Sodium (PlayStation Home)
A screenshot from PlayStation Home overlooking the current Sodium Hub.
|Publisher(s)||Lockwood Publishing, SCEA, SCEE|
|Release date(s)||Sodium One
Sodium is a massively multiplayer online game based in and exclusive to the PlayStation 3's online community-based social gaming network PlayStation Home. Sodium is a four-part series of games, two of which have been released. It was developed by Outso, a developing company that develops spaces and content for Home, and it was published by Lockwood Publishing, who has published other content for Home. The first part, Sodium One, was released on December 17, 2009 to the European and North American versions of Home. It was later released in the Japanese and Asian versions on June 17, 2010 and July 29, 2010 respectively. The second part, Sodium 2: Project Velocity, was released on June 16, 2011 to the European and North American versions of Home.
Due to the nature of Home, the game will continue to grow and expand as Home does. New games, virtual items, and community events will continually be added.
The Sodium Hub is the main Home space for Sodium. Here, users have different mini-games in which they can earn Sodium Credits. Sodium Credits can be used to redeem Sodium related content throughout the Sodium universe. The first thing users must do is talk to VICKIE. VICKIE is the Sodium A.I. Information Android that tracks all of the users information such as completed Objectives. This is where users can find out what Objectives need be completed and redeem their Sodium Credits. Users need to select "Connect" when accessing VICKIE for the first time and register with the unique twelve character code on the Sodium website in order to play the "Sodium One - Salt Shooter Game". The Objectives reward the Sodium Credits. Other Objectives, not on the initial list, can be unlocked through playing the mini-games. A couple of the initial Objectives from VICKIE unlock Home reward items. For a time, the Sodium Hub could be accessed through a teleport located in North America's central hub space, the Central Plaza, or through the World Map. It can now only be accessed via the Navigator (formerly World Map) which is accessed through the users Menu Pad in both Europe and North America.
The Objectives are completed through mini-games including [Salt Shooter] Tank Training, Scorpion Stomp, Desert Quench, and the Salt Shooter Game. [Salt Shooter] Tank Training is a training mission of the full game where users can train and try to improve their rankings. Scorpion Stomp is a mini-game where users stomp robotic scorpions. There are three kinds of robotic scorpions: yellow, red, and blue. The yellow robotic scorpions are the easiest to stomp and are mid-sized. The red robotic scorpions, which are the largest scorpions, require special scorpion stomping shoes which can be purchased at the Commerce Point. The blue robotic scorpions are the smallest scorpions and require users to drink a special "Vetoxade" drink, which can be ordered from "Scorpio's" or bought with Sodium Credits from a vending machine in the Sodium Hub. Near this area is where users can find the Commerce Point as well as a display of a [Salt Shooter] tank. The other mini-game in the Sodium Hub is the Desert Quench where users can act as a bartender or customer at "Scorpio's". As a bartender, users make the drink another user has ordered and earn credits. As a customer, users can order their own custom drink and play a quick-time event mini-game to drink their ordered drink and earn credits. Users can also access an area where there is a big screen for Sodium content, and if they purchased the pilot outfit, they can access the pilot's VIP lounge.
SodiumOne (abbreviated as S1) is a combination of a full tank shooting game, called "SodiumOne - Salt Shooter", and other associated mini-games that starts somewhere in the Nevada desert. The first five levels of Salt Shooter are free. The full game of Salt Shooter can be obtained by purchasing the "Sodium Pilot Outfit - Red Chili Edition" from the Commerce Point, which is a shop with associated Sodium products and other content from Outso and Lockwood Publishing. From December 17, 2009 to December 24, 2009, each day during that time period, 150 voucher codes granting access to the pilot outfit and Salt Shooter game were sent out to random users who visited the Sodium Hub. SodiumOne is just the beginning of a four-part series of games for Home.
Salt Shooter Game
Across from Scorpio's there is a teleporter that teleports users to their very own "Salt Shooter Game" personal space for Home, or the "Salt Shooter - Public Game Space" (public space released on October 6, 2011). In here is where users access the Salt Shooter Game, and there is also a Commerce Point in here as well and a teleport back to the Sodium Hub. The Public Game Space also features new rewards and displays of enemy units: Sand Skater, Skimmer Assault Drone, Scout Drone, Heavy LRM Drone, Light Assault Drone, Sand Stalker, and Advanced Scorpion Scout.
