Alien invasion has never looked as attractive as it does in The 3rd Birthday, an astonishing blend of innovative features and glittering production values that showcase the qualities of PSP.
Blast your way through eerily deserted Manhattan streets, its skyscrapers strangely vulnerable in the wintry emptiness to the looming onslaught. Slick, crisply rendered action sequences set each new scene, before frenzied Twisted attacks get under way in a storm of bullets, debris and bodies.
Overdive sees the on-screen action dissolve into a swirling haze as you surge at frightening velocity into a fresh body, bringing electric vitality to the game. These confrontations are staged on a grand scale, among the theatres, banks and smart squares of downtown Manhattan, and your PSP screen is rocked by huge explosions and shockwaves.
Survive these, and The 3rd Birthday reveals itself to be one of the finest visual treats available on PSP. Characters are a dynamic presence – Aya Brea herself is bewitching to watch as she darts about – while the New York battleground is full of familiar landmarks in unsettling situations.
And, faceless yet unforgettable, the Twisted are one of the most unnerving threats you’ll ever meet on PSP. Prepare for an intense introduction.