The Uncharted-themed Sully's Bar was one of the best things about PlayStation Home 10 months ago when the virtual world was still in its infancy. Now we're getting more of the awesome.
For the upcoming launches of Ratchet & Clank: A Crack In Time and Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, PlayStation Home is launching two new virtual spaces and creating a new apartment for Home users to enjoy.
The Ratchet & Clank space was built with several casual mini-games like find-the-sheep and actually has music that sounds like something out of one of the games. There's a firing range game as well that changes what kind of enemies you're shooting at depending on if you're playing the Past, Present or Future range. Sadly, the apartment isn't Ratchet's apartment from the games – but it does have three levels and a massive view of space from the basement.
Oh, also, you get a Ratchet costume complete with ears, a tail and a Clank backpack.
The Uncharted 2 space is Nepal, complete with prayer flags, breathtaking temples in the background and a massive interactive board game in the middle of the town square. It seems a lot bigger than the Ratchet & Clank space – but perhaps that's because there's open sky instead of a robot factory.
The space has several casual mini games like the sheep-hunting one in the Ratchet & Clank space – but the board game really impressed me. It's called "Fortunate Thieves" and its oriented around changing terrain spaces with treasure hidden on certain tiles. Players choose what terrain map they want to play on (mountainous, desert, etc.) and each get cards that somehow change the terrain (e.g. an earthquake card). This allows them to stall other players out or open up other parts of the map to move to during the movement phase on the hunt for treasure.
Like with everything else in Home, there's always a reward to be had for getting really good at the games built into these specific spaces – so be sure to check them out whenever they go live (usually right around a game's release).
And sadly we didn't get any Nepal screens, so here's a parting Ratchet shot: