E3: Project P-100 puts the Clover back in Platinum

There were a couple of things that made the now-disbanded Clover Studio a special team. From God Hand to Viewtiful Joe to Okami, each of their games took a uniquely Japanese idea (apocalypse-theme Shonen manga, Sentai TV/films, and Sumi painting, respectively) and brought them to the world of gaming. They also made it a point to infuse each of their games with a signature hook, or in some cases, signature hooks. God Hand had its… God Hand, Viewtiful Joe had its film effects, Okami had its “painting the world” gameplay, and so forth. 

That’s all been less true of the titles we’ve seen from Platinum Games, the studio that Clover begot. There has been much more of a Western bent to most of Platinum’s titles so far, and while each has its own gameplay hook, the blazing ingenuity seen in the Clover library hasn’t quite been there. 

I feel like that’s going to change with Project P-100. The Japanese flavor is definitely back, as are the unique gameplay concepts and feeling of unbridled creativity. This is a game where you lead a small army of regular-folks-turned-superheros into a battle against small robots, large robots, and even more larger robots, with the ability to turn yourself and your little Justice League into a blob of cherry jello if you need to. It’s Pikmin meets The Last Guy meets Viewtiful Joe meets Lego Star Wars, and I think I love it.

Jonathan Holmes
"Where do dreams end and reality begin? Videogames, I suppose."- Gainax, FLCL Vol. 1 "The beach, the trees, even the clouds in the sky... everything is build from little tiny pieces of stuff. Just like in a Gameboy game... a nice tight little world... and all its inhabitants... made out of little building blocks... Why can't these little pixels be the building blocks for love..? For loss... for understanding"- James Kochalka, Reinventing Everything part 1 "I wonder if James Kolchalka has played Mother 3 yet?" Jonathan Holmes