The [SodiumOne] - Salt Shooter Game is the full version of the [Salt Shooter] Tank Trainer that's in the Sodium Hub, however, without purchasing the pilot jacket, users can only access the first five levels. The Salt Shooter Hovertank is upgradeable with different weapons, thrusters, afterburners, and other upgrades. The upgrades are obtained through destroying enemy tanks in each level with a boss at the end. Users can also unlock up to five upgraded versions of the initial purchasable pilot jacket throughout the Salt Shooter Game to show how experienced they are in the game.
The objective of Salt Shooter is to destroy all enemy tanks and collect any items that the tanks drop when destroyed. Some of the items are upgrades for the Salt Shooter Hovertank while other items, such as Silicon, Silver, and Gold, can be traded in with VICKIE for Sodium Credits with Gold giving the most Sodium Credits, then Silver, and then Silicon. Each level features a sort of boss. Some of the levels boss may just be a fleet of tanks, while other levels bosses are shielded structures that need to be destroyed in addition to fighting off fleets of tanks. One of the unique things about Salt Shooter is that users can replay previous levels with all of their upgraded parts to their Salt Shooter Tank.
Sodium2 - Project Velocity (commonly referred to as simply Sodium2) is the first sequel to Sodium One and was first teased in an interview that occurred on December 18, 2009 with the CEO of Outso Halli Bjornsson, the Chief of Operations of Outso Joel Kemp, and the Director of Home for SCEA Jack Buser. Joel Kemp also mentioned that they will be releasing apartments for Home.
Sodium2 was officially unveiled by Jack Buser, Director of Home for SCEA, on PlayStation.Blog on December 10, 2010. According to Outso, "Sodium2 is looking to expand on every area of the original game with heavily customizable jet racers, supersonic speeds and a pounding soundtrack." The Sodium2 beta was tested by select members of the PlayStation Home community.
Sodium2 - Project Velocity is a completely free to play (unlike Sodium One) high-speed extreme racing game, which is not only visually similar to WipEout but also features music by CoLD SToRAGE, a regular contributor to the WipEout series. Sodium2 features a single player mode that allows users to hone their skills and progress through the Sodium2 XP system. Users can build XP, complete objectives, earn Sodium Credits or compete on the world-wide leader board. In addition to single player, Sodium2 features real-time multiplayer, the first time in PlayStation Home, where users can race against friends or strangers through a growing selection of courses.
The jet racers, or Velocity Racers, can be upgraded through the Sodium2 Garage. Users can upgrade their craft, equip explosive rocket-boosters, and choose different paint schemes. Users can purchase upgrades both with Sodium Credits earned in game, and through purchases from the PlayStation Store. Users can currently upgrade their crafts engine, afterburner, aero foils, flight computer, rocket boosters, paint schemes, and air brakes, with more possibilities in the future). At the end of each race, users are awarded Sodium Credits and XP for completing a variety of in-race challenges. As players gain XP, they will achieve new experience levels which will unlock a variety of upgrades that were previously locked to them. Once they achieve new levels, users will be able to purchase and equip the upgrades to their Velocity Racers to enjoy faster speeds, better handling and more. There is also a class system in multiplayer. Each upgrade item is assigned a class ranking of 1 to 5 stars and when a lobby is created, it is assigned a star value. A player with a 4-star item equipped will not be able to join a 3-star lobby, likewise a 1-star racer can't join a 2-star lobby. They must either adjust their Racer to level the playing field or play against same leveled users.
Sodium2 can be accessed from the Sodium Hub and the Navigator. For a limited time, it could be accessed at a special teleport in the former Central Plaza.
- Sodium Official website - Sodium Universe
- Official Sodium forum - PlayStation Home Sodium
- Outso Official website - Virtual World Developers & Designers | Outso Website
- Lockwood Publishing Official website - Digital Content & Online Game Publisher | Lockwoood Publishing
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