Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Games Intro

Posted on Thursday, May 5 2011 on 11:00 AM

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Play isn’t just a feature-packed Android smartphone with access to thousands of apps and more raw power than you can shake a reasonably large stick at – it’s a fully-fledged member of the prestigious PlayStation family, and thus blessed with some truly legendary gaming franchises. Read on to check out five of the best pocket-size PlayStation marvels you can play on it from day one.

Crash Bandicoot
Crash made his chaotic debut on the original 32-bit Sony PlayStation in the middle of the 1990s and has gone on to become one of the most enduring characters in the industry. It’s therefore entirely fitting that he should be around to celebrate the launch of the Xperia Play, bringing his own inimitable brand of 3D platform adventuring to Sony Ericsson’s new mobile wonder. The game comes pre-loaded on the phone, and the dedicated controls lend an unmistakably authentic feel to the proceedings.

A yearly favourite on Sony machines such as the PS3 and PSP, EA’s FIFA franchise is older than your average modern-day gamer, with almost two decade’s worth of valuable experience under its belt. This stunning display of stamina has a lot to do with the fact that the developer has got the gameplay nailed down, and all of the tactics, talents and skills are being carried over to this portable kick-around. The Xperia Play’s gloriously precise controls allow you to perform superhuman flights of footballing fancy, and the phone’s powerful 1GHz processor ensures it looks as good as it plays. This is another title that comes with the Xperia Play when you purchase it, which means you can hit the pitch as soon as you open the box.

The Sims 3
We imagine that Superman, Batman and all their superhero chums get a real kick out of playing The Sims – after all, it’s as close as they’re likely to get to living the lives of normal people. This pint-sized version for Android retains the awe-inspiring scope of its home format siblings, but with the added bonus that you can live out your virtual life whilst on the move. If your own existence just isn’t filled with enough trials and tribulations already then The Sims 3 is here to give you even more to worry about.

As one of the most famous video game brands of all time, Tetris surely needs no introduction – even the residents of Superman’s home planet of Krypton have probably heard of it. Like the vengeful norse deity that is Thor, Tetris feels like it’s been around since the dawn of time but never becomes stale. The block-busting gameplay is accentuated by the Xperia Play’s super-responsive screen, making this the most convincing portable edition of the game since it accompanied the launch of the original Game Boy way back in the late ‘80s.

Flight Control
Having already distinguished itself on the PlayStation Network, Flight Control is making the short trip to the Xperia Play. This already classic game utilises the super-responsive 4-inch capacitive screen, allowing you to elegantly guide your airborne vessels to their respective runways with naught but the flick of a digit. Sadly there’s no caped crusader on hand to avert potential disasters, so otherworldly finger-work is required to keep all of those planes in the air.

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