may seem, this is one of my most anticipated games right now; the first game was one of the first that I got 100% trophies for, and one that my non-gamer partner enjoys playing also. Even if it were just a level pack with the existing mechanics, I’d be sold; looks like very solid new mechanics coming into play, though, so I’m even more eager

MadMeat001 said:

July 28th, 11:51 am

is it ea that is publishing the ps3 version portal 2

musicman1234 said:

July 28th, 11:51 am

Sure would like to have the music for PJ Shooters BUT..I went to Itunes and HFB’s web site and the songs that I found from the game,they are rapping in them and that ruins it for me..
Maybe release just the music for the game minus the voices.
I think ithe music is very good.Rapping..Nope..not so much.

ForgiveMyAim said:

July 28th, 11:54 am

Better looking than most Wii games

musicman1234 said:

July 28th, 11:54 am

PS..This is undoubtably one of the TOP games on the Network…
If you have never played the first one,dont let the quirky 2D world fool you…Very thought out game.
Actually..I praise it all the time.

Kluzot said:

July 28th, 11:59 am

Hey BloodyCow.

Its not online co-op, its versus mode online.

jimfear said:

July 28th, 12:04 pm

no online coop? :(

Mikey1123 said:

July 28th, 12:09 pm


TriCykle said:

July 28th, 12:10 pm

This game is already released on the Japanese PS Store?

TriCykle said:

July 28th, 12:12 pm

Or was I getting this confused with 2nd Lap?

TheZed88 said:

July 28th, 12:14 pm

@12 musicman1234:

That can be said for all of the Pixel Junk series. Q-Games are a group of briliant developers.


July 28th, 12:14 pm

Thanks for SPOILING the game for people like me that have not played the 1st one!! Great job Sony’s marketing department!!

LUGIEZ said:

July 28th, 12:23 pm

Hey I didn’t play the first one, but this looks engaging and fun to play!

emiru69 said:

July 28th, 12:32 pm

15 bucks right?

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    Sid Shuman said:

    July 28th, 2:50 pm

    Haven’t heard any word on pricing, that will likely come a little closer to release.

taurus82 said:

July 28th, 12:34 pm

So, how’s PixelJunk Lifelike coming along?

JoeDierte said:

July 28th, 12:42 pm

I love every PJ game and hope for many more to come. Thank you Pixel Junk!

xAllanKx said:

July 28th, 1:02 pm

thanks for the game spoiler in the trailer -.-

xeno3d said:

July 28th, 1:06 pm

Awesome! can’t wait

kassatsu said:

July 28th, 1:11 pm


I asked Dylan about this on twitter a few days ago.

“nothing yet… but maybe something soon”

BlooodyCow said:

July 28th, 1:11 pm

@13 Kluzot
you just crush my interested in this game by a lot :(

BlooodyCow said:

July 28th, 1:12 pm

The game has been out for 8+ months. Deal with it. Its not SONY fault that haven’t played the game yet


July 28th, 1:22 pm

@28 BlooodyCow
There are movies that have been out for years and years, but I don’t see studios spoiling the movie for me or anyone.

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    Sid Shuman said:

    July 28th, 2:52 pm

    If you haven’t reached the end of PJ Shooter, there are still plenty of surprises in store for you.

Chidesd said:

July 28th, 1:27 pm

I love The team that keeps throwing out these AAA psn titles (AAA to me) but where is the mysterious PJ Dungeon that was announced over a year ago? this is the game im really looking forward to

Kluzot said:

July 28th, 1:28 pm

@27 BloodyCow

Sorry dude, but recheck the trailer if you want.
Check at 0:43

– Online versus mode
– Ghost attack mode.

There isn’t Co-op in this game isn’t it ?!

gameboy36 said:

July 28th, 1:36 pm

Wish they put this on the PSP.

plaztiksyke said:

July 28th, 1:37 pm

Campaign the same length? Hopefully the game is a little cheaper, then. When comparing the time of quality gameplay we got from Eden and Monsters for $10, Shooter just comes up short.

Nice to know HFB is doing the music, but what about the sound quality? PixelJunk games have always had AMAZING music but poor encodes. With other indie games like Critter Crunch and Braid taking good advantage of the PS3’s unique HD audio features, I would really like to see Q Games do the same.

I’m glad to hear of some Eden influence. PixelJunk Eden was the reason we bought our PS3, and it (and Eden Encore) gave us many, many hours of great entertainment. We are really looking forward to a great Rogue-like co-op experience with PixelJunk Dungeons.

BlooodyCow said:

July 28th, 2:00 pm

So you are telling me that SONY should take YOU into consideration when releasing a video? ahahhahahahhahahahhahaha….go back to playing WKC…hahahahahahahhaha

unworthyBOZO said:

July 28th, 2:33 pm

I’m so jealous of Sid Shuman’s Doctor Manhattan avatar.

P.S. Sid could you give a ring to DC and possible get DC to put up avatars on the Playstation Store based on there properties, I would love a Lobo avatar.

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    Sid Shuman said:

    July 28th, 2:54 pm

    (^_^) Not my department, but if I see a chance, I will undoubtedly ask.

Brapp347 said:

July 28th, 2:41 pm

looks SHWEET


July 28th, 2:45 pm

@34 BlooodyCow

I didn’t just say ME! I said everyone that has not played the game!

Berae said:

July 28th, 3:09 pm

getting it

barnaclejoe said:

July 28th, 3:46 pm

I was hoping it would be longer…

but, I really just can’t wait for this game. It was so much fun.

Loved the co-op mode as well.

Enigma777 said:

July 28th, 3:58 pm

I enjoyed the first one. Certainly looking forward to this one.

angelspawn77 said:

July 28th, 4:19 pm

Game looks great so far, I havent played the first one yet :( But I will definitely buy it if it went on sale *hint* *hint*. I played the demo and I really enjoyed it, when the boss came out, I was like “OH **** AWESOME!”

dragon_night said:

July 28th, 4:37 pm

will pixeljunk shooter 1 get an update for online coop?

or have they dropped support

i hope so..but either way ill be enjoying the 2nd great game 8) my #1 psn game..out of two i decided were good enough to buy

dragon_night said:

July 28th, 4:38 pm

*i also liked flower

Hell-Raiser-85 said:

July 28th, 4:38 pm

Cant wait.

piwakawaka said:

July 28th, 4:41 pm

Please, at least a warning of spoilers for the first game :(

Jvolel said:

July 28th, 5:24 pm

Is this going to support the move? Everything evolving targeting and shooting stuff should use this controller!

Jvolel said:

July 28th, 6:17 pm

involving* lol

Ashend said:

July 28th, 8:33 pm

You teased something about online multiplayer. I was hoping for online Co-op, but now we’ve got a competitive mode. Not as cool, and I hope we still get our online Co-op.

Schnello said:

July 28th, 11:22 pm

Yeah…. thats good news.

DWeezy91 said:

July 29th, 1:04 am

I hope this gets custom soundtracks! There’s nothing like saving scientists while listening to some of your favorite tunes! (although the same applies to most of my games)

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