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September 10 2012
Puppeteer - PS3 Preview
Release Date Distributer Publisher Developer
11/9/2013SonySonySCE Japan
Offline Players Online players Price Anticipation
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Puppeteer is a PS3 exclusive due in 2013.
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In Puppeteer you control Kutaro.

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The game is set on a theatre set.
Announced at Gamescom in August 2012, Puppeteer is a unique game which is certain to generate plenty of interest. Being developed by SCE Japan Studio, and overseen by Gavin Moore, this is a rather interesting looking platform styled game. But let's start off with the storyline...

One dark moonlit night, a young boy named Kutaro was carried away by the maleficent Moon Bear King to a black castle where the unlucky lad was transformed into a puppet. Kutaro displeased the terrible tyrant, who devoured the boy's wooden head and cast away his body. But the headless hero was not alone, for he had discovered a very special pair of scissors to help him on his harrowing adventure to find his head, and his way home.

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Kutaro has scissors as a weapon in Puppeteer.
Puppeteer is essentially a platform styled game set in a puppeteer's theatre in which the environment is constantly changing (aka providing new levels and areas to explore). While playing the game audience reation, lights, sets, music and narration combine to create a unique storytelling experience.

Kutaro has with him a pair of magical scissors which allows him to cut and crop his way through the levels. It will be possible to change your head at any time through the game but in an amusing twist when you "lose your head" you'll lose a life.

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Jumping across some pots!
Visually this game is quite stunning. As you would have seen in the surrounding screenshots the characters and game world are unique and quite vibrant, but when you see the game in motion (which you can do in the trailer below) it has a life and visual style that makes Puppeteer stand out from the crowd.

It's far too early to tell if this game will be fantastic, average or crap. SCE Japan Studio have a history at all levels (Fantastic = Patapon, Average = White Knight Chronicles and Crap = Kung Fu Rider) but one thing is certain, they are a studio that like to try new things and push new boundaries and that's a very good thing for gamers. At the very least Puppeteer will be one to watch in September 2013.

Below is the Gamescom reveal trailer for Puppeteer which shows off the gorgeous visual style.