From the moment that Joe Danger 2 was announced fans hounded Hello Games with questions of what format it’ll release on. After having supported the orignal and its PS3 release, some fans were saddened to see a slightly ‘better’ version arrive on the Xbox 360 in the form of Joe Danger SE. Naturally, their concern was that Joe Danger 2 would hit the 360 before the PS3 – and they were right. Luckily for them though Hello Games had been listening to the fans and, while they could say nothing due to Microsoft tying their hands, they delivered a killer package to PS3 owners to say thanks for their support.
Having already reviewed the Xbox 360 version of Joe Danger 2: The Movie, something you’ve hopefully already read – if not, go read it as I’m not going to retread old ground here – I’ve already expressed my absolute love for Joe’s newest stunting adventure. Having handed out a whopping 5/5 rating, it’s obvious that the PS3 version can’t be any worse than its 360 counterpart – and lets be honest, with all the extra features the PS3 version is most definitely better. Actually, the only problem I can level at the PS3 version is that the controller isn’t overly comfortable to play with in comparison to the 360 pad and its better trigger buttons – but that’s only a small niggle, and largely preferential.
I suppose you’d quite like to know exactly what new features come to the PS3 version of the game then – especially the ones that make it even better than the Xbox 360 version. The major addition comes in the form of downloadable ‘Tours’. Coming pre-installed with one known as the Nasty Championship, and at least space for three more to be downloaded from the PS Store, this aside will soak up at least half half a day’s worth of solid playtime. Spread across five different acts, each one themed by an individual member of Team Nasty and a core concept, this addition works similarly to the Lab mode that was featured in Joe Danger SE for Xbox 360 – something else that PS3 users missed out on.
Before you cry out saying that Hello Games has just lifted an pre-existing mode and tacked it onto the PS3 version, hold your horses – that isn’t the case. While it bears some similarities, with some levels feeling like exact copies, many have been tweaked and refined and a lot of level polish has gone in to make it feel like a worthwhile addition. They’ve even snuck a jetpacking monkey in to liven things up! The Nasty Championship is also all motorbike work again, pleasing those who (wrongfully) criticised Hello Games for becoming too varied with their vehicles in Joe Danger 2′s Movie Mode. As Hello Games’ Sean Murray says, “we call [this] “Joe Danger Gaiden”” as it’s bloody impossible to finish at times, but flows wonderfully.
Hello Games have also included a rather lovely YouTube compatibility function, meaning I can embarrass myself by recording my performance and uploading it to my YouTube account and let everybody see my woeful JD2 skills. It’s brilliantly simple to use, which is great news, and it means that you could make tutorial videos to help others through the levels you create in the improved, and still swanky, level creator.
Other alterations make Joe Danger 2 feel rather nice to play. The difficulty curve has been smoothed, there are less of those frustrating difficulty spikes too. It’s clear that, if you haven’t already, you need to pick Joe Danger 2: The Movie up from the PS Store as it’s the best thing you could spend your money on right now. All in all, it’s pretty safe to say that those loyal PS3 fans definitely got the better end of the deal, even if they had to wait that little bit longer for it too. After all, they do say good things come to those who wait.